arts & culture centered on the margins

Photo of a cloudy blue sky over the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, San Diego.

This month's list of art grants, fellowships, and residencies includes 12 previously unlisted opportunities with deadlines in August 2022 through September 13, 2022.

Excerpt of black and white comic "Reminder to Self" by Nicky Rodriguez, featuring a femme-presenting person speaking about pain.

Each installment of our comics series features a different emerging or established cartoonist. For our third comic strip of 2022, Queer Puerto Rican comic artist, flatter, and colorist Nicky Rodriguez tackles reclaiming agency while dealing with chronic pain in her comic, "Reminder to Self."

Hello Barkada's brown-toned round HB logo on a brown opaque background that features a faded photo of the San Diego Convention Center. Light text around the logo reads, "We're making space at Comic-Con International." Yellow circle on bottom right quadrant of HB logo lists panelists appearing on Hello Barkada's panels.

Hello Barkada hosted comics professionals Jamila Rowser, Regine Sawyer, Amy Chu, Amber Padilla, Dr. Shamika A. Mitchell, Deb Aoki, and Jessica Tseang on panels at Comic-Con International 2022 to consider where comics storytelling can expand and how the industry behind comics creation must change.

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Collage of screenshots featuring Filipina American Queer cartoonist Trinidad Escobar and Black nonbinary cartoonist Steenz.

In our livestream interview series, artists and writers are invited to discuss the inspiration and intent of their latest works. Watch the playbacks of conversations with Trinidad Escobar, Steenz, Jamila Rowser and Robyn Smith, and Nicky Rodriguez.

Black femme humanoid in space created by artist Julie Anderson.


Playbacks of our Virtuous Con: Black History Month 2022 panels "We Need the Punk," "Calling Out Colonizer Criticism," and "The Story of STILL..." are now available! Watch 15-minute clips for free and become a Virtuous Con Power Pass Patron to watch them and all of the event's panels in full.


Red Panda from Disney's animated film Turning Red.


Playback now available! In episode 3, special guest Lacey Vorrasi-Banis joined Jonita Davis and Christine Pasalo Norland to discuss the coverage of Disney's Turning Red.


Panel 1 of the comic "Solitude" by Hab Oh, featuring a black and white illustration of two planetary-like beings on a barren landscape, under a starry night sky.

Each installment of our comics series features a different emerging or established cartoonist. For our second comic of 2022, Hab Oh meditates on sitting with, not avoiding, "Solitude."


A rock painted blue with a pink happy face lays on a concrete curb.


Thanks to the generosity of our readers, patrons, and clients, Hello Barkada will feature 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 towards 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.
Text says "On Peace of Mind. Founder Christine Pasalo Norland explains how starting Hello Barkada is equal parts empowerment, protest, service, and rest." Text in white on a darkened photo of Filipina American Christine Pasalo Norland sitting on a tree swing in front of a view of Echo Park, Los Angeles.
Text says "Hello Barkada Comics #1: 'Family.' Cartoonist Maxi Rodriguez of KasutoProductions illustrates her thoughts on the idea of "chosen family," also known as barkada." Text in white on a darkened illustrated image of man washing a woman's hair while she sits covered in a bubble bath.
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!

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