The Phantom Zone and Other Stories: Comics and Prose by José Alaniz
AMATL COMIX #3
"Here among ectrodactylic priests and his blue-collar father, he plundered the apocalypse of relationships, lit the funeral pyre of college- age angst and dejection. The drawings were nothing less than a philosophical exploration of self-worth and goodness in the face of rejection. Throughout it all, he maintained a slavish devotion to integrity with an unvarnished eye— a “crudity of thought and sound,” in the words of a contemporaneous Lou Reed song, Busloads of Faith. Somewhere in that mix was he born. And we are all the better for it." -- Al Rodriguez, Screenwriter, MACHETE, Dusk to Dawn, & Seis Manos
Born in the fabled Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, José Alaniz is associate professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington-Seattle. He is author of Death, Disability, and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond and Komiks: Comic Art in Russia, both published by University Press of Mississippi. His research areas include Comics, Death and Dying, Disability, Ecocriticism, Film/Cinema, and Post-Soviet Russian Culture. While an undergraduate at the University of Texas, Austin, Alaniz was a cartoonist for the Daily Texan.