How are Asian & Pacific American cartoonists pushing the boundaries of the comics medium, and what kind of stories gets told in comic form? How are these artists using comics to decolonize oppressive narratives and to shift culture? Join us for a comic reading, followed by a discussion with five Bay Area cartoonists.
Cartoonists: Bo, Emeric L. Kennard, Kayan Cheung-Miaw, Trinidad Escobar, Vincent Kukua
Bo is an artist-scholar-entrepreneur and creator of Memory of an Avalanche, a graphic memoir tracing his immigration battle through neoliberal transgender visibility politics, state-sanctioned immigrant rights movements, and queer of color romances of futurity in the era of multicultural dystopia. ThirteenZero.com
Emeric L. Kennard is an artist, illustrator, and comics creator whose work explores personal and cultural identity and bodily experience. He has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and exhibited work nationally and in Congressional halls. ELKIlustration.com
As a cartoonist, Kayan Cheung-Miaw aims to humanize those who have been dehumanized by sharing the stories of marginalized communities. As an organizer, Kayan work on the Yank Sing restaurant workers’ campaign resulted in a historic $4 million settlement for 280 workers. As an educator, Kayan uses art to teach critical thinking, empathy, and social justice. KayanCheung.Tumblr.com
Trinidad Escobar is a poet, illustrator, mother, bruha, and educator from the Bay Area, California. 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. TrinidadEscobar.com
Vincent Kukua 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. OneSketchyCharacter.Tumblr.com