We had the good fortune of connecting with Mena Bo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mena, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I want to use my knowledge and abilities to leave the world a little better than I found it. There are so many causes that need to be addressed and we as a community can do a lot to solve them. I want to be part of the solution. I know that it may sound idealistic and maybe naïve, but I know that a little can do wonders. That is why I am using visual arts (comic books) as a way to communicate with my community.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am currently an author and illustrator working on independent comic books. I am using this media to tell the stories of amazing heroines from our past. There are so many incredible women lost in history and I want to make them visible again. Their lives are inspiring and really adventurous, everyone should know them.
I got to this point in my career working a lot. It has not being easy but fortunately I have been stubborn enough and I have people who had always believed in me. Having people on your back is essential to not lose hope and to give you a pat on the shoulder every now and then.
I have learned a lot in my professional journey. One of the most important things I learned is to have discipline and be consistent. The second important thing is to collaborate, that can exponentiate your efforts.
I am a storyteller, my media is visual arts. And we the storytellers of the world, are able to fill the world with images and ideas than might be forgotten or overlooked. I see this as my duty and I am delightful to share these stories with everyone who wants to hear them, or read them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Mexico’s City is one of the cities with more museums in the world. So we should definitely go to a bunch of them like the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Anthropolgy (one of my favorites) and the Museum of Beaux Arts.
Being in Mexico you cannot miss to visit one or two pyramids from the ancient cultures that lived here. Right in the middle of the city there are the ruins of the Mayor Temple of the Aztec civilization and around them, there are a lot of interesting sightseeings, like the main Cathedral and the National Government Palace.
You cannot leave without eating some tacos, the city has more options than your stomach can handle, but I would take you to my favorite taco spots (if you do not get the Moctezuma’s revenge curse). The Mexican cuisine is so vast that there are of course more options besides tacos. At the city´s downtown there is a building that belonged to a count, it is called the House of Tiles. And in it you can find a popular Mexican franchise restaurant where we can have some delicious enchiladas.
Finally, Mexico has also a great coffee, tequila and mezcal production and culture. And we usually drink everything together, why not? So nowadays the Carajillo drink is very popular and you can find it almost everywhere. But there are some nice spots where you can hear some jazz and have a Mezcal based drink. And well, we would go to lot of parties, because we are in Mexico.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my brother Guzo Borboa. He has help me along my professional and personal life. He has shown me the way to have a successful artistic career.
I would also like to give credit to all of my lovely colegues from Sociedad de Tinta who inspire me every day.