Hi all, Molly here. Sorry, there’s no page today – I’ve been too distraught over the results of the election to focus on art this week. I’m still coming to terms with what we’re facing for the next four years. I’m worried about my civil rights as a gay woman under Trump and Pence, but I’m frankly terrified for other, more vulnerable people.
I’m scared for trans people whose right to their own identity could be stripped away. I’m scared for people of color facing deportation and barefaced hostility. I’m scared for people with illnesses and disabilities who rely on Obamacare to physically survive. I’m scared for Muslims and the immediate increase in hate crimes that they are facing. I’m scared for the women who have to watch that man be sworn into office.
This is a comic about trying to do good, about how it’s hard and slow and complicated and also the most important thing. I’m still coming to terms with the fact that many (not all, not even half, I have to believe) Americans do not want our country to be the diverse and welcoming place I envision it to be.
Also, I’m angry, and I’m ready to fight for that vision. If you feel similarly and have the financial ability, below is a list of charities who we believe are doing important work. I’m also selling a limited amount of commissions – for $100 I’ll draw 1 – 2 characters from this comic for you, your choice, and donate that money to one of the charities below. I’ll ship the finished drawing to you if you live in North America. Buy a commission here.
update: dang, guys, we raised $1,300 for charity in a very short time. I don’t have time for more commissions at the moment but I’d like to keep this as a recurring thing, so there will be more chances. Thank you all so much for your generosity and the very kind emails we’ve been getting all morning.
Charities we are supporting (updated):
The American Civil Liberties Union is a fierce watchdog for violations of the constitution
Planned Parenthood provides critical health care for women and others
The Council on American-Islamic Relations advocates for Muslims in the U.S. and fights Islamophobia
The Human Rights Campaign fights for equality for all LGBTQ+ people
The Transgender Law Center focuses on helping trans people
The National Immigration Law Center defends the rights of low income immigrants
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is a resource for survivors of sexual assault
The Southern Poverty Law Center works to prevent and combat hate crimes
Hey gang, Brennan here. I have very little to add, given how clearly and powerfully Molly articulated our thoughts above (she’s a genius and one of the best and kindest humans on this dang planet, but you guys already knew that). I rarely comment here on the site, or in general, as I feel like you guys are already being awfully nice by reading as many of my words as you do. The only thing I wanted to add was that, if you’re reading this right now, wherever you are, whoever you are, to please know that we love you, and that we want you safe and happy and whole. That’s all. We make this comic out of love, and you are all a part of that love, and always will be.
Thank you for reading, be safe, and please be kind to each other.
-Molly & Brennan