What it Takes turned 1 year old this past Saturday, and Wednesday will mark the 100th page! Pretty cool. Mary Sneddon of Avernyght made me a totally awesome bday gift of Yehti and Bob. I warn you, it's semi-naughty! It's not NSFW, but I certainly want any coworker or boss looking over my shoulder when I looked at it! View it on the gallery page. People who read the comments know the story ;) Was there anything going on between those two? Was there? We'll never know. It also reveals a secret of the eye patch. Heh.
SpiderForest is accepting applications for new members this month, until the 24th! SF is the place that hosts me and all my work, and has hosted me for years. I highly recommend any comic creator serious about their work to apply! Details here.
Thanks to donations to the Comic Creators Alliance, there'll be another extra update next Monday too, with room left for one more if anyone wants to get in on that action. Read below for more information! (However, donations through the CCA do not get you a complimentary What it Takes Issue 1, sorry!)
What is Human Trafficking? Human Trafficking is a sanitized term for slavery. There are over 27 million people enslaved in the world today, and most if it is young girls being sold into forced prostitution--both over seas and yes, in the United States. In the United States there are only 39 beds at facilities for victims in the entire nation--and at least 16,000 people being trafficked into the US from other countries each year! Not to count the domestic victims already living here.
The money that the CCA raised last year was split between two organizations, one global--Love 146, and a local shelter trying to get up and running--Gracehaven in Ohio. (Toledo, Ohio is one of the largest trafficking hubs in the U.S.) Both organizations were able to expand their particular fights against this heinous problem in 2010. Love 146 is setting up Task Forces around America, local groups of concerned citizens bringing the fight and awareness to their own corners of the nation. Internationally, Love 146 set up the Cambodia Border Officers Project. This is total prevention: officers patrol the border crossing, looking for possible victims and the kids they rescue will never know the horrors they might have. Gracehaven used our funds in the ongoing renovations that are necessary to bring the house up to code--plumbing and air conditioning were installed, along with two new bathrooms. They hope to be up and running soon but must first have six months of operating expenses in the bank. They are currently at one fifth of their goal--let's see what we can do to help them!
The Donations Drive goes live January 11th on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and will last until the 24th.
Send me (warofwinds AT gmail PERIOD com) your Paypal recepit after donating to the CCA, and I'll add that amount to the extra page pot in the sidebar at left for Monday What it Takes updates.
Mai: I think I might have to draw that now ;)
Xanthine: Your feelings were correct!
OctoSolo: Good thing Colbey OCCASIONALLY knows when to keep her trap shut! And now I'm definitely going to have to draw the shag rug. It rubs the lotion on its skin....
Tolwen: Thanks! I'm trying to keep it somewhat interesting even though it's just a conversation at a small table in a boring room. Why did I choose such a boring location?! ARGH.
Darwin: There's certainly some give and take with the truth going on here, that's for sure! Heck, even I don't know what Bob thinks of what Colbey said!