Draw the Line

By Myfanwy Tristram

Over 100 comic artists present positive political actions anyone can take

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Let's speed things up a bit

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. I'm putting a few of the images at the foot of this update to give you a reminder of what's in store.

I've been having a bit of a break from promoting the crowdfunder, but I'm back now and determined to get it to print. Apologies to those of you who were early pledgers - I know it's taken longer than expected.

If you'd like to help us speed the funding process up a bit, there are a few ways that you can help:

  • Do you know of any podcasts, journalists or radio shows who might interview me, or one of the other Draw The Line artists, about the project? If so, please email drawthelinecomics@gmail.com with your suggestion... or even better, introduce us by tweet! We're @drawlinecomics on Twitter. We have artists across the UK and in many other countries, so your suggestions can be global.
  • On a similar note, if you happen to know of a PR agency who might send out our press release pro bono, that'd be great. We have a tweet you can tag them in, for minimum effort.
  • Would you email a friend or two about the project? We know this one is a lot to ask, but we're assured that personal reccomendations are the most effective... and that email works best, for some reason. If you feel up to sharing the link to our funding page you will really be helping.
  • Or perhaps you know (or simply follow) a minor celebrity who might just amplify our message with a quick retweet. We've had fun in the Draw The Line group thinking of celebs who would fit the bill: someone who's not too inundated with requests every day (so no Kanye West or Hillary Clintons) and maybe someone who likes comics and feels strongly about politics (that narrows it down a bit).

Thanks so much for any extra leverage you can give us as we try to spread the word further than our own social networks! I've been busy sending out press releases and approaching podcasts myself, so I'll let you know if any of those advances bear fruit.

Myf

SHOP LOCAL

Using local businesses is one of the most pleasant political actions there is.

You get your goods (often with exemplary customer service) *and* the warm glow of satisfaction that comes from knowing that your money is going directly into the local community.

Links to find out more: https://drawthelinecomics.com/next-steps/#shoplocal

Image by Lucy Knisley

START A COLLECTION

Consult the websites of migrant aid charities and food banks to see what kind of food is needed — usually dried or tinned goods.

Then ask your neighbours to help you collect them. Allocating one type of food to each street in your neighbourhood can be good — and then the competitive instinct kicks in as you see which street can come up with the most.

Links to find out more: https://drawthelinecomics.com/next-steps/#collection

Image by Fumio Obata

LEAVE A DEPOSIT

Shop dropping is the opposite of shop-lifting: instead of taking from a store, you leave something.

Slip a note into a jacket pocket, pin a badge onto a lapel, or leave a drawing between the pages of a book: a political message for a future shopper to find.

Works particularly well for spreading the word on issues like sweatshop conditions, the living wage, and undesirable business connections.

Links to find out more: https://drawthelinecomics.com/next-steps/#deposit

Image by Kate Charlesworth

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