Lalo Alcaraz at the Fullerton Public Library Tells of Mickey Mouse Flipping Off Roy Disney!
The event (co-sponsored by Cal State Fullerton's Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, for which I teach) was a smash, with the only uncomfortable moments provided by Alcaraz muffling too many burps during our discussion, a result of us enjoying one too many tacos at El Camino Real minutes before the discussion. But Lalo provided many great anecdotes, gave the genesis of the cartoon to the right, and also offered a Disney anecdote I had never heard: his drawing of Mickey giving Roy Disney the bird.
One day, Alcaraz received a call from Disney management: they wanted to buy the original for an unnamed executive. Alcaraz told the howling crowd how he was paranoid that Disney wanted to buy the original to then claim a copyright on the cartoon, so they could sue Lalo for infringement. He had a friend pose as an assistant and call back Disney with a price: $1,000.
"Who do we write the check to," the Disney worker replied.
Alcaraz ultimately decided not to sell the original, which he can no longer find.