4/3/2013: On March 18, 2012, President Obama delivered a message to kids on anti-bullying for the debut of SPEAK UP Against Bullying, a 30-minute film about bullied youth that aired on Cartoon Network. The documentary is part of the network’s “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” campaign and included appearances by 8-to-13-year-old kids who’ve been bullied as well as athletes and role models like Venus Williams, Chris Webber, Lisa Leslie, Hope Solo and others.
The torch is being taken up by others. I am Pamela Harrison, Editor and Art Director of an ongoing comicbook project titled the Voices Against Bullying (VAB) anthology. As the title suggests, I have collected a team of artists and writers and teamed them up to tell stories of bullying, and in some cases what it’s like to live in uncertainty and fear.
Voices Against Bullying contributor Christianne Benedict recently surpassed her funding goal on her upcoming book Exiles: Trans Stories by Christianne Benedict and Rachel K. Zall! Christianne writes:
Exiles is the first collection of my transgender-themed comics stories. These stories have appeared in various places on the web and I’d like to collect them in one place for a nice print edition. The centerpiece of this collection is “The Exile and Happy Landing of Natalie Rios,” a queer erotic melodrama written by Rachel K. Zall.
To read more about the project, click the image below to go to her Kickstarter page.
Voices Against Bullying #1 and #2 contributor Austin Allen Hamblin heavily promotes and sells copies of VAB at numerous comic events, and is being noticed in his hometown for his latest accomplishments:
Each of them is excited and eager to be in on this project, and with the close of the premiere first issue, they are spreading the word to other artists and writers. This series is directed at teens, and plans are to create a secondary series directed at grade school children as well. It is my dream to make this the first viral comic book project. The series is published through Ka-Blam Digital Printing, and each contributor receives a percentage of profit for their work, as well as the ability to order as many issues as they like, promote and sell their work and keep the proceeds. The incentive for all of them to promote this series is high, and has potential to be a life-changing work for many young people from all walks of life.
Be sure to check out the next pages for What is VAB? and How to Participate in VAB. Submissions for this anthology series will be ongoing. We want your best and brightest works. And we want you to promote it as hard as you can!