We’re excited and honored to be able to carry Dave Ortega’s powerful zine, De Las Casas. It debuted at east-coast comics and zine fests this spring, but now it’s available to those of us in fly-over country and beyond. Dave breathes new life into a text that is over 400 years old, but still important. The writings of Dominican Friar, Bartolomé De Las Casas, who lived most of his life in the newly settled western hemisphere, document the genocidal atrocities Spanish invaders inflicted upon the indigenous people of “the new world.” Dave takes an excerpt from De Las Casas’ writings, illustrates them, and presents them to you in a zine.
De Las Casas takes this historical text out of the context of history, and by publishing it in a living media like a zine -you know the person who wrote and drew this version handled the copy you hold in your hands- takes the genocide of the americas out of history and back into reality. Because of its content, it’s a difficult zine to read, but because of its content it’s an important zine to read.