Lalo Alcaraz is an award-winning editorial cartoonist and Latino journalist who captures the essence of the country's changing cultural and political landscape. Lalo is the creator of the first nationally syndicated politically themed Latino daily comic strip, La Cucaracha, which is syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate in over 65 papers.
Alcaraz has produced editorial cartoons for LA Weekly since 1992 and also creates cartoons in English and Spanish for Universal Press Syndicate. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, Variety, Hispanic Magazine, Latina magazine, La Jornada in Mexico City, BUNTE (Germany's People magazine) and many other publications.
Alcaraz illustrated the book Latino USA: A Cartoon History, which was published in September 2000 by Basic Books. He also co-edits the satirical magazine POCHO.
Alcaraz began drawing daily editorial cartoons at San Diego State University's college newspaper, The Daily Aztec, in 1985 and received a bachelor's degree in art and environmental design in 1987. He earned a master's degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991.
Alcaraz recently received his fourth Southern California Journalism Award for Best Cartoon in Weekly Papers, as well as the Los Angeles Hispanic Public Relations Association's Premio Award for Excellence in Communications, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics "Art As A Hammer" Award.