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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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Rethinking How to Run a KickStarter

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One of the people I met at 3 Rivers Comic Con this year mentioned a podcast called ComixLaunch and recommended I give it a listen. So I did.

This is going to sound like product placement or a sponsorship, but let’s be clear, it isn’t. ComixLaunch is a podcast entirely about making comics and art, and running successful KickStarters to fund said comics and art, and how you can make a living as a working artist.

So I kinda’ got hooked after four episodes.

One episode in particular, Episode 95, is about why now is the best time for comickers to run KickStarters. It got my attention about halfway through the episode for one reason: Continue reading →

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A Filmmaker Approached Me

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To be fair, at RathaCon this year, this filmmaker came forward to a couple of other creators at the show, asking if we had any projects that could be adapted to film.

I’ve been wanting to talk about comics versus film for a little while now, and the filmmaker’s approach was a good catalyst for this conversation. Especially because after he left, another creator came up to me and we spoke about the dude, and the creator said, “But comics are perfect for film adaptations!” Continue reading →

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Extra Clothespins: A New Podcast

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extra clothespins podcast icons

I’m getting really tired of not having all the Congressional news in one place, y’all. So I’m taking it upon myself to do my best and bring that to you.

Introducing Extra Clothespins – the short-form podcast about news that ACTUALLY matters.

This podcast aims to bring attention to what bills Congress is talking about, protests that are organizing and happening, and how you can contact your Representatives and Senators about the relevant issues of the day.

All of this is available to listen to, for free, at the Extra Clothespins blog.

(It’s called Extra Clothespins because I’m starting another podcast with my buddy Sean, called Clothespins & Hand Grenades – it’s a punk radio show podcast that also features rant segments, congressional news segments, and LOTS of punk, old and new. Mostly old. It’s not live yet, but when it is, I’ll feature it in a separate post).

Check out the Extra Clothespins show, and if you like it, share it!

Thank you for reading and listening.

You. Are. Awesome.

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Bringing Review Day Tuesdays Back!

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knights without armor book about masculinity
I will be reading this soon!

It’s been a while since I’ve done Review Day Tuesdays, my YouTube video series where I review new comics, books, and other works. I had put it on hiatus back in the tail end of June this year, because my schedule was getting too bananas to update it weekly.

Now I’m getting to a point where I can revive the series, but there will be one big change.

After I get done with a few more videos for the Poetry for Troubled Times series, I’ll be bringing back Review Day Tuesdays, to update every other week.

Why?

Not only have I been reading new comics lately, but I’ve also taken up the job of being head librarian at my local Universalist Unitarian Church. The library at the church has a lot of books dealing with LGBT issues, sociology, gender, and world religions, and that’s not even touching on the biography section or the multiple shelves of poetry.

One book in particular is one I want to discuss – the book pictured at the top of this post.

I’m looking forward to this one especially because of some reasons pointed out in this Hannah Wilton video about feminism and masculinity. The biggest reason is that while feminism has made great strides for women’s rights and roles, the roles of men haven’t been discussed much, and for feminism to be effective for everyone, that MUST be discussed.

Also! There’s one book I found in the library collection, called “Against the Tide.” It’s a book about men in the feminist movement. That book has a chapter talking about how the Equal Rights Act can benefit men as well as women, and I will actually read that chapter for YouTube at some point in the next few months, because it has portions in it that few people discuss even today.

I can’t wait to share these books with you, and the new comics I’ve come across, including Tank Girl’s newest run, “GOLD,” and “Once Our Land,” an 1830s post-apocalyptic comic that takes place in Germany.

Books, and the discussions of their ideas, are more important now than ever, and I hope you’ll join me when the series gets fully revived. I’ll announce a more specific date on my email newsletter.

Thank you for reading!

You. Are. Awesome.

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