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  • 18 Feb 2020 4:42 PM | Veteran Comic Con (Administrator)


    Comic Book Artist Spotlight: Steven Christian

    Steven Christian
    is an up and coming artist, who is the grandson of a Veteran that served in the Army and retired as a Marine Machinist in the Navy after 36 years of service. 

    Steven hopes his comic books will help him pay for medical school and is currently interviewing at different schools. To support his work, visit: stuckonaneyeland.com or pick up his main title, “Eyelnd Feevr” on Amazon.

    Read on for our interview with Steven Christian about his work and what motivates him, as well his connection to Veterans and Veteran Comic Con.

    VeteranComicCon: How did you get your start in making comic books?

    StevenChristian:
    “I started making comics after I had my second hip surgery when I was playing football at the University of Hawaii. My Xbox was stolen and I didn’t have anything to do while I wa
    Veteran Comic Cons recovering.

    I had the idea of making
    a cartoon because I was such a big fan of the Boondocks and Dragon Ball Z. After doing a bit of research, I realized making comics was a good starting point towards that goal.

    After practicing for months, I saw an ad in the school paper looking for cartoonists, and I applied and got the gig. I really liked the idea of getting paid to tell quirky jokes and stories. Especially as a student-athlete because the NCAA really frown u
    pon paying athletes for creative work, but tends to back off when you do creative stuff for the school.

    More importantly, making comics allows me to reach people in a new way that I couldn’t do on the field.” 

    VeteranComicCon: Can you tell me a little bit about your work? Your style and genre?

    StevenChristian: “I am a big fan of humor. With my work I like to interject humor into everything I do. I feel like life can be serious all the time and a simple laugh can go a long way.

    For the long
    est time, I didn’t think that my artistic skills were good enough to garner attention, so I started incorporating a lot of saturated colors and extreme designs. It was to mask my flaws as an artist, but ended up being defining aspects of my work.

    For me, I like to tell stories of characters overcoming obstacles. I use art as a medium to make the stories more relatable.

    VeteranComicCon: At Veteran Comic Con, we believe that art therapy can help veterans, their families, and just people in general – do you agree with that?

    StevenChristian: “Comic books have a long history of helping active military personnel learning new information and entertainment. They are great allowing people to escape to worlds they have never been.

    For me, art was therapy when I was in a wheelchair after my second hip surgery. I found myself in an unhealthy space. It was often hard to find anything positive to latch on during my recovery process. Being able to work on my art for hours on end allowed me to check out of my current situation and channel my frustration into images and stories. As I got better, sharing my work helped me get positive attention from others. When I felt that my body was broken, my art was the glimmer of hope that kept me connected to the world.

    As a goal oriented person, I think that art is great for people to feel accomplished with mini victories each day. 

    VeteranComicCon: Can you talk about your future work?

    StevenChristian: “The best part about making comics is the connections you make regardless of demographics. I really enjoy non superhero comics as I become more immersed in the industry. The variety of stories being told through the medium is often mind blowing. As I progress, I have tried to find ways to incorporate technology into my work.

    I will be releasing an Augmented reality app for my graphic novels that makes the experience of my work to the next level. As I try to be a doctor, I hope to incorporate what I do into my practice to increase access to health education and empower people to make healthier choices.”

    Learn more and support Steven Christian’s work at
    www.iltopia.com!

    You can also find his work at: @stuckonaneyelnd @iltopia  stuckonaneyeland.com, and blacksuperheroesmatter.com


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  • 3 Feb 2020 4:00 PM | Veteran Comic Con (Administrator)

    Saluting Veteran Comic Book Artists: Stan Lee

    Veteran Comic Con is proud to salute Veteran comic book artists. Today, we feature the late, great Stan Lee.

    While Stan Lee may have sadly passed away in 2018, his legacy lives on through his work. But did you know Stan Lee was a Military Veteran? Find out more below.

    Stan Lee served in the US Army, Lee entered the United States Army in 1942.

    According to Wikipedia, Stan Lee “served within the US as a member of the
    Signal Corps, repairing telegraph poles and other communications equipment.

    He was later transferred to the Training Film Division, where he worked writing manuals,
    training films, slogans, and occasionally cartooning.”Veteran Comic Con

    Stan Lee’s Army division included soon-to-be-famous Theodor Geisel, later to be known as “Dr. Seuss.”

    Who knew the military could breed such fantastic artists? I’d say we at Veteran Comic Con had a hunch, though!

    Stan Lee served in World War II

    Stan Lee proudly served his country in World War II - is it any wonder that he’s the author of so many great superheroes, like Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the X-men (just to name a few)? He’s quite the hero himself!

    Stan Lee returned from his World War II military service in 1945. In fact, Stan Lee was “inducted into the Signal Corps Regimental Association and was given honorary membership of the 2nd Battalion of 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord at the 2017 Emerald City Comic Con for his prior service” according to Wikipedia.

    Comic Books and Veterans

    Stan Lee and his foundation believed in the power of art, much like we do at Veteran Comic Con.

    There are many more veteran comic book artists that we plan to feature on our Blog. Please subscribe, or join us to stay tuned!
     
    You can help support other Veteran Comic Book Artists You can give back by sharing our website with your friends: VeteranComicCon.org or our Social Media links: on Facebook by visiting https://www.facebook.com/veterancomiccon.org and Twitter by visiting https://twitter.com/veterancomiccon.

    And be sure to check out our Blog on “3 Easy Ways to Give Back with Veteran Comic Con.”

    Also, consider making a small donation or volunteering with us as well. We thank you for your support! All donations over $50 will receive a free Swag Bag. Veteran Comic Con is a 501(c)3 non-Profit Organization Tax ID 83-4231867.


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  • 8 Jan 2020 3:27 PM | Veteran Comic Con (Administrator)

    Bring Joy to Veterans and Military Families at Veteran Comic ConVeteran Comic Con for Military Families , Veterans, and Comic Book Fans!

     “Over 40 percent of Active Duty members and of Reserve component members have children, with an average of two children per family.” - DoD

    Veteran Comic Con was created to give back to Veterans and their families. Sadly, American Veterans and Active Duty Military often suffer from PTSD or other forms of hardship from serving their country. At Veteran Comic Con, we hope to ease the pain endured by Veterans as well as their families by providing joy!

    What better way to do that then with comic books?

    Military Children Serve TooVeteran Comic Con

    As Veterans ourselves, we understand that not only do our brave soldiers sacrifice for our country – but so do their families!

    It can be difficult for children to watch their Military parent leave for months at a time, often to combat zones. It can also be difficult to move to new locations as a child of a soldier (military dependent). “Active-duty military personnel move an average of once every two to three years,” according to DoD statistics. Being deployed to a new state or even foreign country means children of military parents must change schools often and even lose contact with their childhood friends.

    Our dream is to bring those families a little bit of joy – which is why we created Veteran Comic Con. We offer comic book art lessons, a yearly convention, and other programs for children of veterans and service men and women. Studies have shown that art can be therapeutic, but do we really need a study to know that Comic Books help bring joy to children and people of all ages?

    While Veteran Comic Con is not strictly for children, it is definitely a big reason we exist! In fact, Veteran Comic Con is not only for military families, but for comic book lovers of all backgrounds.

    Veteran Comic Con is for EVERYONE!

    You don’t have to be a veteran, active duty military, or military dependent to participate in Veteran Comic Con. In fact, we recommend all comic book fans join in.  Having more people that are active in Veteran Comic Con means we have that many more people to spread joy to.

    Whether that means registering for our Comic Con as an attendee or with a booth, donating for support, or volunteering – we welcome all comic book fans at Veteran Comic Con.

    In conclusion, get involved and support our military veterans and their families!

    You can give back by sharing our website with your friends: VeteranComicCon.org or our Social Media links: on Facebook by visiting https://www.facebook.com/veterancomiccon.org and Twitter by visiting https://twitter.com/veterancomiccon.

    And be sure to check out our Blog on “3 Easy Ways to Give Back with Veteran Comic Con.” Also, consider making a small donation or volunteering with us as well. We thank you for your support! All donations over $50 will receive a free Swag Bag. Veteran Comic Con is a 501(c)3 non-Profit Organization Tax ID 83-4231867.


     

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  • 2 Jan 2020 12:39 PM | Veteran Comic Con (Administrator)

    Veteran Comic Con Spotlight: Anthony Dubose-McCree

    Veteran Comic Con is proud to feature Veteran Comic Book Artist, Anthony Dubose-McCree in our Veteran Comic Con Spotlight.

    Anthony served in the US Marine Corps and served three tours of duty in Iraq as a Rifleman. Anthony put his life in danger for our country and earned the purple heart for a wound taken while in combat. Anthony retired from the Marine Corp under honorable discharge.

    Anthony’s love of Comic Books started early.

    As a child, Anthony picked up a love for DC Comics and Marvel characters like Spider-Man and Batman. In High School, Anthony Dubose-McCree joined VAAMP (Visual Arts and Academics Magnet Program). While in VAAMP, he cultivated his love for art by learning many different art styles such as metal work, painting, pen, and ink, etc.

    Anthony used his GI bill to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Arts and Animation. He then followed his dream to publish his first professional comic book.

    Veteran Comic ConAnthony Dubose-McCree’s aka “Crumb  Bum the Artist”
    Comic Book Series: “Carciness” and “J”

    Anthony Dubose-McCree is most known under his pen-name “Crumb Bum” and for his comic book series, Carciness and J.

    Anthony has currently released four finished titles under the Crumb Bum name.  Carciness #0, and “J” #1, 2, and 3.

    To check purchase Anthony’s work, visit https://www.crumbbumtheartist.com/j-comic

     

    Veteran Comic ConHow Veteran Comic Con and Anthony Dubose-McCree work to inspire Veterans:

    Anthony is more than an artist; he also gives back to Veterans by instructing Veteran Artists and their families on how to create their own comic books.

    Anthony knows first-hand how comic book art can be used as art therapy.
    “Whatever feelings that I might be holding in, I’m able to put it on to my characters,” says Anthony Dubose-McCree.

    For Veterans, comic books combine artistic expression through illustration, self-exploration through narrative, and community interaction through readership and comic book conventions.

    You can help support other Veteran Comic Book Artists

    You can give back by sharing our website with your friends: VeteranComicCon.org or our Social Media links: on Facebook by visiting https://www.facebook.com/veterancomiccon.org and Twitter by visiting https://twitter.com/veterancomiccon.

    And be sure to check out our Blog on “3 Easy Ways to Give Back with Veteran Comic Con.”

    Also, consider making a small donation or volunteering with us as well. We thank you for your support! All donations over $50 will receive a free Swag Bag. Veteran Comic Con is a 501(c)3 non-Profit Organization Tax ID 83-4231867.

     

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  • 20 Dec 2019 5:52 PM | Veteran Comic Con (Administrator)

    Give to Charities That Bring Joy to Veterans This Holiday Season

    With the Holiday season upon us, many people enjoy giving back to our nation’s Veterans.

    Perhaps it is the gift-giving of Christmas that reminds us how much our Veterans gave to us and makes us want to give back to them.

    At Veteran Comic Con, volunteers and supporters strive to make it easy for you to support our troops. We believe that one of the most powerful ways to help Veterans is to heal them with the power of joy – and we do that through art and comic books.


    The Holiday Season Can Be Overwhelming for Some Veterans
    The sad truth is that many of our Veterans suffer from “invisible wounds” like Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) due to putting their lives on the line for us. These invisible wounds can become even more difficult to deal with during the holiday season.

    Depression is a major symptom of these invisible wounds. Sadly, according to NPR.org, male combat veterans are 18 times more likely to commit suicide than male civilians and female combat veterans are 250 times more likely to commit suicide than female civilians.

    That is why our philosophy at Veteran Comic Con is to heal and comfort these “invisible wounds” with joy and well-being.

    How Veteran Comic Con Promotes Well-Being for Veterans

    The way we give back to Veterans is through the power of art. Constance Pleasant, the founder of Veteran Comic Con (and daughter of a Veteran) uses the power of comic book art to bring joy to Veterans.

    Creating a comic book  gives Veterans the ability to express themselves and explore ideas through art that they may otherwise ignore. 

    The simple act of expression and exploration through art will positively affect a person’s emotions, thoughts, and habits. More importantly, it will help veterans explore their emotions and cope with the stress that comes from putting one’s life on the line for their country.

    In Conclusion, Give Some Joy This Season with the Power of Art

    Whether you’re a comic book fan that believes in the power of art or someone that just wants to help veterans in any way possible – consider helping the fine folks at Veteran Comic Con support our troops this season with the power of art.

    You don’t need to give a financial donation to help either. We would love to hear from comic book artists or volunteers that also believe in using the joy of comic books to heal our Veteran heroes!

    Veteran Comic Con appreciates any and all donations and you will receive our gratitude, a swag bag, and be helping our cause of bringing well-being to Veterans’ through comic book art. Veteran Comic Con is a 501(c)3 non-Profit Organization Tax ID 83-4231867.

    Get in touch with us online at https://www.veterancomiccon.org/Contactor by e-mail at constance.pleasant@veterancomiccon.org

    If you’re interested in volunteering to support Veterans and Veteran Comic Con, visit https://www.veterancomiccon.org/Volunteeror e-mail constance.pleasant@veterancomiccon.orgto learn more.

    To donate, visit
    https://veterancomiccon.org/Donate


     

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  • 17 Dec 2019 2:47 PM | Veteran Comic Con (Administrator)

    3 Easy Ways to Support Veteran Well-Being with Veteran Comic Con

    According to Veterans Affairs, up to 20% of veterans “who served in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a year.”

    Knowing that Veterans have given so much to us,
    Veteran Comic Con wants to make it easy to give back and support veterans.

    Veteran Comic Con is more than just a comic book convention, it exists to provide art therapy and well-being to America’s Veterans. Below are 3 easy ways you can support this veteran organization and help veteran find peace of mind and well-being through comic books:

    1. Spread the word about Veteran Comic Con on Social Media

    Social media can be a great way to spread the word about worthy Veteran causes and organizations. In fact, platforms like Facebook allow you to donate directly on their platform now.Veteran Comic Con

    If you’re looking to help support Veterans and Veteran Comic Con, you can do so by simply sharing our usernames with your friends on social media. Veteran Comic Con can be found on Facebook by visiting https://www.facebook.com/veterancomiccon.org and Twitter by visiting https://twitter.com/veterancomiccon.

    2. Donate to our Veteran Organization’s Website

    Not everyone has time to volunteer or share links on social media. However, if you still want to help, consider making a donation to our veterans organization on our donations website: https://veterancomiccon.wildapricot.org/Donate

    Veteran Comic Con appreciates any and all donations and you will receive our gratitude, a swag bag, and be helping our cause of bringing well-being to Veterans’ through comic book art. Veteran Comic Con is a 501(c)3 non-Profit Organization Tax ID 83-4231867.

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    3. Volunteer to Help Veteran’s Well-Being.

    Volunteerism is one of the most powerful ways to give back. Volunteering your time for a Veteran cause is something we greatly value at Veteran Comic Con.

    Whether you’re a comic book artist that wants to teach, a veteran that can provide resources or just want to help in any way you can – then get in touch with us online at https://www.veterancomiccon.org/Contact or by e-mail at
    constance.pleasant@veterancomiccon.org

    If you’re interested in volunteering to support Veterans and Veteran Comic Con, visit https://www.veterancomiccon.org/Volunteer or e-mail constance.pleasant@veterancomiccon.org to learn more.


     

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  • 11 Nov 2019 12:47 PM | Veteran Comic Con (Administrator)

    Comic Books Can Provide Therapy for Veterans

    Military War Veterans and those still in service often suffer from the stress of combat (PTSD), survivor’s guilt, grief, and even brain injury. It’s not uncommon for people suffering to turn to substance abuse to cope, become depressed, or even become suicidal.

    While one should always seek the help of a professional, studies have found that art can be used to help overcome some of these stress related feelings. This type of therapy is called Art Therapy.

    What is Art Therapy?

    The concept of using art as therapy isn’t new, though it may surprise some people to learn how impactful it can be.

    As defined by VeryWellMind, “Art therapy is a therapeutic technique rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being” Art allows one to “explore their emotions, develop self-awareness, cope with stress, boost self-esteem, and work on social skills.”

    Techniques used in art therapy can include various artforms. Whether a patient is drawing, painting, sculpting, or creating a comic book - the act of expression and exploration through art will positively affect their emotions, thoughts, and habits.

    Patients do not need to be skilled or have special artistic talents to benefit either. The simple act of creating and expressing one’s self is enough.

    How Comic Books Are Used as Art Therapy

    A relatable way to use art as therapy is through comic books. For example, the non-profit known as Veteran Comic Con offers programs for Veterans and their families to learn how to create comic books as a way to promote well-being.

    Veteran and comic book artist, Anthony Dubose-McCree says “I’m a Veteran myself and whatever feelings that I might be holding in, I’m able to put it on to my characters.” For Veterans, comic books combine artistic expression through illustration, self-exploration through narrative, and community interaction through readership and comic book conventions.

    According to the Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health, through the practice of art therapy, “patients with PTSD experienced at least three significant outcomes: 1) the ability to express thoughts which could not previously be verbalized, 2) improved social relationships which led to reduced social detachment, and 3) a general reduction in re-experiencing, hyper-vigilance and avoidance/ emotional numbing symptom clusters with notable improvements in experiencing less anxiety, being able to control intrusive thoughts, and feeling less emotionally numb.”

    How to Get Involved in Art Therapy

    Given how impactful Art Therapy can be for Veterans, it is important that it is offered to Veterans as early and conveniently as possible. Often, this means you should search for non-profit organizations that operate outside of the VA.

    For example, Veteran Comic Con is a non-profit currently soliciting volunteers to help support well-being through artistic expression. Veteran Comic Con’s programs and activities are designed to be a catalyst that helps community members reach their goals and fulfill their potential.

    In fact, if you are an art instructor, just want to volunteer, or if you’re a Veteran seeking Art Therapy, then you should visit www.VeteranComicCon.org and become a volunteer or member today!

  • 22 Oct 2019 4:45 PM | Veteran Comic Con (Administrator)

    nullAbout Veteran Comic Con in San Francisco, CA

    At Veteran Comic Con, well-being is at the forefront of what we’re working together towards. Our veteran programs and activities are designed to be a catalyst that helps community members reach their goals and fulfill their potential.

    In fact, Veteran Comic Con uses the concepts of Art Therapy to bring joy to Military Veterans and their families thanks to the support from Sponsors and Volunteers.

    Read on to learn how you can help support Veterans and Veteran Comic Con today.

    Calling all Artists

    We believe in the power of artistic expression. If you’re an artist or graphic designer that wants to help support our cause, we’d love to hear from you!

    Contact us online at https://www.veterancomiccon.org/Contact or by e-mail at constance.pleasant@veterancomiccon.org

    Sponsors and Donations Welcome

    If you’d like to help Veteran Comic Con financially, we have opened our Sponsorship and Donation pages.

    Veteran Comic Con is a 501(c)3 non Profit Organization Tax ID 83-4231867

    Donators will receive our Swag Bags filled with goodies to show our appreciation. If you have questions or would like to contact us directly, e-mail constance.pleasant@veterancomiccon.org

    Volunteers Wanted

    Sometimes, the greatest gift can be giving back. Our U.S. Military Veterans have given so much to our country and we want to ensure we give back. Veteran Comic Con Founder, Constance Pleasant MBA, is the daughter of a Veteran and a big comic book fan! Constance knows the joy that comic books bring people and she wants to use the power of Non-Profits and Volunteers to bring joy to Veterans across the country. If you’re interested in volunteering to support Veterans and Veteran Comic Con, visit https://www.veterancomiccon.org/Volunteer or e-mail constance.pleasant@veterancomiccon.org to learn more.


     

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Veteran Comic Con is a 501(c)3 non Profit Organization Tax ID 83-4231867

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