About Tajliya: Tajliya Jamal is a queer, mixed-race person of colour whose work often deals with the (in)visibility of multiracial and queer identities, and feelings of discomfort, belonging, and difference. With a focus on layered text and detailed pattern, Taj’s work also aims to challenge viewers to read slowly. Taj likes to use book forms and print media as it is a more accessible art form for viewers and readers. Collaborative practices and community engagement are also a key aspect to book and print media that Taj values greatly.
About Kirsten: Originally from Vancouver Island, Kirsten Hatfield is a graduate of the Fine Arts Diploma program at North Island College as well as a BFA recipient from Emily Carr University. She is heavily involved in the local arts community as a practicing artist, curator, art director and art educator. Her personal practice fluctuates between a wide variety of materials but is always centred around painting and colour theory. Her work as been featured on CBCarts, BBC, Huffpostarts, Seventeen Magazine, New York Magazine and locally in Sad Mag and Discorder Magazine. She currently resides on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations (Vancouver, BC) where she shows locally and internationally.
DISPLACEMENT: “A memory is too powerful a weapon” In conversation with yonsei artists Kiku Hughes and Erica Isomura Japanese American author Kiku Hughes (@kikuhughes) and Japanese Canadian writer Erica Isomura (@ericahiroko) discuss family history, reclamation of queer stories, model minority myths in Asian America, and the significance of these narratives to the racial justice movement.
Kiku Hughes’ Displacement (published by First Second Books) is a magical realist story about a Japanese American teen who is pulled back in time to witness her grandmother’s experiences in an incarceration camp during the Second World War. Kiku is on vacation in San Francisco when she suddenly finds herself displaced to the 1940s Japanese American internment camp where her late grandmother was forcibly relocated. When Kiku finds herself “stuck” back in time, she gets the education she never received in history class. Kiku witnesses the lives of Japanese Americans who manage to cultivate community and commit acts of resistance in order to survive, despite the denial of their civil liberties. When will Kiku be able to return home? And what lessons will she bring back to present-day America? Kiku Hughes weaves a riveting, bittersweet tale that highlights the intergenerational impact and power of memory in this stunning debut.
Kiku Hughes (@kikuhughes) is a comics artist and writer based in the Seattle area. Her work has been featured in Avatar: The Last Airbender – Team Avatar Tales, ShortBox, Alloy: Electrum anthology, ELEMENTS: A Comic Anthology by Creators of Color, Beyond anthology of queer sci-fi and fantasy comics, and others. Her debut graphic novel Displacement, published by First Second, is now available at local bookstores everywhere. Kiku tells stories that uplift, empower, and allow underrepresented people to feel seen. She is interested in soft sci-fi, lgbt characters and relationships, found family narratives and anti-capitalist agendas. | https://geniusbee.tumblr.com
Erica Isomura (@ericahiroko) is a Vancouver-based writer and editor living on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh & Səl̓ílwətaʔ territories. Her work won Briarpatch Magazine’s Writing in the Margins contest and appears in Room, Poetry is Dead, emerge 18 (SFU Publications, 2018), and others. She co-edited Our Edible Roots (Tonari Gumi, 2018), a book honouring Japanese Canadian organic gardening and food traditions. Erica’s work has been featured by Queer Arts Festival, Powell Street Festival, Vancouver Writers Fest, Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Perspectives: Anti-racism Arts Festival, and more. Erica is currently working on a collaborative project to examine the legacy of the Japanese Canadian redress movement from the 1970s & 80s in today’s politics and activism. She recently finished writing her first TV comedy screenplay. | https://ericahiroko.ca/ * Find out more about Displacement by Kiku Hughes at https://firstsecondbooks.com #kikuhughes #displacement #nikkei #youngsei
Andrea Warner interviews Rumi Hara about Hara’s new graphic novel, “Nori”, published by Drawn & Quarterly. From Drawn & Quarterly’s website: “Nori (short for Noriko) is a spirited three-year-old girl who lives with her parents and grandmother in the suburbs of Osaka during the 1980s. While both parents work full-time, her grandmother is Nori’s caregiver and companion—forever following after Nori as the three year old dashes off on fantastical adventures.” You can buy “Nori” from your local, independent book seller, or from Drawn & Quarterly: https://drawnandquarterly.com/nori Rumi Hara: https://www.rumihara.com Andrea Warner: http://www.theandreawarner.com
Pizza Punks and Dakwäkãda Warriors author Cole Pauls interviews Vancouver BC’s Juli Majer. Pauls talks with Majer about her sculpture work, moving from line work to full colour illustrations, being influenced by manga, Kewpies, small creatures, collaborating with Colour Code, Moniker Press, Nieves, founding DDOOGG and discovering the Vancouver comics community.
Cole Pauls: https://tundrawizard.com
Juli Majer: http://julimajer.net
Dakwäkãda Warriors and Pizza Punks author Cole Pauls joins Detroit comic artist, Jordan River in conversation about his drawing and creative process! Collaborating with his partner Chloe River, curating anthologies, risograph printing with Cold Cube (Seattle), discovering the french animated classic “Fantastic Planet” and the influences that lead him to create “A Moth Among Butterflies”. Follow Jordan on instagram @_abrownrecluse_
In this next edition of Zooming the Pandemic, Deni Loubert interviews Roberta Gregory, the writer and illustrator of “Naughty Bits”. This series is in partnership with NewWest TV.
Learn more about Roberta Gregory here: http://robertagregory.com/Robertagreg…