Crowdfunding: Drawing the Line: A Comics Anthology by Indian Women

by Nicole Marie Burton

Drawing the Line: Indian Women Fight Back! is a collection of 14 accounts of lived experience by women in India. Stories cover topics about gender, sexuality, harassment, coming of age, family, sisterhood, race, shadeism, class, and political struggle in a country that many in the West know little about, and understand even less.

Ad Astra Comix, in partnership with Zubaan Books, are set to release the North American edition of this anthology. Our intention is to share this important project with folks in the US and Canada, and to specifically focus on working with organizations who feel this book offers their membership an opportunity for education and advocacy around women’s issues.

Ad Astra Comix is a Toronto-based comics publisher specializing in the production and publication of comics and graphic novels that amplify marginalized voices. Founded in 2012, Ad Astra is working on several publishing projects in addition to ‘Drawing the Line’.

Zubaan Books, the producer of Drawing the Line and title’s Indian publisher, are an independent feminist publishing house based out of New Delhi that has been operating since 2003. In addition to Drawing the Line, Zubaan carries a variety of books on Indian feminism and political struggles…”

Check out the project at kickstarter

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TCAF Programming on Saturday, May 11 at the Forest Hill Ballroom – The Marriott 400
90 Bloor Street East, 6th Floor (10 mins walk from Library)

10am-11am        Creating FoxTrot!

Come explore the world of Foxtrot – one of the most fun, most enduring syndicated newspaper comics of this generation – with the strip’s internationally renowned creator Bill Amend. 

11am-12pm        Comics Adaptations

In the past decade, graphic novels have become the hot new medium, the form that everyone seems to want video games, movies, and books adapted into.  Four cartoonists who have done adaptation work along with their own personal creative projects discuss the challenges and rewards of both kinds of comics works.  Featuring Svetlana Chmakova (Witch & Wizard), Hope Larson (A Wrinkle In Time), Raina Telgemeier (The Babysitter’s Club). Moderated by Scott Robins (A Parent’s Guide to The Best Kids Comics).

12:15 - 1:15pm   Spotlight: Gilbert Hernandez’s Marble Season

Gilbert Hernandez is the co-creator of the acclaimed series Love & Rockets, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary. Gilbert is attending TCAF in support of his highly-anticipated, semiautobiographical new graphic novel, Marble SeasonMarble Season tells the untold stories from the American comics legends’ youth, but also portrays the reality of life in a large family in suburban 1960s California. Pop-culture references—TV shows, comic books, and music—saturate this evocative story of a young family navigating cultural and neighborhood norms set against the golden age of the American dream and the silver age of comics. Gilbert will present from this new work, and participate in a moderated Q&A.

1:30 - 2:30pm     Moebius, Past and Future

Jean Giraud, also known as Moebius, was a legend in the comics industry – his lush, whimsical art and creative storytelling inspired a generation of cartoonists around the world to take the comics medium to new directions and new heights.  Four cartoonists discuss Moebius’ life, work, and his role in inspiring the industry today – as well as their own books. With Frederik Peeters (Sandcastle), Paul Pope (THB), David B. (Black Paths), Glyn Dillon (The Nao of Brown). Moderated by Mark Askwith.

2:45 - 3:45pm     International Comics Scene Report

Comics exist all around the world, and so do comics communities!  This panel provides a window into the state of the industry of global comics from places we may not hear about on a daily basis – the UK, Australia, Finland, and Hong Kong.

4:00 - 5:00pm     Comics & Politics

Looking beyond the political cartoon – that humorous, satirical, often exaggerated form of political comics storytelling – to the political graphic novel – a form that approaches those same subjects with a different level of gravity, emotion, and depth.  What makes the difference between the two?  Sarah Glidden (How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less), Rutu Modan (The Property), Matt Bors (Cartoon Movement), and Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge). Moderated by Nicole Marie Burton.

TCAF takes place May 11-12, 2013, in Toronto, Canada. More at