José Guadalupe Posada Print Collection ➔ Don Chepito en Bicicleta y Don Chepito en Procesion (Don Chepito on a Bicycle and Don Chepito on Procession)
Height: 11 in
Width: 8.5 in
The title, "Don Cheptio en Bicicleta y Don Chepito en Procesion" means "Don Chepito on a Bicycle and Don Chepito on Procession". There are two images here and both in black and white and without borders. The top image is of a evil looking man in a suit standing next to a bicycle. He is short and bald with scary eyes and big ears. Regular people are standing behind him staring. The bottom image is of Don being carried on a wagon by two donkeys past a crowd who stares at him as well.
Posada is a Mexican engraver and lithographer best known for his "calaveras", which often assume various costumes, such as the Calavera de la Catrina, the "Calavera of the Female Dandy", which was meant to satirize the life of the upper classes during the reign of Porfirio Díaz. Most of his imagery was meant to make a religious or satirical point. Since his death, however, his images have become associated with the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, the "Day of the Dead". He started out making comics for a local Mexican newspaper of Aguascalientes called "El Jicote"("The Bumblebee"), which was discontinued after one of his comics severely offended a powerful politician.
Don Chepito –– Don Chepito is a reoccuring character in Posada's work that he mocks, and some sources claim that he is the first comic book character. Created by Posada and Arroyo, Chepito satirically represents the "intellectuals" of the time, desperate to be liked and included. Posada shows Chepito continually making a fool of himself while doing activities like trying to charm women, inform crowds, go to bullfighting events and be popular.