February 2022Hello Barkada Comics #5

"Inner Child" by Lawrence Lindell

Four panel comic strip by Lawrence Lindell, illustrated in black and white. Panel 1 shows a nonbinary male-presenting person furiously drawing. Panel 2 pans out to show them drawing on a rug on the floor and a femme person standing asks, "What ya doing on the floor, love?" He answers, "Letting my inner child be free. Wanna join?" Panel 3 shows the femme person looking down with judgement and arms crossed. Panel 4 shows both people drawing on the floor with childlike expressions and faces.

© Lawrence Lindell


Lawrence Lindell is an artist and educator from California that works in many artistic disciplines, and who has been nominated for the Believer Book Awards and the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics. Over the years, Lindell's work has focused on Queerness, Mental Health, and Blackness, as well as the areas in which these themes often overlap.

Lindell has self-published his work for nearly a decade and runs the small press Laneha House with his wife, from which they publish their individual works, as well as the Laneha House Comics series, The BAYlies Magazine Anthology, and digital comics through Laneha House Digital and Open Mic. He is also a frequent contributor to The New Yorker: Daily Shouts.

In 2024, Lindell’s middle grade graphic novel Buckle Up will be released by RH Graphic, and his graphic novel Blackward will be released by Drawn & Quarterly.

Find Lawrence at @lanehahouse on Instagram and Twitter!

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