It's no secret that there is a war on women's health, between the U.S. government, women, and those who wish to protect and support the agency of women over their bodies. And not to be Debbie Downer here, but this is going to be a long war. One weapon to help fight this war that also includes comics by some kickass people, is Mine!, a comics anthology of all things related to women's health. Edited by Molly Jackson, Adriane Nash, Mike Gold, and Geeks OUT contributor Joe Corallo, Mine! will contain something for every reader: stories of pioneers like Margaret Sanger and Gloria Richardson, personal accounts of first-time visits to Planned Parenthood, debunking of myths about sexual health, and of course, some superheroes and Greek myths.
All proceeds from post-Kickstarter sales of this anthology will go directly to Planned Parenthood.
Co-Editor Joe Corallo said, “We’re thrilled by the hundreds of people that have shown their support so far. And we continue to be grateful to the support from the comics community, including retailers and creators like Neil Gaiman, Gabby Rivera, Gerard Way, Amber Benson, Gail Simone, Yona Harvey, Mags Visaggio, Tee Franklin, and so many more!”
The lineup for this anthology really is phenomenal, including more than a dozen Eisner award winners and scores more Eisner nominees. Contributors with recognizable names like Neil Gaiman (you know, THAT Neil Gaiman), Amber Benson (yes, Tara Maclay from Buffy and the author of the Calliope Reaper-Jones series and the Witches of Echo Park series), Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Wonder Woman), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman, Paper Girls), and cover art by Jill Thompson (Sandman, Scary Godmother, Beasts of Burden). Not to be overlooked are the various LGBTQ artists donating their time and talent to this work: approximately 25 percent of the contributors to Mine! are queer (some of whom appeared at Flame Con 2017), and include such notable names as:
- Vita Ayala (Bitch Planet: Triple Feature, Our Work Fills the Pews)
- Liana Buszka (Lupina)
- Marian Churchland (Beast, Arclight, From Under Mountains)
- Tana Ford (Duck, Silk)
- Tee Franklin (Bingo Love)
- Sina Grace (Self-Obsessed, Not My Bag, Iceman)
- Rachel Pollack (Doom Patrol, the Shining Tribe tarot deck)
- Caitlín R. Kiernan (Alabaster, the Siobhan Quinn series of urban fantasy novels)
- Matt Miner (Liberator, Toe Tag Riot)
- Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes a Breath, America)
- Lilah Sturges (Fables: The Wolf Among Us, Thor: Season One)
- Mags Visaggio (Kim and Kim, Secret Empire: Brave New World)
- Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Goldie Vance)
- Mara Wilson (yes, the little girl from Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, but also the author of Where Am I Now? and the voice of Welcome to Night Vale's Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home)
Our own Geeks OUT family is also within these pages: Aria Baci, our intrepid blog Editor in Chief and writer of the forthcoming Dismantler series), and contributor Alexa Cassaro (whose latest work includes some super cute Pokémon Alola comics).
Rewards range from digital and print editions of Mine!, digital extras, autographed copies, and T-shirts. Retailers also have a special reward at the $50 level that grants them five copies of Mine! for their stores. Those looking to combine their support with some extra activism will find options that allow them to donate copies to local libraries and U.S. Senators and Representatives (in addition to receiving personal copies). Higher level rewards include access to the ComicMix Digital Library, signed bookplates, portfolio reviews for writers and artists, and original art.
There are stretch goals if the initial goal of $50,000 is met (at the halfway point in the campaign, the project is 65% funded). According to co-editor Molly Jackson, “if we hit $75,000, we will offer a hard cover edition. If we hit $100,000, we can offer a Spanish language edition. As an additional perk, we’ll be adding new rewards in the coming days, such as bookplates signed by creators and other autographed items.”
View the full details of the campaign here. The campaign ends September 15, 2017, so now is the time to back it!