Have you been feeling powerless in the current political climate? With issues like the migrant crisis, Brexit, and Trump in the White House causing ever more division and fear, it's easy to feel like you can't do anything. Now Draw The Line shows you that anyone can make a difference, with small, easy to achieve actions that anyone can take, each beautifully illustrated by one of 114 comic artists.
While the world's leaders and mainstream media talk of what divides us, Draw The Line sees artists from many different countries coming together with a single aim: to give you the information you need to make the world a better place. Illustrators from the US, Australia, Finland, every corner of the UK, Canada and Argentina provided images which are backed up with resources and data to help you explore more.
With contributions from whole host of creators such as Karrie Fransman, Hannah Berry, Steven Appleby, Lucy Knisely, Danny Noble and many more, Draw the Line brings together some of the most exciting voices in comics today, all working to find a way to make a difference. From simple actions that cost nothing, like signing a petition, to ambitious ones like running a march -- or even standing for election -- Draw The Line shows you how to get your voice heard in tough political times.
Many of them can be done on the cheap or for no money at all. Some are suitable for kids. They all have something in common: they are non-partisan steps that any citizen can take when they don't like the way the direction that politics is moving in.
Right now, we happen to be in a time when more right-wing politics have taken the front seat – but one of the driving principles behind this project has been that even if the reverse were true it would still provide a decent toolset for tackling injustice within society.
All pledgers will receive a copy of the book (digital download or physical hardback) made to Unbound's high specifications – a 144 page hardback in full-colour. To commemorate your pledge and provide a really special reminder of your contribution, your name will be included at the back of the book.
But that's not all: there's also the opportunity to get your hands on some truly unique pledge rewards, including your choice of prints from the book's illustrations, the chance to commission a bespoke image from one of many Draw The Line artists, and some very special one-off original artwork (when it's gone it's gone!).
Or tap into the Draw The Line artists' talent and enthusiasm -- bring them to your local artists' society, social club or college -- or just a gathering of friends -- for a presentation or hands-on art workshop. Pick from a series of topics with artists situated around the world, including Woodrow Phoenix, Jo Harrison, Victor Szepessy, Rachael Ball, Emily Haworth Booth, Sally Kindberg, Richy K. Chandler (all London); Karen Rubins (Enfiedl); Penny Sharp (Glasgow); Zara Slattery, Myfanwy Tristram (Brighton); Al Davison (Coventry); Una (Leeds); David Blumenstein (Australia), Rosa Devine (Ireland); Ally Shwed (New Jersey, USA); and Apila Pepita (Finland).
As you'll know if you follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, we've been posting an image a day from the Draw The Line project. Today's is from Joe Decie, and celebrates 'neighbourhood sharing' schemes. Typically for Joe, it takes a slightly sideways view.
If you're not familiar with Joe's work already, then boy do you have a treat waiting for you - you can flip through stacks of his comics…
Thank you so much to everyone who's already pledged for the Draw The Line book and got us off to a really good start! Over the next few weeks, while we continue to crowdfund, we'll be adding a few more reward options such as original artwork from more of the Draw The Line artists. Don't worry if something pops up that you wish you'd known about before you pledged - you can change pledges at any time…
These people are helping to fund Draw the Line.