Today is National Coming Out Day! Let us all remember the importance of being proud of who we are! Even though some people don’t necessarily have to “come out” anymore because times have been changing, for a lot of people around the world being LGBTQIA is still something society feels they should feel ashamed of or it is even life threatening. For those of us who live out and proud, let’s support whoever is going through difficulties in life for being LGBTQIA and try to give the example that it can be a happy and dignified life! Love always wins!
To celebrate National Coming Out Day, there’s a new character for the Out&About series. This is Riley, a bisexual person and agender. Riley prefers if you use the pronoun “they” when you refer to them, instead of “he” or “she”, because they don’t identify either as man nor a woman. In fact, Riley’s genderqueerness does not fit in the binary gender system. Besides that, they are a human being going through life with difficulties, challenges and joyful moments, just like you!
If you wanna read the new strips first and help the project keep going, please become a patron here: www.patreon.com/krisbarz/
Anyone from Los Angeles and surrounding area? I’ll be giving a talk at Harvey Mudd College: Cartooning for Queerness – Wednesday 10/12, 12:15 pm! It’s open for everyone! RSVP here: http://tinyurl.com/cartooningforqueerness – PLEASE COME!
I will talk about my experience in creating comics for the LGBTQ demographic in my country, the difficulties in making comics that are appealing, funny and informative at the same time, how to work (or not) with stereotypes without limiting character’s personalities, how to be inclusive in creating realistic characters, and the balance between representation in my comics and artistic autonomy. In the and I will also present a brand new project I have been working on for the past few months!
See you there!
We all struggle with love and everything related to it. Each person has a different concept of what love is and a lot of times the suffering we put ourselves in is caused by what we expect love to be. “I remembered you” (from Portuguese “Lembrei de você”) is a series of one-page stories from a very introspective week back in 2013. I was feeling a little hopeless and frustrated after years of problematic, unresolved or failed relationships. So I started remembering each and every person I had loved or been in love with (masochist much?) and started writing what came to my mind. I soon noticed that was my way of doing therapy, realizing we can all learn with good and bad things and even be thankful for them. Read the first story below.
Hope you like it! Stay tuned for the upcoming ones!
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Out&About is excited to announce a new partnership with Matthew Shepard Foundation! The comics strips will be published on their website once a week. Based in Denver-CO, the Foundation provides a voice and support for LGBT youth locally as well as throughout the country.
Here’s the first installment on MatthewsPlace.com
Hello English speaking friends from everywhere!
My name is Kris and I’m really excited to present you Out&About, my comics project that I started more than 3 years ago. It tells through comics strips the story of Kevin and his friends: Harry, Ana, Pedro, Thomas, Mary, Juana, Gabriel, Susan and Alex. I’m a Colorado based Brazilian artist and Out&About started in Brazil under the name Torta de Climão, where it became a book in November 2015. After many months of analyzing, studying, translating and adapting, the first strips are here in English for you! I hope you like it!
Scroll down and check out the characters on the side bar. There is also space for you, fellow comics artists and LGBT blog writers, to have a banner on the website’s side bar. Just send me a message and we can have a crossed ad on each other’s website and support each other. If you have a LGBT-oriented/friendly business, you can be a partner and advertise. There is more information on the top menu, take a look there!
Please support my project liking the facebook page, sharing the strips and recommending it to friends! I’d really appreciate your help! Have fun reading and stay tuned to new strips every Monday, Wednesday and Friday!