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.

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Bay area-based cartoonist MariNaomi joined us to talk about friendships, memory, and their upcoming collage-comics memoir I Thought You Loved Me (Fieldmouse Press, 2023).


Help Fieldmouse Press publish I Thought You Loved Me when you back the book's CrowdFundr campaign by October 30, 2022!


Allowed is Hello Barkada's livestream interview series in which artists and writers share aloud the influences and intentions behind their work. Be sure to follow @HelloBarkada on Instagram and turn on "Goes Live" notification to join each IG Live once they begin. To watch Christine's past conversations with Trinidad Escobar, Steenz, Jamila Rowser & Robyn Smith, Nicky Rodriguez, and Karen Alleluia, visit Hello Barkada's IG Reels or YouTube channel.


PHOTOGRAPH BY SAGE TIMOG.

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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, including WonderCon Anaheim and Comic-Con International.

Promotional graphic for Hello Barkada appearing at the San Diego Zine Fest on Sunday, September 18, 2022, from noon to 6:00 p.m. PT. Featuring a photo of the products described in the event description.

ISUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022 BREAD & SALT GALLERY


Hello Barkada tabled for the first time EVER at the 10th annual San Diego Zine Fest! Thank to everyone who visited and purchased an item during this debut tabling event, we've raised about 75% of the funds needed to commission a second cartoonist for the Hello Barkada Comics series in 2023. 20% of the profits has also bumped up the donation planned for The Kumeyaay Elementary School Foundation to $50.


We're excited to see the work of those who took a copy of What Barkada Means to Me, a pre-folded mini-zine given away for free with purchase and made up of blank inner pages that the maker is asked to fill with their ideas and thoughts of "chosen family", aka barkada. The art can be illustrated, collage, written—the medium and method is up to them! Once filled, makers are encouraged to share their completed zines with @HelloBarkada and #CollectivelyHB.


Special thanks to Social Dropouts for their support in the making of the buttons, and to Elements Dance Space for providing the paper for What Barkada Means to Me.

Tan Collectively logo repeated down a brown background. Hello Barkada's round brown-toned HB logo inside the "o" of the last "Collectively" shown.

VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON


Hello Barkada presents 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.

Promo graphic for the panel Josei, Not YA, presented by Hello Barkada at Comic-Con International 2022. Featuring profile photos of panelists Deb Aoki, Jamila Rowser, Dr. Shamika A. Mitchell, Jessica Tseang, Laura Neuzeth, and moderator Christine Pasalo Norland on a sepia-toned and faded photo of the San Diego Convention Center. Hello Barkada's round brown HB logo in bottom right corner.

COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO


Deb Aoki (The Mangasplaining Podcast), Jamila Rowser (Black Josei Press), Dr. Shamika A. Mitchell (WinC Magazine), Jessica Tseang (The Kaiju Podcast), and Laura Neuzeth (YouTube and TikTok manga vlogger) discussed the appeal and impact of josei manga, and the creators they're following from and beyond Japan for comics from the lens of, and for, women and femmes. Panel idea developed with Jamila Rowser. Moderated by Christine Pasalo Norland (founder and president, Hello Barkada).

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Promo graphic for the panel From Burnout to Brainstorm, presented by Hello Barkada at Comic-Con International 2022. Featuring profile photos of panelists  Jamila Rowser, Amber Padilla, Regine L. Sawyer, Amy Chu, and moderator Christine Pasalo Norland on a sepia-toned and faded photo of the San Diego Convention Center. Hello Barkada's round brown HB logo in bottom right corner.

COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO


The pace and pay structure of publishing has it so that writers and cartoonists take on multiple comics and book projects with other work to earn a living wage. Writer Jamila Rowser (Wash Day Diaries, Ode to Keisha, Wash Day), cartoonist Amber Padilla (The Secret Garden on 81st Street), writer Regine Sawyer (WinC, Lockett Down Productions), and writer Amy Chu (Turning Red: The Graphic Novel, Poison Ivy, Red Sonja) discussed the mental, physical, and financial impact of these practices, and raise ideas for enabling storytellers to have a long career doing what they love and what fans love reading. Moderated by Christine Pasalo Norland (founder and president, Hello Barkada).

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.

VIRTUOUS CON


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.

VIRTUOUS CON


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.

VIRTUOUS CON


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."

WOMEN IN COMICS COLLECTIVE INTERNATIONAL


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.