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2021.04.22 – AsAm Creator Happy Hour to benefit AAAJ Chicago’s bystander intervention training

AsAm Creator Happy Hour featuring Preeti Chhibber, Amy Chu, Shing Yin Kor, Trung Le Nguyen, Greg Pak, and Randall Park

Very excited to join a bunch of my favorite people for the AsAm Creator Happy Hour panel this Thursday to raise money for the AAAJ Chicago’s bystander intervention training. Please sign up for the free event today!

From the official announcement:

Join us on Thursday, April 22 at 8pm ET / 7pm CT / 5pm PT for a fundraiser to support Advancing Justice | Chicago

About this Event

Join us on Thursday, April 22 for AsAm Creator Happy Hour: 60 minutes of hijinks with Asian American writers, artists, and actors talking about how they got started, what they’re working on, and where they’re going in a fundraiser to support Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago‘s bystander intervention training.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Preeti Chhibber is a speaker, freelance writer, and author of A Jedi You Will Be, Avengers Assembly: The Sinister Substitute, and featured in the forthcoming anthology Sword Stone Table.

Amy Chu is a professional writer whose works include the Netflix series DOTA: Dragon’s Blood, graphic novel Sea Sirens, and comics such as Sensational Wonder Woman, DMC, and KISS. Amy is also a former Executive Director of the Asian American Arts Alliance and Board Member of the Asian Women Giving Circle.

Shing Yin Khor is an installation artist and cartoonist exploring the Americana mythos and new human rituals. They are the author of The American Dream? and The Legend of Auntie Po.

Trung Le Nguyen is a Vietnamese American artist and author from Minneapolis. Trung has contributed work for Oni Press, Boom! Studios, and Image Comics, and recently released his first original graphic novel The Magic Fish.

Greg Pak is a Korean American comic book writer and filmmaker best known for his award-winning feature film Robot Stories and his comics Mech Cadet Yu and Planet Hulk.

Randall Park is an actor, comedian, writer, and director known for his role in the TV series Fresh Off the Boat and films including Always Be My Maybe and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

DONATE

Proceeds from this event will fund Advancing Justice | Chicago’s bystander intervention training program.

Please include “AsAm Happy Hour” in the dedication field on the donation page.

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I’m donating signed comics to the Kidlit Against Anti-Asian Racism Auction Fundraiser – and you can, too!

Signed comics donated by Greg Pak to the Kidlit Against Anti-Asian Racism Auction Fundraiser

The folks at the Asian Author Alliance are organizing an auction fundraiser to help two organizations that work against anti-Asian racism — Stop AAPI Hate and Hate is a Virus. I’m donating a bundle of signed #1 comics featuring Asian and Asian American characters, including TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #1, KINGSWAY WEST #1, MECH CADET YU #1, RONIN ISLAND #1, WAR OF THE REALMS: NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 (with the first appearance of Wave), and AGENTS OF ATLAS #1.

If you’re a writer or creator with books or other items to donate, please click here for more info.

If you’re interested in bidding on items, please keep your eyes on https://kaaarfundraiser.wordpress.com/blog/, where the auction will launch this Friday.

If you’re concerned about this ongoing wave of anti-Asian harassment and violence, another thing you can do is sign up for the Bystander Intervention Training sessions this March from Hollaback! and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Click here to find out more and sign up. I did!

Sending big love to everyone. Please do keep watching out for each other and stay safe out there.

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2020.12.04 – VoteRiders event – Text Georgia voters and talk about quarantine comfort food!

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Hey, I’m moderating an incredible panel this Friday for a VoteRiders textbanking event! Help people get the ID they need to vote in Georgia AND hear an all-star AsAm panel talk about comfort food this Friday, 5 pm ET!

With Tamlyn Tomita, Preeti Chhibber, R.O. Kwon, Minh Lê, Andrea Shea, and Alex Shibutani!

It’s gonna be incredibly fun, and it’s for an INCREDIBLY important cause. Sign up today at voteriders.org/text!

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VOTE

We’re down to the last two days of the most important election of our lifetime. If you’re eligible, get out there and vote. That’s it.

Visit vote.org for all the info you need to vote. Visit voteriders.org if you’re not sure what ID you need to vote or have other ID related questions. Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE, the election protection hotline run by the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition, if you need help with the process or encounter obstacles at the polls.

If you can vote early in your state, do it today, Monday. The earlier you vote, the less chance of something going wrong. Bank it!

Otherwise, vote in person on Election Day. If you’ve got an absentee or mail-in ballot that you haven’t returned yet, I absolutely recommend returning it in person because of problems with mail delays and efforts in various states to invalidate mail-in ballots received after Election Day.

A bunch of states have SAME DAY voter registration, meaning if you’re eligible but not registered, you can register at the polls and vote! If you’re in CA, CO, CT, DC, HI, ID, IL, IA, ME, MI, MN, MT, NV, NH, NM, UT, VT, WA, WI, or WY, you can register to vote on ELECTION DAY!

If you’re in MD, you can register to vote during early voting – today, Monday, is that last day for that!

Call your local county clerk to find out the rules in your area and GO VOTE!

If you’re anxious about this election, the greatest advice I can give is to not only vote, but volunteer to help GET OUT THE VOTE. Search online for your favored candidate or party. You’ll find dozens of ways to help in these last two days doing things like phonebanking and textbanking.

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Contribute to comics colorist Pete Pantazis’s GoFundMe and get a FREE signed ACTION COMICS #23.2 comic book!

Comics colorist Pete Pantazis has a hard deadline in about a week to raise enough money to save his home. Please do check out his GoFundMe and contribute if you can. As an added bonus, if you donate $25 or more, I’ll send you a signed copy of ACTION COMICS #23.2, which Pete colored and I wrote! Just send proof of your contribution and your US mailing address to helpinghands at gregpak dot com (apologies — I can’t ship overseas).

I have about 20 copies of the book to give away. This is the second printing, featuring the cool lenticular 3D cover.

Thanks so much for your consideration!

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There but for the grace of God…

I’m guessing most comics freelancers mentally whisper “there but for the grace of God” when they hear about the next emergency and see the next GoFundMe go live for another comics veteran. Because even if you have health insurance, any health crisis can escalate to bankruptcy and disaster, especially if you’re a freelancer without paid sick leave.

So if you have the inclination, please consider donating to these GoFundMes for comics artist Joyce Chin, who recently suffered a brain aneurysm, and Mike Mantlo, who has gone bankrupt while taking care of his brother, comics writer Bill Mantlo.

Thanks so much for your consideration.

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Michael Mantlo needs help to keep caring for his brother Bill, writer of MICRONAUTS and INCREDIBLE HULK — please consider helping out

Bill Mantlo’s MICRONAUTS meant the world to me as a kid and I dedicated my five year HULK run to him in INCREDIBLE HULK #635. Please consider helping his brother out now to help with is care if Bill’s work ever moved you and you have the means.

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VOTE

Please vote like hell this Tuesday.

Visit vote.org for info.

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ComicsBeat on email newsletters with quotes from me & Warren Ellis

A few days ago, I wrote about the precarious state of social media and internet services and how creatives and freelancers might consider revamping their email newsletters in order to maintain contact with readers and fans. That same day, Warren Ellis sent out some similar thoughts in his own email newsletter. And now Heidi MacDonald at ComicsBeat has written about both of those pieces!

Check it out — lots of great food for thought!

And please do sign up for my newsletter, natch!

And you can sign up for Warren Ellis’s legendary newsletter right here.

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Rethinking social media, the internet, and email newsletters for creators in 2018

I’m just old enough that email newsletters made my career possible. And I’m starting to think that they’re going to save us indie creators and freelancers all over again in the coming years.

Back in 2002, when I was taking my feature film Robot Stories around to film festivals, I’d pass around a notebook and collect email addresses from every audience I spoke to. By the end of our festival run, we had no real budget for publicity for our theatrical run, but we had a few thousand email addresses. And that was better than gold. I sent out email newsletters every week, asking our amazing supporters to get their friends in whatever city we were visiting next to come see, come see! And they did!

As the years passed, I sent out fewer and fewer newsletters and spent more and more time on social media. Social media was easier, and let’s be honest — it was more fun. At first it seemed like we were all just goofing around on Twitter, telling ourselves it was good publicity but mostly just cracking jokes. But Twitter proved its enormous value when I started doing Kickstarters. Without Twitter, we’d have been hard pressed to drum up the kind of support we did for Code Monkey Save World, The Princess Who Saved Herself, ABC Disgusting, and Kickstarter Secrets.

But with each passing day, the culture and administration of Twitter seems to get more overwhelmed with negativity and harassment. Something’s going to break. And when it does, where does that leave all of the creatives and freelancers who have put so much of their outreach efforts into the site?
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