Thursday, April 28, 2011

Comic Writers & Artists join together for the Anti-Bullying Comic: "The Power Within"

 Here is a great comic book initiative that really touches on impact of teen bullying and suicide.

The comic is called The Power Within and famed writers & artists like Gail Simone, Phil Jiminez, Carla Speed McNeil, Dan Parent, Donna Barr and Andy Mangels are adding pages for a new print of the comic.

Here's more from their Kickstarter page

We are looking to do a large print run of The Power Within, a comic book that tackles the subject of teen bullying and suicide. It focuses on Shannon, who gets picked on a lot at school because he is smaller, quieter and more "artistic" than the other kids. His dad and his teachers think the other kids wouldn't tease him if he just "fit in" more. Their advice is for him to hide, or he's bringing it on himself. 

Faced with all this, Shannon has created a super-powered alter ego that he can escape into whenever he's in a bad situation. Pretending he's a powerful hero helps him stand up for himself. But will the power within be enough to save him?

We originally created this comic book for 24-Hour Comics Day last year, in response to the rash of teen suicides in September of 2010. We were so proud of the results that Mark went back and finished and cleaned up the art, and we released it as a "DiY" comic book and sold it at a few conventions on the west coast this spring.
The  The Power Within is created by Charles “Zan” Christensen and Mark Brill. If you can, please contribute and move this project forward.


luciferosirisarnold said...

I remember when I was bullied.
Fighting back does work.

WilsonW said...

Awesome my donation is on the way and a couple of those guys are CUTE!! Grrrr... ;)

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