A Conversation with Artist, Cartoonist, & Writer Lalo Alcaraz

Lalo Alcaraz is the creator of the syndicated daily comic strip, La Cucaracha, seen locally in the _Los Angeles Times_ and other newspapers nationwide. Alcaraz was also a consulting producer and writer at Fox Television’s animated show, “Bordertown,” which debuted in January 2016. A prolific political cartoonist, Alcaraz is winner of five Southern California Press Awards for Best Editorial Cartoon; produced editorial cartoons for _The LA Weekly_ from 1992-2010; and creates nationally syndicated editorial cartoons in English and Spanish. He drew the Sonia Sotomayor themed “Lil’ Judge Lopez” cartoon that appeared in “60 Minutes,” CBS News, and Univision, and hangs in Justice Sotomayor’s U.S. Supreme Court chambers.

Alcaraz’s books include the _New York Times_ bestseller _A Most Imperfect Union_, a U.S. history book with Ilan Stavans (Basic Books, 2014); _Latino USA: A Cartoon History_, 15th Anniversary Edition (Basic Books, 2013); _Migra Mouse: Political Cartoons on Immigration_ (Akashic Books, 2005); and _La Cucaracha_ (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2004). He is also Jefe in Chief of the satirical website, Pocho.com, and co-host of KPFK Radio’s satirical talk show, “The Pocho Hour of Power.” Alcaraz recently taught illustration at Otis College of Fine Art and Design in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and the University of California, at Berkeley.