It’s not often we get to review comics that can directly help a group of people, let alone a group as big and diverse as what is covered in this book. In the new anthology “Mine!” readers can know they have contributed to the survival of an organization that needs all the support it can get, while reading over 300 pages of stories made by a who’s who of comic creators.
The star-studded “Mine! A Celebration of Liberty and Freedom For All Benefitting Planned Parenthood” anthology was assembled by Molly Jackson and Joe Corallo (who both led a strong Kickstarter campaign to help make the book happen), and features a lengthy list of diverse creators that would take too long to list. Just to name drop a few, the book includes contributions from Neil Gaiman, Gail Simone, Gabby Rivera, Phil Foglio, Mara Wilson, Brian Azzarello, Amber Benson, Cliff Chiang, Magdalene Visaggio, Trina Robbins, Louise Simonson, Ann Nocenti, Tini Howard, Dean Haspiel, Lar De Souza, Denny O’Neil, and so many more.
With hundreds of pages of stories, it’s hard to nail down a handful to talk about. Some of my favorites included “Styx” by Caitlin R. Kiernan and Liana Buszka, “Standing Tall is Always in Fashion” by B. Kesel and Fleecs, “The Bride” By Mindy Newell and Andrea Shockling, “Lessons” by Sammi Chan (male readers, if you learn anything from this book it will probably be from this one), and a space odyssey story from the feline crew of “Captain Ginger” by Stuart Moore and June Brigman. They all range from deeply personal and moving (and sometimes funny) autobiographical tales, to biographies of famous powerful women, to stories of superheroes dealing with realistic consequences in a far too-realistic world. They can be educational, funny, grim, and touching, and each one is a testament to the importance of a place like Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood is often portrayed as a den of abortion and nothing more, and many of the stories in the anthology address and correct that misinformation. While the most staunch conservative will see this book as liberal propaganda, there is a lot to be learned in the pages of this book, and that is what makes the language of comics so powerful. It’s an anthology to support all of the people that use PP, like everyday women going for check-ups, LGBTQ folks looking for a safe place to get information, and the survivors of horrific assaults that pick PP to use because they feel more secure there than somewhere else. “Mine!” shows the power of choice, the power of having a voice, and the power of feeling safe in an unsafe world. This anthology gives these ideas a place to be seen and heard, giving them life and hopefully teaching some people what a world without not just Planned Parenthood, but the power of choice, would be like.
Most importantly, all of the profits made from sales of the book is going to Planned Parenthood. It’s like you get to do charity work and read comics, so it’s win-win!
“Mine!: A celebration of liberty and freedom for all benefitting Planned Parenthood” is available on Amazon, Comixology, and sold in comic stores near you.