What can I do? Collating a comic book for hard political times

what-can-i-do by Myfanwy Tristram

Over the past few days, I’ve seen a lot of my friends, here in the UK, and around the world, reacting with shock to the US election. For liberal-leaning folk on this side of the pond, their messages have a ring of familiarity.

“I’m scared for the poor, the marginalised, the oppressed”, “These values are not my values” and “We have to organise, take action” — these are all sentiments that UK citizens have already seen two times around: once with the election of our Conservative government and once after the Brexit referendum.

Well, here’s an something we can do. I’m crowd-sourcing ideas for concrete actions anyone can take when the prevailing political atmosphere is one they don’t agree with. They can be small, simple actions like putting a poster in your window, or bigger ones like volunteering for a cause that needs your help — or even standing for election.

At the same time I am collecting comic artists together who will illustrate these actions. We’ll create a week-by-week action plan for anyone who feels lost as to how they can make a difference in these times.

How you can get involved

There are several ways to get involved. We’re discussing logistics on this Facebook group (apologies to those who hate Facebook, but there’s no denying it makes this sort of project a lot easier).

If you’re a comic artist

Please add your name to this spreadsheet if you’d like to be considered for inclusion. A small committee of artists will ensure a uniform quality to the project by helping me assess the applicants.

If your application is successful, I’ll be contacting you between 5 and 11 December to let you know what text you are illustrating, and to give details of proportions, colour requirements etc.

All artists will retain copyright of their own work and will of course be credited in the book. We’ll also cost up the project to ensure that you get at least one copy of the final book for yourself.

If you would like to contribute ideas for actions

We’re brainstorming ideas on this document – feel free to add more. The kind of actions we are looking for are:

a) Universal: they can be applied by anyone, no matter where they live.

b) Non-partisan: yes, we happen to be living in a time where power is leaning to the right. But if you can look at your action and see how it could be applicable even if the political situation were reversed, then it’s particularly suitable for inclusion.

In short, this will be a book about how to take action against inequality, unfairness, poverty, hate, and discrimination, no matter where or how it arises.

If you would like to support the project

Hold tight. We’ll be launching it as a Kickstarter once we’ve got all the logistics bolted down, and I will of course be sharing details here as soon as they are ready.

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One thought on “What can I do? Collating a comic book for hard political times

  1. Thank you for doing this! I am currently tearing myself away from Twitter and FB to pay some bills and just ran across this in my email. I’ve been mourning the election results and been online obsessively. The whole campaign’s been a roller coaster of emotions and the election results have left half the country shell-shocked. Thank God for work, or I might never leave the house! But I would love to be part of this. I will have to read through your attachments later and respond. Thanks again, Pam

    On Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 9:15 AM, myf draws apparently wrote:

    > Myf posted: “Over the past few days, I’ve seen a lot of my friends, here > in the UK, and around the world, reacting with shock to the US election. > For liberal-leaning folk here in the UK, their messages have a ring of > familiarity. “I’m scared for the poor, the marg” >

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