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.
By Christine Pasalo Norland • June 2, 2023 • Resources
Oakland-based cartoonist Rina Ayuyang joins us on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. PT on Instagram Live to talk about fandoms, 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. Tune in to the conversation by following @HelloBarkada on Instagram.
By Christine Pasalo Norland • May 16, 2023 • Programs
Our May 2023 list includes 18 previously unlisted grants for artists in the visual, performing, and literary arts with application deadlines between now and June 1, 2023.
By Christine Pasalo Norland • May 5, 2023 • Resources
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!"
COMIC EXCERPT BY JULIE FIVEASH.
By Julie Fiveash • April 19, 2023 • Comics
Pacific Arts Movement's 12th SDAFF Spring Showcase took place from Thursday, April 20, through Thursday, April 27, 2023 at the UltraStar Cinemas in Hazard Center/Mission Valley. Over 15 films from Asia and beyond were presented. Here are the five we were most excited to see.
By Christine Pasalo Norland • April 19, 2023 • Art News
Our April 2023 list includes 16 previously unlisted grants for visual and performing artists, poets, and prose writers with application deadlines between now and May 7, 2023.
By Christine Pasalo Norland • April 7, 2023 • Resources
In celebration of the prolific Filipina American multidisciplinary artist and the upcoming 30th anniversary of her debut anthology Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction, here are five facts to get to know more about Jessica Hagedorn.
PHOTO BY JESSICA FALLON GORDON.
By Jade Boldenow • March 31, 2023 • History
When not hosting panels, we're hoping to visit the tables of such indie artists as Maxi Rodriguez, Karen Alleluia, Genevieve Santos, Dale Ray Deforest, Anthony Fowler, Jr., Jacoby Salcedo, Patrick Ballesteros, Alvin Alvendia, and more. From Artist Alley to the main floor, here are the exhibitors who've so far caught our eye.
By Christine Pasalo Norland • March 22, 2023 • Art News
Hello Barkada hosted Sandra Equihua, Amanda Meadows, Lea Anderson, Malissa White, Viktor Kerney, John Jennings, Elizabeth Ito, and Reyna Cervantes on panels at WonderCon 2023, the annual spring show and sibling event to Comic-Con International that takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center.
By Christine Pasalo Norland • March 6, 2023 • Art News, Events
Our March 2023 list includes 20 previously unlisted grants for visual and performing artists, poets, and prose writers with application deadlines between now and April 7, 2023.
By Christine Pasalo Norland • March 3, 2023 • Resources
What does it take for creators to publish stories that excite them while being treated as humans, not machines? Writers and editors Amanda Meadows, Jamila Rowser, and Kiara Valdez share their ideas in episode 7 of our program series Allowed.
By Christine Pasalo Norland • March 2, 2023 • Events
Hello Barkada returned to Virtuous Con on Saturday, February 25 at 11 a.m. ET for our panel "Give Us the Punk" with comic artists Bianca Xunise, FeliceY, and Raeghan Buchanan.
GRAPHIC COURTESY OF VIRTUOUS CON.
By Christine Pasalo Norland • February 14, 2023 • Events
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.
PHOTO COURTESY OF AFUA RICHARDSON.
By Jonita Davis • February 8, 2023 • Profiles
Our February 2023 list includes 20 previously unlisted grants for visual and performing artists, poets, and prose writers with application deadlines between now and March 8, 2023.
February 3, 2023 • Resources
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!
January 31, 2023 • Resources
For our first comic of 2023, Caribbean American comic artist and illustrator FeliceY shares a story about coming of age as a nonbinary person in their comic, "I Just Need a Pad."
January 27, 2023 • Comics
Bring out the bouquets! This new collection by cartoonist Barbara Brandon-Croft proves that her pioneering comic strip is as fitting and funny today as it was when it appeared in mainstream syndication from 1991–2005.
January 25, 2023 • Art News
Two new product packs—Collectively 2022 Mini and Collectively 2022 Full—are now available, featuring limited works previously only seen at the 2022 San Diego Zine Fest. Proceeds from each support the Hello Barkada Comics Series and Guest Writer Series.
January 20, 2023 • Art News
Watch five of our favorite moments from our conversation with award-winning cartoonist Steenz, who joined us on Allowed in April 2022 to discuss their book Heart Takes the Stage.
January 11, 2023 • Allowed
New year, new cycle of Funding Fridays! Our January 2023 list features 27 grant opportunities, 10 of which are open to artists around the world.
January 6, 2023 • Resources
Inspired by the life of Stephanie "Queenie" St. Clair, this graphic novel by Elizabeth Colomba and Aurélie Lévy and published by Megascope / Abrams ComicArts is a gripping read.
December 24, 2022 • Art News
WATCH THE PLAYBACK! Bay Area-based cartoonist MariNaomi joined us on IG Live to discuss their upcoming collage-comics memoir I Thought You Loved Me, friendships, and memory.
September 20, 2022 • Programs & Events
How publisher, editor, and writer Jamila Rowser is a catalyst for the comics we need in the world.
September 20, 2022 • Profiles
On Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. PT, join @HelloBarkada on IG Live as we celebrate and chat with San Diego-based Filipina American illustrator Karen Alleluia on the next episode of Allowed! We'll talk about what it's taken and meant to launch her brand kluia co., what she's learned along the way, and how she balances art making with managing the administrative work of her business.
September 20, 2022 • Programs & Events
How Growing Up, the debut LP by The Linda Lindas, is poised to resonate with fans of all ages.
Learn while you play! Three new activity sheets are now available from the Community page: A word search centered on Black Sun by speculative fiction writer Rebecca Roanhorse; a crossword celebrating the artists, writers, and works featured during the first year of Hello Barkada; and a coloring sheet featuring melon bingsoo to remind you to stay cool.
September 13, 2022 • Community
This month's list of art grants, fellowships, and residencies includes 10 opportunities in total, 7 of which are previously unlisted opportunities, with deadlines in September 2022 through October 1, 2022.
September 2, 2022 • Resources
A reflection on the first year of Hello Barkada, in words and Spotify playlist. Thank you to everyone who has visited since September 2021!
September 1, 2022 • Essays
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.
This month's list of art grants, fellowships, and residencies includes 12 previously unlisted opportunities with deadlines in August 2022 through September 13, 2022.
August 5, 2022 • Resources
Queer Puerto Rican comic artist, flatter, and colorist Nicky Rodriguez tackles reclaiming agency while dealing with chronic pain in her comic, "Reminder to Self."
July 15, 2022 • Comics
Hello Barkada hosted comics professionals Jamila Rowser, Regine Sawyer, Amy Chu, Amber Padilla, Dr. Shamika A. Mitchell, Deb Aoki, Jessica Tseang, and Laura Neuzeth on panels at Comic-Con International 2022 to consider where comics storytelling can expand and how the industry behind comics creation must change.
July 7, 2022 • Art News
On Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. PT, Queer Puerto Rican comics artist, flatter, and colorist Nicky Rodriguez joined us on the fourth episode of Allowed! We talked about her webcomic The Unlucky Ones and The Edge of Nowhere, her artwork for the upcoming picture book Con Papá written by Frederick Luis Aldama, and her original comic "Reminder to Self" for the Hello Barkada Comics series. The playback of our conversation is now available on IGTV.
July 6, 2022 • Programs & Events
This month's list of art grants, fellowships, and residencies includes 14 previously unlisted opportunities with deadlines in July 2022 and August 1, 2022.
July 1, 2022 • Resources
PLAYBACK AVAILABLE ON INSTAGRAM! In our third episode of Allowed, writer Jamila Rowser and cartoonist Robyn Smith talk about their new graphic novel Wash Day Diaries. Playback of the interview is now available on our Instagram profile (@hellobarkada). A captioned playback for our YouTube channel is forthcoming.
June 4, 2022 • Programs
Our latest list of art grants, fellowships, and residencies includes 25 previously unlisted opportunities: one with a rolling deadline and 24 with deadlines in June 2022.
June 3, 2022 • Resources
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) clarifies that their statement published on May 31 responds to concerns about Moeel's discriminatory remarks published online, including transphobic comments, but does not address allegations of Moeel profiting off Black personhood and culture.
IMAGE OF TCAF BANNER FROM TCAF INSTAGRAM FEED.
June 1, 2022 • Art News
In these five video clips from the premiere episode of Allowed, cartoonist Trinidad Escobar shares what it means for them to create their comics collection Arrive In My Hands.
May 26, 2022 • Programs
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.
IMAGE COURTESY OF DISNEY.
May 19, 2022 • Programs
Our free May 2022 Word Search activity centers this moving intergenerational story of family, community, and acceptance. Released in 2002, the film is adapted from the novel Whale Rider by Māori author Witi Ihimaera.
This month's list includes 19 previously unlisted funding opportunities: one with rolling deadlines and 18 with deadlines in May through June 3, 2022.
May 6, 2022 • Resources
In our second episode of Allowed, award-winning cartoonist Steenz discuss their new comics collection Heart Takes the Stage. Video playback of the interview is now available on our Instagram profile (@hellobarkada) and on our YouTube channel.
April 22, 2022 • Programs
The 11th annual mini film festival hosted by the Pacific Arts Movement took place in-person at the UltraStar Mission Valley from Thursday, April 21, 2022 through Thursday, April 28, 2022. Over 15 films were featured from such directors as Kamila Andini (Yuni), Jun Lana (Big Night!), and the late Kinuyo Tanaka.
April 20, 2022 • Art News
In Episode 2 of The Call Out, Jonita Davis and Christine Pasalo Norland discussed reviews of the film Fast Color, Harold Perrineau's take on the press about his Epix series From, and EW's release-weekend coverage of Everything Everywhere All at Once.
April 13, 2022 • Programs
Each installment of our comics series features a different emerging or established cartoonist. For our second comic strip of 2022, Hab Oh meditates on sitting with, not avoiding, "Solitude."
April 8, 2022 • Comics
This month's list includes 17 previously unlisted funding opportunities: Two with rolling deadlines and 15 with deadlines in April through May 6, 2022.
April 1, 2022 • Resources
How multidisciplinary artist Wednesday Tran found healing and abundance by reclaiming their creativity.
March 25, 2022 • Profiles
Captioned playback now available on YouTube! Follow @theblackcapemag and @hellobarkada on Instagram! In this collaborative new livestream series, film critic and Black CAPE Magazine founder Jonita Davis joins Christine Pasalo Norland to call attention to exclusionary film and television critique, examine how they're problematic, and highlight reviewers who are positively reframing dialogue around film and TV projects. Based on Davis' Medium Essay, "Why I Am Calling Out All Colonizer Criticism and What That Means for You."
March 24, 2022 • Programs
This month's list of curated art grants, awards, and fellowships includes 16 opportunities with deadlines in March and through April 1, 2022, and 12 opportunities with rolling deadlines.
March 4, 2022 • Resources
For the first episode of our new livestream interview series, we welcomed cartoonist Trinidad Escobar to discuss the inspiration and intent of her new comics collection Arrive In My Hands. Playback of the interview is now available on our Instagram profile (@hellobarkada) and on our YouTube channel.
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.
Each installment of our comics series features a different emerging or established cartoonist. For our first comic strip of 2022, Lawrence Lindell illustrates the joy and appeal of reconnecting with a pastime.
February 11, 2022 • Comics
Hello Barkada is proud to have participated in the second annual Virtuous Con: Black History Month! We collaborated with an esteemed group of creators and thinkers to contribute three livestream panels to the amazing lineup of virtual programming that took place on Saturday and Sunday, February 12–13, 2022. Stay tuned for new about watching the panel replays!
IMAGE BY JULIE ANDERSON AND COURTESY OF VIRTUOUS CON.
From now on, we're including a section of fellowships and residencies in addition to grant opportunities! Application deadlines in this list run from February 4, 2022 to March 11, 2022.
February 4, 2022 • Resources
New York-based artist, educator, and activist Sharon Lee De La Cruz shares what is gained from being comfortable with tinkering, the draw of small presses, and the appeal of comics storytelling.
January 31, 2022 • Profiles
Jade Seaberry of DiverseToons hosts Hello Barkada Founder Christine Pasalo Norland for a monthly Instagram Live series about bringing panels to pop culture conventions. Catch the replay of our February Happy Hour Chat, which includes insight on the experience of virtually attending and panelling at Virtuous Con!
Guest writer and film critic Jonita Davis discusses why this film from 2019 is worth several watches now that it's available to stream on Netflix. Codeblack's Fast Color stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Lorraine Toussaint.
IMAGE OF GUGU MBATHA-RAW COURTESY OF LIONSGATE.
A new list of grant opportunities is on deck, featuring 10 11 grants with application deadlines in January through the first week of February 2022, seven grants with open dates in January, and 11 grants that take applications on a rolling basis.
January 7, 2022 • Resources
We're wishing you a happy new year with our first micro-press effort: A 16-page zine featuring the first print reproductions of our 2021 comics series as well as original written and illustrated works.
At the core of Hello Barkada's mission is bell hooks' thoughts on marginalization from her 1990 essay, "marginality as site of resistance."
PHOTO BY OC GONZALEZ ON UNSPLASH.
December 20, 2021 • Essays
Each installment of our comics series features a different emerging or established cartoonist. In "Changing Love Conversations," our last comic strip of 2021, Breena Nuñez illustrates how one can draw validation and voice from their barkada.
December 17, 2021 • Comics
Also known as B.A.D., this free and independently-run platform counters the systemic inequity of the mainstream music industry by helping Black musicians, producers, artists, and creatives find, connect, and work with each other directly.
IMAGE FROM B.A.D.'S WEBSITE.
Get that (grant) money! This month's list includes a dozen grant opportunities with application deadlines in December 2021 and early January 2022, and 10 grants that take applications on a rolling basis.
December 3, 2021 • Resources
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."
November 30, 2021 • Comics
Native American & Indigenous students, faculty, and staff at San Diego State University hosted a series of events throughout November to celebrate Native American Heritage Month 2021, including a conversation with Tongva writer, illustrator, and comics artist Weshoyot Alvitre.
PHOTO FROM SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY TWITTER FEED.
November 12, 2021 • Art News
Get that (grant) money! This month's list includes over 15 grant opportunities with application deadlines in November and early December 2021, and six grants that take applications on a rolling basis. BONUS: We've also added a new database listing on the Resources page!
November 5, 2021 • Resources
How artist and educator Trinidad Escobar practices visual and oral storytelling to (re)connect with Filipinx traditions and build community within the culture and beyond.
PHOTO COURTESY OF TRINIDAD ESCOBAR.
October 27, 2021 • Profiles
Each installment of our comics series features a different emerging or established cartoonist. This month, illustrator Angel Trazo shares a story about reunions.
October 23, 2021 • Comics
Why more people should watch and fan the popular Netflix animated series by creator Elizabeth Ito.
PHOTO COURTESY OF NETFLIX.
The creative team behind the musical about Filipino American activist Larry Itliong is raising funds towards the production's premiere at the historic Brava Theater in San Francisco.
October is LGBT History Month and October 11 is National Coming Out Day! Hold space for the spectrum of experiences of our LGBTQIA2S+ family, friends, neighbors, and community with these works by Mike Curato, Sharon De La Cruz, and James Baldwin.
October 11, 2021 • Resources
We've partnered with Women in Comics Collective International (WinC) to host "Celebrating Jackie Ormes," our first live stream panel. The free virtual event took place on Thursday, October 28, and features cartoonists Barbara Brandon-Croft, Bianca Xunise, and Steenz. Replay link in the article!
Our latest roundup includes 12 grant opportunities, five of which take applications on a rolling basis, and seven with application deadlines in October and early November 2021.
October 1, 2021 • Resources
Filipina American surrealist Mary Jhun exhibits new works at Thumpbrint Gallery in La Jolla, California, during October.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY JHUN.
We're excited to introduce our comic strip series! Each installment will feature a different emerging or established cartoonist. In this first story, cartoonist Maxi Rodriguez of KasutoProductions shares her perspective on the idea of family.
September 26, 2021 • Comics
Cartoonists Breena Nuñez and Lawrence Lindell discuss healing by way of their new animated series, comics, and coffee.
ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF LANEHA HOUSE.
September 20, 2021 • Profiles
September 15 marks the start of Latinx Heritage month! Please join us in learning about artists and creative writers from the Latinx, Xicanx, and Hispanic diaspora and how they continue to impact arts and culture as a whole.
September 15, 2021 • History
Who's ready to keep up with the Morales'? The new (and final) season of Netflix's Latinx dramedy premiered in November.
PHOTO COURTESY OF NETFLIX.
September 13, 2021 (Updated January 14, 2022) • Art News
Learn about the late cartoonist, illustrator, and graphic artist who was born 116 years ago today.
PHOTO FROM FLYINGCARSANDFOODPILLS.COM.
September 10, 2021 • History
The Marvel blockbuster adds to the growing tapestry of Asian representation in American popular culture. Just bare in mind: We don’t all know martial arts.
PHOTO FROM MARVEL.COM.
Mingei International Museum reopens in San Diego's historic Balboa Park. Dedicated to folk art, craft, and design, the renovated museum offers new indoor and outdoor spaces including a new restaurant, and forever-free admission to its first floor.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM.
September 6, 2021 • Art News
Our first roundup of grant opportunities features 17 grants with application deadlines in September and October 2021.
September 3, 2021 • Resources
How starting Hello Barkada is equal parts empowerment, protest, service, and rest.
By Christine Pasalo Norland
September 1, 2021 • Essays
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