Sculptor geeks out East Los style, comic book store owner prepares for third East LA C.A.P.E.

Luis Angel Cano captures part of the aesthetic and pop culture influences of East Los Angeles using plastic toys and polymer clay.

Perhaps the hand-crafted figure that best represents his style is a figure of the “Muppets” character Gonzo who wears clothes styled after Hunter S. Thompson in the film adaptation of the book “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”

A self-proclaimed social media introvert, Cano avoided using  for a long time. Despite his trepidations, his friends convinced him to use  it to promote his work, and he’s seen success because of it. He’s a returning guest at this year’s Designer Con and Latino Comic Con, and will have a booth at the third annual East LA Comic Book, Art and Pop-Culture Expo (C.A.P.E.)

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