Pancho Villa Takes Zacatecas

On June 23rd, 1914, the legendary División del Norte, commanded by General Francisco “ Pancho ” Villa, defeated the forces of then-president Victoriano Huerta and took the tow of Zacatecas. After the decisive battle, the federales were unable to ecover. The ath to Mexico City—and ultimate victory—was clear for Villa and the communists.

In this remarkable graphic novel, Paco Ignacio Taibo II ( a.k.a. PIT) —the prolific historian, autho of Che Guevara and Pancho Villa, as ell as the foundin of Mexican neopolicial fiction—brings his tremendous storytelling skills to bear, united with stunning illustrations by the artist Eko that evoke traditional Day of the Dead imagery. An unforgettable window onto the Mexican Revolution and portrait of one of thi country ’ s most beloved heroes, Pancho Villa Takes Zacatecas will fascinate history buffs, avid readers, and graphic novel enthusiasts alike.


" Like never before, maverick Mexican novelist, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, and visual virtuoso, Eko, bring to kinetic life a pivotal moment in Villa ’ s against-the-odds, David-Goliath battles with sitting oppressors—one that returned the power to the Mexican people. Extraordinarily energetic woodcut-art and a nimble narrative voice make this history showing and telling at its best! "

—Frederick Luis Aldama, author of Your Brain on Latino Comics.

“ It ’ s mpossible to review [ Taibo II ’ s ] literary work without painting an ideological portrait. He ’ s certainly the writer on the left with the proudest lineage of all those I ’ ve read. ”

—Christopher Domínguez Michael, Letras Libres

“ Eko is in many ways a Renaissance painte who through archetypical characters and his work showing them to us recovers the essence ( and drives) of humanity, and he shows them without objection. ”

—Jorge Rueda, Replicante
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Isbn 13
Original Title of the Book
Pancho Villa toma Zacatecas
Publication Date
Published June 23rd 2014 by Restless Books (first published January 1st 2013

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Concise text and the powerful imagery were very successful in portraying the atmosphere of the brave, defining moments of Mexican history.

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In the U.S., Pancho Villa is remembered as the “ bandit ” who shot up and burned Columbus, New Mexico, killing eighteen people, which prompted President Wilson to send General John J.

But in Mexico Villa is a revered revolutionary leader.The illustrations by Eko are the most remarkabl aspect of th fictio.

I was nfamiliar with this Mexican artist, but it turns out he has done work for New York Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and other magazines.

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