Handbook for supporting queer students brings activist values to art school

What does it mean to create a space for learning where queer and trans artists can thrive?

For so many reasons, this is a complex question, one which touches on systemic barriers and hyperspecific contexts both at once. Yet three years ago, a group of faculty and students at Toronto’s OCADU decided it was about time to start working together to answer it, and better yet to produce some real tools instructors could use to support their students. Now, Queer Publishing Project is officially launching HANDBOOK: Supporting Queer and Trans Students in Art and Design in Toronto this Wednesday at Art Metropole. 

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Patrons, Perks, Payout? Patreon for DIY creators

Words by Sidney Drmay

Illustration by Ian Sullivan Cant 

“AS SOON AS I SAW IT, I had the gut feeling that this is the platform that I should be using,” Rio Aubry Taylor said.

Taylor is a multidisciplinary cartoonist based in North Carolina who set up a Patreon account in 2015 and spent a year preparing to officially launch it in January 2016. Xe now uses the platform as the main page for xir comic series.

“I don’t think I’m a business person particularly, but since I’ve chosen to be an artist, I have to be,” Taylor said. “Sites like Patreon make it easier for me to do that.”

Patreon streamlines the money aspect of art, allowing creators to deposit a monthly transfer straight to their account — which means that people like Taylor, who primarily make their money through art, can do basic things like pay rent.

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Podcast: Patreon, Please

Welcome to Read and Distribute: “Patreon, Please” Edition!

This week, Read and Distribute is talking about the crowd-funding platform Patreon. We also have an interview with an eliminated contestant from the 2018 Deathmatch short story contest!

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Zine Review: Whiny Femmes

Whiny Femmes
Zine, Christina Hajjar & Jules Hardy (eds.), 74 pgs,

At 74 letter-sized pages, 68 of which have their own contributor, the first-ever issue of Whiny Femmes is almost overwhelming in stature, but arguably such is the importance of femme voices in print. Editors Christina Hajjar and Jules Hardy begin their compilation with a call to arms, announcing with a refreshing verve that they “believe in a politic that addresses the simultaneity of cis white capitalist colonial heteropatriarchy!”

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Comic: New Steven Kraan Comic

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Zine Review: Introspection Intermittently #3

These are short, personal essays, written by two dudes who have no fear of public self-flagellation.

Contributors C. N. Hubbarde and A. R. Arvelo McQuaig rightfully describe Introspection Intermittently as a “solipsistic journey through a sea of existential despair.” McQuaig, wearing his best curmudgeon hat, complains about smiles and sunny days, and expresses shock (with plenty of exple- tives) that a girl looking at him on the bus might find him attractive (he was appar- ently too dumbstruck to try talking to her). From Hubbarde, we get lamentations on his lonely younger years, and a dissection of his inability to snag a girlfriend.

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