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Drawing The Line: 100 Comic Artists unite to Change the World

Image by Roger Langridge
Image by Roger Langridge

More than 100 comics artists and illustrators from around the world have launched Draw the Line – a lively, visual guide to positive political action that anyone can take.

A reaction to dramatic social, environmental and political changes in the United States, Europe and across the world, the Draw the Line project offers more than 100 comics illustrating different ways that active citizens can help to change their community, politics and the world.

Draw the Line is the brainchild of comics artist and activist Myfanwy Tristram, who brought together a cast of international artists, including veteran and award-winning artists like Dave McKean (Sandman, Black Dog), Steven Appleby (Normal Life, Loomus), Karrie Fransman (The House that Groaned), Lucy Knisley (Relish, Displacement), James Harvey (Masterplasty, Bartkira) and Woodrow Phoenix (Nelson, Rumble Strip).

“Like many people, I found the political upheavals of 2016 pretty scary, and I was looking for positive ways to push back.”, said Tristram.

Drawing the Line: Image by Woodrow Phoenix
Image by Woodrow Phoenix

“When things are looking bleak, it can be hard for people to picture a better world. That’s where comics artists can come to the rescue, showing people how they can make that change happen.”

Drawing the Line: Image by Kate Moon
Image by Kate Moon

Taking inspiration and advice from social, political and environmental movements like Black Lives Matter, the Women’s March and Standing Rock, Draw the Line compiled more than 100 positive political acts. These range from the traditional to the cutting-edge, and the gentle to the radical, but they all share a desire to change the world for the better.

In one image, two women furtively sew labels into clothes in a high street shop, reading “Made in Sweatshop Conditions”. In another comic, a literal gorilla brightens up his beleaguered street with acts of “guerilla gardening”. An absurd tabloid cover blares “Six out of ten migrants are secretly squirrels”, highlighting the need to question “fake news” and check sources.

Drawing the Line: Art by Dave McKean
Art by Dave McKean

Comics artist Karrie Fransman said, “Draw the Line is an uplifting demonstration of what a hundred talented comic artists and activists can accomplish with blood, sweat, ink and a belief in justice and equality. We hope these actions will inspire thousands more.”

Renowned cartoonist Steven Appleby said, “Drawings and words together give ideas greater power than either alone. Maybe if humans came together, too, we would all be stronger and happier.”

• Draw the Line: Comics for Positive Political Action can be found online at drawthelinecomics.com and across social media. Organisers intend to publish a book of the comics in 2017, and welcome interest from publishers.

• Facebook: facebook.com/drawthelinecomics

• Instagram: @drawthelinecomics

• Twitter: @drawlinecomics

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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