One of my favorite stories by Luis Alberto Urrea – and apparently a favorite of many – has been made into a graphic novel, published by Cinco Puntos Press, and available as of March 1: Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush. If you are not familiar with the story or the author, now would be a great time to discover both. The book is illustrated by Christopher Cardinale, “a muralist and artist with a social message. His large-scale murals against globalization and war can be seen in New York, Italy, Greece and Mexico. He is a regular contributor to the zine World War Three.” He also made a trip from Brooklyn down to visit Rosario, Sinaloa in Mexico, where Urrea’s story takes place.