Call for Contributors for “Missing Panels” Zine funded by the University of Leicester – Wellcome Trust ISSF.
“Missing Panels” focuses on the impact a lack of representation has on the lives and mental health of members of BME communities, illustrating the need for more equal representation as one of the many strategies required to build a more equal society.
Specifically, we are looking for contributors to create a 2 or 4-page full colour comic revolving around questions such as:
i) is NHS outreach/campaign material inclusive to BME communities?
ii) in what way has your personal experience of accessing health care been impacted or impeded by a lack of cultural awareness?
iii) what kind of material would members of this community like to see the NHS use?
Successful contributors will be paid up to £350 for 4 pages and £175 for 2 pages and receive 25 copies of the zine (and a PDF that can be used for future prints). Those interested in designing the cover should say so on the submission form. Cover design will be compensated through 1 high-quality poster of the cover.
For more information, please follow this link: https://goo.gl/B5SX36
Submission Deadline: 23/05/2018
Missing Panels is about finding the stories and the people that are, what is sometimes called, “hard to see” or, alternatively, “easy to ignore.” This project focuses on underrepresented and invisible communities, whose general lack of representation in popular culture contributes to the invisibility of the communities’ needs, concerns, people and stories. Concentrating on the NHS and the ability to access health care, we ask artists to use comics as a vehicle to engage in community-led research into and solutions to health care inequality. Combining academic research and comic art, we want this project to bridge the divide between academia and the artist/comic community as well as raise awareness about the underrepresentation of BME communities and how that can impact communities’ access to health services.
What is incredibly important to us, as a comic book scholar and an independent artist, is to use this project to directly support artists from these communities as a way to effectively and practically contribute to the diversification of popular media, NHS materials and comics. Considering how artists from BME communities remain underrepresented at conventions, in zine projects and in mainstream comics, we believe that this project must directly confront that status quo. The bulk of our funding will go to paying artists for their contribution and to printing the zine.
We are very excited to work on this project and invite others to join us.
Esther De Dauw and Rachel Quinney
Funding provided by Leicester – Wellcome ISSF.