Forthcoming Book of 60 Cartoons
Because the World Needs a Good Laugh
I am proud to announce that Estuary Press will publish “World Out of Order” by my late father, Joe Serrano (1912 – 1987). My poem, “Father’s Day 2020,” about my father, is included in the preface to the book. The volume presents 60 cartoons crafted over his long career as a cartoonist. “World Out of Order” will be available for sale later this fall, 2020.
My father, Joe Serrano, was born in Columbia in 1912 and emigrated to the United States at age 9. He quit school in the eighth grade to go to work to help support his widowed mother and little sister. Even as a very young school boy, he drew cartoons, letting his classmates see them for a penny a peak. He became a full time freelance cartoonist in 1945 and from then on produced at least 22 rough drafts per week for decades for popular magazines and trade journals of the era. Always thinking about metaphysics, the meaning of life, and the nature of God, he drew the humors of everyday living into cartoons. Now over a hundred years since his birth, his cartoons resonate with the new realities of the 21st Century as if they were created just yesterday.
Joe Serrano died in August 1987. The following day, in the mail came an acceptance of one of his rough drafts from a magazine he’d submitted it to earlier. The artist and my life long friend, Beryl Landau, kindly drew the finished version for him. He was able to end his career on a triumphant note with its publication.
Now, thirty three years after his passing, I want to send special thanks to my dear friend Elizabeth Serrano, the widow of my younger brother, Philip, for saving the original cartoons left in her garage and for providing them for this book. I am very grateful to Paul Richards for editing and publishing “World Out of Order”.
Stay tuned for the publication announcement. In the video above are a few of his cartoons. Hope you enjoy them!
About Nina Serrano: Nina Serrano is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latinx history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 86 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to ninaserrano.com or contact her publisher at estuarypress.com. For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.
About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of various social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, email@example.com or visit estuarypress.com for more details.
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