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:: Posts Tagged ‘Comic Creators for Freedom’ ::

Each year since I’ve started Odori Park, round about this time of year, I’ve participated in the special webcomic charity to fight human trafficking run by Lora Innes and Crystal Yates. This year, I’m psyched to be participating again, and although the name has changed–to Comic Creators for Freedom–the mission remains the same: webcomickers around the Web create a fun joint work of art that’s available for download in exchange for a donation that goes to organizations that are working to stop modern slavery.

The donation drive will run from January 9th-20th, but cartoonists and artists can get involved right now by signing up to contribute a bit of character art to the collective illustration. Please visit the CCF site for details and to get on the list!

Just an end-of-year post to give a preview of my artwork for the Comic Creators for Freedom massive webcomic wallpaper/collage. See if you can figure out the theme from what Arisa is up to here… And make sure you check out the CCF website immediately if you’re an artist who’d like to participate (deadline’s tomorrow!) and shortly after the new year if you’re a kindly soul who’d like to donate to the cause (and get your hands on the wallpaper; donation drive starts Jan. 9th).

Whoo boy, is that ever a daunting title.
What’s in the works for the year of the dragon?

  • More comics, for sure. Hopefully you’re all enjoying them!
  • I’m thinking about adding color, although I’m time-pressed as it is, and wondering how to pull it off.
  • I’ve toyed with the idea to do a mini podcast (pod-ette?) or video blog-ette (baguette?). Something low impact but high on fun.
  • I swear to all that is holy I WILL get prints up for sale. I think I said they’d be on tap a year ago, but what’s a little year between friends?
  • Another book is definitely on my agenda (and I’m all ears to thoughts and requests).
  • I hope to get my public game face on and do a couple more shows this year. SPX is highest on the list of likelihoods right now, and at the very least, I’m hoping to attend TCAF, if not exhibit there. I’ve heard good things about ConnectiCon for webcomickers, so my feelers are out there, too. I don’t want to overdo the show thing–they can be fun, so it’s easy to overextend–but if you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them! (Maybe some non-comic book, art, or cultural events I’m unaware of?)
  • Naturally, I aim to spread the word about Odori Park farther and wider. (Please share the love!)
  • It wouldn’t hurt me to get a little faster on the draw, too (and thus, secure a little more sleep!)

Any thoughts about what you’re planning for the new year, or what you think would be fun for O.P.?

No time to waste! Nose to the grindstone. Pip, pip! がんばろう!

PS: Don’t forget, the Comic Creators for Freedom awesome wallpaper donation drive starts on Monday, Jan. 9th!

Today is the launch of the Comic Creators for Freedom donation drive to help combat human trafficking. As I’ve done for the past two years, I participated this year–as did a number of other artists and comickers–to draw attention to the issue, and the drive, and to put together a really fun piece of collaborative artwork. That art, depicting a massive crossover snowball battle between the female characters of a heap of great comics, can be downloaded as a special wallpaper in exchange for a donation on the CCF site. There are more details to share, but Lora Innes, one of the gurus in charge of the whole affair, says it best here:

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

Wednesday, January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. To participate, we formed the Comic Creators for Freedom– a group of over 100 comic book creators who volunteered our artistic talents to raise money and awareness for this cause. You may not know it, but there are currently 27 million enslaved people worldwide- more than double the number of enslaved Africans during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children every year are sold into slavery, most of it sexual. The US Department of Justice estimates 16,000 victims of human trafficking are brought into the United States every year. Unlike slavery in the past, what is happening today is happening in secret. It won’t end until awareness is raised, and people like you and me take a stand.

So here’s what we did: each creator contributed an original drawing of one of our own female characters, and combined them into a single wallpaper image! The wallpaper features characters from all over the web, including Girls with Slingshots, The Dreamland Chronicles, Kukuburi, Earthsong Saga, Looking for Group, Love and Capes, The Dreamer, and tons more! Donate today to download this unique, once-in-a-lifetime wallpaper.

The Donations Drive will last for two weeks, from Monday January 9th – 20th. All proceeds will be split evenly between Love 146 and Gracehaven House- two organizations working on rehabilitation of victims and prevention of this crime.
To learn more about the CCA visit www.comiccreatorsforfreedom. To learn more about the problem, visit http://love146.org/slavery. (Note: contains adult themes and actual accounts of sex slavery.)

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So, there you have it. Please go donate. Here’s a peek at the wallpaper to tickle your interests (go on, click it):

I got a sneak peek at the complete epic snowball fight wallpaper from Lora & Crystal at Comic Creators for Freedom, and wanted to share it. It’s just a thumbnail, but maybe enough epicness comes through to encourage you to click over (comiccreatorsforfreedom.com) and make a small donation ;) (See the prior post for more details.)

Just a quick reminder that today, Jan. 20th, is the last day for donations to the 2012 Comic Creators for Freedom drive. Please consider donating a bit to help fight human trafficking (visit here to donate: comiccreatorsforfreedom.com). Donors receive a collaborative thank you wallpaper image drawn by over 100 individual comic artists (myself included). Thank you!

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?)

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:
5 points for every mullet
2 points for every hideous sweater
1 point for every fluffed-up hairdo
1 point for every pair of nerd glasses

Enjoy ;) and thank you!

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