Have you all noticed that Lalo Alcaraz’s La Cucaracha comic strip is no longer in the printed Chron? It still appears online here, but the print edition is missing one of the funniest, thought-provoking socio-political strips ever created. (Click on the comic for a larger view!)
According to Lalo, it was yanked from the Chron without any official reason. In fact, he had been cut from his main paper, the LA Times, but it was reinstated within 36 hours after a loud response from Latinos and progressives alike.
Let’s get La Cucaracha back in the printed Chron! Here’s a message from Lalo himself:
HELP La Cucaracha get reinstated in HOUSTON CHRONICLE
To all my MySpace Friends and la cucaracha fans everywhere but esp. in HOUSTON, Tejas: (You can take action by emailing the Houston Chron below, but read on).
The Houston Chronicle has dropped the ONLY COMIC STRIP IN THE UNITED STATES that regularly supports Latino immigrant rights and explores Chicano/Latino/Mexicano political and social issues- “la cucaracha,” by me, Lalo Alcaraz, and has replaced it with a PENGUIN-themed comic strip by a New Zealand cartoonist!
You can help me get “la cucaracha” back in to the paper. It can happen, as in March I was dropped WITHOUT NOTICE by the LA Times and reader response was so OVERWHELMING they brought La Cucaracha back in 36 hours!
creator of “La Cucaracha”
ACTION ALERT * TOMEN ACCION
Please email and call the Houston Chron if you haveever enjoyed reading comics about Latinos and immigrants more than reading about penguins from New Zealand!
To comment on Arctic Circle or any other comics inthe Chronicle:
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org • Call 713-362-3222.
Looks like the Houston Chronicle has a semi-official response posted online in James Campbell’s blog.
Scroll half way down the page for his non-comments.
He should include the Chronicle reader representative in his email campaign.
The reader rep passes on such things to the executive editorial leadership, so he ought to be cc’ed on any such correspondence (along with the comics editor).
I was about to ask what happened and now I see I wasn’t the only one shocked que se fue “La Cucaracha.”
I sent them an email to find out. Let’s see what they say.