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 Telemundo, Newsy, 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 email@example.com. For a printable Artist CV click here.
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