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Planned Parenthood, and the millions of people they help each year, need every bit of help they can get. Mine! is a comics anthology with the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. Join Eisner, Harvey, Oscar, and Emmy award winning creators for stories about trailblazing women, civil rights leaders, a person's first time going to a PP clinic, debunking myths about sex, STI Planned Parenthood, and the millions of people they help each year, need every bit of help they can get. Mine! is a comics anthology with the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. Join Eisner, Harvey, Oscar, and Emmy award winning creators for stories about trailblazing women, civil rights leaders, a person's first time going to a PP clinic, debunking myths about sex, STI screenings, HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, fantastical stories with superheroes, Greek mythology, and a future both with and without Planned Parenthood.


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Planned Parenthood, and the millions of people they help each year, need every bit of help they can get. Mine! is a comics anthology with the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. Join Eisner, Harvey, Oscar, and Emmy award winning creators for stories about trailblazing women, civil rights leaders, a person's first time going to a PP clinic, debunking myths about sex, STI Planned Parenthood, and the millions of people they help each year, need every bit of help they can get. Mine! is a comics anthology with the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. Join Eisner, Harvey, Oscar, and Emmy award winning creators for stories about trailblazing women, civil rights leaders, a person's first time going to a PP clinic, debunking myths about sex, STI screenings, HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, fantastical stories with superheroes, Greek mythology, and a future both with and without Planned Parenthood.

30 review for Mine!: A Comics Collection to Benefit Planned Parenthood

  1. 5 out of 5

    Keith DeCandido

    NOTE: I'm a contributor to this anthology, but it's only a few pages out of hundreds, so I still think the review is worthwhile. This is excerpted from a more detailed review on my blog: https://decandido.wordpress.com/2018/... This anthology is important to have simply because Planned Parenthood needs all the support it can get, especially with PP coming under fire by alleged moralists who think it's just an abortion factory, not understanding how important it is for medical care for people with NOTE: I'm a contributor to this anthology, but it's only a few pages out of hundreds, so I still think the review is worthwhile. This is excerpted from a more detailed review on my blog: https://decandido.wordpress.com/2018/... This anthology is important to have simply because Planned Parenthood needs all the support it can get, especially with PP coming under fire by alleged moralists who think it's just an abortion factory, not understanding how important it is for medical care for people with little money. (As is often the case, what people say is moralism is usually classism instead.) But regardless of the charity or benefits or politics or anything like that, it's also a damn good anthology. There's not a bad story in the bunch, and there are several that particularly stood out to me: "Inspired by True Events" by Glenn Greenberg & Nick Guarracino. The anthology is full of stories like this, about what life is like working for Planned Parenthood, but this one stood out for me because the people in it felt so real. "Tea Cakes" by Irene Johnson & Rob Jones. This very personal and real story about a family and food and recipes and secrets and stuff just hit me right on the heart. This wasn't a treacly story about love and affection but a very complex story about the difficulties of dealing with family. "Silence" by Josh Trujillo & Maia Kobabe. There's no actual dialogue in this story, and it's a perfect metaphor for how hard it is for people to talk about the medical issues that they go to PP for. "Gloria Richardson" by Mark Waid & Josh Broglia. Of all the biographical pieces in the anthology -- and there are about a dozen -- this is my favorite, mainly because Mark doesn't just do straight narration, but instead tells the story in his own voice, which makes it much more effective. And yeah, Richardson was a badass..... "I Stand" by Pat Shand & Liana Kangas. An excellent compilation of stories gathered by a student recording testimonials, but what really made it was the moralist on the subway, who was brilliantly subtle and insidious, and I particularly like the way the protagonist worked her way through her depression and annoyance at being ambushed like that. Really well done. "Resistance is Fertile" by Matt Miner & David Stoll. An excellent portrayal of someone struggling with gender identity. I particularly like that Stoll drew the protagonist in color with everyone else in black and white, a simple yet effective bit of symbolism. "Stained Glass Sex Talk" by Gabby Rivera & Brittney Williams. One of the many autobiographical tales, this one spoke to me in particular as a fellow Bronx native and a lapsed Catholic. "What You Don't Know Can" by Devin Grayson & Eugenia Koumaki. A bitterly amusing story that collects all the dumbshit things that people really do believe about reproduction and biology which are all 100% wrong, and reminds you that people really will believe the dumbest things..... "The Job" by Josh Olson & Jon Cairns. The perfect bookend to "Inspired by True Events," as this tells the story of a PP doctor who treats anybody -- even one of the protesters outside. But the best story in the book is the incredibly brilliant and powerful "The Bride" by Mindy Newell & Andrea Shockling. The longest story in the book by far (it's 14 where most are 1-6 or so), but it benefits from the storytelling space, as Mindy & Andrea tell a heartbreaking story of a woman who does what's expected of her rather than what would actually make her happy. She lets other people define her, but she doesn't really have a choice, because nobody ever gives her the opportunity to define herself. The story ends in tragedy, and it's just brutal. The whole book's worth it for this story. I strongly urge people to buy this anthology. It's brilliantly done, for a good cause, and just some nifty stuff.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    I'm generally not a fan of comic book anthologies that give an artist or art team two or three pages to tell political stories. They're often completely forgettable fluff pieces that make you feel good about supporting a comic that aligns with your values but have no real merit. Last year's Love Is Love: A Comic Book Anthology to Benefit the Survivors of the Orlando Pulse Shooting was one of the few books that I preordered, read and purchased the day it came it out. I'm glad the book exists. I ho I'm generally not a fan of comic book anthologies that give an artist or art team two or three pages to tell political stories. They're often completely forgettable fluff pieces that make you feel good about supporting a comic that aligns with your values but have no real merit. Last year's Love Is Love: A Comic Book Anthology to Benefit the Survivors of the Orlando Pulse Shooting was one of the few books that I preordered, read and purchased the day it came it out. I'm glad the book exists. I hope it spread awareness, and raised some money. But I don't remember a single page of it. It's one of the few books where I think "Meh." is a completely acceptable review for it. On the other hand, Mine! has a slew of stories on a variety of topics that Planned Parenthood deals with. They Are Not All About Planned Parenthood. They are certainly not all about abortion. It's not printed on fetal tissue. It's stories about womens' issues that sometimes involves Planned Parenthood. There are far too many topics to list but my favorite included: -- the facts about how Vice Morally Bankrupt Piece Of Shit, Mike Pence, weaponized his faith to kill poor people in his constituency --an older sister explaining what a period is to her idiot brother, and her earnestly wanting to learn brother --the dumb shit we think we know as teenagers because America is afraid to properly educate children about sex and disease prevention --a cat serves as a heating pad to help with cramps There are also a bunch of cool short biographical pieces about lesser known champions of female rights. And, yes, a bunch of dull and preachy stories who put rah-rah-rahing in place of making any sense. But those are usually the majority in this type of anthology, and they really didn't feel very frequent in this one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    May Helena Plumb

    Lots of great stories - a mix of personal stories, sketches of historical figures, and some fun fantasy/sci-fi takes! (Reading the digital edition released to Kickstarter backers --- there were a number of editorial errors, unfortunately.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    I laughed, I cried, I was educated- this is such a valuable resource and I'm so glad that the proceeds are going directly to Planned Parenthood. The sheer number of lives that they impact on an annual basis is phenomenal. Major kudos to all of the artists and writers that contributed to this amazing anthology.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

    MINE! is a flip of the bird to those who would take us backwards. In this Trumpian age, MINE! is one of the most important graphic anthologies to be published.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Premo

    Normally I would have given this 3 stars: As an anthology, some entries spoke to me while others just had me wondering why they were here. Which is a fairly typical experience. But, with most of the proceeds going to a good cause, I felt the need to bump it up a notch.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    I actually picked this up from my local B&N last summer on the same trip when I went to get my own copy of “Secret Loves of Geeks” because I loved that collection so much (my initial read of that was a library copy). What sold me on this anthology was the cover, benefiting Planned Parenthood, and spotting Maia Kobabe’s name on the back because it was eir entry in “Geeks” that made me want to own a copy and at the time I was completely unaware of all eir work available online, but amongst eir nam I actually picked this up from my local B&N last summer on the same trip when I went to get my own copy of “Secret Loves of Geeks” because I loved that collection so much (my initial read of that was a library copy). What sold me on this anthology was the cover, benefiting Planned Parenthood, and spotting Maia Kobabe’s name on the back because it was eir entry in “Geeks” that made me want to own a copy and at the time I was completely unaware of all eir work available online, but amongst eir name were many others I recognized and more importantly many I did not. For me anthologies are great ways of discovering new creators. This anthology is fantastic, but was very tough to read multiple entries in one sitting. I took breaks between stories for two reasons. The emotional weight almost all these stories carry and the urge to look things/historical figures/events/unknown creators up on my iPhone after completing a story. The book earns its 5 star rating for inspiring that much curiosity in me. The book is pretty hefty and filled with selections of various styles and lengths. I enjoyed so many entries that it’d be a hefty task to list and comment on every single entry I enjoyed, but I have to comment on a few. What is Planned Parenthood? by Micha Cruz I felt this was a perfect way to begin an anthology like this. A common image in all these stories that feature a clinic show the hateful uninformed protesters that choose to stand outside these clinics. I think it’s safe to assume it’s because they’re unaware of all the actual helpful services a PP clinic actual offers. This entry simply shows and tells. The Controversial Figure of Margaret Sanger by Stevie Wilson. Loved the coloring choice and probably the entry that led to the “longest research” than anything else in this book. My Teddy Girl by Alexa Cassaro I knew about teddy boys (England’s equivalent to America’s greaser) but was unaware of teddy girls. Oh my! This story is so adorable especially the artwork. Totally want a full length book about these two characters! Silence by Josh Trujillo and Maia Kobabe Master storytelling through the use of visuals. The expressions shown by the characters is so well done. Also, the coloring choice really helped the tone of the story. We Cannot Make Our Sun Stand Still by Aria Baci and Marian Churchland. Another story that features characters that I would love to read a full length book about. I Stand by Pat Shand and Liana Kangas Another common trait in this collection features people who are trying to inform the hateful uniformed, but continually choose to stay hateful and uninformed. This story I just adored how the student puts forth all this effort to help inform the uninformed despite the obstacles thrown in her way. The Bride by Andrea Shockling, Mindy Newell, and Christy Sawyer. The artwork and layout of this entry is wonderful and simply stunning to look at. The story...this one hurt to read (I’m tearing up just typing about it). Did not see the ending coming and was definitely a heart punch. Stained Glass Sex Talk by Gabby Rivera and Brittney Williams. The artwork and layout is fantastic and really makes that priest more horrifying after reading the passage. It’s sad that misinformation is so openly told to youths that attend religious organizations. Be Cool by S.W. Searle Big fan of her work! Another entry about informing the misinformed. Thank you to those who put this wonderful collection together and more importantly thank you to all those who work/volunteer at Planned Parenthood clinics. I truly admire your bravery and dedication and are a true hero in my eyes.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maia

    This comic book was produced as a fund raiser for Planned Parenthood, and I was honored to contribute the art for a short story written by Josh Trujillo. There are a huge number of stories in the book, ranging from 1 to 8 pages- a mix of nonfiction pieces about Planned Parenthood's past, personal histories, fictional pieces and some sci-fi futurist predictions. One of the stories, "Ethel Byrne" written by Cecil Castelluchi and Scott Chantler, was just nominated for an Eisner award!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Mamaril

    Why don't enough people know about this book? I appreciate this collection. Every single one was so educational and v feminist which is something I highly appreciate. The stories were soooo diverse like never had I seen any type of message telling abuse can be prominent in a lesbian relationship. I learned so much during this novel. The only reason it's not a five out of five is that there were a few comics where I was confused about how it was feminist related or I didn't like the art style. I Why don't enough people know about this book? I appreciate this collection. Every single one was so educational and v feminist which is something I highly appreciate. The stories were soooo diverse like never had I seen any type of message telling abuse can be prominent in a lesbian relationship. I learned so much during this novel. The only reason it's not a five out of five is that there were a few comics where I was confused about how it was feminist related or I didn't like the art style. I feel like because I didn't like every single comic, I can't give it a five out of five. Although it's really made me think a lot. Another thing I will say is that it did feel kinda propaganda-ey since the protestors outside of the Planned Parenthood would be drawn in such an aggressive way and I think it might've been cool to see the comics explore the thought of having sympathy for their ignorance rather than thinking them like trolls.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    Mine!: A Comics Collection to Benefit Planned Parenthood is a progressive compilation of short comics designed to educate and stimulate the reader. Informative stories include comics emphasizing the importance of freedom of choice, reliable, affordable access to birth control and biographies on some of the equal and women's rights most integral public figures. Speckled in between the nonfiction are fictional tales of identity and self love. I found some of the content to be a bit repetitive, but Mine!: A Comics Collection to Benefit Planned Parenthood is a progressive compilation of short comics designed to educate and stimulate the reader. Informative stories include comics emphasizing the importance of freedom of choice, reliable, affordable access to birth control and biographies on some of the equal and women's rights most integral public figures. Speckled in between the nonfiction are fictional tales of identity and self love. I found some of the content to be a bit repetitive, but overall, I enjoyed the direction and message.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Lots of good, short pieces in here, from different viewpoints.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy

    I read the bulk of this is one sitting. It’s so powerful and good. At times it’s a heavy read but valuable. It has historical information, and accurate information. About planned parenthood, women’s stories around abortion, STI screening, living HIV positive, living with HPV (which I was for years) , transgender, displays both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. Bonus If you’ve never read any graphic novel this has a number of contributors with a variety of styles. So it’s a good sampler I read the bulk of this is one sitting. It’s so powerful and good. At times it’s a heavy read but valuable. It has historical information, and accurate information. About planned parenthood, women’s stories around abortion, STI screening, living HIV positive, living with HPV (which I was for years) , transgender, displays both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. Bonus If you’ve never read any graphic novel this has a number of contributors with a variety of styles. So it’s a good sampler in that way. Somehow planned parenthood has been under attack for a while now. There’s misconceptions about what they do and don’t do and I bought this originally because it benefited them. It’s the one place I’ve gone as a woman for my sexual health and not been shamed, brushed off or rushed through. They helped me get over my temporary phobia of doctors after a particularly troubling experience in which the doctor blamed me, told be I couldn’t have kids with no proof, told me to reduce my stress after thoroughly stressing me out. I still struggle to forgive him. Point being planned parenthood supported me at a vulnerable time, continues to support me, cleared up my misconceptions about my health and provided education on birth control. They’re wonderful and anything I can do to support them I will do.

  13. 5 out of 5

    DianeB

    This is a fabulous collection of stories by an incredibly diverse array of writers and artists, all to benefit Planned Parenthood. What collaboration could be better? These stories run the gamut from historical fact to outer-space fiction, but all reflect something of the struggle and success not only of PP itself, but also for those who seek its services. Highly recommended. I own a softcover edition, and let me tell you, it's beautiful, and I love having it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    This graphic novel was pretty awesome. A compilation of short stories about people’s experiences with planned parenthood, sexuality, gender, relationships, and loss. Some of the stories are heartbreaking, and others uplifting. Some provide historical context, and others provide motivation to defend women and transgender rights. This is a must read, and a great addition to any public library collection (and profits are going to Planned Parenthood!).

  15. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Bee

    I've realised that I love these kinds of books. I did prefer some stories and art styles to others, but I appreciated them all for what they were and what they offered. It also didn't hurt that the kickstarter for this was for helping Planned Parenthood, which, even as a Canadian, I will always support.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Collins

    Good cause. Didn’t love some of the comics, not my style of art (sorry!)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    Like any anthology, the stories vary in quality. I’ve added an extra star since this book benefits Planned Parenthood and the vital services they offer.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    The actual comics are a mixed bag, at best, but the cause justifies the value. Kickstarter backer PDF

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Kaufmann

    A great collection of short comics in support of a great cause! Editors Joe Corallo and Molly Jackson have commissioned and assembled a striking, effective comics anthology from dozens of writers and artists, including Neil Gaiman, Dennis O'Neil, Amber Benson, Rachel Pollack, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Keith R. A. DeCandido, and many more. It's astonishing how many good short, powerful comics are inside these pages! Because this is a fundraising anthology for Planned Parenthood, many of the comics focu A great collection of short comics in support of a great cause! Editors Joe Corallo and Molly Jackson have commissioned and assembled a striking, effective comics anthology from dozens of writers and artists, including Neil Gaiman, Dennis O'Neil, Amber Benson, Rachel Pollack, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Keith R. A. DeCandido, and many more. It's astonishing how many good short, powerful comics are inside these pages! Because this is a fundraising anthology for Planned Parenthood, many of the comics focus on the subjects of personal choice, the need for access to health care, and religious or societal adversity, but a few move beyond to talk about how important Planned Parenthood is to the gay and trans experiences, especially in the early days when there were few other places to find a sympathetic ear and factual information about AIDS, safe sex, and transitioning. It's hard for me to choose a favorite among all the comics, but I have a soft spot for Stuart Moore and June Brigman's "Captain Ginger in Unplanned Parenthood," because it involves cat-people in a spaceship (Sergeant Mittens!) and refers to the now-extinct humans as "feeders." That one was right up my alley. There are so many stories in this anthology that you're sure to find one that's right up your alley, too. Highly recommended, not just for the good cause but for the sheer, overwhelming amount of talent on display.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Skyler

    I hate this book. Mine! by Molly, Jackson Is one of my most hated books. It has no storyline except for the stories about abortion coming once every 3 or 4 comics. It gives no warning that this is a collection of tiny little comics. the comics vary from comics about history to taking detective cats. It gives no summary on the back of the book and just is completely and the only theme it shares is revolving around the planned parenthood on the few comics that stick to the theme. It has no one the I hate this book. Mine! by Molly, Jackson Is one of my most hated books. It has no storyline except for the stories about abortion coming once every 3 or 4 comics. It gives no warning that this is a collection of tiny little comics. the comics vary from comics about history to taking detective cats. It gives no summary on the back of the book and just is completely and the only theme it shares is revolving around the planned parenthood on the few comics that stick to the theme. It has no one theme and is basically read bating(clicking bating but with reading) since the girl on the cover doesn't show up once. I really hate this book as I expressed, It's not like I'm against planned parenthood or abortion or something like that, no. I just really don't like this book, It's horrible. I recommend this to no one but if I had to choose it would be children learning about this type of stuff.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Fredrick Tasos

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Stalter

    Like all anthologies featuring work from multiple creators, I liked some of these stories better than others. Overall I was really impressed. While a lot of these stories center around Planned Parenthood - touching on everything from its history to the services it provides - it goes a lot deeper than that. It spotlights many of the broken elements in American sex education, public healthcare, and overall discourse on all of the above. It features a wide range of voices and perspectives, and real Like all anthologies featuring work from multiple creators, I liked some of these stories better than others. Overall I was really impressed. While a lot of these stories center around Planned Parenthood - touching on everything from its history to the services it provides - it goes a lot deeper than that. It spotlights many of the broken elements in American sex education, public healthcare, and overall discourse on all of the above. It features a wide range of voices and perspectives, and really showcases the complexities of gender, race, sexuality, and matters of choice. I highly recommend this.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Esther O. Lee

    Faves: Amy Shand, Emily Pearson,& Jim Campbell’s Cramps; Palicki & Neogi, Vinay Daniel, and Jesse Post’s Here Are Dragons; Tini Howard & Rebecca Farrow’s Saint Termina, Irene Johnson & Rob Jones’ Tea Cakes, Joe Illidge & Will Rosado’s For Those In Quiet Graves Honorable mention: Niki Smith’s Epidemic, Aria Baci & Marian Churchland’s We Cannot Make Our Sun Stand Still, Cecil Castellucci & Scott Chantler’s Ethel Byrne, Casey Gilly & Jen Hickman’s Rosemary’s Baby intervention, Rachel Pollack & Fyodo Faves: Amy Shand, Emily Pearson,& Jim Campbell’s Cramps; Palicki & Neogi, Vinay Daniel, and Jesse Post’s Here Are Dragons; Tini Howard & Rebecca Farrow’s Saint Termina, Irene Johnson & Rob Jones’ Tea Cakes, Joe Illidge & Will Rosado’s For Those In Quiet Graves Honorable mention: Niki Smith’s Epidemic, Aria Baci & Marian Churchland’s We Cannot Make Our Sun Stand Still, Cecil Castellucci & Scott Chantler’s Ethel Byrne, Casey Gilly & Jen Hickman’s Rosemary’s Baby intervention, Rachel Pollack & Fyodor Pavlov’s Refugee,

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sam Wescott

    A mix, like any anthology. Some were vibrant personal stories, others read like after school specials, and lots of them were little illustrated history lessons. Overall, a really great mix, but I did skip a few that were visually very tough to read, because of tiny, illegible lettering or one or two where the text got eaten where the page meets the spine.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Sad, hopeful, personal, specific, educational...but all powerful. As with any collection or anthology, some are better than others. I recommend reading only a few at a time and spacing them out, otherwise you’ll lose the individual impact.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Ignasiak

    This is a must read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Marquardt

    Pretty good! As with any collection, there are some really good short stories in here as well as some that didn't resonate as well for me personally, both in substance and style.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    One of the best themed anthologies I have read in years. The stories include so many emotions and personal stories.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Hard to rate so many short comics, but overall, I think it was a fun read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    So so powerful

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