On March 20, 2019 I participated in a talk on political cartoons with fellow political cartoonist Eric Garcia at the Art Boutiki in San Jose. It was a fun an informative talk. It was cool to listen to Eric’s philosophy in creating his cartoons. We both share similar artistic influences and we both view our cartoons as a means to advocate for causes we care about.
Both of us were deeply influenced by the study of history. Eric tries to use the various artistic mediums that he practices (from lithography to murals to printmaking) to advocate for social justice.
Many of the people who attended commented on how cool the Art Boutiki venue is. The Art Boutiki is a combination comic book store, art gallery and music venue. They have an open mic night where poets, musicians, and comedians go to perform. It is a great venue for music, as musicians from different genres perform. Last night a jazz group from Cuba performed to a full house.
The Art Boutiki is located at 44 Race Street, San Jose, California.
If you like to see today’s political scene from a Latino point of view, please consider Eric Garcia’s book Drawing on Anger: Portraits of U.S. Hypocrisy.