I always take notice when players speak of the massive impact the iconic 1999 US Women’s National Team had in their lives as professional athletes. Even if you haven’t watched a women’s game, you know the image of Brandi Chastain ripping her shirt off after making the game-winning penalty shot.
Visibility is EVERYTHING. Televising games, promoting teams within cities, and covering them in local and national media is essential to the growth of fan bases and the development of future players. We can’t support what we can’t see (believe me – as someone who follows international women’s soccer, it often takes nothing less than a degree in computer science or top-grade hacking skills to view games).
The world is burning but at least we’ll always have Bonnie Tyler. And REO Speedwagon?
I’m so excited to unveil this new project! Collaborating with Seattle Reign FC to make player-comics (and bring even more visibility to the amazing athletes on Seattle’s professional soccer team) is truly a dream.
First up is Yael Averbuch, an all-around badass, quintessential leader, and championship-winner many times over. Welcome to Seattle, Yael. We are so happy you’re here.
These quick comics are giving me life.
I’m so proud that PEN America has republished Lines Drawn here. PEN America “stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide.”
Lines Drawn is a “narrative response by a collective of parents and teachers using comics and graphic pieces to illustrate how they, as adults, feel and try to take responsibility for the care and safety of children and youth in an age of continued school shootings.”