Cartoonist Gus Arriola, whose comic strip about a Mexican bean farmer-turned-tour guide appeared in The Chronicle for 43 years and was syndicated in newspapers, died Saturday at his home in Carmel , according to his publicist. He was 90 years old and had suffered from Parkinson's disease, said publicist Alan Richman. Arriola's Gordo strip was one of the first cartoons in the United States to celebrate Mexican culture, albeit through the slightly overweight anti-hero Gordo Lopez , who had a penchant for charro suits and female tourists. Arriola published the last strip on March 2,
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While working on Gordo, Arriola lived in La Jolla, California, Phoenix, Arizona and then Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where he ran a shop selling Mexican arts, crafts and artifacts from to He died in Carmel on 2 February Shortly before his death he received a lifetime achievement award from the Arts Council for Monterey, California. He had suffered from Parkinson's disease. They remained married until his death. Gustavo "Gus" Arriola July 17, — February 2, was a Mexican-American comic strip cartoonist and animator, primarily known for the comic strip Gordo, which ran from through Arriola's father, Aquiles Arriola, was born on a hacienda in Sonora.
Mandalit del Barco. Self-portrait by Lalo Alcaraz hide caption. A panel from recent 'La Cucaracha' strip. Universal Press Syndicate hide caption. A panel from a Sunday edition of the "La Cucaracha" comic strip.
His design was just so crisp and nice, and the color on Sunday was great. Today they've squeezed the Sunday size down to the nub, and it would be a shame to do that to his stuff. And the Sunday color was tremendous. He would make the color designations for the engravers; I don't think all cartoonists are that involved in selecting the color for their strips. For them, skies are blue, grass is green.