Cartoonist makes cartoons to stop COVID-19 misinformation
A local artist has created a cartoon series about COVID-19. His cartoons aim to end misinformation about the virus and encourage the Latino / Hispanic population to get vaccinated. This is part of the larger Latino COVID-19 project launched by ASU cross-border professor Gilberto Lopez. Artist Lalo Alcaraz joined Jose Cardénas d’Horizonte to talk about his work.
When finding inspiration and working with cartoons, Alcaraz said he almost always uses his usual cartoon flow, which includes pop characters from Mexico, Chicano culture, Latin American culture, etc. “In this case, I was trying to fulfill the mission of overcoming vaccine hesitation and promoting social distancing,” he added.
Alcaraz’s work contains information that people may not have known before before the pandemic. His cartoons show signs of social distancing and vaccination. One of his cartoons mentions things more dangerous than vaccines, such as: smoking, drinking alcohol, driving, not exercising, and no vaccines. “We have a responsibility to provide medically accurate information and we don’t want to mislead people,” Alcaraz said.
Alcaraz mentioned that he felt honored and strong after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.