Starting today, Dec. 2–selected because it’s Internal Abolition Day–and running through the 14th, you can make a donation to Love146 and, in return, get a downloadable wallpaper created by 167 comic artists from around the Web. Love146 is an organization dedicated to stopping the spread, and caring for the victims, of human trafficking. Please click here to donate at the Love146 site, and click here to learn more about Comic Creators for Freedom, the organization run by Lora Innes and Crystal Yates to put this effort together.
Once you have the wallpaper, you can play Spot the Mullet. (Did I mention “awkward school photos” is the theme?) Here’s a scorecard:
Enjoy and thank you!
I mentioned a couple blog posts ago that I’m teaching a series of workshops and classes at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (here in Boston’s metro west region) in November and December. The time for the eight-week Cartooning & Comics class is getting close, so I wanted to toss out a reminder that if you are, or have, a child between grades 4 and 8, please pop over to the Center website and sign up for the class. I’d love to see tons of shining faces there, ready to draw!
As a referesher, here’s the course description:
From 2009 through 2011, I participated in the Comic Creators for Freedom drive to combat human trafficking, which gathered donations in payment for a special wallpaper illustration created together by over a hundred cartoonists and artists. The drive was quiet last year, but they’ve brought it back around this year, and I’ll be participating again.
As you may have guessed from the picture to the right, the theme this year is “Awkward School Photos.” Does this guy look at all familiar? I’ve drawn Arisa in past years’ projects, but they’ve opened it up to male characters this year, so I’m giving Colin his time to shine (?) Thought I’d share an early pencil sketch before finishing the final artwork.
The donation drive itself will kick off on December 2 (International Abolition Day) at www.comiccreatorsforfreedom.com. The drive will run through Friday, December 14th, so you’ll have nearly two weeks to support Love 146–a charity that works to end and care for the victims of child enslavement and abuse.
Keep an eye out for updates! In the meantime, take some time to appreciate that your childhood school photos aren’t on the Internet. (Or are they?)
Fun news! I’ll be teaching comics and cartooning in a series of workshops and classes at the >Hopkinton Center for the Arts in central Massachusetts, starting next Saturday, the 16th! Here’s a run-down (please sign up your favorite youngun’!)
Nov. 16, 2-5pm, Making Comics! For grades 4-8
Dec. 5 through Jan. 23, Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm, Cartooning & Comics, For grades 4-8
To celebrate All Hallows Eve tonight, here’s a gourd-full of Halloween strips from Odori Park’s past. Each of these links will take you to the starting point of a spooky serial from one of the past five years of comics. Muahahaha! I mean, enjoy!
Odori Park is the webcomic story of Japanese Arisa Nishimori, from snowy Hokkaido, Japan, and American Colin Easton, from Suburbia, U.S.A., navigating the culture shocks of romance, parenthood, family, friends, and making a living in an ever shrinking world. A tale of east marries west by comic artist Chris Watkins.