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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Draw the Line moves from digital to print

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Back in 2016, a group of comic creators from across the globe assembled as ‘Draw the Line: Concrete Political Actions Comics‘, hoping to focus protest at recent political developments into positive action. The project proved hugely popular – and now a book collecting the work of dozens of comic creators is in progresss.

Like the online version of the project, the work in the Draw The Line book, depicts positive political actions that anyone can take.

Draw the Line - art by Nick Miller
Art by Nick Miller
Draw the Line - art by Hannah Berry
Art by Hannah Berry

“Lots and lots of brilliant cartoonists are involved,” project co-ordination and artist Myfanwy Tristram told downthetubes. The impressive list includes Steven Appleby, Hannah Berry, Kate Charlesworth , Al Davison, Hunt Emerson, Karrie Fransman, Dave McKean, Nick Miller, Zara Slattery and many, many more. (You can see them all listed here).

“100 per cent of the creator profits will go to the charity helprefugees.org” she continues. “I’m really excited to see Draw The Line becoming a concrete reality.”

Draw the Line - art by Karrie Fransman
Art by Karrie Fransman

Working in partnership with Unbound, the end result will be some really beautiful hardback first editions. Additionally, you can opt to receive bookplates; prints of your favourite Draw the Line images; original artwork; or even commission a new piece.

“The most unusual rewards, though, are those where one of the artists will give you and your friends a talk or a workshop, sharing their skills and knowledge (and you get a bundle of the books as well).,” says Myfanwy. “These are dependent on where the artists live — each has stated how far they are willing to travel from their home — but as there are Draw The Line contributors in many areas of the UK, and in North and South America, Australia and Europe, we cover a lot of ground.

Right from the get go, Draw the Line was an amazing project that hit a chord with so many comic creators. Check out the Unbound page for more information and to find out how to back this terrific-looking book project.

• More details on how to support Draw the Line here: https://unbound.com/books/ draw-the-line/

There’s some further background on the project on Myfanwy Tristram’s web site

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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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