Featuring all-new stories from Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!), Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), Jody Houser (Orphan Black), Marguerite Sauvage (Thor), Marc Andreyko (Batwoman), Sina Grace (Li’l Depressed Boy), Chris Roberson & Dennis Culver (Edison Rex), Adam P. Knave (Amelia Cole), Jed Dougherty (World’s Finest), and MANY more!
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Everyone has a place they belong. It could be a book club, a sports team, an online gaming group, the department store where you work, the punk rock scene, a knitting circle, a bowling league. It’s a place where you are surrounded by like-minded people united by a mutual love of something. It can take us a while to find that community, but there is always a place for us. For everyone that contributed to RISE, that place is comics.
For a medium most popular for its superheroes—a genre that encompasses moral and ethical ideals and striving to help your fellow man—it’s shocking how often those ideals are challenged within our own community. With that in mind, we took it upon ourselves to create this series as a reminder why this medium is so important to us: because it unites us and shows us that, yes, we can be better. That we can do more—that we can be more—no matter what obstacles may come across our paths.
Some of the stories in these pages are autobiographical, some are fantastical. Some are funny, some are sad. But what they all have in common is triumph. Triumph over bullies, triumph over naysayers, triumph over self-doubt. These kinds of stories are important for people of all ages; they remind us that we are better than we often think. That we can achieve amazing and wonderful things and we can do so by being ourselves and being proud of who we are.
If these stories touched you in some way, thank you! Thank you for reading. You’re why we’ve put this project together.
We’d also like to extend a special thanks to the following organizations for helping to distribute RISE. We encourage you to support them in any way you can.
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