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Do you want to submit a comic to Share but still don’t have a story idea? Here are some sharing- and cooperation-related topics we’d like to include:
- Libraries. Commonly-owned books for everyone to use — what’s not to like? But today they face challenges from restricted funding to publisher caprice regarding e-books.
The Fletcher Free Library‘s tool-lending program in Burlington, VT (could also be part of a piece on libraries in general).
- Internet sharing culture. Memes, cat photos, blogs, status updates, file swapping, Wikipedia, YouTube – if you think people don’t like to share, perhaps you haven’t visited the Internet. Lots of potential to find wider meaning even in seemingly trivial things here.
- Creative Commons. “Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. [...] If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified.” Conveniently, the Creative Commons website itself is largely licensed in a way that permits adaptations and commercial use. (Related: you may want to check out the Center for the Study of the Public Domain’s comic Tales From the Public Domain: Bound By Law?)
- Sharing and cooperation among plants, animals, and other life forms. When members of different species interact in a relationship that benefits them both, it’s known in biology as mutualism (when it’s among members of the same species it’s “co-operation”, but someone’s already doing a comic about hermit crab co-operation). Well-known examples include pollination and the bacteria in human digestive tracts. Less widely known: lots of plants depend on relationships with fungi living among their roots!
- Shared transportation. They say the U.S. has a love affair with cars, but it’s a dysfuctional relationship. Roads full of cars (most carrying only one person) are inefficient, dangerous, and environmentally destructive. Ride-sharing, car-sharing, and mass transit can reduce those problems. For a local ride-sharing program see Connecting Commuters (VT), Upper Valley Rideshare (VT & NH), NH Rideshare, MassRides (MA), and MassCommute (MA). For car-sharing, there is at least one Zipcar program in the region, but we’d be more interested in hearing about the Upper Valley Community Car (info available on request – it doesn’t have a website, but some of the Center For Cartoon Studies folk use it).
If you’d like to draw a story written by someone else, we need an artist for a six page piece about open source software that someone is writing and thumbnailing.
If you decide to cover any of these topics, please let us know so we can avoid overlap. If you would like help with research or advice on writing about real-world subjects, drop us a line and we’ll do our best to support you. Either way, you can reach us in comments here or via email@example.com.