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2017-08-23 14:09
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ngoziu:The super-talented Hamlet-Machine created some wonderful Check, Please! art over on Twitter!...
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Thanks to everyone who made their way to Flame Con 2017! Every reader I met was incredibly enthusiastic and positive, and as always, it’s an honor. Talking to you guys in person is my favorite part of conventions. A reader requested a sketch of Parse in their copy of Check, Please: Year Two so there you go! Parse says “thanks!”

My next conventions are STAPLE in Austin, TX Sept 9th & 10th and SPX in Bethesda, MD Sept 16th & 17th!

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Tables 20 & 21
August 19th & 20th, Sat & Sun

Hey, y'all! Check, Please will be at Flame Con in Brooklyn, NY this weekend at Tables 20 & 21! Doors open at noon each day and you should totally drop by to grab awesome merch!  Not only will I have Check Please: Year One & Year Two, I’ll have Huddles!, keychains, sticker sheets, posters, SMH patches and pie pins!

Flame Con is New York City’s Queer Comic Con and features creators and celebrities from ALL over LGBTQ geek fandom. If you didn’t know Sunday is YOUTH DAY and all attendees under 21 attend Flame Con for FREE. (Woot woot ALL AGES!) So even more reason to stop by! 

(★Reblogs help spread the word!) See y’all there!

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In advocacy/activist space, we’ve gotten really good at noticing and naming oppression. We’ve gotten really good at criticizing the things that people are doing wrong, and demanding change. We’re also good at noticing organizations and people who shouldn’t be supported, and explaining why people shouldn’t support them.

This is important — and it’s not enough. We need to be equally good at noticing and naming things that *are* worth supporting. We need to be equally good at noticing what people are doing well, describing why their approach is good, and finding ways to support it. Calling out isn’t enough. We need to seek out things to lift up.

When we focus exclusively on finding things to call out, we send the implicit message that nothing good anyone is doing is worthy of our attention. But none of the work of building a better world happens by itself. It depends on the people who are putting the effort into doing the work. When we ignore the value of the work people are doing, we both harm those people and the work itself.

The work is hard, exhausting, and vital. It’s also often thankless — because we’re not acknowledging it in the way we need to be. Often, doing activism and advocacy means signing up for a life of being paid less than a living wage (or volunteering your very limited time), having your work ignored, and being noticed by your community only when people are angry at you.

This is particularly common when the work is done by marginalized people. Our culture socializes us to ignore the work that women and other marginalized groups do, except when we find reason to criticize it. This dynamic carries over into activism/advocacy spaces. It’s just as toxic when we do it as when corporations do it.

There’s nothing inevitable about this. We can make it stop. We can pay attention to the work people are doing, and we can show respect to the people doing it. We can describe the worthwhile things people are doing, and talk about why they should be valued. We can seek out ways to support what people are doing, whether that means donating, signal boosting, going out and voting, connecting people to each other, or any number of other things. By getting just as good at support as we are at call outs, we can make the world much better.


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