Erika Lopez Biography
Erika Lopez is an American cartoonist, novelist, and performance artist. She is best known for the characters of “The Welfare Queen” and “Grandma Lopez” which was created after she started to get welfare after her arguments with Schuster and Simon.
Erika Lopez Age
She was born in the year 1968 and she is about 51 years old.
Erika Lopez Family
Lopez was born in New York City and is the daughter of two civil rights activists, a Puerto Rican father, Rafael Lopez-Sanchez; and a German-American mother, Deborah Reese. Her parents divorced when she and her sister were very small.
Her father tried to kidnap them many times after the divorce. She moved with her mother and sister to different places during that time including West Virginia, Chicago, Massachusetts, New York to prevent being caught by her father. She was raised in the New Jersey suburbs outside of Philadelphia by her mother and her mother’s lesbian partner and was brought up Quaker.
Erika Lopez Education
Lopez went to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and also studied at Moore College of Art and Design and the University of the Arts. She later moved to San Francisco, California.
Erika Lopez Engaged | Erika Lopez Fiance
Lopez is openly a bisexual woman and this makes her unmarried and is known to be single at present. However, she was rumored to have an affair with Simon & Schuster’s publisher, David Rosenthal. There was also news that they had kissed each other and made up. But, Erika later mentioned Rosenthal as her friend and her ‘maker.’
Erika Lopez Bibliography
- I Love You Like a Sister Said Erika Lopez. San Francisco: Erika Lopez, 1995.
- Lap Dancing for Mommy: Tender Stories of Disgust, Blame, and Inspiration. Seattle: Seal Press, 1997. ISBN 1-878067-96-6
- Flaming Iguanas: An Illustrated All-Girl Road Novel Thing. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1997. ISBN 0-684-83722-6
- They Call Me Mad Dog!: A Story for Bitter, Lonely People. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1998. ISBN 0-684-84941-0
- Hoochie Mama: La Otra carne Blanca (The Other White Meat). New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001. ISBN 0-684-86974-8
- Grandma López’s Country-Mad Fried Chicken Book. Nothing Left But the Smell: A Republican on Welfare. San Francisco: Tiny-Fisted Book Publishers, 2003.
- The Girl Must Die A Monster Girl Memoir. Monster Girl Media, 2010. ISBN 0-9844014-0-7
Erika Lopez Career
Erika moved to San Francisco to pursue her career in arts and had to struggle a lot in her early days. She then worked for Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and was paid $2500 to write.
Erika published a cartoon book named Lap Dancing for Mommy in 1997 and furthermore published two novels. They Call Me Mad Dog! And Hoochie Mama: The Other White Meat with Simon & Schuster in 1998 and 2001 respectively.
She founded a publishing company, Monster Girl Media uniting with James Swanson, Kamala Lopez, and Jeffrey Hicken. They published their first book The Girl Must Die: A Monster Girl Memoir in 2010 and even released the same type of book The Girl Must Die: 18 Postcards later.
Erika is also recognized as the characters of Grandma Lopez and The Welfare Queen. These characters are the part of a piece Nothing Left but the Smell: A Republican on Welfare which she has performed in various locations.
Erika Lopez Net Worth
She as of 2017-2018 had an approximated net worth of $100K – $1M while as of 2019, she has an approximated net worth of 9 Million.