Pantalones, TX: Don't Chicken Out

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Man Up or Chicken Out! Welcome to Pantalones, Texas, where children still play outdoors, skin knees, and raise hell. Chico Bustamante's favorite pastime is givin' chase to Sheriff Cornwallis. That is, until Chico meets the Sheriff's Giant Chicken and aims to ride it - or die tryin'! He'll have to man up and not chicken out! Featuring the unique visual style of creator Yehudi Mercado, named one of the “Top 30 Interactive Stars Under 30” in the video game industry, blending animated cartoon aesthetics with comic ...

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Overview

Man Up or Chicken Out! Welcome to Pantalones, Texas, where children still play outdoors, skin knees, and raise hell. Chico Bustamante's favorite pastime is givin' chase to Sheriff Cornwallis. That is, until Chico meets the Sheriff's Giant Chicken and aims to ride it - or die tryin'! He'll have to man up and not chicken out! Featuring the unique visual style of creator Yehudi Mercado, named one of the “Top 30 Interactive Stars Under 30” in the video game industry, blending animated cartoon aesthetics with comic strip sensibilities. Pantalones, TX is a hilarious, southwestern adventure that will appeal to rebellious thrill seekers of all ages!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the town of Pantalones, Tex., Chico Bustamante is a menace to some, a legend to others. In colorful, fast-paced panels, he races his go-cart around town causing hilarious mayhem, pursued by Sheriff Cornwallis, whose police car is actually a chicken shack on wheels. Cornwallis is also Chico’s school principal, and the mayor of Pantalones, a town he’s eager to put on the map by entering his giant chicken into the Texas Poultrystock Rodeo and Cook-Off. Chico, eager to make a name for himself in the Texas history books alongside the likes of Pecos Bill, issues a bold challenge to Sheriff Cornwallis: if Chico can hold on to and ride Cornwallis’s monstrous chicken for nine seconds, he gets to eat it. If he loses, the chicken gets to eat him. Soon, mayhem engulfs the town, as Chico prepares himself to ride the chicken, and Cornwallis does everything he can to ruin Chico’s chances. The story reads like the script to a 90’s Saturday Morning Cartoon loaded with quick gags, fake product tie-ins, over-the-top action, and a giant chicken that could ruin everything. Mercado’s fast-paced humor and art—part graffiti, part Cartoon Network—make a visit to Pantalones worthwhile. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 5 Up—This odd duck of a story takes a while to build steam, yet eventually manages to endear its unique characters to readers in time for a sweet and satisfying ending. Chico Bustamante has visions of being a folk hero in his hometown of Pantalones, Texas, by making a name for himself with his stunts and swagger. Unfortunately, the town sheriff (and schoolteacher and mayor)-whose squad car doubles as a chicken shack-has other plans for him. The two rivals' delicate balance of power is upset when the sheriff unveils a giant chicken during his "Steak of the Union" address. He determines that this chicken will win a blue ribbon for Pantalones at the Texas Poultrystock Rodeo & Cookoff. Chico sees his chance at immortality and issues a challenge: he will ride the giant chicken for nine whole seconds, or the chicken will get to eat him. The sheriff sees the opportunity to rid himself of the sole challenge to his absolute power and accepts. Chico's training takes him to The Devastator, a mechanical bull possessed with the spirit of a "mad Mayan bull from the jungles of old Mejico," and then to the neighboring Gengo County, where he is accused of being a spy. The high jinks that ultimately ensue leave readers no time to get bored. Mercado's graphic novel definitely has niche appeal, and it fills that niche charmingly.—J. M. Poole, Webster Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936393909
  • Publisher: Archaia
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Yehudi is an award winning animator, writer and director. He began his non pizza delivery driver career in the video game industry where he was recognized as one of the “Top 30 Interactive Stars Under 30” by Texas Monthly Magazine. He founded an animation studio in Austin, TX called HorseBack Salad, which was named “Best little Toon House in Texas” by Animation Magazine. Yehudi branched off into writing and won 2nd place in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting competition for Buffalo Speedway and has adapted the story about pizza delivery drivers into a graphic novel (turbopizza.com). Yehudi’s live action debut was a short film entitled Monster Job Hunter (monsterjobhunter.com) The Live action/CG short played film festivals, including Fantastic Fest, and won Best Comedy at Dragon*Con. Coming Summer of 2012 Yehudi’s book, Pantalones, TX, hits the shelves.

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