Over 100 comic artists present positive political actions anyone can take
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.
All creator profits go to the charity Help Refugees
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!).
To view the full list of all the artists who are offering workshops and talks as pledge levels, click here.
To view the full collection of artwork on offer, click here.
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).
Comic drawing workshops are go!
Tuesday, 11 June 2019
One of the Draw The Line pledge levels ('artist workshop') gets you not just five first editions of the book, but a real live, breathing comic artist to come and show you and your friends (or club or school or whatever) the skills you need to make your own work.
See you in Bristol?
Thursday, 11 April 2019
I am continuing to spread the word about Draw The Line and thanks to a fortuitous bit of timing around a work trip, the next talk I give will be in Bristol, as part of the regular Laydeez Do Comics meet-up, on May 9 from 6.30-8.30pm.
They've very kindly given me a slot in with the speakers they'd already arranged, who look really interesting. You can bag a free ticket at Eventbrite…
A flurry of activity for Draw The Line
Friday, 8 February 2019
Hello to pledgers old and new.
We've had some excellent opportunities to speak about Draw The Line recently, so now you can choose how you'd prefer to enjoy your updates - in print, on air or in person!
Firstly, you can listen to this week's episode of Panel Borders which broadcast on Resonance FM and is now available in podcast form, titled Comics Activism. It's split into two parts…
Let's speed things up a bit
Tuesday, 11 December 2018
Hello everyone, and a particularly big welcome/thank you to our newest Draw The Line pledgers! I'm so glad you found your way here, and felt that the project was worth backing.
Just to remind you all of why you pledged, Draw The Line is a toolkit for anyone feeling powerless in the current political climate. It offers more than 100 ideas for making change, and they're all illustrated by comic artists…
Catch us at the Lakes Festival
Sunday, 23 September 2018
As you'll have seen if you've visited the Unbound page recently, we're still corwdfunding slowly but steadily and we currently stand at 29% funded.
We're hoping to get the word spread a lot further next month though, because a load of the Draw The Line artists will be at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal, UK on October 13 and 14.
Not through any prior organisation…
Welcome new backers! Please let us know what made you pledge
Sunday, 19 August 2018
Hi everyone, and a particularly enthusiastic hello to everyone who's pledged in the last couple of months. It's great to have your support and to know that we're that bit nearer to our target of getting the Draw The Line book into your hands.
We so want to get these fabulous comics with their ideas for positive political action out into the world -- and if you have a moment, there are a couple…
Which Draw The Line artists are offering bespoke commissions?
Monday, 18 June 2018
We're a fifth of the way there! Thanks so much to everyone who's pledged so far, and an especially big thank you if you've also helped spread the word about the project. Personal recommendations really do bring more people on board.
A very short update this time, but an important one - just to say that you can now see a list of all the artists offering bespoke commissions on one handy page.…
More detail on the Draw The Line pledge rewards
Thursday, 7 June 2018
Many thanks to those who have pledged since the last update. It's very exciting to see the total creeping up!
I wanted to lay out a bit more detail about the pledge rewards. We're fortunate, with multi-artist project, to be able to offer so many and diverse rewards, but the downside of that is... how do you convey the huge multiplicity of options?! Well here's an attempt to do just that.…
Original artwork rewards
Monday, 21 May 2018
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…
Where Draw The Line's profits are going
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
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.