Today, I just finished my draft script for GrayHaven Comic’s anti-bullying anthology comic You Are Not Alone.  I heard about the project back in December from a post which I wanted to excerpt:

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 You Are Not Aloneprofound 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.

I just sent in a short 4-page script based on a story a friend told me.  And yes, this does include disability. 🙂  As comic script writing was on my mind (and schedule) for this weekend, it seemed only fitting that this week’s video would be about comic book writing versus other forms of writing.  (And let me just say, it IS an adjustment).  So, for your entertainment and education I give you Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman discussing the differences between writing for television and comic books at the 2012 L.A. Times Festival of Books

 

About the author

DayAlMohamed Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.