Tio Chango

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Tio Chango
Founder Rafael Navarro
Javier Hernandez
Michael Aushenker
(Undisclosed location)
Parent Big Umbrella

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.

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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:

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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!"

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Fictional Products

Chocolate Tio Chango
Tio Chango's Churros
Jugo de Tio Chango

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