Draw The Line Illustrates the Simplicity, Beauty of Taking Action

"Pop Your Bubble" by Adrien Lee, 2017

"Pop Your Bubble" by Adrien Lee, 2017. (Courtesy Draw The Line)

Can comic artists change the world? Well, you could ask Daniel Clowes how his boycott of the Grand Prix d’Angouleme turned out. Or you could take action yourself and see what happens.

Draw The Line is propelled by the notion that if you want to become politically active, nothing’s stopping you. The website provides 365 concrete actions for any budding activist, even those with little free time or money. Many are basic and easy, such as a starting a collection for food banks and reporting fake news on social media. Some of the suggestions are even geared towards kids. All are accompanied by illustrations from comic artists all over the world.

Wanting to take action herself, the idea behind Draw The Line came to British comic publisher Myfanwy Nixon while on a jog. As soon as she returned home, she jumped on the computer and began reaching out to artists. Within hours, she had around 140 artists lined up and was soliciting ideas for actions to illustrate on social media.

Initially Nixon planned to print a small pamphlet featuring all 365 actions, but she now hopes to have them printed in something more substantial and with wide distribution.

Here are a few examples of the illustrations on Draw The Line:

"Click the Triangle" by Christine Wong, 2017
“Click the Triangle” by Christine Wong, 2017
"Be Playful" by Maria Bjorklund, 2017
“Be Playful” by Maria Bjorklund, 2017
"Put It Live" by David Baillie, 2017
“Put It Live” by David Baillie, 2017
"Give Mindfully" by Dave McKean, 2017
“Give Mindfully” by Dave McKean, 2017

See more at Draw The Line.

Draw The Line Illustrates the Simplicity, Beauty of Taking Action 19 March,2017Kevin L. Jones


Kevin L. Jones

Kevin Jones reports on the Bay Area arts scene for KQED. He loves his wife and two kids, and music today makes him feel old.

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