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January 30, 2017

Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* a sign of the times: if you look at your favorite cartoonists on Facebook and Twitter, there's a chance they will be offering art or something similar in return for a donation to a political organization of some sort. That's a good chance to give to help make better a world in crisis, and a chance to support the artists doing something they feel is important. Many constrict the activities of this type to the weekend, but others don't, and it looks like there will be more than a few weekends to come where politics and our social compact are front of mind.

* the Chicago comics community is one of the deepest and richest talent-wise, so I was interested enough in this anthology to bookmark it so I can read more about it later on. That's a modest ask, too.

* it's always worth going back after the holidays and figuring out for yourself which comics-related gofundme campaigns suggest a significant level of need.

* I'll cover the story of the publications themselves in the assembled column more closely, but it's worth noting that it looks like this oncoming wave of newsletter initiatives are using Patreon or something similar.

* finally, this project connected to works by the musician Lana Del Rey seems close to reaching its initial ask. There was a time when projects related to mainstream pop culture were looked at askance by some as perhaps not needing an alternate funding path. I don't see people expressing that view any longer, although I'm sure some form of it is out there somewhere.
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