For the April panel discussion, we're looking at the way comics and the surrounding community handle and treat a variety of demographics. This is the first of what will certainly be a series of discussions on this topic, so we tried to use broad strokes to set the groundwork for more conversations that will come later, in the comments below and in future episodes. To that end, Anthea West, Hamish Steele, Kristin Tipping, Jammy the Birb, and Oliver Albright fight through a number of technical issues to get their voices heard - and we only lost one along the way. Due to the people that were actually on this time, the discussion was largely focused on gender and sexuality; if you would like to come on to make sure other forms of this discussion happen, please drop me a line on the form here.
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In this week's episode of Exploring Comics, Helen Greetham comes on to talk about short story comics and the important role they serve in the comics community and in developing rising artists.
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Tim McLaughlin Jr is an artist, ministry trainee, podcaster, husband, and father.