Art News

By Christine Pasalo Norland

September 23, 2022


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

By Christine Pasalo Norland

September 16, 2022


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

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By Christine Pasalo Norland

August 30, 2022


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.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

June 7, 2022


Hello Barkada hosted comics professionals Jamila Rowser, Regine Sawyer, Amy Chu, Amber Padilla, Dr. Shamika A. Mitchell, Deb Aoki, and Jessica Tseang on panels at Comic-Con International 2022 to consider where comics storytelling can expand and how the industry behind comics creation must change.

TCAF Web Banner on a brown background. Black text says, "TCAF Responds to Concerns Raised by Comics Community About Saba Moeel."

By Christine Pasalo Norland

June 1, 2022


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.

Promotional graphic for the 11th SDAFF Spring Showcase.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

April 20, 2022


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.

Photo of Vietnamese American Wednesday Tran, sitting on a forest floor in front of a mossy boulder with her white bulldog Brock.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

March 25, 2022


How multidisciplinary artist Wednesday Tran found healing and abundance by reclaiming their creativity.

Collage of screenshots featuring Christine Pasalo Norland and Jonita Davis during The Call Out episode 1.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

March 24, 2022


Follow @JonitaLDavis and @HelloBarkada on Instagram! In this collaborative series, film critic and The Black CAPE Magazine founder Jonita Davis joins Christine Pasalo Norland to call attention to exclusionary film and TV critique, examine how they're problematic, and highlight reviewers who positively reframe dialogue around the film and TV projects. The Call Out is based on Davis' Medium Essay, "Why I Am Calling Out All Colonizer Criticism and What That Means for You."

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By Christine Pasalo Norland

March 2, 2022


In our new programming series, invited artists and writers join Christine Pasalo Norland in conversation, to share aloud the influences and intentions behind their latest works. For our first episode, we welcomed cartoonist Trinidad Escobar to discuss her new comics collection Arrive In My Hands, published by Black Josei Press.

Front cover of Trinidad Escobar's "Arrive In My Hands" Queer Erotic Comics. Featuring an illustration of oceanside cliff formations that look like two women laying on their left sides in an embrace.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

February 25, 2022


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.

COVER IMAGE COURTESY OF BLACK JOSEI PRESS.

Artwork of a black femme-presenting humanoid with the announcement that Hello Barkada is participating in Virtuous Con.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

February 7, 2022


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!

Black and white photo of Afro-Latine artist, educator, and activist Sharon Lee De La Cruz laying on their back with their hands under their head, looking up at the camera.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

January 31, 2022


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.

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.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

January 21, 2022


Jade Seaberry of DiverseToons hosts Hello Barkada Founder Christine Pasalo Norland for a monthly Instagram Live series about bringing panels to pop culture conventions.

A light-skinned Black woman with type 3C hair walking down a dirt road that cuts through a grass plain. The woman is walking towards the camera, yet looking beyond it. She is wearing an olive green bomber jacket on top of a light grey knit top.

By Jonita Davis

January 7, 2022


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 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."

By Christine Pasalo Norland

January 5, 2022


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.

Text in a centered black box says, "Everyday is a good day to support and buy from Black artists. www.blackartistdatabase.co." The box is layered on a slightly larger box that's marbled in black, white, and green. Both boxes on a black background where BAD outlined in white appears on repeat down the left side of the graphic.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

December 7, 2021


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, labels, producers, artists, and creatives find, connect, and work with each other directly.

IMAGE FROM B.A.D.'S INSTAGRAM & DESIGNED BY BETHAN DADSON.

Banner on a concrete light post on the campus of San Diego State University. Text on the banner says "You are learning on Kumeyaay land." The text is on photo of a dirt trail with a view of brush, trees, and distant hills.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

November 12, 2021


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.

Production still of brown-skinned character Zelda interviewing a colorful, multi-armed ghost named Chete at a table in a Korean BBQ restaurant. Chepe is in the center, flanked by Zelda to the left and a brown-skinned character on its right. On the table are bowls of kimchi and steamed white rice, and a Fisher Price-like voice recorder and microphone.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

October 20, 2021


Why more people should watch and fan the popular Netflix animated series by creator Elizabeth Ito.

IMAGE COURTESY OF NETFLIX.

Cast onstage behind microphones and sheet music stands. A transparent photo of Larry Itliong at a United Farm Workers meeting is superimposed on top of the cast photo so that his image lightly appears above the musical cast.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

October 12, 2021


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.

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."

By Christine Pasalo Norland

October 9, 2021


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. Replay link in the article!

Filipina American fine artist Mary Jhun reviewing a painting from the exhibit.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

September 28, 2021


Filipina American surrealist Mary Jhun exhibits new works at the Thumpbrint Gallery in La Jolla, California, during October.

PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY JHUN.

Illustrations of Breena Nuñez Laneha and Lawrence Lindell Laneha flanking their small press mascot, House.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

September 20, 2021


Cartoonists Breena Nuñez and Lawrence Lindell discuss healing by way of their new animated series, comics, and coffee.

ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF LANEHA HOUSE.

Three Latinx cousins in the middle of a pinky swear.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

September 13, 2021


Who's ready to keep up with the Morales'? The next season of Netflix's Latinx dramedy premiered this November.

PHOTO COURTESY OF NETFLIX.

Characters Xialiang, Shang-Chi, and Katy from the Marvel movie "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."

By Christine Pasalo Norland

September 8, 2021


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.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

September 6, 2021


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.