A Political Cartoonist Panel in the CXC Festival

Here is a Zoom panel I participated in Saturday, October 3, 2020 with fellow editorial cartoonists Pat Bagley, Jen Sorensen, Eric Garcia and David Brown for the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC), a non-profit organization that sponsors a yearly, four-day Fall festival in Ohio devoted to comics and cartooning. The panel was MCed by 2019 Pulitzer Prize-finalist Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher.

I was a little nervous, but I also had a fun time seeing all the other editorial cartoonists and listening to them talk about their work this year. I’m a big fan of all the participating cartoonists. For me, it’s always cool to meet the cartoonists that I admire. That morning, before I went online for the meeting, my wife and I helped a friend move boxes so I didn’t have time to practice talking about my cartoons so I don’t stumble over my words. It was fun anyways. When I hear myself talk, though, I always wish I can talk slower and in a deeper voice. My wife advised me to be careful not to say too much “ums” and “you know”.

One of the things that I admire about my fellow cartoonists is their deep knowledge of the issues and the seriousness in which they approach their cartoons. They deeply care about the issues facing their local community and the nation as a whole, and they find unique and creative ways of making serious political commentary. I deeply admire Jen Sorensen’s multi-panel cartoons, which gives her an opportunity to do more nuanced commentary on issues than single panel cartoons can do. I admire David Brown and Eric Garcia’s deep dives into the issues facing the African American and Latino communities. And I admire Pat Bagley’s courage in being a liberal voice in a very conservative community.

Of the American cartoonists today, Eric Garcia’s work probably has the closest affinities to my own cartoons. The Filipino American community and the Hispanic community are dealing with many of the same issues of immigration, the history of American imperialist exploitation of each community’s country of origin, the Philippines and Latin America’s shared history as former Spanish colonies, the continued harassment of the indigenous peoples in the Philippines and Latin America. Eric takes much bolder stands in his cartoons than I do, and looking at his cartoons always keep me accountable to be more brave.

I was happy to promote the work of Andy Singer, one of my favorite cartoonists. I like his very unique and insightful takes on the issues facing the nation. One of my biggest thrills as a cartoonist was meeting Andy at the San Francisco convention for editorial cartoonists. He hung out with my wife and I about 2 years ago, and we both liked him and his funny takes on the world.

I like and admire many editorial cartoonists, but I don’t really know many of them very well. So it’s always a thrill to be in events like this where I get a chance to interact with them and get to know them beyond their cartoons. When I get nervous, I tend to put my foot in my mouth. So I have to be careful to not be too nervous around them. But I’m really proud to be able to be an editorial cartoonist.

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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