The We Are Comics Initiative Is Here To Show That Comics Are For Everyone

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This week has been a rough one for many in the comic community. The furor began with self-appointed gatekeepers having a whinge because they felt threatened by a woman’s review of a comic cover, and continued with an vendor selling a t-shirt at Wondercon that he couldn’t comprehend why others would find sexist. I know, this is far from a new thing, but it sure seems to be getting louder and more out in the open.

Just when my faith in comics was reaching its lowest point in years, along comes Rachel Edidin, Arturo Garcia, Elle Collins, and Jen Van Meter with something brilliant to rebuild it. The We Are Comics initiative was started as a counterbalance to all of the hate, a place where anyone can upload a photo and talk about why comics are for everyone.

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Photo courtesy of Rachel Edidin

Just a few days old, and it has already received hundreds of submissions from people just like you and me, representations of all the diverse corners of fandom, men, women, children, people of color, straight people, queer people, trans people, creators, editors, and fans.

Their mission statement:

We are comics: creators, publishers, retailers, readers; professionals and fans. And we are a lot more diverse than you might think.

We Are Comics is a campaign to show—and celebrate—the faces of our community, our industry, and our culture; to promote the visibility of marginalized members of our population; and to stand in solidarity against harassment and abuse.

It’s really quite simple, with 3 easy ways to get involved. You can go to http://wearecomics.tumblr.com/, upload a photo and a few words about what comics mean to you, and why they are for everyone. You can upload a photo and some words to your own Tumblr account, tagged with I Am Comics. Or you can post a photo on Twitter using the hashtag #iamcomics, or tweet directly to @WeAreComics.

I am going to share what I wrote here, but be sure to go see the hundreds of inspirational bios and photos, and upload one of your own. We can all stand together to show the haters that comics really are for everyone.

My name is Carl Jansson, and I am comics.<br /><br /><br />
I’ve been reading comics for as long as I’ve been able to read. The Phantom reprints from my local library were my gateway, my mom checking them out for me whenever I was sick. Over the years I’ve absorbed comics trivia, obsessed about their history, and wondered/worried about their future. All I’ve wanted to do since I was a child was be involved with this industry I love so much in any capacity. I’ve drawn comics, written comics, run a comic shop, and written about comics for various websites.<br /><br /><br />
The thing is, I’ve found excitement in every side of the industry. Writing and drawing comics is exciting, seeing the finished product in my hands is an unbeatable feeling. Running a comic shop was exciting, especially when getting somebody new turned on to the medium. Writing about comics is exciting, learning more of its history, getting to interview creators who have meant so much to so many. And of course reading comics is exciting, immersing myself in fantastical worlds, the chance to escape for just a few moments.<br /><br /><br />
Lately though, it seems as though there are quite a few out there wanting to keep this excitement for themselves, vocally claiming the medium as their own. I know it isn’t only a recent thing, but the voices seem to be getting louder, and more cruel in their vitriol. I don’t understand this. All I’ve ever wanted was to share this wonderful medium with as many people as possible, to create new fans of the things I love. True, it is partly a selfish task, mostly being performed so I have more people around to talk about comics with, and to hopefully help me discover new ones to talk about.<br /><br /><br />
I wish everyone read comics, because nobody should be deprived of the excitement this medium holds. There is no reason anyone should be made afraid of stepping into a comic shop, or made to feel ashamed of their cosplay because of someone else’s archaic bias. There is no reason anyone should be questioned about their knowledge of trivia, or the strength of their ties to fandom.<br /><br /><br />
Over the years I have met so many wonderful people, fans and professionals, that have made me feel welcome. Unfortunately, my experiences are not universal. It’s high time this was changed.<br /><br /><br />
Because there are as many ways to enjoy comics as there are people who do, and that’s really exciting.<br /><br /><br />
Submit your photo here!

My name is Carl Jansson, and I am comics.

I’ve been reading comics for as long as I’ve been able to read. The Phantom reprints from my local library were my gateway, my mom checking them out for me whenever I was sick. Over the years I’ve absorbed comics trivia, obsessed about their history, and wondered/worried about their future. All I’ve wanted to do since I was a child was be involved with this industry I love so much in any capacity. I’ve drawn comics, written comics, run a comic shop, and written about comics for various websites.

The thing is, I’ve found excitement in every side of the industry. Writing and drawing comics is exciting, seeing the finished product in my hands is an unbeatable feeling. Running a comic shop was exciting, especially when getting somebody new turned on to the medium. Writing about comics is exciting, learning more of its history, getting to interview creators who have meant so much to so many. And of course reading comics is exciting, immersing myself in fantastical worlds, the chance to escape for just a few moments.

Lately though, it seems as though there are quite a few out there wanting to keep this excitement for themselves, vocally claiming the medium as their own. I know it isn’t only a recent thing, but the voices seem to be getting louder, and more cruel in their vitriol. I don’t understand this. All I’ve ever wanted was to share this wonderful medium with as many people as possible, to create new fans of the things I love. True, it is partly a selfish task, mostly being performed so I have more people around to talk about comics with, and to hopefully help me discover new ones to talk about.

I wish everyone read comics, because nobody should be deprived of the excitement this medium holds. There is no reason anyone should be made afraid of stepping into a comic shop, or made to feel ashamed of their cosplay because of someone else’s archaic bias. There is no reason anyone should be questioned about their knowledge of trivia, or the strength of their ties to fandom.

Over the years I have met so many wonderful people, fans and professionals, that have made me feel welcome. Unfortunately, my experiences are not universal. It’s high time this was changed.

Because there are as many ways to enjoy comics as there are people who do, and that’s really exciting.

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