Cristy C. Road is a Cuban-American artist and writer. Through unconventional ways of seeing the world, social justice, queer counterculture, and punk rock, Road thrives to testify the beauty of the imperfect. Her obsession with making art [and her emotions] publicly accessible began in her hometown of Miami, FL, when publishing GREEN'ZINE in 1997-- a fanzine which was originally devoted to the punk rock group, Green Day. The exclusivity of high art made her uncomfortable, as she fell in love with the xerox machine and the anti-authoritariun intentions of the punk rock community. Eventually, the zine transformed into a manifesto about being a hyper-sexual, queer, Latina, abuse survivor, and her journey towards self-acceptance. Her preferred mediums are Micron Ink pens, Chartpak markers, acrylic paint, Gel Pens, white-out, and Photoshop. Today Road works as a freelance illustraor, aside from her personal goals in art and publishing. Taking both writing and visual elements a step more seriously, her diagram of lifestyles and beliefs remain in tune to the Greenzine’s foundations.
Road graduated from the the Ringling School of Art and Design in 2004 with a BFA in Illustration. Although, at a private art school in a red state, she was fairly infamous, as the teenage punk feminist who changed her name to a Green Day song and spent most of her time protesting the representation of gender and race in art, fudging assignments for the sake of organizing demonstrations, or working on Green'zine, on the Greyhound (or in the closet). Now, Road has over ten years of independent publishing under her belt, along with years of creating countless illustrations for a slew of magazines, record albums, event posters, and social justice organizations. Aside from creating art; Road has been providing lectures on her experience as an artist and author since first touring with her art in 2005. Having toured nationally and internationally on her own, with Sister Spit: The Next Generation (an all queer spoken word performance tour), and Race Riot! (A national tour hosted by The People of Color Zine Project, and various zine writers), she has cultivated a performance trajectory with a consistent show of defiance. She performs at bookstores, record stores, music venues, basements, college campuses, and beyond. Her most recent notable presentations have been held at The New Museum, The Latina Health Summit, Fed Up Fest: Chicago's Queercore Fest, La Mama Theatre, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Hampshire College, University of Illinois, and Evergreen State College.
In early 2006, Road released her first illustrated novel, INDESTRUCTIBLE (Microcosm Publishing), a 96-page narrative about high school; and has gone on to publish a collection of postcards entitled DISTANCE MAKES THE HEART GROW SICK (Microcosm Publishing, 2007), BAD HABITS (Soft Skull Press, 2008), an Illustrated story about the routes one takes when healing from an abusive relationship, and SPIT AND PASSION (Feminist Press, 2012), a coming-out memoir about Cuban identity, Green Day, and living in the closet. She's currently working on a TAROT CARD DECK with author, Michelle Tea, and her punk rock band THE HOMEWRECKERS. She is a double Gemini and hibernates in Brooklyn, NY with her cat, Miss Chippy.
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
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