Vicko Alvarez Vega

I never planned on being a comic artist. I never planned on being a teacher. I never planned on being an organizer or an activist. But I am so happy that I have done all that and more.

I’m a native Tejana that has called Chicago home for 12 years and the creator and illustrator of the ScholaR Comics web and zine series. The comic follows the lives of ScholaR, Rosita, and Masir as they wrap their heads around their own tough realities. ScholaR has a few anger issues, Rosita is learning what it means to be undocumented, and Masir is coming into his own as a mixed race boy who doesn’t feel very “boy-ish”. Altogether, they’re a reflection of my friends growing up, the youth I’ve had the privilege of teaching, and the childhood stories that we all carry with us as adults.

My latest comic zine, "Rosita Gets Scared", recounts Rosita coming to terms with her fear of deportation. The comic also serves as an activity book to be utilized in classrooms and with youth groups as a tool to encourage culturally relevant social and emotional learning. Weeks into its release, the comic was covered by TelemundoNewsy, and Radio Vocalo, and has been ordered by activists, educators, and parents across the country. I’m very excited to have found community in people of color comic cons and I’m very happy about the growing opportunity to connect with like minded educators.

My workshops and discussions cover a variety of topics including

  • Comics / Art as Activism

  • Becoming and Independent Woman/Latinx Artist

  • Immigrant and people of color portrayals in comics + literature

  • Do It Yourself (DIY) zine making and publishing

  • Career days and art workshops for middle school and high schoolers

  • Drawing and Writing as therapeutic practice

For questions email Vicko directly at alvarez.vicko@gmail.com. For a printable Artist CV click here.

NOTABLE APPEARANCES

Exhibit: October 2015 Pilsen Open Studios.

Interview: January 2016 Latina Magazine

Interview: May 2016 Radio One Chicago.

Interview: July 2016 Imagine Otherwise

Exhibit: August 2016 Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach

Comic Expo: August 2016 Latino Comic Expo

Keynote Speaker: March 2017, Mujer a Mujer Conference at Northern Illinois Univeristy

Speaker: April 2017, Chicago Teen Lit Fest, Columbia College.

Speaker: May 2017 University of Wisconsin- Madison, CRECE Conference. 

Video: August 2017, Newsy

Video: August 2017, Telemundo

Interview: September 2017, Remezcla

Interview: October 2017, Chicago Tribune

Interview (Español): March 2018, Contratiempo

Comic Expo: March 2018, C2E2

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