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Getting Recovery Help Through Art Therapy

At the foundation of any recovery program is communication. Typically this would mean a lot of talking between the person struggling with an addiction and their therapist. There could be intensive one-on-one conversations as well as group therapy sessions. The success of these sessions depends a lot upon the person doing the talking. It might prove to be a challenge for some folks to open up especially if an addiction has been used to cover up some deep seeded emotional pain.

What happens if the person simply won’t open up? Can sitting in silence help? Perhaps but a more effective approach towards opening up has been found through art therapy. Quite often the simple act of sketching or painting can open up a new line of discussion. Chalk it up to the power of art in its many forms.

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Epic Fail will be at MKomix Comics Fair

I will be exhibiting with Epic Fail at MKomix this Thursday! If you are close to Milton Keynes you should come and check it out. Details at the MKomix website: www.MKomix.blogspot.com

Thursday 19July / 6-9pm / Free

Experience the creatively thriving small-press comic scene at MKomix Comic Fair, in the striking surroundings of MK Gallery’s Pushwagner exhibition.

This is an opportunity to see a wide range of comics representing diverse genres, for all ages, both as displays and some available for sale. Be surprised by the quality of comics, from the handmade to limited editions of just a few hundred.

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Callous Comics Interview – Part 2

The Callous Comics Interview with Carlo Jose San Juan (MD) continues…

Click here if you have yet to read the Callous Comics Interview – Part 1

Q6: How did you first get into making Comics?

A6: I used to spend the long, lonely summer days by drawing comics in empty notebooks. I used to read a lot of Archie books and newspaper funnies and those taught me the basic fundamentals of comic-drawing and story flow. Then one day, on a whim, I applied to be an artist for my high school newspaper and drew comic strips there. That was my first taste of having my work published. I also joined my University’s student paper and started Callous comics in 1996. I brought the series with me to my medical school newspaper and continued Callous there, albeit revamped.

Q7: How do you juggle being a Doctor and a Cartoonist?

Q7: It’s all about time management. I collectively put in around 2-4 hours a day working on the comic. But those hours are squeezed into my daily life as a physician, father, and husband at various times of the day. Pretty much a “do whatever I can whenever I can” state as I wouldn’t know ahead of time when I’d be able to work on the comic. So it was important for me to streamline my process as well as to keep my comic production necessities mobile.

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Epic Fail in Epic Snowball Fight! – Comic Creators for Freedom!

Epic Fail's Amuletts supports Comic Creator's for Freedom

This Wednesday (11th Jan) is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. To participate I joined over 100 other comic creators in creating a fabulous wallpaper based on the theme EPIC SNOWBALL FIGHT! To get it you need to donate to Comic Creator’s For Freedom and the money goes to charities dedicated to the prevention of human trafficking and supporting its victims. Namely these are Love 146 and Gracehaven House. This is a very good cause so please donate and belive me when I say the wallpaper is EPIC and well worth it! If you don’t believe me just look at the preview below. The Donations Drive will last for two weeks, from Monday January 9th – 20th.

Comic Creator's for freedom wallpaper preview
The 'Comic Creator's for Freedom' wallpaper features female characters from all over the web, including Girls with Slingshots, The Dreamland Chronicles, Kukuburi, Earthsong Saga, Looking for Group, Love and Capes, The Dreamer, and tons more including Epic Fail! Donate today to download this unique, once-in-a-lifetime wallpaper.

You may not know it, but there are currently 27 million enslaved people worldwide- 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. Unlike slavery in the past, what is happening today is happening in secret. It won’t end until awareness is raised, and people like you and me take a stand.

To learn more about the CCA visit www.comiccreatorsforfreedom. To learn more about the problem, visit http://love146.org/slavery. (Note: contains adult themes and actual accounts of sex slavery.)

Amuletts of Epic Fail supports comic creators for freedom

Please donate & also feel free to share the content of this post (text, banners, etc) with others 🙂

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Why I think Flattr is awesome for Webcomics

Flattr - Easy donations, tips and micropaymentsSo. Flattr. You are probably wondering “Flat-err-WHAT?!” having never heard of this thing. I only heard about it last week.  It was released in 2010 so it’s relatively new – less than a year old in fact, and still in beta. Nonetheless I am going to use my powers of prediction to foresee Flattr as a success – at least for webcomics!

I have a webcomic (Coo! You don’t say!) and with it terrific fans – in fact I’d go so far as to say the whole webcomics community is terrific. Fans and creators alike want to see the comics they love thrive and are incredibly supportive (and since you’re reading this I’ll take this opportunity to say, a little tearfully, Thanks Guys!) Yet, despite all this, only a small minority will send a donation. Don’t feel guilty – I have never donated myself. Sometimes I’ve hovered over the PayPal button, occassionally clicked, but gone through with it? Never.  Here’s why: