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ethiopienne:

No Selves To Defend anthology available for purchase to benefit Marissa Alexander legal defense fund

With only six weeks until Marissa Alexander‘s retrial in Florida, there is an urgent need to raise money for her legal defense.
Mariame Kaba of Project Nia was motivated to create the ‘No Selves to Defend Anthology‘ as a fundraising tool and also as an educational and consciousness-raising one. The anthology locates Marissa’s case within a historical context that criminalizes and punishes women (particularly of color) for self-defense.
The women featured in the publication (besides Marissa) are: Lena Baker, Inez Garcia, Rosa Lee Ingram, Joan Little, Cece McDonald, New Jersey 4, Cassandra Peten, Bernadette Powell, Juanita Thomas, Yvonne Wanrow, and Dessie Woods.
‘No Selves to Defend’ includes original art by Micah Bazant, Molly Crabapple, Billy Dee, Bianca Diaz, Rachel Galindo, Lex Non Scripta, Caitlin Seidler, and Ariel Springfield; as well as writing by William C. Anderson, Sam Hsieh, Victoria Law, Andy Smith, Mychal Denzel Smith, Emily Thuma, Lewis Wallace, Rachel Domain-White and me.
The 50 page anthology is printed on 80# gloss text paper with a laminated cover. Only 150 copies were printed (thanks to generous support from Kiese Laymon, Ariel Springfield, and Mychal Denzel Smith) and 125 copies are available to purchase. Once they sell out, there won’t be a second printing. We will however eventually make the publication available online to download so that others can engage with the content and use it in their organizing work. This is a limited edition publication.
‘No Selves to Defend’ can be purchased at the Free Marissa online store for $50 plus $2.90 shipping & handling. All proceeds support Marissa’s legal defense.

ethiopienne:

No Selves To Defend anthology available for purchase to benefit Marissa Alexander legal defense fund

With only six weeks until Marissa Alexander‘s retrial in Florida, there is an urgent need to raise money for her legal defense.

Mariame Kaba of Project Nia was motivated to create the ‘No Selves to Defend Anthology‘ as a fundraising tool and also as an educational and consciousness-raising one. The anthology locates Marissa’s case within a historical context that criminalizes and punishes women (particularly of color) for self-defense.

The women featured in the publication (besides Marissa) are: Lena Baker, Inez Garcia, Rosa Lee Ingram, Joan Little, Cece McDonald, New Jersey 4, Cassandra Peten, Bernadette Powell, Juanita Thomas, Yvonne Wanrow, and Dessie Woods.

‘No Selves to Defend’ includes original art by Micah Bazant, Molly Crabapple, Billy Dee, Bianca Diaz, Rachel Galindo, Lex Non Scripta, Caitlin Seidler, and Ariel Springfield; as well as writing by William C. Anderson, Sam Hsieh, Victoria Law, Andy Smith, Mychal Denzel Smith, Emily Thuma, Lewis Wallace, Rachel Domain-White and me.

The 50 page anthology is printed on 80# gloss text paper with a laminated cover. Only 150 copies were printed (thanks to generous support from Kiese Laymon, Ariel Springfield, and Mychal Denzel Smith) and 125 copies are available to purchase. Once they sell out, there won’t be a second printing. We will however eventually make the publication available online to download so that others can engage with the content and use it in their organizing work. This is a limited edition publication.

‘No Selves to Defend’ can be purchased at the Free Marissa online store for $50 plus $2.90 shipping & handling. All proceeds support Marissa’s legal defense.

Anonymous asked: Hey, Brian. I'm an aspiring writer, and I have this complex about being a person of color trying to break into comics. I know I'm probably making a bigger deal out of this than I should, but it's kind of disheartening to see gatherings of creators and to notice the lack of color. Am I worrying for nothing? I tend to over analyze things, so this has been bugging me more than it probably should. I apologize in advance if this question is stupid, annoying, or has been asked before.

iamdavidbrothers:

brianmichaelbendis:

I am not a person of color but I am the father of a multiracial household and I’m Hypery aware of the world we live in in this regard. but I truly believe that there is nothing standing in your way of making your dreams as a creative person come true. It’s between you and your talent.

truthfully most of us don’t even know what each other looks like. all anybody cares about is the quality of each other’s work.

 do not put things in front of you to stop yourself from making your dreams come true. do not. people do this all the time and I truly believe it’s the difference between those who succeed and those who fail.

stop rejecting yourself before the rejection comes. and if rejection comes, and it will, don’t make it about anything but your work.

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Bendis has a good point here, with the idea that you shouldn’t put things in front of you and that you need to hone your craft and focus on you.

But for really real, speaking as a black man who has worked in and around comics for a while now: race matters. You’ll have to live with people treating you like their ____ friend. You’ll have to deal with people pulling you aside to show their bonafides or dropping your name as some type of proof they or someone else isn’t racist. You’ll have to deal with rarely being able to call a spade a spade without being painted as angry or sensitive. You’ll have to deal with all the usual stuff you have to deal with as a person of color, but comics is a relatively small world even now, so pushing back a little—”You need to stop talking to me about this”—makes people feel some type of way about you.

I’m real careful who I associate with in comics for these reasons. I don’t like barcon because I know somebody’s gonna say something stupid. I’ve been going to several cons a year since 2007, and I’m not exaggerating when I say I’m batting a thousand when it comes to people saying idiotic or messed up or banal racial stuff to me because I’m The Black Guy. My friends got the same story. I know women that comics boys have said garbage things to, I know professionals who have repeatedly called other folks out of their name and shrugged and smiled about it.

Comics is not a special oasis of no barriers and complete freedom. Comics is American society, and chances are good that you already know how it works.

For me, the trick ended up gathering a comics family that is wild diverse. I didn’t do it intentionally, I’m not trying to catch Pokémon out here, but real recognizes real, and I’ve gravitated to people who aren’t just the current guard in comics. My wolf pack is crucial to keeping me interested in and happy with comics.

None of this is your fault, none of this anything you should have to deal with. But as a person of color, you’re already dealing with it. You’re not overthinking it. You’re not pre-rejecting. You’re protecting yourself. You recognized a problem and you’re looking for ways to deal it. You’re on the right track, and you can beat it. You’ll find a way to beat it. You’ll find your family, and together you’ll steamroll through the nonsense.

and no shots, but it’s never just about the work if you’re anything but a white guy. That’s not how life works. Some people can’t network like white dudes in comics if they’re seen as Other, or an Anomaly, and networking is a big part of how you get gigs.

alexwrekk:

Marya is a rad lady who is starting
The Pamphleteer Project 
and you should help her out:

HI! MY NAME IS MARYA— I’m the founder of ABQ Zine Fest, (now in its 4th year) The Albuquerque Zine Library, and a co-founder/curator of The Tannex, a DIY performance clubhouse, in this outpost, in the high desert of New Mexico. I love my creative community, and I do a lot to support and nurture it. I’m asking for your support as I embark on a new project that expands my love for zines, self-publishing, and storytelling …

THE PAMPHLETEER PROJECT MISSION: to help diversify existing zine collections, or help establish new ones by presenting women/feminist focused, people of color influenced, gender-inclusive zines and comics to groups and collectives around the world.
YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE PAMPHLETEER PROJECTwill help me get to Sweden to present a pop-up zine library and free workshops at the TITWRENCH Stockholm Festival— a women’s music festival. The fest was founded in Denver by Sarah Slater in 2008. TITWRENCH Stockholm is the first satellite of the original fest. After the event, I will donate 100-200 zines to a collective in the city. 
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
YOUR GENEROUS FINANCIAL SUPPORT will:
Cover airfare to Stockholm.
Pay for simple materials to set up the zine library. 
If we surpass the goal of $2,500, this will allow me to take this pilot program and expand its reach to other collectives within the punk/zine community and beyond. Someday, I imagine this project being able to support other zinesters interested in delivering zines to groups and communities.
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WHY STOCKHOLM?
To spite our perceptions of Sweden being a utopia, The country is more diverse than the media reflects. Along with the changes to this nation comes unrest. Last year, Stockholm experienced 5 days of rioting.  On March 8th of this year, an act of fascism in the form of a knife attack occurred on the night of International Women’s Day, injuring several women taking part in a Reclaim the Night demonstration. These are acts of violence, but they are also acts of ignorance. The Pamphleteer Project supports the independent voice by presenting diversity as a means of and solidarity with local communities striving for peace through mutual acceptance. 
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WHY ZINES?
I know zines to be a form that can open pathways to self-expression when other avenues are blocked, guide people through difficult conversations, and fuel strong political actions in communities through the power of the independent voice. Most importantly, zines can connect us to the human intimacy of storytelling.
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
+ Due to time constraints, and optimum ticket-buying, please donate to the project via paypal. I know, I know… your donation via credit card is also appreciated!  
+ If you can’t contribute $$ please donate ZINES that fit the criteria mentioned in the project description. Please email me at thepamphleteerproject at gmail dot com to find out where to submit your zine! 
THANK YOU!



GO AND SUPPORT THE PAMPHELETEER PROJECT!

alexwrekk:

Marya is a rad lady who is starting

The Pamphleteer Project

and you should help her out:

HI! MY NAME IS MARYA— I’m the founder of ABQ Zine Fest, (now in its 4th year) The Albuquerque Zine Library, and a co-founder/curator of The Tannex, a DIY performance clubhouse, in this outpost, in the high desert of New Mexico. I love my creative community, and I do a lot to support and nurture it. I’m asking for your support as I embark on a new project that expands my love for zines, self-publishing, and storytelling …

THE PAMPHLETEER PROJECT MISSION: to help diversify existing zine collections, or help establish new ones by presenting women/feminist focused, people of color influenced, gender-inclusive zines and comics to groups and collectives around the world.

YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE PAMPHLETEER PROJECTwill help me get to Sweden to present a pop-up zine library and free workshops at the TITWRENCH Stockholm Festival— a women’s music festival. The fest was founded in Denver by Sarah Slater in 2008. TITWRENCH Stockholm is the first satellite of the original fest. After the event, I will donate 100-200 zines to a collective in the city. 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

YOUR GENEROUS FINANCIAL SUPPORT will:

  • Cover airfare to Stockholm.
  • Pay for simple materials to set up the zine library. 
If we surpass the goal of $2,500, this will allow me to take this pilot program and expand its reach to other collectives within the punk/zine community and beyond. Someday, I imagine this project being able to support other zinesters interested in delivering zines to groups and communities.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

WHY STOCKHOLM?

To spite our perceptions of Sweden being a utopia, The country is more diverse than the media reflects. Along with the changes to this nation comes unrest. Last year, Stockholm experienced 5 days of rioting.  On March 8th of this year, an act of fascism in the form of a knife attack occurred on the night of International Women’s Day, injuring several women taking part in a Reclaim the Night demonstration. These are acts of violence, but they are also acts of ignorance. The Pamphleteer Project supports the independent voice by presenting diversity as a means of and solidarity with local communities striving for peace through mutual acceptance. 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

WHY ZINES?

I know zines to be a form that can open pathways to self-expression when other avenues are blocked, guide people through difficult conversations, and fuel strong political actions in communities through the power of the independent voice. Most importantly, zines can connect us to the human intimacy of storytelling.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

+ Due to time constraints, and optimum ticket-buying, please donate to the project via paypal. I know, I know… your donation via credit card is also appreciated!  

+ If you can’t contribute $$ please donate ZINES that fit the criteria mentioned in the project description. Please email me at thepamphleteerproject at gmail dot com to find out where to submit your zine! 

THANK YOU!

GO AND SUPPORT THE PAMPHELETEER PROJECT!

A West Philly collective aims to elevate underrepresented voices in science fiction literature and beyond »

metropolarity:

lalewestvind:

Queer sci-fi collective Metropolarity get a shout out on citypaper! Beautiful, sharp, personal cyberpunk. The increasingly familiar post-apocalyptic state, Blade Runner comes home, who are the cyborgs? 

Metropolarity have some sick patches, tapes, zines and streaming audio that really blew my socks off. Born in Flames meets Neuromancer,  Worm your way through their respective tumblrs to read up! I’m a huge fan, new heroes. 

http://metropolarity.net/crew/

http://cyborgmemoirs.tumblr.com/ 18 Eighteen / cyborgmemoirs

web shop http://metropolarity.storenvy.com/

thanks yo! ^__^/

Yay! Eighteen and Ras came out and represented Metropolarity at FMZF last year and put on an awesome presentation. It was great to meet them and learn more about Metropolarity’s work. It’s worth keeping up with them on the web since they’re always doing something worth checking out.

The Future(s) of the Fly Away Zine Mobile »

zinemobile:

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THANK YOU to everyone who proposed a new vision for the Fly Away Zine Mobile. It was an honor to read and imagine so many beautiful scenarios from people who share a passion for freely spreading the love and skills of zines and other do-it-yourself media.

THANK YOU to…

Support Noemi Martinez the transformation of the zine mobile! It will mostly travel through the land between Texas and Mexico and will be a bilingual zine resource. Click the link for more info.

amosleager:

You’re Under Arrest.
New tabloid comic. Will be debuting the print version at Chicago Zine Fest in less than a week (!) with a full-color poster on da back.
If you’ll be at the zine fest for godsake come say hi! I’ll be tabling with the redoubtable KCZC.

Happy to pick this up at CZF :)

amosleager:

You’re Under Arrest.

New tabloid comic. Will be debuting the print version at Chicago Zine Fest in less than a week (!) with a full-color poster on da back.

If you’ll be at the zine fest for godsake come say hi! I’ll be tabling with the redoubtable KCZC.

Happy to pick this up at CZF :)

freemarissanow:

We’ve been speechless. The latest fundraiser for the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund has met and surpassed the goal and is currently at $31,366, thanks to 797 donors.  You have to understand — we were at $12K on Saturday when the news hit that Marissa may face 60 years in prison if she’s found guilty at her July 28th trial. With just a week to go, we didn’t think the fundraiser would reach its goal.  Then you all raised almost another $20K in just a few days.  At first we thought that there must’ve been one or two big contributions of thousands of dollars.  But we checked and…nope. The biggest individual contribution was $500: this fundraiser is mainly fueled by many small contributions of $10s and $20s. We’re freeing Marissa en masse.
Then, to make things a little sweeter, Indiegogo (where the fundraiser is located) included the fundraiser in their International Women’s Day matching project.  This means, for every $25 we raise on March 3rd and March 8th, Indiegogo will match it with $1. Indiegogo also extended the fundraiser to March 12th as part of this project, so that gives us a few more days to really turn this fundraiser out!
So this freedom fundraiser is on a roll of greatness, y’all. Thank you so very much to everyone who has contributed, shared the link, or spread the word. As always, you are the best!
Let’s keep going! Black women’s lives matter. All women’s lives matter. 60 years for defending your life from an abusive husband?  Not on our watch.  #FreeMarissa!

FMZAP will be hosting a Craft & Chat fundraiser toward the end of March to gather items to sell at the Free Marissa online shop Start some craft projects now, or consider donating to the Indiegogo campaign!

freemarissanow:

We’ve been speechless. The latest fundraiser for the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund has met and surpassed the goal and is currently at $31,366, thanks to 797 donors.  You have to understand — we were at $12K on Saturday when the news hit that Marissa may face 60 years in prison if she’s found guilty at her July 28th trial. With just a week to go, we didn’t think the fundraiser would reach its goal.  Then you all raised almost another $20K in just a few days.  At first we thought that there must’ve been one or two big contributions of thousands of dollars.  But we checked and…nope. The biggest individual contribution was $500: this fundraiser is mainly fueled by many small contributions of $10s and $20s. We’re freeing Marissa en masse.

Then, to make things a little sweeter, Indiegogo (where the fundraiser is located) included the fundraiser in their International Women’s Day matching project.  This means, for every $25 we raise on March 3rd and March 8th, Indiegogo will match it with $1. Indiegogo also extended the fundraiser to March 12th as part of this project, so that gives us a few more days to really turn this fundraiser out!

So this freedom fundraiser is on a roll of greatness, y’all. Thank you so very much to everyone who has contributed, shared the link, or spread the word. As always, you are the best!

Let’s keep going! Black women’s lives matter. All women’s lives matter. 60 years for defending your life from an abusive husband?  Not on our watch.  #FreeMarissa!

FMZAP will be hosting a Craft & Chat fundraiser toward the end of March to gather items to sell at the Free Marissa online shop Start some craft projects now, or consider donating to the Indiegogo campaign!