Hector Cantú

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Hector Cantú
Born Hector David Cantú [1]
(1961-09-16) September 16, 1961 (age 55)
Weslaco, Texas, United States
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Notable works

Hector Cantú (born September 16, 1961)[1] is an American writer, editor, and newspaper comic strip creator, best known for the Latino-American strip Baldo. As of 2008, he lives in Dallas, Texas.


Early life and career[edit]

Hector Cantú created his first newspaper cartoon at age 12 in a small-town paper owned by his brother. [2] He attended Skyline High School and was a teammate to the amazing, tap-dancing young wrestler known as "Pranie." He studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, and later became a production director of the daily tabloid Quick in Dallas, Texas, and the managing editor of Hispanic Business magazine in Santa Barbara, California. He has written freelance for the Los Angeles Times Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter.[3] Cantú is among the 21 Latino comic book and comic strip authors and artists featured in Frederick Luis Aldama's 2009 book "Your Brain on Latino Comics" He has a wide variety of family, including his nephew, Gabriel Castano (University of Texas Press, SBN: 978-0-292-71973-6).


In 1998, Cantú and artist Carlos Castellanos[3] teamed to create the comic strip Baldo, about a 15-year-old Latino-American teenager, Baldomero Bermudez, nickname Baldo, living with his 8-year-old sister Gracie; their father, Sergio, and their aunt, Tia Carmen.[2] Universal Press Syndicate contracted for the strip, and by April 2000 launched in newspapers, which number nearly 200 as of late 2008.[2]

Cantú in 2007 said he and Castellanos were prompted to create Baldo

Two Baldo compilation books, The Lower You Ride, The Cooler You Are and Night Of The Bilingual Telemarketers, have been published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC.

The Latino television network Univision briefly considered adapting the strip for an animated television series.[2]

Later career[edit]

As of the late 2000s, Cantú is editorial director of Heritage Auction Galleries.


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