Fed up with catcalls, street harassment awareness group Hollaback Philly has raised $7,000 to write, draw, and print a comic book about how all those daily “hey, good lookin”s add up to a major problem.
Creator Erin Filson wrote and illustrated the book that follows three main characters, each of whom has their own color that’s used only on their pages of the story. Two girls who get harassed are red and yellow, and the comic also follows a boy in blue who learns how to be a proactive bystander. Hollaback is printing 2,000 copies of the comic which you can buy here and will also be sold at San Diego’s Comic-Con in 2014.
“The significance of an all-female crew creating a comic book featuring women’s issues and realities is magnified when the comic is then used to break down the glass ceiling of the boys’ club of the comic and gaming worlds,” says Hollaback Philly’s media coordinator Anna Kegler, who has been advising on the project along with Hollaback organizer Rochelle Keyhan. “There have been lots of issues with harassment at comic cons.”
Check out two final pages from the comic as well as an in-progress page below.