arts & culture centered on the margins

Our October 2023 list features 13 grants with deadlines through November 6, 2023. In addition, we've listed 13 grants with rolling application deadlines. Each listed opportunity has no application fee.

Join Hello Barkada at the San Diego Zine Fest on October 15, where we'll be selling issue 2 of Isang Mahal alongside additional zines and tings to raise funds for the Southern California American Indian Resource Center, and our budget for commissioning artists and writers in 2024. Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Oceanside Zine Fair on September 24 and Chula Vista Art Fest on September 30!

The Nā ‘Aikāne o Maui Cultural Center's Lahaina Relief and Recovery fund is one of ten listings included in Hello Barkada's new monthly roundup that features crowdfunding campaigns, calls to action, mutual aid appeals and memberships, and sponsorship opportunities by artists, writers, and/or art collectives and organizations.

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Moonrise Over New Jessup by lawyer-turned-author Jamila Minnicks joins a josei manga by Fujita, a middle grade graphic novel by Victoria Ying, and a book of history and cultural criticism by Ruby Hamad as the latest additions to our ongoing list of books read and recommended in 2023.

Black and white illustration of a woman sitting in a bubble-filled bathtub, and a man washing her hair as she sits in the bath.

In this comic strip that launched the Hello Barkada Comics series, Latina body-positivity cartoonist Maxi Rodriguez shares her perspective on the value of chosen family. 


How the writer of Nubia: Queen of the Amazons and Marvel's Voices Infinity Comic: The Family Snikt went from clinical lab work to comic book bylines

Color photo of Japanese American cartoonist Elizabeth Ito.


The animation veteran and former Adventure Time director discusses the storytelling and appeal of her award-winning Netflix show.

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Thanks to the generosity of our readers, patrons, and clients, Hello Barkada featured more guest contributors in 2022! When you become a Hello Barkada patron or client, you help support independent arts journalism and programming by, about, and for marginalized communities. Be a part of the momentum we're building in 2023 and consider a contribution, collaboration, and zine purchase today!

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White text says "The Breadth of Trinidad Escobar's Arrive In My Hands. Published by Black Josei Press, Trinidad Escobar's Arrive In My Hands is a collection of Queer erotic comics, poem-comics, and illustrations that surges off the page like desire released from dormancy." Text on a darkened illustration of oceanside cliff formations that look like two women laying on their left sides in an embrace.
White text says, "Queenie: Godmother of Harlem. Inspired by the life of Stephanie "Queenie" St. Clair, this graphic novel by Elizabeth Columba and Aurélie Lévy and published by Megascope / Abrams ComicArts is a gripping read." Text on a darkened photo of the hard cover book on a red and white embroidered tapestry.
White text says, "Hello Barkada Comics #8. Each edition of our comics series features a new emerging or established cartoonist. In our first of 2023, nonbinary Caribbean American artist FeliceY shares a coming-of-age story in 'I Just Need a Pad.'" Text on a darkened black and white illustration of the second first panel of the comic featuring the narrator saying, "I need a pad."
Print outs of Hello Barkada activity sheets on a light gray and white shag rug.


Each activity is made to stir curiosity, start conversations, and build connections. No printer? No problem: Printing isn't necessary! These can be written, typed, and colored on in any free PDF editing application. 

A brown hand holding up the black and white zine in front of a leafy green hedge. The cover of the zine features falling leaves and the title, "isang mahal."

Our first micro-press effort is a 16-page zine featuring the first print reproductions of our 2021 comics series as well as original written and illustrated works. Profits offset our operations and help us commission artists and writers in 2023. Once 100 copies are sold, profits will also be shared with the cartoonists whose comics are featured in the zine. Buy a copy today!