arts & culture centered on the margins

Promotional graphic for episode 6 of Allowed, featuring a profile photo of cartoonist MariNaomi.

PLAYBACK AVAILABLE! Bay Area-based cartoonist MariNaomi joined us on IG Live for the next episode of Allowed to discuss their upcoming collage-comics memoir I Thought You Loved Me, friendships, and memory.

How publisher, editor, and writer Jamila Rowser is a catalyst for the comics we need in the world.


Photo of the front album cover of Growing Up by The Linda Lindas, featuring paper cut art of the band playing by band member Eloise Wang.

How Growing Up, the debut LP by The Linda Lindas, is poised to resonate with fans of all ages.

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Photo of Karen Alleluia working in her studio. Photo by Sage Timog.


In our Collectively edition of Allowed, San Diego-based Karen Alleluia joined us to talk about becoming a freelance illustrator, and what it's taken and meant to launch her brand an online ship kluia co.

Excerpt of black and white comic "Reminder to Self" by Nicky Rodriguez, featuring a femme-presenting humanoid head on a workbench pedestal.

Read original comics by Maxi Rodriguez, Angel Trazo, Tatum Begay, Breena Nuñez, Lawrence Lindell, Hab Oh, and Nicky Rodriguez.


Black and white photo of Christine Pasalo Norland.


A reflection on the first year of Hello Barkada, in words and Spotify playlist. Thank you to everyone who has visited since September 2021!

Repeated Collectively logo laid out diagonally across a brown background.

Hello Barkada presented the first annual Collectively, a month-long event made up of a series of programs and publications hosted throughout September, Hello Barkada's anniversary month.

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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