contributors

At long last, after carefully sifting through 220 incredible pitches, we are happy to announce the list of contributors chosen from the Beyond Anthology’s open call for submissions!

In alphabetical order (and in their creative teams) we are pleased to welcome:

A. Stiffler / K. CopelandAlison Wilgus / Anissa Espinosa •  Bevan Thomas / Chenoa GaoDave C MahlerRachel Dukes / Gabby ReedJon CairnsKori MicheleKristina StipeticLeia Weathington / Lin Visel •  Niki SmithReed BlackSavannah Horrocks / April J Martins • Shing Yin Khor • Taneka Stotts / Christianne GoudreauWm Brian MacLean

To the pages of Beyond!  


Congratulations to all our creative teams, and thank you once again to everyone who sent us pitches.  We were blown away by the response we received, and enjoyed every story we read. Narrowing things down to make our final selections was one of the most difficult tasks either of us has ever had to do.

Now it’s onward and upward- stay tuned for more exciting news from Beyond, coming soon!

alivewithunderstanding asked:

Hi! Is there a recommended word count for contributor applications? I don't want to take up too much of your time - I'm just so excited!!

We don’t have a specific word count that you have to meet / not exceed. Cover letters are typically around one page (or less); use your best judgment when writing. We would recommend being succinct without having to sacrifice details or clarity, using a thesaurus, and asking someone you trust to help you edit.

We want to see who you are and all that excitement come through! We believe in you :)

Please know that you (and all you other Smarties reading this) can always send us questions! We’re here for you!!

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#ElsannaSleepover contributors masterlist

I’ve been collecting names all week! Here’s the deal: Make new friends, and have fun!! Go meet new writers/artists and request stuff! I’m encouraging everyone to do a sleepover kickoff post of their own (or to reblog mine) so that we know they’re open for requests/whatever is going on. I’ll reblog this intermittently throughout the evening. Send me an ask to be added.

alphaskag1 - Musician. Will be doing live music stuff/Frozen covers/beatboxing over his tinychat. Go sing together.

asksillysisters -  Artist. Will be doing doodle requests and rolling his face on the keyboard.

attackonhans - Writer. Taking requests, maybe doing frozen covers.

bitetheice - Artist. Will be drunk and delivering any sexy drawings your soul requires.

captain-princess-sparklefingers - Writer. Doing drabble requests. Might be RPing.

elsannaheadcanons - Probably drinking. Accepting everyone’s drunk headcanons.

elsannaishellagay - Artist. Taking sketch requests of “literally anything”.

elsas-snowflakes - Doing dramatic readings and RPs.

emirael - Writer. Sleepover organizer. Taking drabble requests starting Saturday afternoon through the evening. Will likely become drunk drabble requests as time goes on. Possibly live-writing smut.

everberation - Artist. Wants you to make them draw things.

exixiii - Writer. Taking drabble requests.

fyeahkristelsanna - Hosting a Weirdest Headcanons and Kinkiest Headcanons competition in his ask. Willing to do mini-fanmixes based off fics. Will be running a CAH game.

glucklichavecwatching - Taking requests maybe.

ggungabyfish - Writer. Taking drabble requests

herfrozenfjord - Writer. Taking SFW drabble requests. Writing and accepting headcanons. Willing to live-write if requested.

ice-olatedkingdom - Artist. Bringing alcohol, drawing skills, headcanons, and general ridiculousness.

istalir - Writer. Taking drabble requests. ALSO willing to translate random Norwegian for you. Can write legit Norwegian Elsa (perf).

killingmesoftlywiththesesongs - Writer. Taking drabble requests.

like-all-good-lions - Writer. Will be drunk, drunkblogging, and drunk writing.

mariachilds - Writer. Doing drabble requests.

michiyoyumi - Writer. Taking drabble requests. Send one word/song lyric/whatever prompts

mommagranate - Voice Actor! Will likely be on tinychat. Willing to voice act a parody or a fic on request.

muslipepito - Artist/Writer. Doing drabbles, sketchs,and stupid things that involve the act of drawing.

nhisaysrawr - Writer. Taking drabble requests.

nopuedobro - Artist. Taking random and crazy sketch requests. (ex. Elsa riding a cyborg unicorn over a giant castle of pancakes)

obsessingoverfrozen - Writer. Taking drabble requests.

patronustrip - Artist. Livestreaming at 4:00pm EDT.

purrpickle - Writer. Taking drabble requests (anything within Kristelsanna umbrella). In the Pacific time zone.

rustythedragon - Writer/Artist. Taking drabble requests, maybe sketches. Might be a little late.

shippinglehane - Writer. Taking writing prompts FO SHO. Hella pumped.

smut-4-life - Writer. Taking drabble requests: fluff and smut.

spacerib - Artist. Taking sketch requests. Small possibility of being stoned.

stuffiliketothinkof - Writer. Probably drinking. Taking drabble requests, fills under 100 words.

thecaptains-cabin - Writer. Not the fastest writer but happy to take requests.

thecolneverbotheredmeanyway - Writer. Taking drabble requests.

theincestisreal - Writer. Taking drabble requests.

uber-writing - Writer. Taking drabble requests. WIll be on later than most, probably.

1993nicole - Writer. Taking prompts.

23deecy - Reader. Will be drinking. Will read any Elsanna fic/drabble on request, quote a favorite line from it, and review it. Will be posting drunk lines.

50shadesofelsanna - Writer. Taking drabble requests. Hosting some CAH games :)

So we got our selves a shiny *Donate* button, right over there »> in the side bar, exciting. 

Also above ^^^ Art from the up-coming Hallo-zine by Contributor Talia! Remember we’re having a party @ Mana Bar on the 3rd of Nov!

Join us in welcoming a new contributer to Bisexual Books!

First we want to than everyone who reblogged our call for new contributors to join here at Bisexual Books!  We had a great crop of people and we’ve chosen to bring two new people onto the team.  

Next up, welcome Connor! 

Connor Smith is a pocket-sized Southern trans guy currently working on his undergraduate degree in English with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. One day, he plans to become a librarian or English professor (he hasn’t quite worked that out yet). When he’s not reading, he is probably unironically watching tv shows aimed at middle school-aged girls, playing Pokemon, or wandering around taking pictures of cute plants. His personal tumblr is smallplantboy.tumblr.com

A Call For Writers

Our primary New Year’s resolution at Hey, You Should Watch This Movie (& TV Show) is to professionalize the joint a bit. This blog grew leaps and bounds in 2013 and we really were sort of caught of guard by it. We went from a quaint blog between two friends to something far more explosive.

So that’s where you come in. We’re working on editorial schedules and being more consistent about our output here, but we need a few dedicated writers to help us with that. 

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

Readreel has close to 90,000 followers on Tumblr, so if you’re writing longform reviews on your blog and wish you had a wider outlet for that content, we’re here and open to your contributions.

Oh and we’ll pay. Not millions or even thousands. Hell, not even hundreds. But..something. Still before we can get there, we need your submissions.

Email us at movies@skvo.se and we’ll get back to you if we’re interested. 

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My favourite thing about LEFT so far is that it has given me the opportunity to interact with heaps of great people. Email threads that started off as a simple submission or solicitation have turned into great conversations. LEFT has given me the chance to talk to old friends who I don’t keep in touch with as much as I would like to and also to make exciting new friends.

I really enjoyed doing the interviews with James Tadd Adcox and Lee Costello. They are both people who have a lot of love and respect for. I want to keep doing interviews for this tumblr.

I emailed Lydia Davis and she responded. She’s going to send me some translations to consider for LEFT.

Paul Cunningham and Michael O’Hara both sent me full length poetry manuscripts to read and they are both amazing. I can’t wait to buy them when they get published.

Sarah Jean Alexander said this about LEFT:

i’m going to be in this book which i predict will be the most beautiful book anyone’s ever held. i’m going to be in this book with kimmy & bob & dalton. jackson is a person i trust. submit! you can be in it too.’

I don’t know why she trusts me, I’ve never made a book before, but it made me feel very good to read it.

Since my last post I’ve accepted work by Theron Jacobs, Joshua Espinoza, Freya Daly Sadgrove, and Manuel Arturo Abreu, all of whom are incredible writers.

I’ve had a pretty bad cold for the past few days and haven’t been very productive. Caro and I have been watching Friends and sending out our manuscript.

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I’m going to be in the USA for three weeks soon and I’m looking forward to hanging out with lots of people, some of whom are involved with LEFT.

The first five posts on this blog were assessed for a class I’m taking called Creative Enterprise. I got an A+. I don’t have to post on this blog for the class anymore, I’m just doing it because I love it.

This is the closest thing I have to a personal blog.

Goodbye Connor!

We’re sad to announce that one of our contributors Connor is leaving us to focus more on school.  He will be much missed.   And you should still follow him over at spoopyleafsprout because he puts up the cutest pictures of his cat.  We wish him nothing but the best!

So, you want to edit an anthology?

Howdy comics fans and creators. I’ve occasionally been asked various questions about aspects of editing comics collections and thought perhaps it was time to cobble together some notes from my VAST EXPERIENCE in this area, to let you know what has worked for me in the past and what hasn’t. In fact, not a bad idea to have this around as a reminder for myself for future anthology projects (in fact, I’m planning a new one for later this year called PRATFALL). Anyway, here are some Rob Recommendations for a smoother, more-fun-less-frustration experience in putting together your anthology. Let’s start where else but at the beginning……

1. Your concept. Okay, you want to do an anthology of comics about say, Food. Great. But maybe you better decide how general or specific you want your focus to be. There are pros and cons to each end of the spectrum. Food is certainly an open topic - you know, everyone eats. But making the topic too broad, without a general editorial slant, could result in an unfocused collection. You want your anthology to be as cohesive as possible. There are ways to bring a broader topic into sharper focus (more on that below), but say you decide to make your topic more specific. Say your book will be comics all about Vegan Food. Cool! There are pros and cons here as well: Vegans will be a niche audience and probably a good one too - those comics readers who are vegan (or at least dabblers) will undoubtedly be looking in your collection’s direction. Hopefully there will be enough cartoonists in your targeted creator pool to fill up those pages. You may also want a humor focus or go with recipe-oriented or an educational viewpoint. Decide what’s most important to you - trust your instincts and go for it. 

2. Your format and general stats. I’m less concerned here with selection of printers and whatnot (my advice is the same as everybody else’s: shop around, compare prices, blah blah blah) than it is to decide on the physical size, quality and dimensions of your comic book. You have to figure this out first and foremost before anyone does anything - digest size or half legal or something else? B&W or color? Or perhaps both? Get all that squared before you proceed to the next step and contact…

3. Your contributors. When I was just starting out I put out open calls for submissions, i.e. asking anyone interested in contributing to do so. This is a great way to make new friends and connections and besides, if you’re new, fresh off the turnip truck, it really can pay to be more open at this stage of the game. Go for it, I say. Later on, as I got to know large numbers of creators and got much more focused in my goals and aesthetics I became a curator-slash-editor. I have very clear notions of what I want to achieve with my anthologies, and I now only seek out specific people. Others prefer an organic the-more-the-merrier approach. Decide which is more you.  By the way, when you tell contributors the stats Be Very Specific. Don’t say 8.5 x 5.5 - say 8.5  (long) x 5.5 (wide). Tell them these stats over and over. And then tell them one more time. Trust me on this one (he said from bitter experience). 

4. Compensation. Figure this out ahead of time too. How are you compensating your artists? In contributor copies? Money? Both? What? Be clear at the outset. I confess, I can be lame in this area because I often don’t want to think about such things. Last fall I wasn’t quite clear with my QU33R artists at the outset and there was some confusion, mainly due to the kickstarter campaign that my publisher built around the book that mentioned nothing about compensation. One of the artists called me on this (“I thought we were getting paid?”) and I felt bad about it. (I hasten to add that yes, I did pay the artists - still am paying them and as a matter of fact I’m 2/3 of the way done!). If you don’t have a Paypal account, get one. It’s free. Using the e-payment method facilitates paying folks a lot quicker and with greater ease. Some people STILL in this year of 2014 don’t have an e-paying account (2 out of the 32 people of QU33R don’t) so figure out something else with those folks (and pay them last for being so behind the times!)

I just realized writing this section that I didn’t set up payment with PRATFALL either yet (goddammit!); however, with smaller scale projects like this there’s much less pressure around remuneration. The main payment with a labor of love such as PRATFALL or my tabling zine from last year TABLEGEDDON, is enjoying the spirit of camaraderie in creating something cool. But I decided a while ago I would pay all my contributors something for all my projects. Sometimes it is extremely nominal, as my budget is limited, but some compensation is important. You’ll feel better about yourself. Your contributors will feel better too! 

5. Deadlines. This is where it gets fun (not really). Deadlines are usually your biggest hurdle. I hate to admit this but when I tell you right off the bat that I need those 5 color pages by June 1st, I am lying to your face. Just flat-out. This is not because I’m a pathological untruth-teller, I’m simply exercising the concept of the Soft Deadline (aka the Fake Deadline).This soft deadline is your very good friend. About half of the contributors to any anthology will simply not make your soft deadline. Guaranteed. Some may be just a day or so late, or a week, but there will always be folks who will delay you time and time again, inspiring occasional violent thoughts (no names, please). Anyway, the soft deadline at least sets a general timeline that can (and will) be adjusted. For example, my “final” June 1st, 2013 deadline last year for QU33R was really July 1st. Turned out unsurprisingly that several of my artists couldn’t even make the July date. But in the end, with some patience, some frustration, and lots of adult beverages to take the edge off, it all worked out. It will for you too, just expect some bumps in the road. 

5. Your purpose. Sooner or later you will question your motives for going through all this; for dealing with all these people with their imperfections and tardiness and asking what were those dimensions again? for the 4th time and whatnot. All of which is keeping you from getting your own work done. So why are are you doing this? What is in it for you? Do you remember? Maybe you like fostering a community of like-minded artists. Maybe you have a vision. Maybe you have an obsessive, masochistic need for punishment. For me personally it’s the first two (and I fear occasionally some of the latter!). I really like working with people. But that’s me. A friend of mine did an anthology a few years ago and told me afterward, “Never again.” I remember once another artist telling me that he wanted to helm an anthology “to see where it will take me.” Honestly, I don’t think there’s enough glory in it to take on the challenge unless you make it more about something bigger than yourself. 

6. Putting it all together. This means being an Editor, basically. First off, have the artists send you their large stories and large files via a file sharing site like Dropbox or Hightail - if you don’t have an account with one of these get one immediately. When the contributions come in read them carefully. Read them again. And again. Check carefully for spelling and punctuation. Are you happy with the piece? Great! Then read it yet again. Check the dimensions and other stats - make sure the contributor scanned at the right dpi, that the files are in the proper mode (for color use CMYK for print and RGB for web). If anything is amiss tell your artist what you would like corrected and give them a for-real-this-time deadline. I don’t generally edit peoples’ art or panel composition much at all, but nothing bums me out more than multiple typos in a piece. It takes me out of the story. It looks unprofessional. 

For your introduction (surely you’re writing one?) state your case for the book and after you spell check, etc. give it to someone else for their take on it (and their spell check). Then put it away and look at it again later. Let your writing sit, let it gel. Don’t rush this stuff. 

Sequencing the stories and strips is of vital importance. This is where you get to exercise your skill with crafting a smooth, cohesive collection. I’d written about my editing philosophies last May. I love when artists by serendipity create stories that complement those of others in theme, etc. In QU33R there are little story cycles throughout that I’m really proud of. You may find it expedient to break the collection into chapters. Say for the that Food anthology we talked about earlier you decide in order to make the divergent elements more cohesive to group the comics into four distinct sections, based on what you’ve received: Families and Food, Recipes, Eating Out, & Community. Sectioning that particular broad-based book might be a good idea, actually. For my own anthologies I’ve never opted for that format - most of my collections have been too short - I’ve simply put everything in one continuous story cycle. But I’ve done so with great care and lots of thought. Whatever your chosen format, getting the opening and closing pieces right is paramount. Simply put, the opener should feel like a beginning, something that opens up the reader to all the myriad themes of the rest of the book, while the closer should offer a summing up. Most anthologies have weaker and stronger components. If you mix them together the right way it can flow together, all of a piece. 

7. The finished product. You did it! You weathered the pitfalls, the deadlines, the grunt work, all of it! Your anthology is published! Pat yourself on the back and give yourself a round of applause. Creating anything is soul-satisfying to be sure. Next up: get it out there. ESPECIALLY to your contributors. Next to any pre-ordering customers (I’ll write about that part some other time) the contributors should be your #1 priority. After all, the book wouldn’t exist without them. Take any and all gratitude and words of praise from those contributors who offer it (some will, some won’t). Pay everybody what you promised you would. Say thank you and say it to everyone (and that goes for you contributors as well - did you thank your editor? Did you acknowledge receiving payment? Manners always matter and display professionalism as well). Get you some distro (hint: try Tony Shenton). With editing an anthology comes great responsibility - you published these people, so try to do right by them and get the work into the hands of paying customers and readers. Send out review copies (hint: start with High-Low and Optical Sloth). Blog about it on Tumblr and Facebook and Twitter. That may sound elementary but you know, I have this one extremely talented, award-winning cartoonist friend who to this day doesn’t have accounts on any of those sites. Which boggles my mind. But I digress.Talk your zine/book/comic up! If you get a good review trumpet it loud and clear. It feels good to do all this stuff.  

Then pat yourself on the back all over again. And hey, make a loved one take you out for a beer or coffee, for dinner or dessert. Celebrate! Hopefully it was all worth it and you’ll go for it all once again….But give yourself a break first, for the love of god. Do something that’s all about you next, how about. Editing an anthology can be a seemingly thankless task but the rewards, though often somewhat more on the ephemeral side, can be considerable.

Rob Kirby

Below: two of my anthologies: THREE #2 (2011) & QU33R (2014). Cover art for each by Michael Fahy (How’s that for cohesion?)

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DANGER BABE CONTRIBUTORS

Founder : raind0wn

co-moderators: yurotrash hahafxck

valued trans tuesday contributors: fillorykid boyprincessmanic

if you’d like to become a contributor for any of the categories, in any medium (poetry, art, tips, resources, pictures etc)

trans tuesday

woman of colour wednesday (also NB of colour)

Therapeutic Thursdays (mental + physical health)

Fuck the World Friday (world news updates, politics, observations playlists etc)

Sex Positive Saturday

Nojan Aminosharei, for GQ Magazine

Go pick up the December issue of GQ! It’s on news stands right now, featuring a milieu of covers for the Men of the Year feature — Dave Chapelle, Shailene Woodley, Michael Sam (hero/babe) to name a few. I was able to work with the art department on a new set of portraits for this issue, and it was a blast.

Nojan Aminosharei is an old buddy of mine, and it was such an awesome surprise to have the chance to draw him.

The History of My Hair and I.

The Timeline

Despite what you may think, I wasn’t born with a pomp. Growing up, I had the most beautiful bowl-cut up through sixth grade. No lie, you have never seen a bowl-cut with such natural sheen. I ain’t saying it’s socially acceptable past elementary school, but you should notice how damn straight and fine my hair is — this hasn’t changed and has played a definite role in how I pomp.

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In middle school and up to the beginning of high school, I had spiked hair. I’m talking about that super-saiyan shit. I’m seriously trying to find a picture of it, but I don’t have pictures on my laptop right now. It was a #8 all around and spiked with that La Bella goop.

Through high school and early college, I had a buzz cut — #3 all around.

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I’m not gunna lie, I do miss the convenience of having short hair…but whatever.

In my freshman year of college, I decided to grow my hair out to nice combover. Why? Because I felt like it. I made it out to an eeeehhh length, but then I stopped halfway and buzzed my head back down.

Then in my sophomore year, I was like…I’m bored. Honestly, being good-looking and what not, I need to do something more with my hair. Why? Because I can. Thus because a very long 9 month long effort to grow out my hair. In the first few months of the effort, I covered everything up with beanies and hats. Once it grew to a significant length, I put it to a combover until it finally got long enough for a pompadour.

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The Birth of The_Pomp.

Notice that along my progress here, I never once had any taste or interest in the subcultures that typically surround the pompadour. I decided to style a pompadour simply because I thought it would best accentuate (NOT change) my overall style. I realized this disconnect soon after that I and many others felt.

It was like, if you styled a pompadour…you either associated yourself with the rockabilly community or considered yourself a metrosexual menswear follower.

Neither of which I wanted anything to do with — thus, giving birth to The_Pomp., a blog with a non-Rockabilly and non-Metrosexual approach to the pompadour.

Pomade Connoisseurship

The concept and packaging of pomade make it a very attractive item to collect. It is in the nature of pomade jars/cans. No lie, I enjoyed and was sucked into collecting pomade at first. But, I was quick to see the pointlessness of that.

What I really wanted was to find the right pomade — a go-to one that I could just use consistently without regret or hassle. And thus, began the search.

Along the way, I decided to provide the public with my opinions on products. As an engineer and academic, I wanted to offer people a relatively in-depth analysis and review of each product I decided to look at — along with non-iPhone pictures.

Now

With the aid of big supporters like Mr. Pomade, this blog has grown like crazy and thanks to its readers, has a huge influence over the international pomade market. Hated or loved, the opinion of this blog is always respected.

It provides an amazing platform for upcoming homebrewers to launch and at the same time, for established international brewers to enter the market here in the States. The information here caters to hairstyles of any kind as long as it has a need for pomade.

It is difficult to concretely forsee the future of this blog, but I do have my plans nevertheless.

- James AKA The_Pomp.

CONTRIBUTORS (ISSUE 2)

these are the wonderful people who contributed to issue 2 of wes anderzine. follow them, love them, tell them how much you liked their contribution.

antonio aguilar - eyelessinneza.tumblr.com

simone badanic

jesse bowline - rhymeswithchaos.com

jacob bussiere - sammanarr.tumblr.com

ruby carter - rubytulips.tumblr.com

nick clements - (my dad!)

stephen clements - pennedinblog.tumblr.com

dassie cruz - hcruz.carbonmade.com

katie czarnecki - elusivest.tumblr.com

isabelle davis - poetryinmoti0n.tumblr.com

vic deleon - vicdelirium.com

jake goldman - thethirdeyecentre.tumblr.com

sangmi ha - moonlight-becomes-us.tumblr.com

carly haack - friggin-angels-man.tumblr.com

natalie harney - fra-lippo-lippi.tumblr.com

penelope harris - radiantcrust.blogspot.com

daisy knight - godzilla-women.tumblr.com

kiki ledbetter - kiarranicole.blogspot.com

john levy

jess melling - jessicamelling.co.uk

emily oliver - starfishinadaze.tumblr.com

kisu onparas - twitter.com/kisu999

ryan o’toole - the-catcher-in-the-ryan.tumblr.com

beyza ozer - wonderpunch.tumblr.com

inari porkka - inariedwards.tumblr.com

nat reynard - natreynard.tumblr.com

hannah rosengren - byhannahrosengren.tumblr.com

asley schwellenbach - janeeyrelikescupcakes.wordpress.com

rachel urban - rachelurbanart.weebly.com

bob vecerek

hanna wainio - circusbandit.blogspot.ca

ted walker - tedwalker.net

mike wells - mj-wells.tumblr.com

georgiana wilson - where-is-frank.blogspot.co.uk

roy wood - theroywood.tumblr.com

Ukraine’s civil war: why so many lies

Original published in LIVA, on-line left-wing Ukrainian magazine: http://liva.com.ua/lie-telling.html

I wonder, what the section of our citizens, who in the last six months shouted about ‘terrorists’ or ‘separatists’ in Donbass, was thinking about while they were watching long queues at the polling stations in Donetsk and Lugansk? As for me, the pictures of voting in Donbass are quite indicative. The very fact, that so many people came to polling stations, clearly displays the thoughts and opinions of the people in East Ukraine.

Throughout 8 months we were told about ‘Russian aggression”, ‘Putin’s terrorists’ and ‘poor Lugansk and Donetsk residents terrorized by putinists’. But what do we really see there? It appears that so-called ‘terrorists-separatists’ are almost all residents of the ‘Greater Donbass’ region. And instead of talking to these people or attempting to coexist with them in peace; instead of meeting the demands of the justly (!) protesting people of Donbass, Kiev authorities launched a protracted war with them.

Do you really understand – how absurd it is – to kill our own citizens during 8 last months, just because they oppose the persons who had seized power in the country, without people’s consent? And at the same time, they have been telling the rest of Ukraine that Putin is to blame for this – as if it was not really a protest of the local population, but an alleged aggression of a neighbor country.

Can you just imagine: how the population of East Ukraine and the residents of other parts, who remained defiant to the pseudo-patriotic (actually even anti-patriotic) propaganda, viewed the president, the Cabinet, MPs, media and ‘sofa patriots’ – inadequate and brainless morons because of their false claims about aggression?

By God, but it is as clear as a day! Any sane and even somewhat thinking person understands it quite well: a split in a country cannot be solved by war. Any war could only be a short-term resolution. It can temporarily damp down the problem, but then there will be even harsher aftereffects. And it was quite obvious from the very beginning of the conflict: people of the South and East Ukraine would never accept the changes that happened in February 2014 in Ukraine. That is, the protests were quite expected: it is as clear as two and two make four. I’m e.g. not an analyst or investigative journalist, but I had assumed on February 22 that the events would develop in exactly this way.

And I remember very well another instance: at the round table debates on May 17, one of the Lugansk city deputies criticized the Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and - rightly warned him - over the usage and dissemination of the abusive term ‘colorads’ [as nationalists refer to those who wear St. George ribbon in commemoration of the WWII victory]: “It is still possible to stop now, but tomorrow you will not be able to get off just with Confederation”. [Originally, the protesters in Donbass demanded confederation and autonomy, but their demands were met with military assault].

Any person of sense could predict the current state of affairs. It was impossible to predict only the steps of the new Kiev authorities. Even in a nightmare, one couldn’t dream of that hell – the reaction of Kiev to the just (I emphasize: just!) protests of Donetsk and Lugansk.

Those who call themselves ‘Ukrainian patriots’, but have seen the pictures of queues to polling stations in Donbass, should put to themselves just 2 reasonable questions:

  1. Why have the authorities been telling lies to us, while ignoring at least 6 million dissident Ukrainians?
  2. Why did the authorities respond with war and murders?

Everything is more or less clear with the first question: when a lie is profitable; when there’s an audience and confidence that you will be trusted – why not to lie then? However, if you seek the answer to the second question, there may arise two conclusions: either our authorities – just a bunch of incompetent and stupid madmen, who seized the power via blood and will think nothing before shedding more blood. Or, the Ukrainian ‘political elite’ is just a decoration, completely controlled by its ‘master’. There is no third option.

Although, both conclusions speak against the current authorities of Ukraine – they both actually mean that true patriots should at least be outraged with the actions of such authorities. But I’m confident that this won’t happen. Not in Ukraine. And not now. Ukraine 2014 is already outside of logic. And when the current situation in Ukraine is analyzed, one can easily arrive to a conclusion: if the country is falling apart, it’s exceptionally Kiev’s fault (not the fault of Donetsk or Lugansk).

Thus, the next question arises: who are really those people in power in Kiev and where do they lead us? That is the question today.

by Yuri Roman

Tranlation: Dimitriy Kolesnik

Picture: Spanish left-wing volunteers fighting in the ranks of the Brigades Continentales, an international militia formed by French, Serbians, Spanish, Brazilians and other citizens coming from different countries that are fighing beside the Novorosiya National Liberation Army (NAF) against the maidan regime.