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What You Can Do After Charlottesville

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The neo-Nazi and white supremacist riots in Charlottesville, VA happened this last weekend. You cannot deny it no matter how many anti-Antifa posts you see (which, thanks to Snopes, we know those anti-Antifa posts are fabricated). You also cannot deny it no matter how many times you say “but I have a black (insert indirect personal connection here).”

Charlottesville is a culmination of many forces, some brewing over the last 60 years, some brewing over the last 8 months. But it happened, and now we are here.

It’s ok to be angry. It’s ok to be a little (or very) scared.

Do not let those emotions change who you are. You are more than anger and fear.

Fear is a luxury we cannot afford anymore.

Now is the time to take a stand and do the right things. And believe it or not, you (the United States citizen) have the ability to do something to make a difference.

Here’s a short list of things you can do:

  1. Donate to the GoFundMe campaign to help treat the wounds of the protesters protesting the neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
  2. Here’s a short list of nonprofits and organizations fighting racism based in Charlottesville. Here’s a very long but more comprehensive list of other organizations fighting racism and bigotry in Charlottesville. Give a donation to any of these people.
  3. Sign this petition to demand the removal of more Confederate monuments. Baltimore has already removed their monuments because of Charlottesville. Here’s a NY Times article about other states and the processes they’re going through. If you live in a state with Confederate monuments, call your elected officials about it.
  4. Follow this portion of the Indivisible Guide to call your elected officials (especially at the Federal level) and hold them accountable.
  5. Use 5Calls.org to call your elected officials at the Federal level to demand change. 5Calls has topics for you to choose from, from demanding Bannon and other white-supremacists leave the White House to standing up for DACA. Click on a topic, and you’ll get your officials’ phone numbers and (if you’re nervous or agitated) a short script to use.

Now, because I associate with punks, who have historically actually been VERY anti-Nazi (as an example, read any Tank Girl comic ever and check out this long (but not comprehensive) list of anti-fascist punk songs) – I wanted to make not just a tribute to the Dead Kennedy’s song “Nazi Punks F**k Off,” but make something featuring my resident punk girl, Charlie, from Charlie & Clow.

Feel free to use this image:

charlie and clow nazi punks fuck off picture

(I apologize to the parents who read my blog with their kids for the uncensored words in the picture).

And finally, don’t forget to take care of yourself. If you are feeling extra anxious because of these troubling times, do these simple steps:

  1. Breathe in for four second.
  2. Hold that breath for four seconds.
  3. Breathe out for four seconds.
  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3.

You can also use this Sister Unity video to relax:

Stay safe. And don’t forget:

You. Are. Awesome.

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Updates for July 13, 2017

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large chimes concept sketch

The above picture is a sketch from my 2015 sketchbook, developing a concept in The Legend of Jamie Roberts: the Chimes of Dogona at the Temple of A Thousand Souls. I’d like to redraw these chimes with some more detail, but as mentioned, this was a sketch just to get the initial idea.

The chimes are based on a real location in Casey, IL, which is a small town home to a lot of world’s largests: world’s largest wind chimes, knitting needles, golf tee, etc. I think the people are trying to set a world record for home to the most “world’s largest” objects.

…I should do sketches like this more often – broad, fast marker strokes are a thing I miss, especially considering how detailed my comics have become recently.

Speaking of which…

COMICS

The reason I’m thinking of detail is because of my most recent update of The Case of the Wendigo. Sweet baby kittens on a motorbike it took FOREVER to do. Here’s a preview clip:the case of the wendigo preview imageMeanwhile, Validation has already updated twice this week. Once on Monday, and a second time today.

KICKSTARTER

Making progress on ALL THE THINGS. Trading cards are now all finished, and now I’m working on commissions. Once they’re finished, I’ll share some of them in a blog post (if I get the ok from the commissioners, of course). The button printer is taking a while, but I don’t blame him – he’s printing 600 buttons for me.

SHOWS

I’m getting ready for Not At Con Day, happening July 22 at New Dimension Comics in Saint Clairsville, OH. Expect new 11 x 17 inch prints from me, as well as some new zines. I’ll be showing off a new table set-up, too! Which reminds me…

BLOG

Expect a blog post about artist alley table layouts soon – I’ve been taking pictures at every show and tooling around with what works and what’s getting improved. So the blog post will share various layouts, what I’ve learned, and what changes can be implemented at future shows.

I’m also trying to get a Clip Studio Paint/Manga Studio tutorial typed up.

There are other things happening right now, but I only share those other things with newsletter subscribers. If you’re not already getting the newsletter, here’s your chance to do so.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

You. Are. Awesome.

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Feminist Zine Fest Pittsburgh and How It Went

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feminist zine fest pittsburgh table set up

Feminist Zine Fest Pittsburgh happened at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination this year on June 17th.

Yes, it’s been a few weeks between the fest and this blog post talking about it. To be fair, I was working on KickStarter fulfillment, catching up on deadlines, and getting a new gig or two.

Now I can talk about the fest, of which there are two things about it I remember most clearly: Continue reading →

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Updates for July 6, 2017

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validation clip of strip 403

COMICS

Validation updated today!

Plus, The Case of the Wendigo updated last Wednesday. Patrons see new pages the Tuesday before public updates, and now you can see new pages on Patreon on Thursdays. 3 straight days of urban fantasy goodness!

KICKSTARTER

The funding has arrived! I made a public post about how much came to me after dropped pledges and KickStarter fees, and what’s coming next.

Commissions for KickStarter backers are still a work in progress. Check back later.

CONVENTIONS

My next appearance will be at Not At Con Day, which is July 22, at New Dimension Comics in Saint Clairsville, OH, from 12 pm to 5 pm. There will be new minicomics, new zines, and new 11 inch by 17 inch prints.

I’ve also been invited by Parkersburg Pop Con to make an appearance at their show on September 30th this year. Awesome!

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