Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz to lead free discussion at UNM

Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz will speak at two events in New Mexico.

Lalo Alcaraz is always up for a challenge.

For decades, the cartoonist has tackled Latino issues in his artwork.

“When I started doing political cartoons, there were many issues, and immigration has always been one,” he said. “Over the course of 25 years, it has become the national issue. It’s very important to keep hitting on these subjects, because they will always be issues.”

Alcaraz will lead a talk at 5:30 p.m. today at Woodward Hall on the University of New Mexico campus.

The free event is part of “The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility,” an exhibition at 516 ARTS and the Albuquerque Museum with citywide public programs.

Alcaraz is known for creating the comic “La Cucaracha,” which was the first nationally syndicated, politically themed Latino daily comic strip.

Alcaraz said his talk will be from the creation of his cartoons to the political climate right now in the country.

He said growing up in San Diego and Tijuana affected the creation of all his work.

“I wanted there to be Latino representation in the media,” he said. “I pumped out years of cartoons with Latino story lines, which is what we still have to do. I wanted to keep the discussion of Latino issues out in the forefront.”

His visit to New Mexico will also feature a meet-and-greet session at 6 p.m. Friday at Low ‘n Slow Lowrider Bar, 125 Washington St., Santa Fe. The event is sponsored by the New Mexico chapter of National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

“Albuquerque is one of my favorite places in the world,” he said. “Once I get there, I take an Uber to Barelas to go eat. I roll in with my luggage. Nothing better than that place.”

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