May 16, 2016 at Omi Gallery in Oakland.
COMIC ARTIST PANELISTS include: Kayan Cheung-Miaw with Avy Jetter, Bo, Cristine Blanco, Minnie Phan, Robert Liu-Trujillo, Tanna Tucker, Thi Bui, Trinidad Escobar, & Vincent Kukua. (see Bios below)
Comic signing to follow.
FREE – RSVP REQUESTED
ABOUT “DEAR BROTHER”
“I spent eight years doing organizing; this comic examines what is sometimes the most difficult kind of organizing — organizing family members. Through the story of a sister and brother, it thinks about many of the questions that recent events have raised for me: How are Asian American masculinities defined? Who benefits from systemic racial violence? What does solidarity between people of color look like? What are we doing to mentor the next generation? It is a call to action as well as an opening to re-imagine the future.”
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Is a cartoonist, an organizer, and an educator. She is from Hong Kong and New York, and comes from a family of garment and restaurant workers. She spent eight years doing community and labor organizing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Comics is her favorite medium because she considers it an art for the people. As an artist, she aims to humanize those who have been dehumanized by sharing the stories of our communities.
Is the artist and creator behind the comic book Nuthin Good Ever happens at 4 a.m. A huge horror, gore and monstermovie fan she decided to tell a zombie apocalypse story based in Oakland which would center around characters who are people of color both the zombies and protagonists alike”. She lives and works in Oakland Ca. and is currently working on a portrait zine compiling drawings from her sketchbooks.
Is an interdisciplinary artist whose cultural intervention includes visual art, comics, performance, filmmaking, creative writing, scholarly knowledge production, and culinary business. His work across these terrains of production addresses the complex connections among different experiences of marginalization, challenges capitalistic relational practices, and imagines alternative possibilities of desire and resistance.
Is an illustrator and cartoonist based in San Francisco, CA. Cristine’s illustrative works have showed at several exhibits including Chutes and Ladders at Hotel Des Arts in SF, Nielsen Arts in Berkeley and the Making Waves fundraiser at IHotel. Cristine’s cartoons and comics have been featured at Bay Area comic and zine events including East Bay Zine Fest, SF Zine fest and Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture event. Behance.net/CBlanco
Is an illustrator and cartoonist with a B.F.A. in illustration from California College of the Arts. Her work often adorns The Bold Italic and her books and zines can be found at libraries, colleges, and independent bookstores across the Bay Area and California. She specializes in editorial and children’s book illustration, happily making work that is colorful, thoughtful, and charming.
Was born in Oakland, California and raised all across the Bay Area. He is a visual artist, father, and husband who employs the use of illustration, public art, and storytelling to tell tales. These tales manifest in a variety of forms and they reflect his cultural background, dreams, and political / personal beliefs. His motivation to do what he does is to unearth beautiful and un-told stories, to be a positive and nurturing influence on his son, and to honor his ancestors and family who worked so hard for him to be here. He loves music, nerdy things, and can get along well with most people. He seeks fun, ice cream, and justice. He is also a co-founder of The Trust Your Struggle Collective, a contributor to Rad Dad, and the founder of Come Bien Books.
Is a San Francisco based artist, whose illustrations and comics combine interests in science fiction/fantasy, West African lore, and feminism. Tanna is currently researching and exploring a new personal project that reimagines a Civil War Era alternate universe. She has been featured at the SF Cartoon Art Museum, Light Grey Art Lab, and recently completed a residency program through Spark Box Studio.
Was born in Vietnam three months before the end of the Vietnam War, and immigrated to the United States. with her family in 1978. She studied art and legal studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and received an M.F.A. in sculpture from Bard College and a master’s degree in art education from New York University. At one point she wanted to be a civil rights lawyer, but she got her head on straight and became a public school teacher instead. She is a founding teacher of Oakland International High School, the first public high school in California for recent immigrants and English learners. She also mentors students in the M.F.A. in comics program at the California College of the Arts. The Best We Could Do is her first graphic novel. She lives in Berkeley with her son, her husband, and her mother.
Is a poet, cartoonist, and educator from the Bay Area, California. Her writing and visual art have been featured in various publications such as Rust & Moth, The Womanist, The Walrus, Red Wheelbarrow, Solo Cafe, Mythium, Tayo, Maganda Magazine, the anthologies Walang Hiya, Over the Line, Kuwento, and more. Trinidad has been a guest artist and speaker at the San Jose Museum of Art, Pilipino Komix Expo, LitQuake, and The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. Her graphic memoir Crushed will be published in 2017 by Rosarium Publishing. Trinidad teaches Comics & Race at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California.
Is a production artist for Image Comics, Inc. and a freelance illustrator and aspiring comic book artist. He self-published the comic book Kuro—but he has plenty more stories he is ready to tell.