Cultural Crossings

Héctor Cantú

2008-09 Speaker Series
Hector Cantu

The Funnies and Race: Why is Everyone So Touchy About Stereotypes?

A free public program
Wednesday, October 15, 6-7:30 pm
Mather Mansion 301
2605 Euclid Ave.

Héctor Cantú is an award-winning journalist and co-creator/writer of the nationally syndicated newspaper comic strip Baldo, syndicated nationally by Universal Press Syndicate.   He is co-executive producer of the Baldo TV show in production, and author of two Baldo books, The Lower You Ride, The Cooler You Are and Night of the Bilingual Telemarketers.

The comic strip's lead characters are quickly squeezing their way onto the American pop culture stage, from the car-crazy teen Baldo and college-obsessed sister Gracie to the tradition-protecting Dad, and the lottery-playing Tia Carmen. Through sophisticated, gentle humor, Cantú seeks to bring a different perspective to daily comic pages, giving a peek into the daily lives of a Latino family.

The comic strip appears in 200 daily and Sunday newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Los Angeles Daily News, and The Houston Chronicle. Baldo is Universal Press Syndicate's fourth most-successful comic strip launch, after The Boondocks, For Better or For Worse, and Calvin and Hobbes.

In addition to writing the comic, he is an editor at Quick, a daily news tabloid in Dallas that targets young readers. He was managing editor of Hispanic Business magazine and previously wrote a newspaper column for Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service that examined business issues in Hispanic America. Cantú has also worked with other artists to bring various characters to life, including a line of vending machine stickers for Cutting Edge Industries in California.

Cantú has appeared on CNN, NPR, and the nationally syndicated television special, Hispanic America: The Year in Review. Quoted by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and USA Today, he is an expert on the US Hispanic market - for three years Cantú wrote a newspaper column, distributed nationally by Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service, that examined issues in Hispanic America.

Co-sponsored by ODAMA

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Antonio Medina-Rivera, director of Cultural Crossings at Cleveland State University (216-523-7168).

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Cultural Crossings
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Ave., RT 1822
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Department of Modern Languages
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