Can I change my name to ‘Mr. New York Times Best-Selling Author’?

by Lalo Alcaraz on August 8, 2014 in Cartoons, Cultura

corporationsbookcoverI’m going to change my name to Mr. New York Times Best Selling Author Lalo Alcaraz.

OK, maybe a name-changing judge won’t agree, but the book I co-created with author Ilan Stavans has been two weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List for Graphic Books, so sue me, I’m just a little excited.

A Most Imperfect Union is the culmination of over two years of back and forth haggling, drawing, changing, hacking and exasperation, but it resulted a pretty damn fine book. It is the second book famed academic and author Ilan Stavans (Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College) and I have worked on together; the first was the very successful Latino USA: A Cartoon History of Latinos in the US.

Ilan and I could be considered an odd couple, he is a Jewish chilango academic, I am a Chicano artist from the border.


He seems to be a bit conservative, I have been accused of being a treasonous leftist terrorist. (We both have many detractors, but I think mine are crazier.)

Somehow, his words and my pictures seem to click in a way that readers enjoy. It may be that Ilan enjoys dissecting history and culture in his own studious way and I like to question history and culture in my own heckling, roughneck street manner. We fought and argued during production but Ilan was also very open to everything I suggested, as far as changes to some panels in this book. This back and forth seems to come together somehow in the pages of A Most Imperfect Union and in Latino USA.

I’m not reviewing my own damn book, you’ll have to do that. But I can tell you I had a great time learning American history as I drew this book. And I’m a history nut, so there’s plenty here that had escaped me before. Also, I enjoy putting down a nice illustration that can both look eye-pleasing, and, occasionally, illuminating. I think you will both learn from and enjoy A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States.

I’ll be signing the book 6-10 PM this evening at Lunasol Mexican Vintage, 6711 Bright Ave., Whittier, CA 90601.

See you there!





Kathy Reilly Mannix August 8, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I can’t find the tab to click on to buy the book. Will you come to D.C. on a book tour?

Often I ask publishers for review copy for Young D.C.’s “Omnivorous Reader” column. If this would boost your status with the publisher, we could go that route. In the case of books by cartoonists I know, I usually find the $$$ to purchase.

Hoping to see you in SF during AAEC.


Comic Saenz August 12, 2014 at 10:32 PM

We didn’t run an Amazon link in the original story because it was timed to coincide with Lalo’s live appearance (including book signing and book sales) at our amiga’s store on Friday. She is a long-time fan, friend and supporter and we’re happy to say the Uptown Whittier economy was invigorated with the sale of many dozens of books as a result. 🙂

Now that the weekend is over, we’ve added an Amazon link.

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