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EVENT: A Viva Voz! presents “Cartoonista: An Evening with Lalo Alcaraz.”
WHEN: 7-9 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2013.
WHERE: The Benson Latin American Collection (SRH 1.108)
 BACKGROUND: The Benson Latin American Collection at The University of Texas at Austin celebrates its eleventh annual salute to Latino culture, “¡A Viva Voz!,” with a prolific and sometimes controversial Chicano artist, humorist and writer.
Lalo Alcaraz will speak amidst an exhibition of his work at the Benson Latin American Collection in Sid Richardson Hall, from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. The event is free and open to the public.  
Alcaraz has spent the past two decades chronicling the political ascendancy of Latinos in America and vigorously pushing the boundaries of Chicano art in what he describes as the “Post Chicano Art Era.
He is the creator of the first nationally-syndicated, politically-themed Latino daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha,” which is syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate (home of “Doonesbury” and “The Boondocks”) and appears in over 60 newspapers.
The political edginess of the satire in “La Cucaracha” garnered almost immediate complaints upon its publication in 2002 from readers who were accustomed to the more sanitized comic strips of yesteryear. Shortly thereafter, the strip was dropped by the Albuquerque Journal, the Denver Post and the Fresno Bee, and even replaced by the Dallas Morning News with the significantly more saccharine “Love Is…” Despite the controversy, Universal Press Syndicate considers “La Cucaracha” an unqualified success, and Alcaraz remains under contract with them.
Alcaraz also produces editorial cartoons — since 1992 for L.A. Weekly — which have also appeared in notable media outlets including the New York Times, the Village Voice, the L.A. Times, Variety, the Huffington Post, Hispanic Magazine, Latina Magazine, Mexico’s La Jornada, Germany’s BUNTE and many others.
He is currently a new faculty member at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles, and has published “Migra Mouse: Political Cartoons On Immigration” (2004, Akashic Books), authored the first collection of his daily comic strips, “La Cucaracha” (2004, Andrews-McMeel Publishing) and illustrated “Latino USA: A Cartoon History” (2000, Basic Books) with author Ilan Stavans.
He also co-hosts KPFK Radio’s wildly popular satirical talk show “The Pocho Hour of Power” and co-founded the seminal Chicano humor ‘zine, POCHO Magazine.
“Cartoonista: An Evening with Lalo Alcaraz” is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Margo Gutiérrez by April 1 at or 512-495-4589 if you plan to attend. Parking is available in LBJ Museum Lot 38, adjacent to Sid Richardson Hall, 2300 Red River Street.
“¡A Viva Voz!” was developed by former Benson director Ann Hartness to highlight the library's broad Mexican American/U.S. Latino resources, engage the local community and celebrate U.S. Latino culture. Past events have featured a variety of speakers and performers, including Afro-Latin funk band Ocote Soul Sounds, renowned Chicana artist Carmen Lomas Garza, author David Rice, actor Luis Avalos and comic artists Los Bros Hernandez.
The Benson Latin American Collection, a unit of the University of Texas Libraries and partner of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, is a specialized research library focusing on materials from and about Latin America, and on materials relating to Latinos in the United States. The library’s collections are comprised of over one million items including books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and art.


Article published on April 3, 2013 - 9:04am

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