Here’s your reminder if you live in the United States, are eligible and registered, and have not yet….to vote!
To keep this comics related, here are some stories about the America worth fighting (and voting) to protect. (Apologies to non-US readers and we’ll get back to a less specific view soon. Though for the record, everyone should read these–they’re relevant to everyone.)
America Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez, by Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones. Marvel’s first Latin-American LGBTQ character to star in their own series, America teams up with Captain America to go back in time to WWII. Because you should always take time to stop Nazis if you have to.
Ms Marvel Vol. 1 No Normal, by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona. This is a story about a young Muslim girl superhero, written by a Muslim woman, showing her struggles balancing school and superhero duties, tradition with America’s norms, and figuring herself out. It’s geared toward teenage audiences but it’s an important voice of diversity, hope, and daring. This isn’t the first time I’ve recommended this series and I doubt I’ll stop any time soon.
Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico is an anthology by over 100 comic creators from Gail Simone, Greg Pak, Reginald Hudlin, Denys Cowan, Tony Daniel, Ken Lashley, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Gabby Rivera to Puerto Rican and Latinx celebrities like Rosario Dawson, Ruben Blades, Javier Munoz, Sonia Manzano. 100% of the proceeds go to help Puerto Ricans still dealing with hurricane disaster recovery.
And last but most certainly not least, March (books 1 -3) by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell is an Eisner-winning tale about the civil rights movement featuring Congressman Lewis’s memories of marching alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. This series has swept college and high school campuses since its release, offering students a stunning look into the civil rights movement and the power young people have in turning the tides with their words and actions.
Here’s information about where, when, and how to vote today. Here’s information about what to do if you’re turned away at the polls, here’s how to report voter intimidation, here’s official contact information about filing election complaints (problems with polling places etc.), and here’s a great nonprofit dedicated to protecting people’s right to vote.
I voted [early]. Did you?