Ever heard of Planet 50/50?
K No, it’s not a distant planet from Star Trek or the final boss of Math Blaster, but actually an agenda proposed by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres. Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day and there’s no more fitting a rallying cry than Guterres’ vision of Planet 50/50, as outlined in his UN address “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.” Guterres hopes to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, a series of steps aimed at changing the number of women in the global labor force until they make up a representative 50%, hence the name Planet 50/50.
In recognition of International Women’s Day, Emet Comics, a Los Angeles-based comics publisher whose specific goal is to empower female creators, is launching a 30-day Kickstarter to fund the printing and fulfillment of Fresh Romance Volume 2. Emet Comics acquired Fresh Romance in November 2016 from Rosy Press’s founder Janelle Asselin with a promise to keep producing the series. Now, 5 months later, Emet Comics has announced a stellar creator line-up which includes:
Cecil Castellucci (Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure)
Sarah Winifred Searle (Ruined)
Irene Koh (Legend of Korra)
Suzana Harcum & Owen White (Tripping Over You)
Sally Jane Thompson (Atomic Sheep)
Julia Hutchinson (Final Fantasy 6 Comic)
All of whom are creating stories about alternative, interracial and LGBTQ relationships and how they are experienced in our modern-day life. In purchasing the printed volume, readers will receive each single issue, via digital PDFs as they are completed. Additionally, readers who purchased a subscription to Fresh Romance through Kickstarter or through the Rosy Press website in 2016, will also receive free copies of the digital comics in this volume.
Many rewards will be available exclusively through the Kickstarter campaign, including Emet’s first original graphic novel under the Fresh Romance label, Fresh Romance Presents: Verona (a bold and thrilling new spin on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet) by writer Emily Dell, with artwork by Mollie Helms, and Bryndon Everett.
Emet Comics is proving to a be pioneer for promoting the role of women in comics, but it doesn’t have to stop there. Planet 50/50 can quickly become a reality in comics, even if the movement takes one creator at a time.