The Third Annual Queer Comics Expo (QCE) is partnering with the Queer Cultural Center and Cartoon Art Museum to present two queer comics exhibitions, Kumalicious and Alphabet, both held at SOMArts from June 14-21, 2016.
The gallery reception and opening party for The Queer Comics Expo is Friday June 17, 6-9pm. The event is free and refreshments will be available, with donations appreciated. All ages are welcome in the main Alphabet gallery. Plus, bring your sketchbook and enjoy a special Fathers’ Day Friday Drink and Draw with costumed bearish models to make you shout “Daddy, Oh!” in the 18+ Kumalicious gallery. RSVP and invite friends on Facebook here.
Kumalicious celebrates the allure and beauty of Queer bigger men of color inspired by Gay Japanese Manga. The exhibiting artists are inspired by this genre and/or its canon artists including Jiraiya and Gengoroh Tagame. From gachimuchi (“chubby muscle”) to BDSM eroticism, enjoy rare glances at works highlighting underrepresented populations often neglected in mainstream art.
Kumalicious head curator E. Salvador Hernandez is founder of the Bay Area QMFD/Queer Male Figure Draw and former Art Director for Bent-Con, an LA-based Queer comics/pop culture convention. Kumalicious guest curator Graham Kolbeins is a filmmaker, writer and designer who collaborates with queer and feminist Japanese artists at MASSIVE GOODS. The Kumalicious advisory committee includes Larry-bob Roberts (The International Homosexual Conspiracy) and Jon Macy (Fearful Hunter) and is supported by the Queer Cultural Center.
Alphabet celebrates the groundbreaking Alphabet anthology with an original art exhibition of queer creators from every spectrum of the community. The exhibit was co-curated by Tara Madison Avery, Nina Taylor Kester and Andrew Farago. Featured artists include Alphabet Co-editor Tara Madison Avery, Christianne Benedict, Tyler Cohen, Diego Gomez, Ashley R. Guillory, Soizick Jaffre, Emeric Kennard, Maia Kobabe, Steve MacIsaac, Ajuan Mance, Knave Murdok, Sonya Saturday, Dax Tran-Caffee, and Kelsey Wroten.
Alphabet is a comics anthology with LGBTQAI contributors drawn from previous winners of, and outstanding applicants to, the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. It also showcases the work of industry veterans who have been pioneers in queer comics and talented newcomers whose fresh voices document emerging identities and perspectives in the queer community.
Jon and I wanted to represent as much of the queer spectrum as possible in Alphabet. This meant a commitment to emerging identities and intersectionality while also providing room for well-established queer creators whose work built the foundations of our movement. We drew contributors from three continents and sought stories to correspond to every letter in our LGBTQAIU alphabet to create a book that is a timely and representative document of the queer comics movement.
– Alphabet co-editor, Tara Madison Avery
About the participating organizations:
The Prism Comics Queer Press Grant was founded in 2005 to support up-and-coming LGBTQAI cartoonists. Prism Comics is the only organization in North America which provides a grant to emerging comics talent. Past winners include Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter), Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), Blue Delliquanti (O Human Star), and Christine Smith (The Princess). To learn more about the QPG visit prismcomics.org.
The Queer Comics Expo launched as an annual event in 2014 as a celebration of queer culture and to promote diverse queer representation in comics, animation, and other great ways to tell stories. QCE is part of the National Queer Arts Fest and serves as a fundraiser for San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum.
The Cartoon Art Museum’s key function is to preserve, document, and exhibit this unique and accessible art form. Through traveling exhibitions and other related activities—such as artists-in-residence, lectures, and outreach—the museum has taken cartoon art and used it to communicate cultural diversity in the community, as well as the importance of self-expression.
Presented by the Queer Cultural Center, the National Queer Arts Festival (NQAF), now celebrating its 19th year, is a month-long festival of music, dance, visual art, spoken word, poetry, comedy, theater, and film featuring over 40 performances and exhibitions in multiple venues throughout San Francisco and Oakland.
Founded in 1993, the Queer Cultural Center is a multiracial community-building organization that fosters the artistic, economic and cultural development of San Francisco’s LGBTQI community.
Kumalicious and Alphabet are presented at SOMArts through participation in the Affordable Space Program, which provides below-market rental space, production and publicity assistance to nonprofit organizations, individual artists and other events and classes that meet our mission. For more information visit our rentals page.
The mission of SOMArts is to cultivate access to the arts within the Bay Area by collaborating with community-focused artists and organizations, and to engage the power of the arts to provoke just and fair inclusion, cultural respect, and civic participation. To find out about SOMArts classes, events and exhibitions, click here.