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Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz to speak at Delta College

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Posted: Saturday, April 15, 2017 8:30 am

Lalo Alcaraz is the creator of the award-winning, nationally syndicated comic strip “La Cucaracha.”

He’s produced editorial cartoons for L.A. Weekly, and hosts an L.A. radio talk show.

He cofounded the humor ’zine POCHO Magazine, and recently launched the news and satire website

He’s a consulting producer and sometimes writer on the FOX TV series “Bordertown.”

And on Wednesday, he’ll share his story with students at San Joaquin Delta College in a presentation that’s open to the public.

The event will be held at noon Wednesday at Tillie Lewis Theater, 5151 Pacific Ave. in Stockton. Alcaraz will speak from noon to 1 p.m., then sell and sign artwork from 1 to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

While “La Cucaracha” and “Bordertown” may be the Alcaraz work more people are familiar with, he got his first break as a political cartoonist, with satirical artwork tackling topics such as immigration.

“Satire is another language,” Alcaraz told the Victoria Advocate in 2015. “It’s another way to decipher the world.”

He has also worked on several books, including “Migra Mouse: Political Cartoons on Immigration” and “Latino USA: A Cartoon History,” the latter with author Ilan Stavans.

Alcaraz was born in San Diego, raised along the border, and graduated from San Diego State University in 1987. He received a master’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991.

He is married to a public school teacher and they have three children. Wednesday’s event at Delta College is sponsored by the Division of Arts & Communication and the Office of Student Equity and Diversity.



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