A COLLABORATION!

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This is an actual report my son wrote at school last spring.  I didn’t know about it until everything came home at the end of the year.  Upon reading about his great affection for this relatively obscure soda, I knew two things: 1) this is definitely my child and 2) I had to illustrate this tribute!

Fun fact: my father (Carlo’s grandpa) has been known to drive to a specific, out-of-the-way gas station following a hike in the Cascade Mountains because he knows they carry Squirt.  With a second refrigerator full of the stuff, I’m fairly certain my dad single-handedly keeps this company in business.  This is truly a love passed down through the generations.

A COLLABORATION!

The Antidote

I LOVE THE REIGN sm

This is my love letter to the Seattle Reign for the 2017 season (here is last year’s).  Actively supporting the NWSL (and the WNBA) has been a powerful tool in keeping me sane under our current administration.  I am 100% serious when I say that supporting women’s professional sports will not only give you strength to keep going, it could help change the world.  

Seattle Storm comic coming later this summer, I promise.

The Antidote

TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF IT

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The deportation of the first DREAMer, passing a “healthcare” bill that would defund Planned Parenthood and create countless uninsured citizens, convicting a woman who dared laugh at Jeff Sessions, complete silence regarding the murder of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards . . .  Every day it gets worse.  It’s getting hard not to think of these men as pure evil.

This is a comic isn’t perfect, I know.  But it’s a question that I’ve been asking myself a lot these days as I try to stay human.

Below are two articles that I’ve been thinking about like crazy as I try to figure out how to make work that focuses on the very real suffering caused by those in power, even when that suffering is not specifically my own. I admit that I’m unsure which imagery is ok for me (a white, straight, North American woman) to share. My answer in this comic was to reference images that have been widely circulated, have become a part of our collective consciousness and, for me, epitomize the calls to “not look away.” That said, I’m not sure that I got this right. Your thoughts are more than welcome.

Here are the articles:

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/04/how-should-art-address-human-rights/521520/

https://hyperallergic.com/367012/protesters-block-demand-removal-of-a-painting-of-emmett-till-at-the-whitney-biennial/

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