Futuro Conjunto: Not Derivative

UPDATE: the creatives behind Futuro Conjunto have responded to the accusations of Fernando A. Flores in a detailed Medium article, with receipts.

In the Mexican American creative community of South Texas, a controversy erupted the morning of March 30, 2021.

Author Fernando A. Flores took to Instagram to accuse Charlie Vela and Jonathan Leal of stealing his idea of “fake bands” from the Río Grande Valley to create the sci-fi project Futuro Conjunto. Being a friend of Charlie and Jonathan and a long-time supporter of this project, I replied to…