Vicko Alvarez is a native Tejana, current graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, an aspiring middle school teacher, and the creator and illustrator of the ScholaR Comics web series. The comic is based on her childhood as well as the lives of the students she's had the privilege of teaching in Chicago's southside. The stories touch on the realities of growing up poor in an immigrant home while also maintaining pride in your community.
Vicko is excited by the response her comics have received especially from various generations of Latinxs who do not often see their realities told in the mainstream. She is also a member of For The People (FTP) Artists Collective and creates art for movement work in Chicago that centers Black lives and prison abolition. Vicko is very happy to have found community in the POC comic world and to have found like minded radical artists to share space with.
With a big mouth and firm belief that "each one, teach one", Vicko stays reppin’ for the hociconas and the pissed off nerdas who put the “chola” in “scholar”.
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.
For questions email Vicko directly at firstname.lastname@example.org