[Comic Artist] Lalo Alcaraz, commentator and the creator of the daily nationally syndicated, sociopolitically themed comic strip “La Cucaracha” as well as a writer on the animated TV series Bordertown, which is set to debut on Fox in the fall of 2015.
Lalo Alcaraz is perhaps the most prolific Chicano artist in the nation, according to this bio. Lalo has been busy for over two decades chronicling the political ascendancy of Latinos in America and vigorously pushing the boundaries of Chicano art in the Post Chicano Art Era. He was born in San Diego and grew up on the border, and currently works as public school teacher. Lalo received received his bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, and later his master’s from the University of California, Berkeley.
His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Village Voice, the L.A. Times, Variety, Hispanic Magazine, Latina Magazine, Mexico’s La Jornada, Germany’s BUNTE and many other publications. Alcaraz and his work have been featured on CNN, the CBS Evening News, ABC, NBC, Univision, Telemundo, PBS, Al-Jazeera TV, NPR, Air America Radio and on Spain’s Radio Nacional de España. Mi Ciudad Magazine named Lalo Alcaraz “Best Latino Cartoonist in Los Angeles,” and Lalo has also been featured by Rolling Stone Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Associated Press, Editor & Publisher and profiled extensively in the Comics Journal.
Lalo is also currently a faculty member at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. Lalo Alcaraz is the co-host of KPFK Radio’s wildly popular satirical talk show, “The Pocho Hour of Power,” heard Fridays at 4 p.m. in L.A. on 90.7 FM, and co-founded the seminal Chicano humor ‘zine, POCHO Magazine. Alcaraz also co-founded the political satire comedy group Chicano Secret Service. If that wasn’t all he fills up his schedule as a faculty member at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles
Lalo’s books include “Migra Mouse: Political Cartoons On Immigration, (2004). Alcaraz also authored the first collection of his daily comic strips, “La Cucaracha.” (2004, Andrews-McMeel Publishing.) He also illustrated ”Latino USA: A Cartoon History,” (2000 by Basic Books) with author Ilan Stavans, and which is being currently updated for its historic 15th Anniversary paperback edition.
He has received five Southern California Journalism Awards from the Los Angeles Press Club for Best Cartoon in Weekly Papers, and numerous other awards and honors, including “The Latino Spirit Award” from the California Legislature and the Office of the Lt. Governor, honors from the Los Angeles City Council, the California Chicano News Media Association, the UC Berkeley Chicano Latino Alumni Association, the United Farm Workers of America, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, and The Rockefeller Foundation, among others.
Lalo will be making an appearance at the Latino Comics Expo 2014 which will be held in San Jose, CA on October 11th and 12th.
TEDxSoCal – Lalo Alcaraz – A Cartoonist’s Guide to Life