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.