Vicko Alvarez is a Chicago based Tejana and 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.
Her latest comic, Rosita Gets Scared, tells the story of a young undocumented girl coping 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. With just weeks into its release, the comic has been covered by Telemundo, Newsy, and Radio Vocalo, and has been ordered by activists, educators, and parents across the country. Vicko is very excited to have found community in people of color comic cons and is very happy about the growing opportunity to connect with like minded educators.