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We Are Comics: A Visual Message for a Visual Medium

mortiferamorphasmus:

postcardsfromspace:

I’ve got an essay in the current issue of Apex Magazine on the origin and principles of We Are Comics.

We Are Comics exists as a platform from which members of our community can speak for themselves. It’s about solidarity, but it’s also about visible diversity: hundreds of distinct faces and stories from across the comics industry and community. We are as different from one another as we are from that elusively narrow target audience.

What we have in common — with each other, but, ultimately, with everyone — is the desire to be heard. Our medium is our message: We are here. We are real, and we always have been. This is our town, too.

As a comic writer who is both queer, and intellectually disabled… where do I sign up? This matters! Representation matters! I am Comics, WE are Comics. And we deserve to be heard ^_^

Submit a post at wearecomics, or post on your own tumblr and tag it [#i am comics] or [#we are comics], and we’ll find it and reblog!

Hi! My name’s Kia, I’m 22 yo and I am comics. I’m pretty sure I read some comics as a kid but never really got into it. Growing up I fell in love with superhero movies and when I found out they were based off comic books I decided to start reading them. I’m new to comics but I am comics. 


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We Are Comics: A Visual Message for a Visual Medium

We Are Comics exists as a platform from which members of our community can speak for themselves. It’s about solidarity, but it’s also about visible diversity: hundreds of distinct faces and stories from across the comics industry and community. We are as different from one another as we are from that elusively narrow target audience.

What we have in common — with each other, but, ultimately, with everyone — is the desire to be heard. Our medium is our message: We are here. We are real, and we always have been. This is our town, too.

celestianiof:

Copies of The Dark Sorceress #1 are in!

The launch of IOF’s first comic series begins here with The Dark Sorceress #1. The story of a young girl who was resurrected for war, and who seeks her own path through life, starts first with a three-issue opening arc that follows the exploits of her parents and their friends, and the events leading up to her own death.

Every page of The Dark Sorceress, $5 in the IOF Store, is a hand-painted watercolor image, and this first issue also features hand-lettering. The book’s cover, also a hand-painted watercolor, is available as an art print for $18.

I Am Comics

Like a lot of just-starting creators, I loved comics as a kid. But not just the art and stories, but I wanted to create and show off my own worlds in the same way. I wanted to see my own name published and in the credits of a book, if not on the cover. I fell off from collecting for a little while during college, but I went through art school and came out thinking that I was going to be an illustrator.

Fast forward a few years and I finally decide to launch Illustrator Of Fantasies, my own artist brand, so that I could build my portfolio and sell my work. Somehow, the idea came back to me that I could turn a story into a comic. That comic became The Night Is Our Victory ($5 in the IOF Store, now seeing its second printing with a new cover this month, so go me!) and I realized I could do this.

So I looked around at all the stories I had told, and landed upon one of my first: The Dark Sorceress. I started plotting ideas and drawing for this story my junior year of high school, and started writing for it regularly on a story-sharing RP message board during college. I had such a fun time writing it, but I never thought about taking it any further than that.

But now, here it is! It’s fitting that the first series is one of my first literary adventures. The story has matured so much over the years, and so has my story-telling. I am so excited to have this going in my life, and my creativity is sparked enough that I’m in development for my second series, The Alexandrian Union, starting by the end of 2014, and a continuation of the story of The Night Is Our Victory next year.

Not only this, but I’ve begun some major development in the world I created where all these stories are from, and I’m working on many new illustrations to show-off that will bring it all to life. It means a major change to how I’ve been running IOF, but it’s a change that is necessary, and I think will bring about further growth for me as an artist and storyteller.

My Story

I have been reading a lot of blogs, and following many different creators in the industry, and one thing that these bloggers consistently point out in their writing is the need for different types of stories in the industry, and from different people. I want to be one of those different people. I want to tell stories that are more informed about issues within the framework of social justice, not to make a political statement, but to show that a story can be entertaining and not pander to destructive tropes.

I aim to tell different types of stories, not just because I have a message (I think it a mark of success of art has a message), but because these are the kinds of stories I want to read. These are the kinds of stories I want to tell. The Dark Sorceress is about a young girl who has to navigate a world she doesn’t understand, while trying to play to the expectations of the people around her, and must then reconcile all that with her own perspective and attitude. I want us to see her world through her eyes.

Thanks for letting me share my story, and thanks for joining me in the adventure! If you check out Issue 1, I hope you stop back for issue 2, available at the end of July.


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I Am Comics

heavenscalyx:

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I’ve read comics for 40 years. I still own my first comic.  It’s boarded in plastic.

Bite me, sexist fanboys.


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Hello all! My name is BluRaven C. Houvener, now I write and illustrate a’ satirical slice of life comic called “It’s Just another day” about a’ guy that looks alot like me and the hassles he deals with in day ta’ day life including relationship hassles, overcoming social issues, and getting into wacky adventures with comedy ensuing. In my youth however I was all about the superheroes! I was an avid reader of X-men(when i could afford it haha), and wouldn’t miss a’ single superhero cartoon on saturday morning. I owe my desire ta’ draw comics to Todd Mcfarlane and his unorthidox superhero, Spawn….which opened me up to a new world of comics and showed me that comics can speak volumes! It’s good to meet you all. and it’s good ta’ know that I’m not comics alone :)
Hit me up o Tumblr @ http://bluravenhouvener.tumblr.com/

and feel free ta’ scope out my webcomic @

itsjustanotherday.wix.com/itsjustanotherday

-or the mobile device friendly version still updating-

http://comicfury.com/comicprofile.php?url=Itsjustanotherday


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iamthemiho asked :

Hi We are comics staff! My names is Miho and I am currently researching minority representations in comic books. I really love your site so I have a few questions: the first is would it be alright for me to discuss this site in my completed thesis? Second, I am wondering if I could submit a post including information about my thesis for your followers to see... I am currently at a stage where I am looking for demographic data, please let me know what you think! -Miho

wearecomics answered :

Yes, and yes! (And if it would help to be in touch directly, please let us know where we can e-mail you!)

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Greetings tumbleweeds.

My name is Merriam and I make the webcomic Desert Grey. On a deeper level it’s about a group of people fighting to over throw an oppressive patriarchal government, but on a more shallow level it’s about gay elves and exploding robots.

Two of my favorite comics are Blankets by Craig Thompson and Fun Home by Alison Bechdal.


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I am comics. 

I grew up in a small town in Sweden, and i never liked it very much. When i was younger i always wanted to escape to another reality, where things were different and the possibilities  endless. Luckily i discovered comics, and realized that i could in fact escape to whatever world i preferred by reading about it, or creating it on my own, with stories, drawings and a vivid imagination. 

My dad is also quite a fan of comic books. He used to keep his favorite comics in a drawer next to his bed, and whenever he was away to work, i snuck into his room and read as many as i could before he got back. I used to not only read the comics, but also study the drawings and try to find a new meaning in every story. I’m not exactly sure why i’ve always found the work that artists put into comic books so compelling, but it doesn’t matter. I just love it. I love the way a comic can be serious and meaningful, but also the way they can be funny and light. There is such a big diversity in the world of comics, and i know that there will always be something new to discover. 

/Sofia 


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