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#BlackComicsMonth and Comic Stars To Put Together Mental Heath Anthology

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1 in 4 individuals are affected by mental illness, and although there’s growing awareness of mental health concerns, some people may ashamed, afraid to seek to help. @MizCaramelVixen, creator of #BlackComicsMonth, is putting together a mental health anthology, with the proceeds donated to a children’s mental health organization.

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#EndTheStigma: A Mental Health Anthology is an upcoming collection of stories and art about the effects of mental illness.

The following comic creators have been invited and will participate in the anthology:

  • Scott Snyder (Batman, Wytches)
  • Taneka Stotts (Full CircleBeyond Anthology)
  • Gail Simone (Clean Room, Secret Six)
  • Marguerite Bennett (DC Bombshells, InSEXts)
  • D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage)
  • Ma. Victoria Robado (Jem, Littlest Pet Shop)
  • Tess Fowler (Rascals)
  • Paul D. Storrie (Birds of Prey Secret Files, Robyn of Sherwood)
  • Paulina Ganucheau (Zodiac Starforce, Another Castle)
  • Matt Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank)
  • Tini Howard (The Skeptics, Power Rangers: Pink)
  • Chris Dibari (Magdalena, Krampus)
  • Christina ‘Steenz’ Stewart (Archival Quality)
  • Carla “Speed” McNeil (No Mercy, Harrow County)
  • Brittney Williams (Goldie Vance, Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat)
  • Tee “Vixen” Franklin (Acceptance)
  • Erica Schultz (M3, Revenge: The Secret Origin of Emily Thorne)
  • Marcy J. Cook (Fresh Romance)
  • Caitlin Rosberg (Ladies’ Night Anthology editor)
  • Margaret Stohl (Black Widow: Forever Red)

Specs: The book will be printed in full color, at 6.625″ × 10.25″ (standard graphic novel size).

The anthology is also open to submissions from anyone who has a history of mental illness, or has experienced mental illness in their family.

Submission Process:

  • Submissions open September 30th and close on October 31st at 11:59PM EST
  • Submissions are open to those who has a history of mental illness, whether in their family or with themselves. (PTSD, anxiety, paranoia, bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, etc.)
  • You must be 18 years old to submit.
  • Send an email to mentalhealthanthology *at* gmail *dot* com with the subject line “EndTheStigma Submission.”
  • Your pitch should include a synopsis of your comic, character descriptions, along with concept art.
  • TRY and limit your pitch to ONE PAGE (not including concept art).
  • It should also include a page estimate of the story. (2-15 pages max).
  • Include a bio, pronouns, social media handles, website links, sequential portfolios, as well as a list of publishing credits – self-publishing and webcomics count!
  • If you don’t have publishing credits, don’t be discouraged – please submit.
  • Acceptance and rejection letters will go out on or before November 30th, 2016.
  • If the above rules are NOT followed, then your submission will NOT count.
  • This is an inclusive anthology and creators of color, members of the LGBTQIA community, disabled, non-binary, gender queer, and everyone else are free to submit to this anthology. All are welcome.

The project will be funded via Indiegogo, with a portion of the proceeds, minus fees, printing and shipping costs, going straight to Youth Consultation Service.

As the creator says:

I strongly believe that mental illness starts as a child and I would like to help out these young people the best way I know how. There are many children right now who are waiting for placement in a specialty care facility, but unfortunately there are not enough beds to get these children the help they so desperately need.

For more information on the project, please visit MentalHealthAnthology.com.

 

Bri is the founder and co-editor of What the Fangirl. She loves chai lattes, Disney and fairy tales.

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