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Comic Creators Unite for a Good Cause and a Good Book – “Mine!” Review

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.

Planned Parenthood and ComicMix team up for “Mine!”, a comics collection fundraiser

ComicMix Editor-in-Chief Mike Gold today announced the forthcoming publication of a graphic novel of original short stories to celebrate the important work of Planned Parenthood. The volume, to be edited by Joe Corallo and Molly Jackson, will be published this fall in celebration of over 100 years of Planned Parenthood.

Mine! will feature the work of Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Sandman), Gail Simone (Wonder Woman), Yona Harvey (Black Panther), Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance, Umbrella Academy), Gabby Rivera (America), Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Witches of Echo Park), Mara Wilson (Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame), Mags Visaggio (Kim & Kim), Andrew Aydin (March), Frank Conniff (Mystery Science Theater 3000), Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10), Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat!), John Ostrander (Suicide Squad), and Jill Thompson (Wonder Woman), among many other top comics creators.

Project Co-Editor Molly Jackson said, “Planned Parenthood is a vital resource for women and men from all walks of life, providing needed health care and support to millions of people all over the world. We are proud to do whatever we can to bring attention to their amazing work.”

Co-Editor Joe Corallo said, “The comics community is built on freelance labor that relies on the kind of access to healthcare that Planned Parenthood provides. We’re thrilled to see such a diverse group of people in the comics community coming together to support this essential cause.”

A Kickstarter campaign to help finance printing and distribution costs has just launched, which you can check out at this link here. Mine! will be available in bookstores, comic book shops, and electronically all over the world.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 600 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.

ComicMix, LLC publishes a line of graphic novels by some of the best new and established talent in the industry. ComicMix Pro Services works with creators to produce, publish and market their work in a highly competitive marketplace. In addition, ComicMix runs one of the Internet’s most popular comics- oriented pop culture opinion and news sites.

Gail Simone and Cat Staggs launch new series in June, “Crosswind”

Image Comics is thrilled to announce CROSSWIND, the brand-new ongoing thriller from fan-favorites Gail Simone (Red Sonja, Secret Six) and Cat Staggs (Wonder Woman ‘77, Smallville Season 11), arriving in stores this June.

A slick and ruthless Chicago hitman.

A smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife.

When an inexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, and lives are switched—to potentially deadly effect.

“This is possibly the most thrilling project of my career, and Cat Staggs brought her best stomping boots to the game; she’s absolutely killing it,” said Simone. “There’s nothing else quite like it. It smells of gunpowder, nitro, and one-hour hotel rooms. It’s wrong and messed up, and we hope people love it as much as we do.”

“I am thrilled to be working with the incomparable Gail Simone in a genre that is close to my heart,” said Staggs. “The challenge of bringing these characters to life and developing their world has made this project something I’m proud of. Readers are in for a wild ride.”

CROSSWIND #1 (Diamond code: APR170674) hits comic book stores Wednesday, June 21st. Final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 29th.