A Presentation On My Editorial Cartoons at the Sunnyvale Rotary Club – August 2019

On Tuesday August 13, 2019, I did a presentation of my editorial cartoons to the Sunnyvale Rotary Club. They are a nice group of people who do a lot of good work for the community. As I was doing my presentation, I began to realize just how somber many of my editorial cartoons are. Because many of my cartoons deal with extrajudicial killings and the exploitation of vulnerable people, they tend to be very grim. Next time I do a presentation of my cartoons, I will mix in some lighter illustrations to vary the mood of the presentation.

After my presentation, several people came up to me to thank me. One Filipina woman thanked me for using my cartoons to highlight the issues that the Philippines are facing. She told me that her uncle was once shot at several times while he was in his car. Only the car’s metal prevented him from being shot. Her uncle had been an outspoken critic of government corruption and he believes that some government officials were sending him payback. The woman thanked me for using my cartoons to let the world know of the killings going on in the Philippines.

The Sunnyvale Rotary Club sponsors high school students in leadership and speech programs, provides books for elementary school youth, provides school and clothing to Sunnyvale Community Services, provides backpacks for school kids, participates in the March To End Polio, serves lunch for the Special Olympics, funds programs that promote peace and alleviate poverty, and delivers wheel chairs to indigents around the world.

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 did 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 Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. 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 and 2018 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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