Decolonizing Comics Reading Series @Central CMR

artwork by Bo (reading on 10/9)
artwork by Bo (reading on 10/9)
(Monthly event) Oct 09, 2016 to Nov 13, 2016 (ended)View all dates

All scheduled dates:

  • October 9, 2016 - 2:00pm-4:00pm (ended)
  • November 13, 2016 - 2:00pm-4:00pm (ended)

Local cartoonists of color will share their work and discuss how they use comics and personal narratives as openings to spark conversations about justice and freedom.

There are two events planned for this series with two amazing line-ups of some of the Bay Area's most talented comics creators.  

  • October 9: Readings by artists Kayan Cheung-Miaw, Breena Nuñez, Bo, & Julie Fiveash. Discussion led by Nia King. 
  • November 13: Readings by artists Thi Bui, Avy Jetter, Liz Mayorga, & Robert Liu-Trujillo. Discussion led by Kayan Cheung-Miaw.

Read on for artist bios: 

Bo is an interdisciplinary artist whose cultural intervention encompasses visual arts, 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. 

Thi Bui was born in Vietnam three months before the end of the Vietnam War, and came to the U.S. as one of the "boat people" refugees of the seventies. She was a founding teacher of Oakland International High School, an alternative public school for recent immigrants and English learners. Thi currently teaches at the California College of the Arts in the MFA in Comics program. Her graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do, comes out in March 2017 with Abrams ComicArts.

Kayan Cheung-Miaw is from Hong Kong and New York, and comes from a family of garment and restaurant workers. Her work as the lead organizer for the Yank Sing restaurant workers’ campaign resulted in a historic $4 million settlement for 280 workers. Comics is her favorite medium because she considers it an art for the people. 

Julie Fiveash attempts to create comics when she's not busy reading them or selling them at Comix Experience in San Francisco. Originally from the Southwest, she wants to bring modern Native American experiences - as well as mixed heritage experiences - to the forefront of comic storytelling.

Avy Jetter is the artist and creator behind the comic book Nuthin Good Ever Happens at 4 a.m. A huge horror, gore and monster movie 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 mutants and monsters zine compiling drawings from her sketchbooks.

Nia King is a queer mixed-race artist and activist living in Oakland, CA. She is the author of Queer & Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives and the host and producer of We Want the Airwaves podcast.

Robert Liu-Trujillo is the author/illustrator of “Furqan’s First Flat Top”. He was born in Oakland and raised in the Bay Area. He is an artist, father, and a husband, who employs the use of illustration, public art, and creative writing to tell tales. These tales manifest in a variety of forms and they reflect his cultural background, dreams, and political / personal beliefs. To unearth un-told stories, be a nurturing influence on his son, and to honor his family is his motivation.

Liz Mayorga is an artist from Southeast LA. She prides herself in being from a working class Mexican neighborhood, and being from a city that embraces subculture. LA's DIY culture, especially that of early Punk and Hip Hop, shaped her perspective on art and community. She was the Director of the San Francisco Zine Fest between 2012 - 2015. She has also been involved in youth programs, and has lead workshops on zines, art, and creative writing to encourage kids find a creative outlet.

Breena Nuñez is a Bay Area child of Central American descent who lives off of the love of creating music and visual art. 



Find more comics by diverse creators by searching for #diversecomics in the library catalog!

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