A huge congrats to cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, this year’s winner of the Herblock Prize. Peter Kuper was named finalist.
Alcaraz is a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist and the creator of the syndicated (and frequently political) daily comic strip “La Cucaracha.” Alcaraz draws for Andrews McMeel Syndication, Daily Kos, Pocho.com and other outlets. He is also a writer, producer and consultant for animation projects at Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Disney, and Fox, and was Cultural Consultant on the Oscar-winning animated Pixar film “Coco.”
NBCNews noted the Los Angeles-based political cartoonist is the first Latino recipient of the prestigious Herblock Prize in recognition of his editorial cartooning and his “passion, dedication and brilliance” in covering civil rights and other issues affecting U.S. Latinos.
About Alcaraz’s portfolio, the judges enthusiastically wrote: “Powerful versatility. That is one way to describe the work of cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz. Alcaraz is equally as comfortable creating a faux woodblock print to address our country’s history of racism and xenophobia as he is mocking up a blueprint to satirize a rich white billionaire with a space rocket. From a stark dripping red MAGA hat that could be the corporate logo for the bloody January 6th insurrection, to a complex movie poster parody ridiculing right-wing conspiracies, Alcaraz’s cartoons always hit their mark.”
Peter Kuper, the prolific cartoonist and graphic novelist, was named Finalist. Kuper is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Nation, and MAD magazine where he has written and illustrated SPY vs. SPY for twenty-five years. He is the co-founder and editor of World War 3 Illustrated, a political graphics magazine that has given a forum to political artists for 42 years.
The Herblock, named for long-time Washington Post cartoonist Herbert Block, is the premiere journalism award for editorial cartooning, and comes with a $15,000 prize for the winner, and $5,000 for the Finalist. This year’s award will be presented in a ceremony held at the Library of Congress on April 26, 2022.