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Tio Chango ("Uncle Monkey", a play on words of the phrase "I'll be a monkey's uncle ") is a fictional company concocted by independent comic-book creators and friends Rafael Navarro, Javier Hernandez, and Michael Aushenker.
The term monkey's uncle, most notably seen in the idiom "(well) I'll be a monkey's uncle", is used to express complete surprise, amazement or disbelief. It can also be used to acknowledge the impossibility of a situation, in the same way that "pigs might fly" is used. An example is if one says: "I may agree that if two plus two equals five, then I am a monkey's uncle". "I'll be a monkey's uncle" has been said to date from after 1925, the date of the widely publicized Scopes Trial in the United States, where the term first appears. The Oxford English Dictionary's earliest example is the phrase If that's a joke I'm a monkey's uncle, from an Ohio newspaper on 8 February 1925. It was originally a sarcastic remark made by creationists. The notion "that [people] were descended from apes was considered blasphemous...by Darwin's contemporaries", and it was for this reason that the sarcastic phrase came into use.
Alternative comics cover a range of American comics that have appeared since the 1980s, following the underground comix movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Alternative comics present an alternative to mainstream superhero comics which in the past have dominated the American comic book industry. Alternative comic books span a wide range of genres, artistic styles, and subjects.
Rafael Navarro is an independent American comic-book artist best known for creating the Xeric Award winning series, Sonambulo, which cleverly blends elements of Lucha Libre and the noir genre. He has collaborated with Keith Rainville and has had work featured in Rainville's From Parts Unknown Publications. Navarro also has experience in storyboarding and has acted as a contributor to several animated television series as Rugrats and ¡Mucha Lucha!. A longtime friend of fellow creator Javier Hernandez, Navarro makes a cameo appearance in the film adaptation of El Muerto: The Aztec Zombie.
The fictional company was featured in faux advertisements within their imprint, Big Umbrella (of which creators Ted Seko and Rhode Montijo were also members). Despite the fact that the imprint disbanded in 2003 due to some financial problems, the creators still remain friends and they often use the fictional company within their privately owned or collaborative works.
An imprint of a publisher is a trade name under which it publishes a work. A single publishing company may have multiple imprints, often using the different names as brands to market works to various demographic consumer segments.
Big Umbrella is a defunct comic-book imprint which was formed by indie comic creators Rafael Navarro, Javier Hernandez, Michael Aushenker, Ted Seko, and Rhode Montijo. It wasn't considered an imprint as along the lines of a DC or Marvel imprint but more along the lines of a loosely formed coalition of independent publishers and friends. The imprint disbanded sometime in 2003 due to problems in the market-place. According to creator Javier Hernandez:
Ted Seko is an independent American comic-book artist best known for making imaginative comics with B-Movie-like storylines. His works are known for their fast-paced action without narration overpowering or convoluting the story. Seko has received great acclaim for having a unique style that is unequaled to most comic-books written within his genre. He is currently working with creator Javier Hernandez on their shared imprint, Xomix Comix.
The inspiration for the creation of the fake company was the sugary chocolate-milk powder packets sold across Mexico that creators Navarro and Hernandez had grown up drinking. For this reason, Tio Chango specializes in its chocolate-milk powder packets as well as a number of other confectionery treats including churros. No official slogan exists for the fictional company other than the phrases "¡Muy Bueno!" and "¡Qué Rico!"
Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost 2,000,000 square kilometres (770,000 sq mi), the nation is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the 13th largest independent state in the world. With an estimated population of over 120 million people, the country is the eleventh most populous state and the most populous Spanish-speaking state in the world, while being the second most populous nation in Latin America after Brazil. Mexico is a federation comprising 31 states and Mexico City, a special federal entity that is also the capital city and its most populous city. Other metropolises in the state include Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, Tijuana and León.
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