Programs & Events

Hello Barkada is proud to be community-made, and strives to provide free access to its content and programming as much as possible. When free access isn't possible, our goal is to keep entry fees as low as possible.


If you've enjoyed our programs, please consider leaving a $4 tip via our crowd fund in support of our ongoing programs and future educational panels.


We're also open to sponsorships! Funds earned via sponsorships help us provide more freelance opportunities to artists and writers. Please email contact[at]hellobarkada.org for more information.

Photo of Jamila Rowser and Robyn Smith, laughing at the camera.

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Award-winning writer and Black Josei Press founder Jamila Rowser & award-winning Jamaican cartoonist Robyn Smith talk about their new graphic novel Wash Day Diaries published by Chronicle Books. A captioned playback for our YouTube channel is forthcoming.


Allowed is a livestream interview series in which artists and writers share aloud the influences and intentions behind their latest works. To watch our conversations with Trinidad Escobar and Steenz, visit the Hello Barkada YouTube channel or IGTV video channel!

Black text on brown background says, "Instagram Live Series. The Call Out with Jonita Davis and Christine Pasalo Norland. @TheBlackCapeMag x @HelloBarkada."

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Follow @JonitaLDavis and @HelloBarkada on Instagram! In episode 3, special guest Lacey Vorrasi-Banis joined Jonita Davis and Christine Pasalo Norland to discuss the coverage of Disney's Turning Red, how the CinemaBlend review of the movie exposes systemic problems in mainstream entertainment journalism, and how talent and PR teams can help reset the film-review landscape to include more reviewers from historically marginalized communities.


The Call Out is based on Davis' Medium Essay, "Why I Am Calling Out All Colonizer Criticism and What That Means for You."

Screenshots from the first Happy Hour Chat Instagram Live program featuring Jade Seaberry and Christine Pasalo Norland. Seaberry's feed is on top of Pasalo Norland's feed.


Jade Seaberry of DiverseToons hosts Hello Barkada Founder Christine Pasalo Norland for a Instagram Live series about bringing panels to pop culture conventions. During our March Happy Hour Chat, Jade and Christine discussed how to prepare for WonderCon Anaheim 2022 and Comic-Con International 2022, and gave updates on their organizations.

Promotion for the panel "We Need the Punk" that livestreams February 12 at 5:00 p.m. EST from Virtuous Con. Photos of panelists Bianca Xunise, Steenz, Lawrence Lindell, Breena Nuñez, and Sharon Lee De La Cruz appear left to right on a blue textured background.


Our first livestream program of Virtuous Con weekend focused on counterculture and featured Bianca Xunise ("Six Chix"), Steenz ("Heart of the City"), Lawrence Lindell (Couldn't Afford Therapy, So I Made This), Breena Nuñez (Fonny Phases), and Sharon Lee De La Cruz (I'm a Wild Seed). Inspired by De La Cruz's panel "Punk Feminism" for the 2021 Latinx Comic Arts Festival.

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Promotion for the panel "Calling Out Colonizer Criticism" that livestreams February 13 at 1:00 p.m. EST from Virtuous Con. Photos of panelists Jonita Davis, Starr Rocque, Jeandra Lebeauf, and Christine Pasalo Norland appear left to right on a blue textured background.


How do we reset and reclaim conversations around film? Independent film critics Jonita Davis (The Black CAPE Magazine), Starr Rocque (Bloggers Can't Be Trusted), and Jeandra Lebeauf (BadCulture TV) shared their insight and ideas in this discussion that called back to the work of bell hooks and Toni Morrison on cultural criticism. Moderated by Christine Pasalo Norland (founder and president, Hello Barkada).

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Promotion for the panel "The Story of STILL" that livestreams February 13 at 2:00 p.m. EST from Virtuous Con. Photos of panelists Barbara Brandon-Croft, Tara Nakashima Donahue, and Christine Pasalo Norland appear left to right on a blue textured background.


In our final panel of the weekend, iconic cartoonist Barbara Brandon-Croft ("Where I'm Coming From") and comics curator Tara Nakashima Donahue (Medialia Gallery) shared the story behind their exhibit centering Brandon-Croft's work alongside the work of her late father Brumsic Brandon Jr., the cartoonist behind the comic strip "Luther." Moderated by Christine Pasalo Norland (founder and president, Hello Barkada).

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Round color photos of Black cartoonists Barbara Brandon-Croft, Bianca Xunise, and Steenz are layered over the bottom of a black and white photo of Black woman cartoonist Jackie Ormes, all appearing on a purple background. Text in light purple says, "Celebrating Jackie Ormes. Live stream, Thursday, October 28, 2021, 7:00 p.m. EST."


Playback link in the article! Hello Barkada and Women in Comics Collective International (WinC) present "Celebrating Jackie Ormes," a free virtual panel that took place on Thursday, October 28, and features cartoonists Barbara Brandon-Croft, Bianca Xunise, and Steenz.