As of Jan 1st, 2011 I will longer be running Friends of Lulu. I will be seeing the 2010 Lulu Awards to completion (including going to Long Beach Comic Con and presenting the awards), but other than that I am no longer promoting Friends of Lulu.
Instead, my energies will be turned towards a new organization called Comics Are For Everyone.
Spinning off of my "Comics Revolution" mailing list, the five goals of Comics Are For Everyone are:
1. Return Comics To The Masses
2. Create Tomorrow's Heroes & Icons
3. Increase Opportunities For Comic Creators
4. Eradicate Sexism/Racism/Homophobia/Ageism in Comics
5. Give Back To The World
Specifically, the organization will:
- oppose discrimination and encourage unity
- educate current and aspiring comics freelancers
- promote the work of young and young-at-heart creators
- reward diversity in comics with both recognition and awards
- lobby for the creation of more new characters instead of the same retreads
- organize comic professionals and fans in the support of charitable enterprises
- spotlight comics in genres other than superheroes: children's, crime, romance, sci-fi, western, etc.
There was not one particular thing that made me decide to leave Friends of Lulu and start Comics Are For Everyone. Just a natural evolution. I respect the very strong opinions some former members have regarding both the function of Friends of Lulu and the issue of women in comics in general. I urge those persons to take up the cause of Friends of Lulu and restore it to whatever version of it was working for them. I am happy to assist those persons in the transition, and they will be personally contacted by me and given a chance to take up the cause before I leave.
My thanks to everybody who has supported both Friends of Lulu and Comics Revolution these last several months. I am very excited about the future, and I feel very good about this decision. If you wish to join the Comics Revolution mailing list, please email me at the sidebar.