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Creators Use Comics as Advocacy Journalism at Comixcast RNC

Written by Jude Terror on Wednesday, July 20 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

Creators Use Comics as Advocacy Journalism at Comixcast RNC

The comics have started to flow from Comixcast RNC 2016, and they are wonderful.


Source: Comixcast RNC 2016

The state of "comics journalism" is a constant subject of debate amongst the comics Twittersphere. Are comic book news sites publishing too many glorified press releases for corporate comics publishers, or not enough? Was it morally outrageous to publish spoilers for the latest super-mega-crossover event on a gossip site before Marvel could publish them itself on Entertainment Weekly? Are Frank Cho's boob drawings getting the appropriate amount of attention? Truly, these are questions that will deservedly plague fandom long after we're all blissfully deceased.

But what about the state of... comics journalism? Well, on that subject, the answer is clearer: it's doing great! Just take a look at what's going on at this week's Republican National Convention, where "a crack multicultural squad of comix pros" is using comics to further their mission: to "stand together against Donald Trump's race baiting by 'comixcasting' across the Internet."

It's called:

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All week, creator Tim Fielder has been keeping us updated with his own art and observations from the event, but last night, the Comixcast website was updated with dozens of comics from Fielder, Jennifer Camper, Junco Canche, Marguerite Dabaie, Katie Fricas, Tim Fielder, Morgan Pielli, Ted Rall, Vishjavit Singh, Seth Tobocman, Richard Van Ingram, and Joyce Brabner, the creator of Comixcast. Brabner launched the event just last month, telling Bleeding Cool:

A "comixcast" is a live feed of political comics and YouTube videos, in this case live from the Republican National Convention here in Cleveland by people who detest everything Donald Trump stands for. Yup, activists with pens and brushes mightier than his decayed sound bites.

I only came up with this idea a few days ago, when I declined an invitation to talk to folks during the convention about my brilliant career. Making it possible for other people to make comics at RNC ground zero seemed so much more important, and the list of willing participants began growing exponentially.

I'm Joyce Brabner. I am Harvey Pekar's widow (American Splendor), but also someone who pioneered the whole comics as journalism thing. My first comic book was hauled into Federal Court in Atlanta because the Dept. of Defense thought it was a threat to national security. We won then and we'll win here.

 

You can keep up with Comixcast at the Comixcast website (Comixcast.com) and also on Facebook.  

 

 

 

Don't worry... we'll get back to talking about Frank Cho's boob drawings soon enough. You won't believe what he's done this time! But in the meantime, there are worse ways you could spend your time than looking through the Comixcast website and reading some of the amazing work there. Hopefully some of the video content and multi-page works will be up soon too.

Go ahead. We'll still be here when you get back.

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It's impossible to choose a favorite, because there is a lot of really great work there, but I really love this comic by Seth Tobocman for its simple, striking imagery contrasting the "Freedom" plaza with the barriers being erected:

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There's dozens more amazing comics like this, and more coming, at the site, so keep checking back.

And keep up with Tim Fielder's daily GLOGs from Comixcast here.

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comic by Tim Fielder





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About the Author - Jude Terror


Jude Terror is the Webmaster Supreme of The Outhouse and a sarcastic ace reporter dedicated to delivering irreverent comics and entertainment news to The Outhouse's dozens of loyal readers. Driven by a quest for vengeance, Jude Terror taught himself to program and joined The Outhouse. He instantly began working toward his goal of forcing the internet comics community to take itself less seriously and failing miserably. A certified trash eater ruining the pristine field of comics journalism with his sarcasm and goofiness, Jude Terror is secretly friendly and congenial, so if you've got a complaint, why not just bring it up to him instead of subtweeting like a jackass, jackass? You can find him on Twitter or try your luck with an email, but keep in mind that he is notoriously unreliable and may not get back to you right away. Unless you want to send him free stuff, in which case he'll get back to you immediately.


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