Award winning Latino cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz presents his first solo art show in a decade at Uptown Whittier comics store "Geeks." Titled "Cucaracha Superman," the exhibit will feature artwork first seen in his nationally syndicated daily comic strip, "La Cucaracha," the first national Latino-themed political comic strip in American history. "Cucaracha Superman" will be composed of pen and ink daily comic strip originals, posters and paintings based on characters from the irreverent comic strip, including stars Cuco, Eddie, Teacher Veronica, Taco Cart Guy, irascible oldsters Chepe & Pepe, Ernesto & Maria, Bruiser the Fry Cook and many more.
Opening night July 11th, 7pm, will feature music by KPFK 90.7 FM radio's DJ Boxy Dee, musical director of Lalo's popular public radio show, The Pocho Hour of Power, heard Fridays at 4pm. Refreshments will be served. Lalo will also be selling and signing posters featuring his artwork. "Cucaracha Superman" will run until July 31.
Dolores Huerta, cofounder of the United Farm Workers says, "La Cucaracha speaks for the disenfranchised with humor and a cutting voice." Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons says of La Cucaracha, "Not since Family Circus, has there been a comic strip that speaks so directly and passionately to Latinos."
La Cucaracha was first distributed by Universal Press Syndicate in 2002. Appearing locally in the Los Angeles Times, La Cucaracha and Lalo's editorial cartooning have garnered Alcaraz numerous awards and honors from various groups, including the Los Angeles Press Club, the California Legislature, the County Federation of Labor and the Los Angeles City Council. Lalo Alcaraz is also being honored by the Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation at the seventh annual Honors Night on July 8 at the Whittier Radisson Hotel.
Event: Cucaracha Superman Artist's Reception Saturday, July 11th, 2009. 7pm-10pm. Features music by KPFK radio's DJ Boxy Dee & refreshments, and artist signing.