By KELIN DILLON
Pulse News Mexico’s very own Oscar Manuel Rodríguez Ochoa, aka Luy, known for his whimsical Luy’s Lines cartoon series, has just been bestowed with the International Cartoonist of the Decade award by the United States World Press Agency, adding yet another award to his long list of accolades.
“It’s an honor to not only be recognized nationally, but also internationally, for the quality of my work,” said Rodríguez about the new award, which was announced on Sunday, Feb. 7.
Rodríguez has been gifting the world with his excellent cartoons for years, having previously been awarded in recognition of his four decades of work by Club Primera Plana.
“I have over 40 years experience as a professional cartoonist,” said Rodríguez. “For me, it’s marvelous to be recognized with a prize of this high distinction.”
Rodríguez’s passion for drawing and success at art started during his childhood.
“When I was young and in school, I participated in many drawing contests. The first time I entered, I won, which was amazing,” he said.
“And I enjoyed participating in them so much that I just kept entering them.”
And he’s been doing it ever since, with many more wins and awards underneath his belt.
In 2020 alone, Rodríguez was given numerous accolades, including from the HBO Institute for his conference broadcast on its radio station, from ABC Radio for his participation in its Radio Caricature program, from the Union Communicators of Mexico in recognition of his outstanding journalism work, and from the International Festival of Cairo, Egypt, for his work in its annual contest.
All together, Rodríguez has been awarded 74 different awards throughout Mexico and other countries (Cuba, Romania, the United States and Spain, just to name a few) in honor of his illustrious career.
“It’s been magnificent to be able to share my cartoons with Pulse News Mexico,” said Rodríguez of his ongoing Luy’s Lines series.
Outside of his work with Pulse News Mexico, Rodríguez also offers courses for drawing, design and caricatures, both online and in person, and he also hosts a radio program.
He has likewise done illustrations for over 80 children’s books throughout his career.
The key, he says, is to keep working.
“I’m always working on new levels for my caricatures, and trying new mediums,” said Rodríguez. “It’s very important to me to keep moving forward.”
With the ambition to continue developing his already storied career, we can expect to see plenty more cartoons from Rodríguez in the future, with more awards to follow.
The Pulse News Mexico staff proudly congratulates Luy on achieving the title of International Cartoonist of the Decade.
…Feb. 9, 2021