WHAT'S THIS FOR?
The Queers & Comics Conference was created to celebrate,
explore, document, and analyze LGBTQ cartoonists and their work.
The biennial conference alternates between New York City and San
This year I have been invited to attend as a panelist. I'll be
selling my books, meeting other queer and trans comic creator,
learning heaps, and promoting queer and trans comics from New
I just need some help to cover the costs of getting there and
for food and accommodation.
I've been working in Rainbow communities for over a decade -
telling stories, creating art, and doing youth and community
development projects. I'd like to share my knowledge of combining
these things, as well as learn from queer comics leaders
Talking about the impact of my work is hard for me to write
about, so I crowd-sourced this section. You can see what people
have to say about my work in the pictures above, but here are some
of the things people had to say:
"You are lovely and diligent and talented and kind. You care
about the communities you are part of and always try to share
resources and opportunities. You're always drawing attention to
stories and perspectives that are marginalised and trying to make
room for them in conversations where they might be missing. You're
willing to be vulnerable and take risks to make art and to make
change." - Philip W
"You combine critical thinking, compassion, community building
and innovative social media approaches that engage a wide audience
to progress social justice issues" - George P
"I always read your Roostertails comics whenever I see them!
They are compulsively readable, beautiful drawn and have incredibly
sympathetic characters (that I know are you IRL!) They are the
perfect length for an internet micro-break. I really love how they
express the transguy and genderqueer experience, showing all the
obstacles, hardships and prejudices that come your way, and yet
they still have a light, humorous, engaging touch. They are really
specific in their detail which makes them so affecting - your most
recent hospital comic is case in point. They invite an enormous
amount of empathy from both queer and straight readers. And I think
you should get a QSM for the work you did on #wearebeneficiaries."
- Sarah L
"You say hard things in a gentle way that people can hear" -
"Sam writes and illustrates comics that give the world real
insights into queer life in New Zealand and in general, as well as
donating his time to a variety of queer-positive initiatives over
many years of youth work. Sam draws cute diverse characters too!
Sam is p great." - Sian D
"Sam Orchard uses a great openness and honesty to help us feel
real and seen. Both emotionally and situationally, as queer people
finding ourselves & our intersectional responsibilities" -
WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT:
Your support would be life changing!
I have been needing to go to this conference since it's
inception, I want to meet my queer comics heroes and learn amazing
things from them. This will help me share my comics with a USA
audience (where the majority of my readers are based), promote
queer and trans comics from here, and give me a chance to pitch a
new comic project that I've been working on, to USA publishers.
My friend Sarah actually says it way better: "It's vital as an
NZ creator that you get the opportunity to go and meet other
creators. When you meet people face to face you really make
connections - that's when you get invited to collaborate, or a US
publisher realises how important it is that they publish you under
their imprint, or people want you in their anthologies. The NZ
comics community is super small so you have to have the chance to
go overseas where the community is larger and the audiences are.
The conference will be super inspiring because sometimes it's hard
to remember why we do these things, but when you see a whole bunch
of other people dedicating their lives to drawing comics, then you
are reminded that it is actually a thing that people do, and it's
important and you're doing the vital work of making more diverse
stories so that the world doesn't get swamped by the dominant
WHAT'S THE MONEY FOR?
Making queer comics and doing community work isn't... lucrative.
I try my best to make it work, because this is the work I love to
do. But - the truth is I can't go without fundraising to get there.
I've tried to choose the smallest amount to ask for - to cover the
costs of my flights and some accommodation - but if we can get over
this base amount it means that I won't have to be reliant on
borrowing money from my partner, or credit cards. So, yeah - any
and all amount will really, really help!
3 DAYS AGO
Thank you everyone, so so much! I'm incredibly humbled and grateful to you all for helping get this campaign fully funded in the first three days! Thank you so so much!
I was worried we'd not reach our goal, so I chose a small amount that would make it possible - if we put stuff on our credit cards and borrowed some money. So, if we can fundraise more, it'd mean we wouldn't have to go into debt to be able to get to the conference, and it'd mean we'd be able to pay for Joey's flights too.
I'm also putting together a little zine for the conference that showcases the amazing talent of comics writers, comics artists, and illustrators from the rainbow community in Aotearoa. If you'd like to be a part of it, just fill in this google form.