on May 14th at 5pm EST, artists Robert Liu-Trujillo, Duachaka Her, and Nina Slykhuis-Landry, joined us for a live event of mini comics readings! Each artist performed a selection from their comics followed by a Q&A!
Nina Drew is an artist who lives in Montreal with their partner Larry and hairless cat Vashti. Nina has been drawing and painting for basically their entire life, and is currently mailing out monthly art letters of mini zines to their Snail Mail patrons. Their work focuses on themes of queer identity through a mix of autobiography, fantasy, water colours and digital painting.
Nina read from their perzine comic Frog and Toad are Queer!
Duachaka (Dua) Her is a Hmong-American cartoonist and illustrator from Wisconsin. She graduated with a degree in Comics and Sequential Art in 2015 and has illustrated picture books and self-published several comics. Her most recent work includes Tradition, a mini comic published by Uncivilized Books (2021). Most of her work is an exploration of culture and identity.
Dua read from her latest mini comic Tradition!
Robert Liu-Trujillo is a lifelong Bay Area resident. Born in Oakland California, he’s the child of student activists who watched lots of science fiction and took him to many demonstrations. Always drawing, Rob grew up to be an artist falling in love with graffiti, fine art, illustration, murals, and children’s books. In that order, sort of. Through storytelling he’s been able to scratch the surface of so many untold stories. Rob is the author and illustrator of Furqan’s First Flat Top. He’s a dad of a teenage boy and a brand new baby girl. He loves ice cream and his wife who laughs big and corrects his grammar every chance she gets. Down with the system and soggy french fries! Rob is a co-founder of The Trust Your Struggle Collective, a contributor to The Social Justice Children’s Bk Holiday Fair, The Bull Horn Blog, Rad Dad, Muphoric Sounds, and the founder of Come Bien Books.
Rob read from his mini comic Time!
You can find Rob and his work: http://work.robdontstop.com/
Read about Robert’s latest project Alejandria Fights Back! / ¡La lucha de Alejandria! over here!: https://www.feministpress.org/books-a…
Thank you to the Toronto Comics Arts Festival for asking us take part and to Jordan and Rotem for hosting! And thank you so much to those who were able to tune in and to Dua, Nina, and Rob for sharing their work with us!!