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Wednesday, April 20, 2022 

IDW editor launches campaign for Ukraine

Forbes reported about a project launched by an IDW editor for benefitting Ukraine, after the horrific attack Russia under Vladimir Putin launched on them:
Like many people over the last few months, Scott Dunbier watched the scenes unfolding in the aftermath of Russia’s assault on Ukraine with horror, wishing there was something he could do to help the civilians and refugees whose lives have been upended by war. Eventually, he found Operation USA, a highly-rated non-profit undertaking an emergency relief effort on behalf of Ukrainians who have fled to neighboring countries. And he didn’t just open his wallet. Dunbier, a respected senior editor at IDW Publishing, opened his rolodex of contacts with many of today’s top comics creators, with the goal of creating an anthology book whose full proceeds would benefit the organization.

Today Dunbier and more than three dozen comic book writers and artists announced the launch of the new project, Comics for Ukraine: Sunflower Seeds, a 96-page full color collection of new stories and art, available to supporters of a crowdfunding campaign going live today on the Zoop platform.

“The comic-book community is full of good and caring people who have stepped up to say, ‘I stand with Ukraine,’ and to contribute to this book,” said Dunbier.
Depending how you view this, that is amazing to hear people actually care about Ukraine. Which includes the following:
According to the announcement, Comics for Ukraine: Sunflower Seeds features “an incredible roster of comics talent united under the mission of providing relief to the war-torn Ukraine, which has suffered attacks from neighboring Russia since late February. There will be multiple versions available, a hardcover with a painted cover by Alex Ross, and softcover versions by Arthur Adams, Dave Johnson, and Bill Sienkiewicz. At press time, stories will be created by a virtual who’s who of writers and artists, including Brent Anderson, Sergio Aragones, June Brigman, Kurt Busiek, Howard Chaykin, Joshua Dysart, Mark Evanier, Emil Ferris, Dave Gibbons, Rob Guillory, John Layman, Gabriel Rodriguez, Stan Sakai, Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, Chris Sprouse, Jill Thompson, Matt Wagner, Mark Waid, and more. For a full list of creators, including colorists, letterers, and designers, please visit the campaign page.”
What makes this really surprising is that some of these are the same people who turn a deaf ear and blind eye to the threat of Islamofascism in both Europe and middle eastern countries. Busiek's one example, and one can only wonder how he feels about the Taliban's barbarism towards women in Afghanistan. And how he feels about Biden and the Democrats abandoning the country in such a disastrous manner that enabled the Taliban to take over again. Waid's also acted as an apologist for Islam in the past decade, so of course, one can only wonder what his position is on such issues today as well. Many of these writers cited do have European ancestry, which could explain why they seem worried about Ukraine, but even so, how can one expect to convey their positions well if they don't have any serious worries about the situation in Islamic countries too?

Chaykin, however, made a most interesting statement a year ago for somebody who's a leftist, even as he seems to continue deeming those considered right-wing just as bad:
And, as a Jew, I feel like the odd man out, hated by both left and right, Islam and Christianity. I remain deeply uncomfortable with the fact that one of the prime movers of the Women's march is an Islamic woman with a deep antipathy to Jews, masked by that old leftwing canard, anti-Zionism.
As much as Chaykin seems determined to resort to moral equivalence between sides, it's certainly amazing he's willing to admit, albeit indirectly, that Linda Sarsour is a bad lot, and the Women's March was just as bad themselves, so no wonder they'd overlook Sarsour's repellent standings.

I think Dunbier's pro-Ukranian project is for a good cause, but if comics contributors are only going to pursue subjects considered "safe" or within boundaries of political correctness, then they're not accomplishing as much as they think they are. European communism and its tyrannies won't be put to an end properly if similar concerns aren't raised about Islamofascism, whether in Europe, Asia, or even in the American continent itself. Why, have these publishers ever offered to work with 9-11 Families to develop comic book bios about the history of Islamic terrorism, and how it destroyed thousands of lives over 2 decades ago along with the World Trade Center? If they've never done that, then their tribute to Ukraine is still insufficient for dealing with the damage totalitarian ideologies can wreck upon the globe. One can only wonder what Dunbier would say if asked if he has any interest in working with 9-11 Families, Israelis, Europeans and even apostates from Islam on a project about the subject. If he refused anything to do with such issues by sharp contrast, that'd sadly be telling something.

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