From The Heart…

I need to take just a moment to wish a wonderful eternity to one of my childhood heroes, Mr. Forrest J. (Forry) Ackerman who passed away today. And to send my very best wishes to the iconic eternal beauty, Ms. Bettie Page who is in intensive care after suffering a heart attack today. I owe much to them both for inspiring me to be who I am…

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Al Guerrero, Artist/Humorist. Los Angeles, CA. Born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in East Los Angeles from the age of two, Al Guerrero grew up just steps from the famous Chicano strip, Whittier Boulevard. His youth experiences include witnessing and participating in the 1970 Chicano Power demonstrations, cruising cars on Whittier Boulevard, and graduating from Garfield High School. After dropping out of UCLA (with honors), he drew upon his lifelong passion for art and cartooning and pursued a career in graphic arts. During this period, he traveled overseas and found artistic inspiration from the masterworks he discovered within the European Art Museums. His career blossomed when he was eventually hired by the Walt Disney Company in 1995, where he worked as a creative artist for a number of years. Although the artistic work was rewarding, he eventually grew weary & disillusioned with the bureaucracy of the entertainment business, and left to work briefly in the educational field. His credits include producing a feature film with actor, Conrad Brooks of Ed Wood fame, founding and performing with the Punk Rock group “The Psychocats” at numerous L.A. & Hollywood venues during the 1990’s, and in 1999 he founded and created a hell-bent puppet cabaret show aptly named: “The Puppets from Hell”. As a long time active member of the Los Angeles Cacophony Society, Al “Quaeda”, as he was known, was involved in countless Cacophony Society pranks and events throughout the city. He also produced the “Incredibly Strange Cinema” cult film series as well as themed events such as the now infamous “Pornothon Movie Nights” and the satirical “Mexican Night: Noche De Tequila & Putas” shows at local nightclub venues. Throughout his art career, he has exhibited his canvas paintings at various local galleries, and has also written & illustrated numerous comic strips and Graphic Novel stories. Today, he lives in Silver Lake, California and works as a freelance artist and writer with numerous multi-media projects under his belt and in the works. His personal hobbies include collecting vintage toys and comic books, cinema history and Los Angeles City history. Contact: Al Guerrero P.O. Box 29697 Los Angeles, CA 90029-0697

2 thoughts on “From The Heart…

  1. Al, thanks for posting this. I’m so glad that we got to tour the Ackermansion a couple of times before he moved out in 2002. He was such a character, and so gracious for showing us his amazing collection. Such a cool gent, I even let him get flirty with my wife!

    I hope they hold his funeral services in Esperanto.

    Here is a picture of us with Uncle Forry from a visit in 2001.

  2. Thanks Walt! That was indeed a memorable day at the Ackermansion. He’d give us the tour then sit in the living room and chat & pose with us for as long as we wanted. I remember running into him countless times, including at the House of Pies in Los Feliz where he invited me to sit down for a minute at the table he was sharing with the great Mr. Ray Harryhausen! I was in heaven!

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