SpAE has written about the reasons she decided to put together the Yes|No boundaries zine, over at boundariescomic.tumblr.com, and I was honoured to help out. If you missed my endless retweets, here’s the deal:
A local zine fair was named something… unfortunate. I choose to believe that they were unaware of the connotations when they chose the name ‘Blurred Lines’, but the fact is, they chose NOT to change their name when people raised concerns.
Rather than protest with our absence, 9 days before the fair, SpAE suggested making a zine full of black and white pinups by comic artists and illustrators, explaining and depicting the finer points of consent. The zines would be available in exchange for a gold coin ($1 or $2) donation to the ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service.
We ended up with two small zines (there were two amazing artists who submitted centrefold pieces!), and at the end of the day, we raised $30 for DVCS - which we are remarkably pleased with.
But this is just the beginning.
If you would like an electronic copy of the zine - which compiles both volumes of the hard-copy - donate some money (any amount! It all helps!) to your local domestic violence/crisis support service. Take a screen shot of your donation or forward your receipt to act.comic.meet at gmail.com, and I will send you the zine.
SpAE is still accepting art for the electronic version, which will be an ongoing project.
We chose the ACT DVCS because they are a feminist-informed organisation that provide a range of support to all people (it is not restricted to any particular gender or orientation), and because they are not affiliated with any religious groups. HOWEVER, please feel free to whichever organisation that is doing good work in this field, close to where you are.
Also: please support the contributing artists!
I was so glad to be a part of this! The zine is gorgeous and I hope I can (consensually) spread the love a bit more on the convention circuit this year. Thanks again for putting it together :D