YOU ARE NOT ALONE

The events of December 14, when 26 innocent people (including 20 children) lost their lives, have affected many people. I know it’s touched me in a profound way. My fellow editors have felt the same and after much discussion we agreed that something had to be done.

What good is having the ability to reach people with our stories if we can’t put that to use in a beneficial way?

It goes beyond the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School. It goes beyond the victims of Aurora. This is not about gun violence or gun control. This is not a political statement. This is a statement of being good to your fellow man.

This is about Brandon Elizares, a 14 year old boy who took his own life after being bullied for coming out to his friends and classmates.

This is about Victoria Gray’s African American son who was tied to a locker at his High School as classmates taunted him with cheers of ‘slave for sale’

This is about the 11 year old developmentally challenged child who was held down on a kitchen table by four adults who took turns beating him.

This is about the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s abuse and others like him.

This is about the children who are ridiculed or worse because of the color of their skin. Their sexual orientation. Their mental capacity. Their weight. Their interests.

This is about the children who no longer feel safe going to the movies or to school.

This is about the millions of kids who suffer abuse and suffer in silence thinking that no one cares.

This project is designed to show that we hear you. People care. WE CARE. And what they can do to get help.

GrayHaven Comics will be publishing YOU ARE NOT ALONE a very special anthology one shot featuring stories inspired but not based on real life events like the ones mentioned above. With this book we hope to give people the means to get help and know what to do should they ever witness or face such situations themselves. The book will be produced by our editors and distributed by us for FREE in order to get the message out to as many people who could benefit from it as possible. Along with print volumes we will also offer a free digital version of the book for those that prefer their reading on handhelds. A donation button will be placed on the site for anyone who wants to contribute any amount (be it a dollar or ten) and those funds will go to the charities established for the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Updated: The Kickstart to help support the book- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1429812861/you-are-not-alone-1

Interested artists can contact me directly at gatheringanthology@hotmail.com

8 Responses to YOU ARE NOT ALONE

  1. Jim ORiley December 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Hello all
    I am very interested in helping out on this project…..please let me know where i can help

    Thanks
    Jim

  2. AndrewG December 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Thanks Jim. I’ll have more information on this soon. I just wanted to get some word out as quickly as possibly. Don’t want to rush the project but I don’t want to sit on it too long either

  3. Aaron Lanton December 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Hi gentlemen and ladies,

    Just wanted to say this is an exceptional idea. I learned about this project from Gail Simone’s tweets on Christmas Day. Thank you for thinking of a way to reach out.

    A fan,

    Aaron

  4. AndrewG December 26, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    We appreciate it, Aaron. Should have some more details for people in another week or two. Interest is high and reaction positive. We hope we can make a difference.

  5. Said Atala December 26, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    I want to help!

  6. AndrewG December 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Got your email, Said. We’ll be in touch soon.

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