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    Andrew Gloletz writes;

    As a response not only to the tragic events in Newtown, CT but for the dangers that many children unfortunately face every day of their lives from racism to homophobia to body issues, The GrayHaven Comics team has decided to produce a Free Comic Book that can be used as a guide to possibly help those in need.

    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.

    We will be taking open submissions for these topics but room will be limited and stories will be capped at 4 pages in length and editorial will guide writers and artists to make sure the material fits the criteria and is suitable for younger readers who we hope to reach with these stories. Interested writers and artists can contact me directly at gatheringanthology@hotmail.com

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    Excellent initiative!

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    Applause.

    That is all.

    No, that is not all. Well done. Thank you, in the face of intolerance, for standing up.

    Now applause.

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    This makes me smile. So many kids go through life feeling alone and like they have no recourse when people treat them horribly, because of mental illness, disability, or any other difference folks can come up with.
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    I'd love to contribute to this project. And I know a thing or two about discrimination growing up in racist and homophobic city...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thekeith82 View Post
    Applause.

    That is all.

    No, that is not all. Well done. Thank you, in the face of intolerance, for standing up.

    Now applause.
    Thanks. This is something that's been in the back of my mind for awhile but recent events have caused me to push it to the forefront.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rootfireember View Post
    This makes me smile. So many kids go through life feeling alone and like they have no recourse when people treat them horribly, because of mental illness, disability, or any other difference folks can come up with.
    That's exactly why we want to do it. If we can help just one person find a way through their troubles or offer positive suggestions in any way then it'll be worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arion View Post
    I'd love to contribute to this project. And I know a thing or two about discrimination growing up in racist and homophobic city...
    I'll soon have more detailed info up on the site. For now, anyone who has any specific questions can shoot me a direct email.

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    As a comic artist, I felt very helpless and useless when the news of the shooting started cominc. I feel helpless and useless whenever I read that someone gets abused, bullied or degraded in any way. I felt helpless and useless when it happened to me in my teenage years.

    Mr. Gloletz, I want to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saidestroyer View Post
    As a comic artist, I felt very helpless and useless when the news of the shooting started cominc. I feel helpless and useless whenever I read that someone gets abused, bullied or degraded in any way. I felt helpless and useless when it happened to me in my teenage years.

    Mr. Gloletz, I want to help.
    Hi Said,

    Had the same feelings as you. As a dad...hell, as a human being you can't help but feel like your heart is ripping out when stories like this unfold. And like you said it goes beyond just shootings or acts of violence. There's so much more to it than that and I want to be able to use the resources we have and put something out that can maybe, hopefully, help kids or anyone who feels useless and helpless.

    And I did get your email. We'll be reaching out to people who contacted us soon. It's just been a crazy week. Thank you!
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