A Talk With Political Cartoonists Eric Garcia and Angelo Lopez – March 2019

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.

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About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He does a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippines Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since March 2013, he has also contributed cartoons to the Manila Mail, a Filipino American newspaper based in Washington D.C. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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