Oh sheesh, what a week. I got back from a holiday with Joe (our first, just the two of us, in a really long time) to a big pile of deadlines and a six day work trip so I’ve been working madly to catch up on time lost, get my comic done, and get on the road. I’m currently sitting in my third hotel room in as many days, which is fun, but also I’m keen to be at home. It’s a bit silly, particularly given the current rainbow stuff that’s happening in the world, but when I put pen to paper this is what came out.
The month of February is gonna be a big one for me, check out all the amazing cool stuff I’m doing:
I’m doing a little book review as part of the Auckland Libraries Pride events in February – come along and watch me and other amazing people chat about their fave queer and trans books at the Central Library 17th of February, 5pm – 7pm.
I’m helping to organise the Everything and Everyone market for artists of diverse genders and sexualities, I’ll have a wee stall there too with my comics, zines and drawings. It’ll be held on February 21st 12noon-3pm at St. Kevin’s Arcade
It’s official, I have a schedule!! More events, and event listings coming, but in the mean time click on the links for the fcebook events and say you’ll come!
Portland: September 17-21
- September 19th 6.30pm: Family Portraits Launch and Book Reading at In Other Words
- September 20th Time TBA: Sam Loves Queer Comics talk at Independent Publishing Resource Center
- September 20th – 21st: Rose City Comic Con
New York: September 22nd – 27th
- September 23rd 7:00pm: Family Portraits Book Reading at Bluestockings Books
- September 25th – 6.30pm Drink and Draw Like a Queer at Brooklyn Community Pride Center.
Chicago: September 28th – October 2nd
- September 28th 4.30pm: Drink and Draw Like a Queer at Women and Children First
- September 30th 7:30pm: Family Portraits ADULTS ONLY event at Early 2 Bed or Facebook link
San Francisco: October 3rd – 8th
- October 4th-5th: APE
- October 6th 6pm: Family Portraits Book Reading at Alley Cat Books
If folks know good places to advertise such events, please let me know
I’m coming to America – it’s official!
But I need your help internets! I’ve contacted a bunch of places to see if I can do some speaking gigs, but I need your help to let them know that I’m awesome ☺ I also need your help to find other places who might be good contacts for each of the different places. So if you have any ideas/suggestions/influences you’ll be my ultimate superstar if you can let them know about me/let me know about them 😀
I can talk about a whole range of stuff – from Queer and Trans comics, to Media Representations of LGBTQ people, my experiences being a queer gender diverse person, LGBTQ youth work (and working with Queer and Gender Diverse Young people), Queer and Trans experiences in New Zealand, Family Portraits as a way of bringing more Queer and Trans celebratory stories… and other stuff I’m sure!
Here’s where I’m going:
Sept 16-21: Portland, Oregon
o Unconfirmed – In Other Words: Sept 19th
o Rose City Comic Con: Sept 20-21th
o Independent publishing Resource Center: Sept 20th
Sept 22-27: New York, New York
o Bluestockings: Sept 23.
Sept 28-Oct 2: Chicago, Illinois
You guys, I don’t know any places or people here, so any and all suggestions would be soooo great!
Oct 3 – Oct 8: San Francisco, California
• Places I’ve contacted:
o APE – October 4-5
o Centre for Sex and Culture
o LGBT Center
Also – any one who knows of cheap/free queer friendly accommodation in any of these places (apart from Portland ‘cause that’s sorted :D) please feel free to let me know 😀
So the reason I’ve got guest strips for the last few months is that I’ve been working super hard to finish off the third issue of Family Portraits and getting my kickstarter rewards in place.
So I’m super excited to say that the comics are getting printed as we speak, and for anyone who missed out on the kickstarter you can buy the digital versions of the first three issues of family portraits! https://gumroad.com/samorchard
Printed versions will be available by the end of October!