Comic artist’s work shows his pride
A comic artist is making sure he celebrates people from all corners of the queer community this Pride festival.
Pt Chevalier’s Sam Orchard is part of a collective of artists showing their Pridethemed works in the RainbowYOUTH Pride Art Exhibition.
Orchard is a queer trans* man and says he writes comics which attempt to show different parts of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) community.
‘‘The comic is a bit about highlighting that a lot of the time we say LGBT but actually people only mean white lesbians and gays, or even white middle-class lesbians and gays.
‘‘So it’s about saying: what are the ways racism, classism and transphobia impact on our community as well?
‘‘Because it does – we’re part of the wider world,’’ Orchard says.
‘‘Stories I like to talk about is that we’re different and that’s great, difference is wonderful so it’s not about trying to be the same.
‘‘What’s been really cool in the last 10 years is there’s been heaps more gay and lesbian characters come out on television . . . it’s only now that bisexual and transgender characters are coming out that have a lot more complexity and are treated outside of their stereotypes.’’
Orchard is referring to Naya Rivera, who plays bisexual character Santana on Glee and actress Laverne Cox from Orange is the new black. Last year, Cox became the first trans* person to feature on the cover of Time magazine.
Orchard released three issues of his comic series Family Portraits last September, after successfully raising the capital online.
The comics feature real stories from the queer and trans* communities, all linked together by Orchard’s own story about transitioning and sexuality. Orchard crowdfunded almost US$10,000 online for the comic series, which covered a print run of three issues.
The 30-year-old also travelled to the United States where he toured comic conventions.
Sam Orchard’s work will be on show in the RainbowYOUTH Pride Art Exhi- bition 2015. The free event is held at Studio One Toi Tu, 1 Ponsonby Rd until February 26.
Celebrating everyone: Comic artist Sam Orchard will display his work in the RainbowYOUTH Pride Art Exhibition this month. Go to aucklandcity harbournews.co.nz and click Latest Edition to hear Sam Orchard speak on the importance of coming out.