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My Final Performance - Christine Fouron...............................2 June - Ameorry Luo...................................................................7 Black Angel - Shannon Wright..............................................12 Kate - Chris Harper

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Courtney Shackelford. ...........................15

Red No. 9 - Maggie Vandeveer................................................23 Long May He Reign - Kyle Daileda

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Hannah Lazarte............24

Goals - Bizhan Khodabandeh....................................................29 The Petra - Natalie Dementhon................................................31 The Odd Rain - Elly Call

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Chris Sloce.................................37

In An Apple Orchard - Moaz Elemam....................................43 The Sword - Reagan Lodge.....................................................51 Seeds - Erin Bushnell..............................................................58 This Time, It’s Purr-sonal - Kelli Moore.................................66 My Darling - Daniel Torraca. .................................................67 Raise - Douglas Fuchs

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Death Discovers Haute Couture - Megan James...................79 The Machine - Morgan Sawyer. .............................................83

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Foreword A funny thing happened in the early planning stages of this anthology: The world started to fall apart. Right before our Fall semester started, a young man named Michael Brown was murdered by a police officer in broad daylight, and suddenly the city of Ferguson, Missouri was an atom bomb. A hate movement known as “GamerGate” drove a number of women who were brave enough to speak out against misogyny in the gaming industry from their homes under threat of rape and murder. The American justice system made it clear that a police badge is a license to kill without question or prosecution. And the Islamophobia and transphobia that plague this country continued to rack up a sickening body count. We realized that the world that we live in, in its current state, is a very scary, very broken place. Maybe things have always been this bad, and it was only over the last year that we began to see the world for what it really is. Maybe becoming aware of these tragedies is part of growing up. It doesn’t really matter. Either way, we realized that something has to change. And it was through this realization that it became clear to us what we wanted REBELS to be. Let’s be clear: to claim that REBELS was, from the brink of its inception, forged in fire from the hearts of burgeoning revolutionaries would be a disrespectful lie. This book is not a solution. Not every story you’re about to read address world issues or provides sage-like wisdom on the nature of how to fix things.

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Foreword What REBELS does do is demand change. Every single story we received this year presented us with characters that see something in their world (or maybe even in themselves) that isn’t right, something that needs to be fixed or changed. REBELS is about that fight. It’s about action. It’s about challenging the norm and realizing that sometimes, if you don’t make an effort to create that change, nobody will. Maybe we’re blowing smoke. Maybe we’re naïve to believe that this book might be the wake-up call one person ends up needing. But if we don’t keep that faith, what’s the point? Each and every person involved in this book poured their heart and soul into it, and when you get that many young creative minds hungry for change in one place, sometimes it can start a fire. Everybody in this book feels that they can communicate best through the medium of comics. And comics can be a VERY powerful thing. So if you’re waiting for a sign, this is it. Get up. Start doing. Start creating. Take that stand. Take action, because god, we need you. We need you now more than ever. This world needs change and we need your help to make it happen, even if it’s just with a little comic you make alone in your room tonight. We’re here and we’re waiting for you. So what are you waiting for? (But read the book first) - The Editors

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This Time, It’s Purr-sonal

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Editorial Staff Chris Kindred - Editor-in-Chief A senior in Communication Arts and total stranger to sleep, Kindred saw Savannah College of Art and Design’s student anthology Senses in 2005, and was inspired to create the Comics Anthology at VCU publication. As someone who surrounds himself with story and storytellers, this project became a fulfilling endeavor that he hopes will be a seed for a thriving comics community among students and alumni. Courtney Shackelford - Managing Editor A student of the Communication Arts Department, editor for this publication, and a passionately prolific doodler. Though she wants to create comics well into old age, her love of storytelling has expanded her interests to include storyboarding for television and movies. She really likes King Arthur and coffee. Fahmida Azim - Staff Editor This night-owl is a 2015 comics anthology editor. She spends most of her time drawing things like comics, illustrations, fat cats, and visual development art. She studies communication arts and likes to explore themes of isolation and cultural dichotomies in her work and in her rantings. May or may not be magical-realism incarnate. Moaz Hashim - Elemam Staff Editor (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000) nicknamed Sparky, was an American cartoonist, and one of the content editors for VCU’s 2015 Comics Anthology, Rebels. Best known for the comic strip Peanuts (which featured the characters Snoopy and Charlie Brown, among others), he is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, and cited as a major influence by many later cartoonists.

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Editorial Staff Ameorry Luo - Staff Editor A VCU Comics editor and junior Communication Arts student with a penchant for clean lines, strong light, and graceful narratives. Mythology, the supernatural, and human vulnerability are all themes she’d like to pursue as an illustrator. Outside of art, she likes playing video games, watching TV, and eating everything. Shannon Wright - Staff Editor A staff editor for the VCU Comics Anthology, a staff illustrator for the Commonwealth Times and a student of Communication Arts. She has a focus in editorial illustration yet her passions lie in illustrating social, racial and gender based issues. She also makes comics, character designs and fan-art for her favorite series. Besides art, she loves singing, dancing and watching cartoons. Tres Dean Senior - Content Editor Tres is a writer from Richmond, Virginia. He is the co-creator of DODGER, a sci-fi western comic he makes with his collaborator Jamie Jones. When he’s not writing about robots or werewolves, he’s probably watching wrestling or listening to Taylor Swift. He believes in CM Punk and the power of straight edge. Stewart Jester is his best friend. Elly Call - Staff Editor Elly is the general of 13 hordes of crustaceans. When she is not wreaking watery havoc she is a junior who double majors in English (with a writing focus) and Communication Arts (with a story art focus). Her visual work has appeared in the journals Poictesme and Quailbell, and her written works include the novella Cubes, Jessica’s Fat (Amendment 2014), and The Creature (Poictesme 2014).

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Contact Info Ameorry Luo luoac@vcu.edu dustandhalosart.tumblr.com

Erin Bushnell monstercoach.tumblr.com bushnellef@mymail.vcu.edu

Bizhan Khodabandeh www.mendedarrow.com bizhan@mendedarrow.com

Hannah Lazarte lazartehn@me.com cargocollective.com/lazarte-art

Chris Sloce Christophersloce@gmail.com

Kelli Moore kellimoore93@yahoo.com kelli-mart.tumblr.com

Chris Harper harpercs@vcu.edu Christine Fouron fouronc@gmail.com fouronillustration.tumblr.com Courtney Shackelford shackelforce@vcu.edu shackelforce.com

Kyle Daileda dailedakn@mymail.vcu.edu kyle-daileda.squarespace.com Maggie Vandeveer maggievandeveer@gmail.com antleur.tumblr.com Megan James http://megan-james.weebly.com/ megemmyjay@gmail.com

Doug Fuchs fuchsjd@vcu.edu dougfuchs.tumblr.com

Moaz Eleman moaz.elemam@gmail.com moazlog.tumblr.com

Della Sigrest della-sigrest.tumblr.com dsigrest@gmail.com

Morgan Sawyer morganksawyer.prosite.com morganksawyer@gmail.com

Daniel Torraca torracadh@gmail.com danieltorraca.com Ellen Havasy ellenhavasy@live.com ellenhavasy.carbonmade.com Elly Call ellycallm@gmail.com ellycall.wordpress.com saucesomesauce.tumblr.com

morganksawyer.tumblr.com Natalie DeMenthon bhakri.tumblr.com dementhonna@vcu.edu Reagan Lodge http://reaganlodge.com reaganlodge@gmail.com Shannon Wright shanneyy23@gmail.com shannondrewthis.tumblr.com

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Acknowledgements The Comics Anthlology at VCU wishes to acknowledge and thank the following: The VCU Student Media Center for their unending support. Richie Pope for giving us an amazing cover. Velocity Comics for being the hub of the Richmond comics scene. Our talented alumni for reaching back to collaborate with students. The contributors, for digging deep and getting rebellious. ...and Kerry Talbott, for fostering a vibrant and talented comics community of VCU Students and Alumni.

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VCU STUDENT MEDIA CENTER vcustudentmedia.com

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Profile for VCU Student Media Center

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