8/4/2016 While I continue to hide all of my recent work for Next World Tarot from the www, Im inredibly stoked to have participated in two important events this summer: Visions from the Inside artist collaboration with CultureStrike, and Artists Assemble: Empowerment and Inspiration in Contemporary Comics at MOLAA.

Visions from the Inside is a project organized by CultureStrike, in partnership with Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement, End Family Detention , Families For Freedom, and NWDC Resistance. CultureStrike brought together 12 artists from across the country (including myself) to create illustrations inspired by letters penned by detained migrants. My piece is up on the ARTWORK, as well as on Visions from The Inside.

ARTISTS ASSEMBLE: Empowerment and Inspiration in Contemporary Comics is this month's exhibit at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA. This exhibit features artists who highlight characters, events, and stories traditionally excluded from mainstream comic book art and culture. Over 40 artists are showing individual sketches, hand drawn panels, mini-comics, comic books, video art, and digital images, as well as illustrations, sculptures, installation, paintings, and photographs. I'm exhibiting the original art for Querida Yaya, Sin Verguenza, and The Queen of Cups.

If youre not in the Southern California area between now and September 18th, you can checkout any of my upcoming local performances in NYC + a top secret upcoming show in Chicago, IL this October.

SEE YOU SOON --<--<-<--@

ARTISTS ASSEMBLE: Empowerment and Inspiration in Contemporary Comics
7/17-9/18 @Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
MOLAA Show

Ill be exhibiting along 40 artists for Artists Assemble. For more info visit https://www.molaa.org/events/exhibition-opening-artists-assemble-empowerment-inspiration-contemporary-comics/

Benefit for Pulse, Orlando
8/5 @Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave. Brooklyn NY

Ill be performing spoken word with w/ Ratas En Zelo, Amor y Sacrificio, Worriers, Thin Lips

A Tribute and Benefit for Erik Peterson
8/14 @Gold Sounds 44 Wilson Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Ill be performing acoustic solo songs with Out of System Transfer, Comrades, Brook Pridemore, Yula Beeri, Early Riser

FLAME CON 2 : NYC'S QUEER COMIC CON
8/20 @ The Marriot, Brooklyn Bridge

NYC's first Queer Comic Con! Ill be reading and performing along with a million other rad queer Comic artists. For more info please visit www.flamecon.org

Spoken Word Performance
9/14 @C'Mon Everybody, Brooklyn NY

w/ Erica Freas, Hot Tears, and Fleabite

DESAFINADOS: Celebrating 25 years of Los Crudos,
punk underground culture in Pilsen and Little Village

10/8 @Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL

Ill be presenting along with legendary Latinx punks Martin Crudo, Michelle Cruz Gonzalez, and So much more. Please visit http://www.crudosoy.com/ for more info.

6/30/2016 I never felt safe enough to come out in Florida, until I had a community that felt secret enough because it was big enough. The state of violence against queer people is why we tirelessly attack the root of the problem: fundamentalist hate; learned hate; systematic hate. So we make art, we start organizations, we organize mass protests, we perform direct actions against the institutions that are harrowing to our existence.... only for the cycle to continue, and keep us exhausted, so we can work on ourselves, only to get back out there pa luchar. Because as much as we can create and revolutionize; we still wonder if our work is even allowed in half the mainstream institutions that baby malditos y traya have access to.

This is why I keep trying, despite the setbacks in publishing and the media's limited interest in real fucking talk.... Right now Im working on THE NEXT WORLD TAROT, a 78-card Tarot deck illuminating the concept of a post-apocalyptic, post-hetero-patriarchial society. To passive aggresively bitch about the ammount of time it takes me to feel comfortable with showing new cards out of the prospective 78; today I will share the Queen of Cups. She defines patience and understanding and facing the most fucked odds with her struggle and self grounded firmly on the sand. Please check her out with all her friends in the ARTWORK.

Speaking of grounding ourselves, Ill be reading in the perfornance portion of July 2nd's Break The Chains: Queer Dance Party in Brooklyn. Ill be sharing the stage with Afro-Latinx Reggae-Rock Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde, and Boston Riot-Folk; Evan Greer.

Later in the Summer in Brooklyn, ill be speaking at Flame Con, NYC's first queer comic con! More details to come soon.

MORE EVENTS + NEW ART SUPER SOON UNLIKE LAST TIME <3

BREAK THE CHAINS: QUEER DANCE PARTY
July 2nd 2016 @Silent Barn, Brooklyn NY

w/ Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde and Evan Greer

FLAME CON 2 : NYC'S QUEER COMIC CON
August 20th @ The Marriot, Brooklyn Bridge

NYC's first Queer Comic Con! Ill be reading and performing along with a million other rad queer Comic artists. For more info please visit www.flamecon.org

4-21-16 So Im not sure if youre into astrology or not, but my moon is in cancer, so thats my excuse for not scanning any new work for NEXT WORLD TAROT. Please check me out on Instagram @croadcore for more frequent (but still not that frequent and awkward quality) or in progress Tarot Cards. Until then, please checkout all these rad upcoming panels Ill be participating discussing race, gender, and underground music subcultures in NYC:
Women CLAP BACK in Music and the Arts
Saturday, April 30 @10AM
@The New School, Klein Conference Room 510, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY

In social media, “clapbacks” are strong rebuttals to derogatory and insulting anonymous comments. They respond to racial and sexual disparities in the online world, but how does this resistance work in our real-life arts worlds? How do women who are active in alternative scenes like metal or punk, or DJs, writers, journalists, photographers, and pornographers push beyond the assumptions they constantly face? This one-day symposium features writers, activists, musicians, and creative artists whose presence as women of color, queer, trans* and/or gender non-conforming enables them to clap back to patriarchal, sexist, and racially intolerant creative spaces today. Ill be particiating in one of five panels, Are You Quirky? Challenging the Status Quo in Arts and Culture: "Not only are women of color participating in the alternative arts, they are creating unique perspectives that shatter stereotypes and inspire others. Join a discussion led by cosplayers, graphic designers and other artists who are breaking boundaries".

Women in Rock & Metal Music
Wednesday, May 4th @7PM
 @ Barnard College – Julius S. Held Lecture Hall, New York, NY

Women in Rock & Metal Music seeks to explore how women of varying ethnic backgrounds, gender identities and sexuality, so often marginalized, navigate their participation and construct spaces of liminality through their art, musicianship and voice. Ill be discussing gender, race, violence, and acceptance in the NY rock and metal scene with fellow panelists – Mindy Abovitz (Tom Tom Magazine Creator/Editor), Kristen Korvette (Creator of the feminist site -Slutist ), Laina Dawes (Author of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal), and Justina Villanueva (Heavy Metal photographer and artist).

3-16-16 Springtime came early to Brooklyn, making it easier to navigate the possibility of having a racist tyrant run the country; as well as the usual surges of street harassment and PTSD. In art news, however, everythings great, because I'm so honored to have created the cover art for Gabby Rivera's new Novel, JULIET TAKES A BREATH. Gabby is bringing a refreshingly angry and honest Afro-Latinx voice to queer lit. Please click all these links and check out Gabby's amazing work.

And in other book news, please welcome the new updated cover for the next pressing of the epic book THE REVOLUTION STARTS AT HOME: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. This book was originally compiled and edited by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Ching-In Chen, & Jai Dulani in 2011. Please checkout this important work, soon to be back in print on AK Press.

With all this said, I am going to go back into my cave and hopefully, a month from now, this update will include atleast 10 new Tarot Cards from the NEXT WORLD TAROT for your viewing enjoyment (sorry I am still weird about in progress work?). Until then, please checkout my upcoming NY events at Interference Archive and Colgate University......

STAY GOLD... <3 <3 CCR

OUR COMICS OURSELVES
Thursday, March 17, 2016
@ Interference Archive, 131 8th St. Brooklyn NY

Join the Paper Cuts reading series with readings by Comic writers and artists: Cristy C. Road, Anna Flinchbaugh, Christopher Kardambikis, KJ Martinet, Drew Miller, Hazel Newlevant, and
Robert Richburg. For more info, CLICK HERE

SLIDESHOW & LECTURE for Queer Latina Visualities
Thursday, April 7th, 2016
@ Colgate University, 13 Oak Dr, Hamilton, NY

Ill be reading new work, showing and discussing the NEXT WORLD TAROT, and holding a workshop on navigating art, mental health, and culture as a visual artist and Latinx queer culture creator.

1-4-2016 I start off the year feeling simultaneously blessed and heavy hearted. NEXT WORLD TAROT was funded thanks to all of your support, so Im honored to illustrate individuals who deserve to be honored, although Its been a rough year, full of systematic torture and dark passageways a lot of us shone too bright for. I want to commemorate the light of those we've lost, and the magic of those still living.

I concluded 2015 with PROTECT TRANS LIVES, a collection of drawings documenting 21 out of 23 transgender people who were murdered in the United States in 2015. The majority of this violence targeted women, particularly black women and women of color. Please remember transphobia and racism are systemic epidemics. I was originally commissioned by The Advocate to create 9 of these, but felt it was necessary to continue the work and remind viewers to protect eachother and smash this system together. Eventually, The Advocate ran all 21 for the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 21, 2015. I wasnt able to collect photos of every trans person reported murdered, unfortunately, so this is a work in progress (as a lot of my work is). You can download this poster for free by following this link: PROTECT TRANS LIVES.

In NEXT WORLD TAROT News, Im so proud to announce that the Kickstarter was overdunded, so Ill be self-pubishing 2000 decks along with a small booklet of descriptions for its first run. About half the decks are claimed, so there will be plenty left when I set up pre-orders for the deck at the CROADCORE MALL; featuring all the same deals that were featured on the NWT Kickstarter.

I apologize for the fact that I work in secrecy, and you dont get to see 100 instagram pics of pencil drawings. Im trying to join the 2016's, but its hard for a weirdo hermit like me (and if astrology means anything to you, my moon is in Cancer). However, I hope to upload a cool video of my process sometime soon. With that said; please checkout all the recent NWT Interviews in the PRESS section + Ive uploaded some old cards that have since been edited and updated to the ARTWORK: the educational and challenging air of redefining leadership with THE HEIROPHANT, the enchanted pleasures and dangerous indulgences of the 9 OF CUPS, and the trailblazing queer craftsperson who embodies THE MAGICIAN.

In additional commission + punk rock news; Ive uploaded my recent comic for the Women's Review of Books about my fave illustrator and writer, SYBIL LAMB. Please checkout MY COMIC via this link, or visit the commissions section of the ARTWORK. Either way, dont forget to click her name and checkout her work ASAP, because its powerful and meaningful and queer punk magic.

Speaking of queer punk magic, last on the agenda is my poster for THE HOMEWREKCERS next show, with the legendary MISCHIEF BREW in Brooklyn NY. For more info please visit THE HOMEWRECKRS on the www, and checkout THE POSTER in that link or the commissions section of the ARTWORK.

With that said, I just saw the republican debates and now is definitely the time to fuck shit up: Peace <3


 

11-19-15 After a few long years of creating (and destroying) Tarot card designs for my once nebulous Tarot deck that has gone through many identities; Im finally ready to raise funds, lock myself in my studio for a few months, complete the remaining 60 cards, SELF-PUBLISH THE COMPLETE DECK, and distribute from my studio.

Please checkout THE NEXT WORLD TAROT KICKSTARTER PAGE and donate if you can, or share with your friends, family, colleagues, animals, bosses, children's friends' parents, and everyone who may be interested in my post-apocalyptic reclamation of magic.

Funding this project will assist in purchasing materials + carving time to finish the remaining 60 cards within a year, yet it will MOSTLY fund the PUBLISHING and DISTRIBUTING of the FIRST RUN of 500 Decks; or 1000 if we're lucky.

Im so proud to finally be getting this out into the world. Please checkout the campaign page to read about my complicated realtionship with magic, and the Tarot's connection to my creative purpose. Thank you for reading this far and dont let the system kill your magic <3


 

11-10-15 I finally found help and updated my website on Dreamweaver 2015! Cool! To celebrate please check out all my recent uploads; while you enjoy the new tropical layout. Ive added work from New York Magazine, The Advocate Magazine, and Pop-punk.

The last few months have brought dramatic life changes, enough to force the kind of reclusive break Ive been on since August [the last update on this website]. Last August, my abuela Yaya passed on to her next life. Yaya raised me with my mother and aunts; she lived with me until I left Miami, and was always there holding down our family, our home, our lengua, our malacriancas, and basically the way of Cubana life I had always known. Around September, NEW YORK MAGAZINE commissioned me to write a memoir piece; and I chose to document mine and Yaya's last visit to Disney World. Please check it out HERE, or in the COMMISSIONS section of the ARTWORK.

Lately Im all too aware of the dreadfully uncontrolable conveyor belt that is life, so Im obsessing over maintaining traditions. Cultural tradition, subcultural tradition, and paying homage to the foundations of most of the art that I make. In the dept. of maintaining punk traditions, I just finished COVER ART for Pittsburgh pop-punk band PLAYOFF BEARD; this cool LOGO for PUNKS WITH TYPEWRITERS, a zine and record distributor based in Florianópolis, Brasil; THIS t-shirt design for Cincinnati's amazing women of punk, BOYS; and last but never least, a few months back I finished COVER ART for UPINATEM, more cool pop-punk from Idaho. In other art news, please checkout my new work for THE ADVOCATE about queers and the sex industry.

You may not know this-- but pop-punk is my all-time favorite genre of music. Im in this pop-punk band, THE HOMEWRECKERS. Were playing November 21st, and here is a flyer I designed for the show. Please come out if you're interested in pop-punk?

In other event news, Ill be participating at Latin@ Heritage Month at Williams College, to read new work and perform a workshop on Latinx Art intersections (and its minefields). Please come out and support this important event.

With all that said; Im effin' emotionally exhausted, and I want to echo the reoccuring theme of learning to grieve in a way that makes us stronger. Its been a difficult few months for a lot of people. When we lose someone or a part of ourself; an internal revolution is forced on us. And we are allowed to go through it, as much as we deserve to heal.

LECTURE AND WORKSHOP Latin@ Heritage Month at Williams College "Mis Raices son mi Orgullo y Poder/ My roots are my Pride and Power.”
November 18th 2015
@Williams College, Williamstown MA

Ill be reading from Spit and Passion + new work; and performing a Lecture and Workshop on archiving my cultural experience through my work.


08-20-2015 So, as everything gets destroyed and reinvented at the same time, the two longest running projects Ive been working on are finally coming to a close [or a life change]. In art news, Ill soon be launching a Kickstarter campaign for my Tarot deck, the Next World Tarot. Until then, you can keep checking this website/the internet, for news--- OR checkout my updated WEBSTORE for 11x14 versions of some finished cards.

Yes, that is a thing, THE CROADCORE MALL has been condensed to one store, so you can order books and prints simultaneously [you will receive them separate, since the posters will arrive in a tube]. You will find Next World Tarot Prints, my published books and zines, and new prints of recent work like SOBREVIVR: Queer Punx of Color; as well as MERCURY IN RETROGRADE and MERMAIDS IN LOVE, two recent illustrations that I just added to the ARTWORK (of this website). Stay tuned for more stuff like buttons and candles....

In childhood dream news, my pop-punk band THE HOMEWRECKERS has a full length record coming out on NERVOUS NELLY RECORDS and MOOSTER RECORDS, called I Statements. Im so stoked to finally set this stuff free--- aside from the seafoam green vynil and free download card, you will receive an illustrated lyrics insert and a bunch of songs about feelings and colonialism. For more news on the album and the record release show (August 28th at Silent Barn), visit THE HOMEWRECKERS, or follow us on Facebook (or come to our shows and say hi).

With all that said, please checkout my reading with amazing queer punk performers G.L.O.S.S., Aye Nako, and Moor Mother Godess. So stoked to play this, these are some of the most inspiring bands of our time. For more info CLICK HERE.

....Love y poder y everything to everyone who has supported my work through the years. Things start feeling a little claustrophobic every now and then, and so I test the waters of the world outside doing it myself, and I continue to be totally grossed out. Our voices and visions are weapons of justice and destruction. Having jobs we love and funded projects is totally spectacular; but the lifeblood of everything I do will always be the magical exchange between bad ass revolutionaries, whether artists or observers of one anothers' art, your expression keeps me sane. <3 #gemini #geminirising #cancermoon

G.L.O.S.S., Aye Nako, Moor Mother Godess, Cristy C. Road
Wednesday, September 23

@Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave.

Ill be reading at this show with these amazing bands: G.L.O.S.S., Aye Nako, Moor Mother Goddess. For More info CLICK HERE.

7-21-15 Growing up in Miami, punk bands sang in Spanish and English, and combating racism was a permanent dialogue in punk- to a teenage me, its partly why it existed. But as I grew, finding my voice as a queer Latina in punk [and in a red state] urged a whirlwind search for music where I could simultaneously rage about all corners of my identity. SOBREVIVR is my homage to queer punks of color who's aggressively honest message transformed my experience as a musician (let alone an artist) in punk. Featured so far are Victoria Ruiz (Malportado Kids, Downtown Boys), Mars Ganito and Jade Payne (Aye Nako), and Martin Sorrondeguy (Los Crudos, Limp Wrist). Punks of color have held this torch for years; despite the fact that so many archived histories of punk don't include to us. This is my documentation of the artists who are telling their story as queer punks of color; without having to justify why we choose to stay punk.

Check 'em out in the ARTWORK! These pieces are all 19x24, Ink, Marker, Gelly Roll pens, white out, acrylic paint. Im so proud to say that these will be on display at this years FED UP FEST in Chicago illinois; where the respective subject matters will totally be performing!

In similar news, Ill be reading from my upcoming [and kind of secret] 'zine with Aye Nako, and Try The Pie from CA, at the legendary ABC No Rio in NYC! Come out, or otherwise checkout these bands on the www...... <3

FED UP FEST Queercore Festival and Art Exhibit
Friday, July 24- Sunday, July 26
@Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St. Chicago IL

FUF is a 3-day all ages, DIY Music and Workshop festival showcasing and celebrating queer and transgender voices in punk communities. Ill be showing work at the Art Exhibit! For more info please visit fedupfestchicago.tumblr.com/ and their event page on Facebook.

ABC NO RIO ZINE LIBRARY BENEFIT
Monday, August 17
@ABC No Rio 156 Rivington St, New York, NY

Music by Aye Nako and Try The Pie, Zine reading by Cristy C. Road and more!

06.08.15 YA BASTA. I dont have time to feel anything lately, and thats good news for the next few months, when I have my first summer vacation from GRAD SCHOOL, where Im getting an MFA in illustration, at FIT in lovely Manhattan. Ill be finishing and sharing a shit-ton of new work that I will compromise my social life for! Although... my recent life of working larger and avoiding computers means infrequent web publishing of new art because I dont own a giant scanner....VISIT ME.... OR checkout my crappy IPhone photography of recent work on FACEBOOK, and you can follow @croadcore on TWITTER (although I just got it and have never posted anything yet because Im kind of an oogle about all this stuff).

Until then, checkout my new book cover for LA Chicana Punk legend ALICE BAG in the ARTWORK. Im so effing honored to have gotten to work with her on PIPE BOMB FOR THE SOUL, which features her 1986 diary entries written in Nicaragua, during the later half of the Nicaraguan Revolution.

With all this said, please check out FLAME CON this weekend! Its NYC's first queer comic convention, hosting tables from 100's of queer comic and cartoon artists. Ill be there in a decorative booth and maybe an exciting outfit, but probably not, I might just wear the same thing I usually wear.

FLAME CON: NYC'S FIRST QUEER COMIC CONVENTION
Saturday, June 13th 2015
@Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn NY

Flame Con will be a one-day comics, arts, and entertainment expo showcasing creators and celebrities from all corners of LGBTQ geek fandom, including comics, video games, film, and television. For more info please visit www.flamecon.org

05.03.15 WOAH, ITS SPRING. And to commemorate the downfall of the world we've known, and the uprising of the world we will know; THE HOMEWRECKERS [my pop-punk band] are playing our first show in a long time; with DOWNTOWN BOYS and IN SCHOOL; both seriously important punk bands preaching the gospel of justice with hardcore and saxaphones. Im so excited, I made this flyer, now featured in the ARTWORK under COMMISIONS & DONATIONS. The poster will be available in limited edition screen prints at the show; thanks to the fine screen printing labor at Brooklyn Transcore! For additional show info and tickets, please visit http://www.ticketfly.com/event/800217-downtown-boys-record-release-brooklyn/

Aside from this; Ill be participating in not one, but two QUEER COMIC Events. First off is Queers and Comics Conference hosted by CLAGS. Ill be participating in the Queer characters of Color Panel, and Memoir: Discovering Queer Identities panel. For more details, please visit http://www.clags.org/queers-comics/

Then in June, please checkout FLAME CON, NYC's first queer comic convention. Ill have a booth full of decorative merchandise and new things you may never see again, like candles with illustrated decals. Dont even. Checkout www.flamecon.org

UNTIL NEXT TIME....

QUEERS AND COMICS LGBT CARTOONISTS CONFERENCE
May 7th-8th 2015
@Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY

Queers & Comics Conference celebrates, explores and analyzes queer cartoonists and their work. The Queers & Comics Conference will offer two days of panels, workshops, portfolio reviews, and slideshow presentations, as well as an exhibition of queer cartoon art. Ill be participating in the Queer characters of Color Panel, and Memoir: Discovering Queer Identities panel. For more details, please visit http://www.clags.org/queers-comics/

FLAME CON: NYC'S FIRST QUEER COMIC CONVENTION
Saturday, June 13th 2015
@Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn NY

Flame Con will be a one-day comics, arts, and entertainment expo showcasing creators and celebrities from all corners of LGBTQ geek fandom, including comics, video games, film, and television.For more info please visit www.flamecon.org

3-16-15 Today in the offices of Cristy C. Road, we are going to celebrate body-positivity and the brown queer body; taking it back from self-hate and the police state. So, I've uploaded these two recent sultry pieces. First off is my Pin Up Card for the QUEER PIN UPS Card deck, being printed for the upcoming QUEERS AND COMICS Conference. My card features the most fierce gemini femme in all of Brooklyn, enjoying the spring. Second, Ive [finally] uploaded PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST IN LOVE; my explicit good time, part of my Q.P.O.C. Sex Revolution Series; which appeared in the QUEER PROPHECIES exhibit last summer. You can check out this work in the PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS section of the ARTWORK.

Also in ARTWORK, under the COMMISIONS AND DONATIONS, Im so excited to have uploaded my cover art for DIRTY RIVER, the new memoir by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha; out soon on Arsenal Pulp Press. Next, Ive uploaded my poster for BLACK GIRL GENIUS WEEK, hosted by S.O.L.H.O.T. last fall.

With that said, Ill be vending and speaking at a few events..... Coming up next week is THE COLOR OF VIOLENCE Conference in Chicago, IL where ill be vending; then Ill be reunited with SISTER SPIT in San Francisco, CA. Following this are QUEERS AND COMICS CONFERENCE and FLAME CON in NYC! So... please check the calendar for future awesome......... GET IT.

INCITE! COLOR OF VIOLENCE 4 CONFERENCE
Thursday, March 26th-29th
@Hyatt Regency Mccormick Place, Chicago, IL

BEYOND THE STATE: Inciting Transformative Possiblities. Ill be tabling at COV4! This gathering will mark INCITE!’s fifteen years of engaging in grassroots organizing projects, critical conversations, national actions, transnational campaigns, and community building strategies to end colonial, racial, and gender-based violence against women of color, trans and queer people of color, and our communities.  For more info visit http://www.colorofviolence.org/

SISTER SPIT: THE NEXT GENERATION
Wednesday, April 8th
@Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, San Francisco, CA

Ill be reading with Sister Spit along with Michelle Tea, Brontez Purnell, Myriam Gurba, Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl, Mica Sigourney, Tom Cho, & Virgie Tovar. For More info please visit http://www.radarproductions.org/sister-spit/sister-spit-tour-2015/ and www.radarproductions.org

QUEERS AND COMICS LGBT CARTOONISTS CONFERENCE
May 7th-8th 2015
@Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY

Queers & Comics Conference celebrates, explores and analyzes queer cartoonists and their work. The Queers & Comics Conference will offer two days of panels, workshops, portfolio reviews, and slideshow presentations, as well as an exhibition of queer cartoon art. Ill be participating in the Queer characters of Color Panel, and Memoir: Discovering Queer Identities panel. For more details, please visit http://www.clags.org/queers-comics/

FLAME CON: NYC'S FIRST QUEER COMIC CONVENTION
Saturday, June 13th 2015
@Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn NY

Flame Con will be a one-day comics, arts, and entertainment expo showcasing creators and celebrities from all corners of LGBTQ geek fandom, including comics, video games, film, and television.For more info please visit www.flamecon.org

1-29-15 I was planning on updating this with more frequency and less feelings, until last November, when my anger and distrust in the system was yet again rattled, when police officer, Darren Wilson was not indicted for the murder of Michael Brown. So instead, I retreated, because Its not thrilling or inspiring to have my dissent validated-- its enraging. Lets be real-- racist police violence has been around long before recent events. Now, Its just further sanctioned by the state; but thankfully, futher retaliated.

Thanks to the inspiration ive gathered from the millions of people who are actually hungry for justice, I was able to draw up a few optimistic Tarot Cards for my Tarot Card Deck, now showing in the PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS. First off, we have THE SUN, the harbinger of newness, levity, and the far-fetched idea that we may be capable of unlearning the twisted ideologies that we are fed after birth. THE SUN represents the recollection of youth, and the freedom that is our birth right.

Next, Ive posted THE PAGE OF WANDS, a young queer punk woman on her way to cause a revolution, unknowingly and quasi-fearful, but determined enough to fuck shit up gracefully. And last but not least, THE KING OF PENTACLES, a fierce woman providing resources and materials that exceed our expectations of "material"; and redefines DADDY. In other Tarot news, Ive updated (and removed) a few of the old cards, so please browse the PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS for revisions and extra gel pen highlights.

Now, we venture to the COMMISSIONS & DONATIONS, where we first see some art for two of my favorite bands at the moment: LIPSTICK HOMICIDE, the pop-punk anthem for 2015 from Iowa City, and AYE NAKO, the cosmic post-punk feelings explosion from Brooklyn. Both of these bands are currently changing the trajectory of my life, so please check 'em out! And next, Ive uploaded my recent logo for SOLHOT (Saving our Lives / Hear our Truth). SOLHOT is a collective space for celebrating Black girlhood, based in Illinois. Please checkout their published works and upcoming events on the SOLHOT page.  

Lastly, check out updates (and clarity) on the BIO and CONTACT sections, for info on performances, commissions, and more. Also updated are the LINKS to my favorite things, + little things you may or may not notice..... For now, Im retreating back into my cave to fuel pump rage and maybe productivity into these yet-to-finish projects. In the meantime, check out some of these events Ill be taking part in.......

SPARKS TO A FLAME: SPREAD ANTHOLOGY ART SHOW
March 3 - March 21
@ Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie St., New York, NY

A launch party and art show to celebrate the release of $pread: The Best of the Magazine that Illuminated the Sex Industry and Kickstarted a Media Revolution. Art exhibit featuring work by Fly Orr, Molly Crabapple, Cristy C. Road, Hawk Kinkaid, and MORE! The exhibit will run through March.

QUEERS AND COMICS LGBT CARTOONISTS CONFERENCE
May 7th-8th 2015
@Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY

Queers & Comics Conference celebrates, explores and analyzes queer cartoonists and their work. The Queers & Comics Conference will offer two days of panels, workshops, portfolio reviews, and slideshow presentations, as well as an exhibition of queer cartoon art. Ill be participating in the Queer characters of Color Panel, and Memoir: Discovering Queer Identities panel. For more details, please visit http://www.clags.org/queers-comics/

FLAME CON: NYC'S FIRST QUEER COMIC CONVENTION
Saturday, June 13th 2015
@Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn NY

Flame Con will be a one-day comics, arts, and entertainment expo showcasing creators and celebrities from all corners of LGBTQ geek fandom, including comics, video games, film, and television.For more info please visit www.flamecon.org

10-02-14 Just One more event before I hide in my cave in a modest hot-boxed oblivion; and finish new work for the Tarot Deck, and some of my currently favorite punk bands, Lipstick Homicide and Aye Nako. But before you get to see anything--- please check out all these upcoming events!

In NYC this weekend, please join Lady Quesa-Dilla (Miss Coney Island 2014), a bunch of local queer performers, as we celebrate the opening of the new Bureau of General Services Queer Division [NYC's Queer bookstore], located at the LGBT Center in Manhattan!

And over in the midwest, Ill be venturing to The University of Illinois in Champaign Illinois to read from Spit and Passion and perform a workshop on healing through art. Following this, please brace yourself for the legendary ALICE BAG, who Ill be reading with at Error Records. Also making an appearance will be BROWN AND PROUD PRESS, a writing collective of people of color based out of Chicago, IL.

See you then, dont forget to bring your sweater or a sensible flask of frangelico.

GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE BUREAU OF GENERAL SERVICES QUEER DIVISION HOSTED BY QUESA-DILLA
October 4th, 2014 
@BGSQD, NY NY

Join us for an extravaganza of magic, anger, joy, laughter and local queer performers. Readings with Cristy Road, Max Steele, Steven Boyer, & Dusty Shoulders; performance by Drae Campbell, The Original Cockette, West Vargina (Heather Acs) and our host, the amazing Lady Quesa-Dilla, Miss Coney Island 2014. Followed by a dance Party with DJ Gio Black.

READING & WORKSHOP AT UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
October 9th, 2014
@University Of Illinois, Champaign IL

Ill be reading from Spit and Passion, as well as performing a workshop on healing through Art.

ALICE BAG: AN EVENING OF READING AND MUSICKING WITH PUNKS OF COLOR
October 10th, 2014
@Error Records, 123 W Main, Urbana, IL

Ill be reading alongside the legendary ALICE BAG! Please join us and Brown and Proud Press for an evening of reading and musicking with punks of color.


9-19-14 Its now time for sensible sweaters and modest tights, so Im currently working on a bunch of stuff thats still roasting while I deal with life, so for now, please check out my upcoming events!

Thanks to the LGBT Student Services at the Community College of Denver, Ill be addressing the keynote at Bi/Pan/Fluid Awareness Day, and bringing up all the empowering and mind dumbing intersections between queerness, ethnicity, and creating culture through art, writing, and music.

Following this, please join Lady Quesa-Dilla (Miss Coney Island 2014), a bunch of local queer performers, as we celebrate the opening of the new Bureau of General Services Queer Division [NYC's Queer bookstore], located at the LGBT Center in Manhattan!

And last but never least, Ill be venturing to The University of Illinois in Champaign Illinois to read from Spit and Passion and perform a workshop on healing through art.

With that said, never stop holding eachother, and keep starting shit..... Goodnight.

BI/PAN/FLUID AWARENESS DAY Hosted By LGBT Student Services 
September 23rd, 2014 
@Community College of Denver, Denver, CO

Ill be the keynote speaker at Bi/Pan/Fluid awareness day, hosted by the LGBT Student Services. This event aims to raise awareness and learn more about bisexuality, pansexuality, sexual fluidity, and other non-monosexual identities. Ill also be providing additional workshops and a question and answer session.

GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE BUREAU OF GENERAL SERVICES QUEER DIVISION HOSTED BY QUESA-DILLA
October 4th, 2014 
@BGSQD, NY NY

Join us for an extravaganza of magic, anger, joy, laughter and local queer performers. Readings with Cristy Road, Max Steele, Steven Boyer, & Dusty Shoulders; performance by Drae Campbell, The Original Cockette, West Vargina (Heather Acs) and our host, the amazing Lady Quesa-Dilla, Miss Coney Island 2014. Followed by a dance Party with DJ Gio Black.

READING & WORKSHOP AT UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
October 8th, 2014
@University Of Illinois, Champaign IL

Ill be reading from Spit and Passion, as well as performing a workshop on healing through Art.

8-15-14 Its been a long, hot (and awkwardly cold) summer, and Im typically in a state of unrest, repeatedly uncovering reasons to lose trust inthe system [all of it- public safety and healthcare and many more]. My sinuses are exploding and my tact is far from sustainable, because Im livid, thanks to the state-sanctioned violence thats killing and imprisoning innocent people. So talking about anything often feels pointless, until these minor rays of light force me out of submission [and urges me to somehow fight back].

Ray of Light #1: Im amidst performing a zine workshop for the amazing folks at the HENTRICK MARTIN INTSITUTE. HMI is a community space for LGBTQ Youth, age 13-24; Please check them out & support their work!

Despite my emotional unavailability, there is ART NEWS to share. Ive updated the CROADCORE PRINTS STORE with all new prints from the Tarot Deck, Spit & Passion, The Homewreckers, and More! Please checkout all the new work you can purchase and own and decorate your bathroom with. The PRINTS STORE is powered through the fine folks at P&L PRESS in Denver Colorado!

Ive posted NEW ART on the COMMISSIONS AND DONATIONS section, with work for BLUESTOCKINGS BOOKSTORE, one of my favorite radical and independent bookstores in NYC [Check them out at http://bluestockings.com/], and a Shirt design for MAIDEN MARS, a rad all-girl pop-punk band from Iowa. You can listen to them at https://maidenmars.bandcamp.com/ [PS. MM features Kate Kane of the seriously awesome Lipstick Homicide!].

In PRESS News, I was interviewed in the THIRD WOMAN PRESS Blog, who are in the middle of a fierce revitalization. And second, Im featured in a HUFFINGTON POST write up on Y QUE?, the exhibit going on now in Austin, TX, featuring work by Latina artists under 35.

With that said, Ive got some upcoming events, perhaps in your town! First off is the 4th Annual BEDSTUY PRIDE! Its my favorite pride rally, just blocks from my house at Von King Park, featuring local queer Bedstuy vendors (including myself), and performers from all over. And then in October, Ill be reading at the UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, and performing a workshop on healing through art, plus more surprises. More details to come!

....LIVE LONG & FUCK SHIT UP!

4TH ANNUAL BEDSTUY PRIDE

September 7th, 2014
@Herbert Von King Park, Bedstuy, Brooklyn, NY

The Audre Lorde Project’s Safe OUTside the System’s (S.O.S) Collective will host the 4th Annual Bed-Stuy Pride to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, transgender and gender-non-conforming people of color living in the Bed-Stuy community.

READING & WORKSHOP AT UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
October 8th, 2014
@University Of Illinois, More Details TBA

Ill be reading from Spit and Passion, as well as performing a workshop on healing through Art. More details TBA!


7-1-14 Its officially summer in Brooklyn and my thighs are shamelessly melting onto any and all plastic, leather, and silk upholstery. The streets smell of streetfair and the trash smells of trash; boy does it feel good to [still] be alive. After a few perfectly exhausting events, pride season closes with probably the 600th rotation of "Wish Ide Taken Pictures" By Pansy Division, reminding me of the daily struggle with effects that come and go as they please. Im tryin' to hold on, and after some of the bullshittiest years Ive known in, well, years, I think Im doing good.

My Band THE HOMEWRECKERS are playing a bunch of shows, so please check out our website for details. This month, However, we are playing FED UP FEST, with some seriously great bands such as In School, Aye Nako, Peeple Watchin', Curmudgen, Force Quit, & Sorrows (to name a few). Ill ALSO be reading new work and talking some shit. Fed Up Fest is being organized by a bunch of rad punk activists in Chicago who give a crap about taking up the space we deserve and addressing all that needs to be addressed in the world.

And over in Austin, Y QUE? Is on display at the Mexic-Arte Museum until September 8th. Y QUE? is an all women artist’s exhibition curated by San Antonio's MAS RUDAS Chicana Collective. This annual exhibit will showcase new and experimental art from Latina artists under the age of 35.

.....Other than that, well, I have to go process with my cat and make sofrito and be generally domestic for a week or two. Stay tuned for new art featuring mermaids, cats, and balls.

Y QUE? EXHIBITION
June 13 - Sept. 8, 2014
@Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave, Austin, TX

The Young Latino Artists (YLA) exhibition has historically provided Latino artists under the age of thirty-five with professional-level museum experience and exposure. Curated by Más Rudas Chicana art collective based in San Antonio, Texas, Y, Qué? includes Latina artists cultivating an artistic vocabularies to understand the world around them. Their artistic languages at times converge and diverge, as they all work towards resolving conflicts that derive from questions related to race, class, cultural identity, gender, and sexuality. Selected artists include: Natalia Anciso, Daphne Arthur, Nani Chacon, Audrya Flores, Suzy Gonzalez, Alexis Herrera, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Annette Martinez, Senalka McDonald, Awilda Rodriguez Lora, Cristy C. Road, Linda Lucía Santana, and Fabiola Torralba. For More Info please Visit: http://mexic-artemuseum.org/exhibitions

FED UP FEST
July 25 - 27, 2014
@TBA, Chicago, IL

FED UP FEST is a three day, all ages, DIY music and workshop festival showcasing and celebrating queer and transgender voices in punk communities. Music by Peeple Watchin, Curmudgeon, In School, The Homewreckers, Aye Nako, Closet Burner, and More! Readings by Cristy C. Road and More! For More info, Please visit http://fedupfestchicago.org/


6-1-14
I'm sitting here watching an old Celia Cruz tribute concert, and Im reminded of why I even get up in the morning. A portrait of Celia's face lives on my arm for reasons aside from the fact that she is a saint. Celia reminds us that we can choose to believe in collective conciousness, and manifest that [frightening] hope in the form of beautiful art. Ofcourse, this has inspired me to give Croadcore.org a new summer outfit.

An outfit which will begin with NEW WORK I recently created for NYC's ROCK THE BELLES Concert, this year's poster featuring the amazing Jean Grae. Check out PHOTOS of the event by INSYTEPHOTOGRAPHY & THESE PHOTOS by THE HIP HOP DANCE CONSERVATORY.

Additionally, I bring news on many wonderful reasons to leave the house in June & July, in cities all over the continental US. First off, Brooklyn NY will be the usual flood of gay pride for all of June. If youre angry at the state of the injustice that still runs communities outside of the gay metropolitan vortex, if gay pride doesnt mostly remind you of the strength of your people, but of the shit youve crawled through to say alive; check out QUEER PUNK PRIDE: EAT MY SPONSOR, a show featuring local queer punks Girlcrush, Penguin, Little Waist, Public Hex, Zine Readings by Suzy X & Emma Caterine; + my band The Homewreckers. Yes, we want to take money from corporations to fund queer arts; but never at the expense of our soul. For More info, you can visit the Facebook Page.

A few states away in San Antonio, TX, Ill have the honor of showing my work at Y QUE? an all women artist’s exhibition curated by San Antonio's MAS RUDAS Chicana Collective. This annual exhibit will showcase new and experimental art from Latina artists under the age of 35. Im going to be showing original pages from SPIT AND PASSION [my most recent graphic novel about surviving the pre-teen closet and discovering Green Day and Punk]. I have rarely shown originals, and this show will have 22 pages on display.

Later this June, in San Francisco, CA, Ill be showing a new series at QUEER PROPHECIES, and have uploaded UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF FREEDOM, one quarter of the show, to this here website. Debuting at the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival, Queer Prophesies is a prophetic window to queer futures. With holograms, musical visions, and stories of our queer descendants, this is a night of performance and visual art exploring queer futures, utopias, and dystopias that resist assimilation and explore the queer unknown. My work chronicles a future where human sexuality and nature co-evolve into a universal psyche where euphoria and body-love is basic living, and slut shame is an ancient struggle. My original intent while working on this was jaded hyper-realism, a continuation of the dystopian vortex of unbalanced physical wellness that Ive known for years.... Although, hey, I am a Gemini: there is always room for making out in the rubble and channeling Celia Cruz style hope. In this future, contraceptives grow on trees.

And in the vein of sick as all hell queer punk congregation; Ill be at Chicago's Queer Punk Fest, FED UP FEST! Ill be performing with some seriously great bands such as In School, Aye Nako, Peeple Watchin', Curmudgen, Force Quit, & Sorrows (to name a few). Fed Up Fest is being organized by a bunch of rad punk activists in Chicago who give a crap about taking up the space we deserve and addressing all that needs to be addressed in the world.

So hold your breath and come on down.

QUEER PUNK PRIDE: EAT MY SPONSOR

June 6, 2014
@Silent Barn, 630 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Evade Corporate Pride and sing and dance to local queer punx Girlcrush, Homewreckers, Penguin, Public Hex, Little Waist + Zine Readings with SUZY X & EMMA CATERINE. Tabling with The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, Support NY, Brooklyn Transcore & MORE! ALL AGES / 7PM / $5-$10 Sliding Scale.

QUEER PROPHECIES
June 19, 2014
@Sub-Mission Art Space, San Francisco, CA

Debuting at the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival, Queer Prophesies is a prophetic window, a portal into manifold queer futures. With gender expression holograms, musical visions, and stories of our queer descendants, this is a night of performance and visual art exploring queer futures, utopias, and dystopias that resist assimilation and explore the queer unknown. Featuring work by Lex Non Scripta, San Cha, Cristy C. Road, Annie Danger, Star Amerasu, Nomy Lamm, Moon Ray Ra, and more! For More info visit http://www.queerprophesies.com


Y QUE? EXHIBITION
June 13 - Sept. 8, 2014
@Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave, Austin, TX

Curated by Mas Rudas Collective, Y QUE? Will exhibit work by young Latino artists. More info to come!


FED UP FEST
July 25 - 27, 2014
@TBA, Chicago, IL

FED UP FEST is a three day, all ages, DIY music and workshop festival showcasing and celebrating queer and transgender voices in punk communities. In School, Aye Nako, Peeple Watchin', The Homewreckers, Curmudgen, Force Quit, Sorrows & More! Please visit their website at http://fedupfestchicago.org/

 

 

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