It’s fiiiiiiiinally spoooooooooky season, when we crones of the material plane are at our peak power! Let’s get a move on!
Fellow Texans (and Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee): today is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the November general election! Call your friends, call your kids, and make sure you are registered and making your voting plan! Already got all of the above covered? Check out Vote Forward, a turn-out-the-vote initiative using a proven highly effective method: letter writers! You can still sign up and mail encouraging letters to unlikely voters by October 17.
If you are in the mood for something particularly spooky, you may peer into the mind of the white lifestyle blog Trump voter here.
Comics news is both spoopy and exciting this week: the Harvey Award winners were announced, including a big win for POME fave Witch Hat Atelier! Kodansha also announced this weekend that they are releasing 90’s manga Shaman King in full on Comixology… tomorrow!
October is chock full of Kickstarters to throw your money at, including TRUE KVLT, “four (22ish-page) issues of satanic panic (and fast food) (and crime) (oh, also it’s a comic book) made by a group of fun creators to show you there can be good company in loneliness and heinous life decisions.” They’ve already met their delightfully spoopy goal of $6,666, but there’s still plenty of time to nab amazing rewards.
We’re also very eager for The Wagadu Chronicles: an Afrofantasy MMORPG game where players are in character the whole time! Their unique, thoughtful methods of encouraging in-character play online are truly exciting, and there are some interesting freebies to explore and tons of stretch goals to unlock!
Labor news is appropriately grim: the National Labor Relations Board found last month that Kickstarter illegally fired employees in retaliation for union organizing efforts, the Feminist Majority Foundation (home to Ms. Magazine) has been union busting, and Amazon reports that almost 20,000 of their employees have gotten sick with COVID-19 in the past six months.
Does the siren song of autumn lure you deeper into your own hermitage? Heed that call with wise guidance from NPR reporter Elise Hu and cartoonist La Johnson, and their 5 tips to survive pandemic winter.
Real life is promising plenty of things to fear in the coming months, but we crones are nothing if not survivors. Treat yourself and your loved ones well!