Free Atena Farghadani

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Cartoonist Atena Farghadani has been imprisoned in Iran, since January 2015, for drawing a cartoon of politicians as animals. The cartoon made fun of Iranian politicians that were attempting to pass a law to restrict people’s birth control choices.  She and her lawyer were recently charged with having an illegitimate sexual relationship short of adultery” and “improper conduct” for shaking hands.  She was forced to take a “virginity and pregnancy” test, while in prison.

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/free-atena-farghadani-iran-prison-drawing-cartoons-artist

Does this disgust and sadden you? Send a letter for her release:

http://cartoonistsrights.org/open-letter-for-the-freedom-of-atena-farghadani/

Draw a cartoon for Atena:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2015/jun/16/draw4atena-your-cartoons-in-solidarity-with-jailed-iranian-artist

https://twitter.com/hashtag/Draw4Atena?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/jun/23/governments-accused-perpetrating-violence-against-women-actionaid-report-activists

Meanwhile, in Ohio, a similar bill was approved to restrict women’s access to birth control and many other health services, by attempting to defund Planned Parenthood.  Perhaps it’s time to draw cartoons making fun of our own politicians for approving this bill, and their lack of insight and understanding. I’ve been to Planned Parenthood before for health services, and I don’t see any reason to defund it. The average person living in Ohio agrees.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/10/21/planned-parenthood-funding.html

Sign a petition in support of Planned Parenthood:

https://secure.ppaction.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=15231&s_src=OHAction_1114_c4_e1&autologin=true

New Comix/Zine 2015

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Here is a preview from my new 12 page comic/zine, coming out November 2015, just in time for Genghis Con 2015. It covers a variety of topics, including music, making fun of my strong allergies, and fan-zine promotion of important works in the graphic novel/comix genres.

12 bar blues comic resized web

Explanation:

Musicians divide music into sections called bars (or measures.)  A verse is a section of a song that tells the story of the song.  A verse that is 12 bars long, became a standard form in the blues.  For example, “Pride and Joy” by Stevie Ray Vaughan.  At the end of the twelve verses, blues musicians often play a “turnaround,” which has an unfinished sound, which leads nicely back into a finished sound, as they repeat verse again, therefore “turning” the musical idea around to start over.  I hope my visual representation helps capture some of the excitement that dancing to fast blues songs brings me.

Qahera

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My cousin, Lightning Khan, is into reading comic books and graphic novels. She told me about her friend, Deena, a comic book artist, who lives in Saudi Arabia. Her work is about the Female Superhero. http://qaherathesuperhero.com/index

What does it mean to be a Female Superhero? What does it mean to be a Female Superhero, in an Arab country? What does it mean to be a Female Superhero, in America? What does it mean to be a Female Superhero, all around the world?

To find out more, read her blog, and check out the web comic.

This September, her webcomic, “Qahera,” won the award for best digital comic series at the Cairo Comix Festival.  Congratulations!

Applied to Genghis Con few weeks ago, waiting to hear back from the Mongol Hordes…

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It’s a fantastic small press/zine/comic convention in Cleveland, that I’ve been attending and participating in, for over 5 years.words and pictures

This comic refers to a permanent art installation/sculpture that I saw, at the Lee road library, in Cleveland Heights.  The sculpture includes a chalkboard where one can draw their own comics in chalk. My comic refers directly to the comic molded on the other side of the chalkboard. The sculpture was created to memorialize the Cleveland comic book artist, Harvey Pekar.