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Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Comic Creators Alliance launches 2011 Fund Raiser against Human Trafficking
We don't often cover US-based comics events, but this campaign goes beyond borders. The US-based Comic Creators Alliance has announced that their second annual fund-raising drive to raise funds to fight against human trafficking goes live today, 11th January 2011 - and donations will gain the donor a smashing piece of art featuring contributions from over 100 comic artists.
Lora Innes, a comic creator herself, started the yearly drive to coincide with America's National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in 2010. Last year's drive raised a staggering $10,000 (£6420) and had over 87 artists working together on a special downloadable image just for the event. This year the drive has 110 of the best and brightest artists collaborating to create the 2011 image.
Unlike last year, the image will be available in a print form as well as a digital download.
One of the most unique points of this year's drive is the number of print artists who joined the strong web comic contingent from the previous year. All of the artists included in the drive are amazing and some of the fan favorites are: Scott Sava (The Dreamland Chronicles), Adam Hughes (Star Wars, Wonder Woman), Sarah Ellerton (Inverloch), Bryan Glass & Victor Santos (Mice Templar), Beau Smith (Wynonna Earp: The Yeti Wars), Billy Tucci (Shi), Mookie (Dominic Deegan), Crystal Yates (Earthsong),Thom Zahler (Love and Capes), and Alison Action (Bear Nuts). The complete list of participants is at http://comicalliance.weebly.com/the-people.html.
Lora started the yearly drive after being particularly moved at a seminar on the issue. “There are currently 27 million enslaved people worldwide," she notes, "more than double the number of enslaved Africans during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children every year are sold into slavery, most of it sexual. The US Department of Justice estimates 16,000 victims of human trafficking are brought into the United States every year.
"With this many people being affected, I just couldn’t sit there and not do something.”