arts & culture centered on the margins

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Our June 2023 list includes 18 previously unlisted grants for artists in the visual, performing, and literary arts with application deadlines between June 3, 2023 and July 14, 2023. 

Color photo of Filipina American cartoonist Rina Ayuyang. Right of collage is the Allowed speech bubble logo with black text, "with guest Rina Ayuyang. IG Live, 12 PM PT, TUE, Ma7 23." Hello Barkada's round, brown HB logo in the bottom right corner.

Oakland-based cartoonist Rina Ayuyang talks about obsessions, her new graphic novel The Man in the McIntosh Suit published by Drawn & Quarterly, and her comics art installation Finding Filipino with the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Black and white illustration of an anthromorphic bunny dressed in a t-shirt, blazer, pants, and sneakers, with the arms crossed as they're affronted by four ignorant questions about being Native.

Each installment of our comics series features a different emerging or established cartoonist. For our second comic of 2023, nonbinary Diné cartoonist, zinester, and librarian Julie Fiveash shares a story about existing abundantly in the face of limited thinking in their comic, "Bad Questions!"


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Profile photo of comic writer Jamila Rowser.


Learn the origin story and drive of indie comics publisher, editor, and writer Jamila Rowser, who recently won the L.A. Times Book Festival Award with Robyn Smith for their graphic novel Wash Day Diaries! 

The Georgia-based illustrator, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse comic book artist, and musician shares her reverence for her family's history and impact, and reflects on her career in the arts.

Collage of six book covers: Nubia & the Amazon, Scent of Apples, Frizzy, Where I'm Coming From, American Born Chinese, and Star Knights.


We're keeping a list of books read and liked in 2023, and updating it often. Books range from frontlist to backlist, prose to graphic novel, middle-grade to adult, and fiction to non-fiction. Follow along!

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Proceeds from your zine purchases provide freelance opportunities to artists and writers through our Hello Barkada Comics Series and Guest Writer Series.

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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, "Hello Barkada Comics #3. Each installment of our comics series features a different emerging or established cartoonist. This edition by Navajo disabled creator, illustrator, and digital comic artist Tatum Begay is called 'To My Husband.'" Text on a darkened black and white illustration of a man kneeling at the beside of a woman, bringing her a glass of water.
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.
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. 

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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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