Central HS to Host Nationally Syndicated Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz

Posted by Community Relations on 9/17/2015

Nationally syndicated cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, a writer-producer on Seth MacFarlane’s new upcoming animated Fox TV show, “Bordertown”, will be among the featured speakers at a student conference and fundraiser in Phoenix September 25.
The Sixth Annual Phoenix Union M.E.Ch.A. Conference, hosted by Central High, is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, September 25. Over 500 students from across the Valley will attend. M.E.Ch.A (El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan) is a nationwide organization that advocates for higher learning and activism in communities.

Other speakers include Mayor Greg Stanton, Congressman Ruben Gallego, Senator Martín Quezada, Supervisor Steve Gallardo, State Director of Mi Familia Vota, Raquel Teran and keynote speaker Dr. Anita Fernandez, Director of Prescott College. Alcaraz is delivering the event’s closing address in the afternoon.
Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. Alcaraz will appear at a Platica & Performance at PAZ Cantina as the featured guest for fundraiser benefiting the Central High M.E.CH.A. student group.
Alcaraz is the creator of the first nationally syndicated Latino daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha”. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Variety, NPR, and Rolling Stone Magazine.
Alcaraz currently serves as a producer and writer on the Fox animated show “Bordertown” which premieres in January 2016. He also has been hired by Disney/Pixar to work on its animated feature film, “Coco”, scheduled for release in 2017. The movie centers on the traditional Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos).
“We are so thrilled to have him at our conference, and grateful that he’s doing a fundraiser for us. He’s one of the funniest people I know and an amazing role model for our Latino students,” said Maria Chacon, Central High School teacher and the coordinator of Annual M.E.CH.A. Conference.