Studio Grand is pleased to present POW! Women in Comics & Illustration curated by Breena Nuñez. The Exhibition brings nine womxn of color comics and illustrators together centering their stories, thoughts, spells, and magic.
Join us for POW!'s Public Reading, Panel Discussion, & Pop Up Market. At the event, you will have a chance to hear from the exhibiting comic artists and illustrators, participate in the dialogue, and have an opportunity to see and purchase their work at the comics market.
We are grateful for the support and fiscal sponsorship of Galeria de la Raza and for the generous support of the Akonadi Foundation's Beloved Community Fund.
Public Reading, Panel, & Pop Up Comics Market: Saturday, December 3, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Minnie Phan is an illustrator, cartoonist, and all around busy bee. She specializes in children’s book illustration, and comics related to personal experiences. She happily makes work that is colorful, thoughtful, and charming. Clients include NPR, Live Nation, The Bold Italic, Colorlines, and The Asian American Literary Review. She graduated from California College of the Arts in Illustration, with distinction.
Thi Bui was born in Vietnam three months before the end of the Vietnam War,and immigrated to the U.S. with her family in 1978. She has just completed her graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do, which will be published by Abrams and in bookstores March 2017. She is currently illustrating a children's book, A Different Pond, written by Bao Phi, to be published next fall by Capstone. Thi was a founding teacher of Oakland International High School, the first public high school in California for recent immigrants and English learners. She now teaches in the MFA in Comics program at the California College of the Arts. She lives in Berkeley with her son, her husband and her mother.
Francis Mead is a visual artist, dreamer, Goddess mama rooted in Oakland, Ca. Ever since she can remember she made art to connect with herself, her ancestors and the spirits that guide her. The intention behind her work is to reflect those creations back to the world as a way to inspire and liberate her peoples.
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VALERIE PEREZ ORDONEZ
Valerie Perez Ordoñez is a Salvi/Xicana illustrator & mixed media artist. She find inspiration in the privacy of chaos, the flux of being, dreams worlds, iridescent identities, cosmic pluralities, dark ambiguity, self-preservation, art as healing & the natural order–la tierra, la luna, y la magia.
Breena Nuñez is a Bay Area child of Central American descent who lives off of the love of creating music and visual art. She has been a longtime reader of comics, watcher of animation, listener of music and has recently encouraged herself to channel her artistic energy by writing stories about feminism and personal experiences of understanding the Central American diaspora.
Bio: Rachel Ann Millar is a San Francisco native now residing in the Concord, California. She spends her time drawing fanart of her favorite video games. Her favorite genre of entertainment is horror and she fills the silence of drawing with youtube videos of grown men screaming in terror. Her bookshelves are an artbook and comic library that she happily shares with anyone who would care. She loves drawing (and eating) animals, incorporating them whenever she can into her comics and illustrations, doing her best to use her humor and art to educate as well as entertain.
Rachel Ann Millar is a San Francisco native now residing in the Concord, California. She spends her time drawing fanart of her favorite video games. Her favorite genre of entertainment is horror and she fills the silence of drawing with youtube videos of grown men screaming in terror. Her bookshelves are an artbook and comic library that she happily shares with anyone who would care. She loves drawing (and eating) animals, incorporating them whenever she can into her comics and illustrations, doing her best to use her humor and art to educate as well as entertain.
Tanna’s work combines interests in folklore, African diaspora and representation in storytelling. In terms of genres, her influences are varied, but the common thread is a desire to depict full and complex characters that were absent in the stories she encountered growing up. She is currently collaborating with Mark Turner and Orpheus Forge Studios on a seven part fantasy comic entitled Sea Wulfe, due out in 2017. You can follow along on the team’s journey to publishing at seawulfe.com.
Tanna’s work was recently featured in the GWAN comics anthology, the June issue of Light Speed Magazine and will be included in the forthcoming Black Comix Returns Anthology. Her work has shown at the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum, Mission Comics & Art, and Light Grey Art Lab.
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