I had sat silent, processing the events of June 12th 2016. Watched as politicians use death as a means to rally their side of the isle. Held back tears watching family and friends of the victims speak of there loved ones.
I want to do something.
Our community is strongest when we work together. We are at war. Not just the LGBTQ community but all of American culture. And that is what sparked this idea. To quote RENT, “The opposite of war isn’t peace, it’s creation.”
That is want I want to do. I want to create a book containing 102 pieces of art, comics, stories, pin-ups, photos, etc. to honor the lives of each person who lost their life at PULSE in Orlando.
Below is the Press Release, please pass it on to all your friend that may want to contribute!
STAY SAFE, STAY STRONG AND MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD!
Calling 102 Cartoonists, Artist and Writers Respond to LGBTQ Hate, Gun Violence and Celebrating Our Strength.
It is with a sad heart and a determined head that we send out this rally call to comic creators, artist and writers! As we are all aware, gun violence and hate is out of control in this country. To easy is it for people with disdain in their hearts to get ahold of a weapon and use it to cause serious damage to our community and others like us.
Gun Controlled (Working title), is a zine responding to the tragic massacre that took place on June 12th at 2 am in an Orlando gay nightclub. We are looking for 102 comic creators, artists and writers to donate a one page piece of art, comic, cartoon, illustration, poem, etc. Each page is a representation of a lost life or wounded individual tragically associated to this terrible massacre. We want art that deals with fighting gun laws, dealing with loss resulting from the use of guns, expressions of feelings about gun control and the American view of being controlled by the gun.
It is our hope to debut this book at Flame Con NYC’s first queer comic con August 20th and 21st 2016. All proceeds will be donated to the victims and family of the people effected by the tragic events at Pulse Bar.
•Submissions open June 12th and close on July 15th at 11:59PM EST
•Submissions are open to anyone who is queer identifying or an ally.
•Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “GUN CONTROLLED”.
•Finished art must be 300 dpi and 8.5 inches high x 5.5 inches wide. Keep all text and important imagery with in 8.25 inches high x 5.25 inches high.
•Works must be black and white.
•We are looking for completed comics, pin ups and artwork.
•One page finished artwork, story, comic, etc. (1-2 pages max)
•Include a your name, twitter handle and/or website at bottom of image.
•Acceptance letters will go out on or before August 1st, 2016.
• All proceeds from the book with be donated to the victims and family of the June 12th attack.
• Please do not use copy righted characters unless you own the rights.
•Sign and scan the attached agreement to allow us use of your artwork for this project. Send to email@example.com with the subject “CONTRACT” along with a TIFF, JPG, PSD of your artwork or story.
•Send Questions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “QUESTIONS”
John Jennison is a comic artist and illustrator working in NYC. He is an active board member of Geeks OUT and in 2015 edited their first print publication, POWER! an Anthology of Queer Creators which was introduced at the first Flame Con. He has been in shows in NYC, Philadelphia, Boston and Portland. His work about battling cancer has been presented as part of the Graphic Medicine Convention in Baltimore and at Columbia University in NYC.