“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.)
EDIT: I keep forgetting about this like a total loser: SpiderForest (the wonderful community that also hosts all my comics) is accepting applications for new members until January 24th! Check it out, it's a great place to be.
Oh the geekery just continues to, uh, continue! I've got a nice buffer going thanks to this winter break (which is almost over, waaaa!) so vote incentives of the following comic will the norm for awhile. And don't forget the cast, archive and gallery pages updated! The former two have some teasers.
In other news, I will need a new tablet within the next 3 months. I've had this one for over 4 years now and it's starting to give out. Please consider supporting me/my work/my wallet by purchasing either some What it Takes BOOKS or the short story that INSPIRED this comic!
It's a 4K-word piece of prose titled "Six Bullets" that tells the story of Christi, a desperate woman alone in a world out to get her. Still reeling from the loss of someone close to her, she is forced to enter a city for supplies. It goes downhill from there. Christi is a kind of mix between Colbey and Peter, and the world is a little different. If you like this comic, you will the story, AND it has some tidbits about the end of the world that I kept in What it Takes. Click the button below to purchase for THREE DOLLARS. It will be emailed the same day of purchase. (EDIT: I apologize, there was a glitch in the previous button that was including shipping. That has been corrected! D:)
And don't forget! Monday kicks off the Comic Creators for Freedom donation drive!
*You must forward me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your paypal donation receipts to be entered! Each five dollar donation is a ticket, and this is the prize! 8.5x11" on bristol with ink.