There weren’t any anti-bullying comics when I was a kid. Back then, the people in my village believed bullying, sunbathing and smoking were all good for you. Thankfully, we know better now, and leading the way in progressive thought is Northwest Press, the burgeoning LGBT comics publisher who brought you Teleny & Camille and Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny. But independent gay comics publishers can’t do it alone. They need our help!
Northwest Press is currently raising funds via Kickstarter to produce an anti-bullying comic book called The Power Within for youth and teachers’ groups, and you can help make it happen! Head over to Kickstarter and pledge $1 or more to help support the effort. Higher donations will get you stuff like signed copies, prints of the cover art and other books from Northwest Press.
The Power Within tells the story of a junior high schooler who imagines himself as a superhero to deal with his constant harassment at school. The project is written by Charles “Zan” Christensen and drawn by Mark Brill, and features bonus material by Dan Parent (creator of Archie Comics’ first openly gay character, Kevin Keller), Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman, New X-Men), Gail Simone (Secret Six, Wonder Woman), Greg Rucka (Batwoman), Stephen Sadowski (JSA), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Andy Mangels (Gay Comics), Donna Barr (The Desert Peach) and others.
The project was conceived in October 2010 for 24-Hour Comics Day, an international event where comics creators attempt to produce a complete comic book in a single day. In order to mass-produce the book and provide free copies to gay-straight alliances and other youth groups, Christensen sought the participation of some high profile artists and writers for bonus features and began a fundraising effort to cover printing and shipping costs. In six days, the project reached a third of its funding goal; The Power Within must receive a minimum of $3,000 in pledges on Kickstarter by May 20 in order to be funded.
Thanks for helping out!