Thanks for dropping by! Odds are you found us either by reading the Pax Avalon graphic novels, attended one of our "Ethics in Comics" panels, or stopped by our booth at your local comic con. We're glad you did. This site is a gathering place for challenging ideas about how people interact with each other and the impact of the art they create and share.
We begin with some terminology to help us understand one another.
Art is the expression of experience. We have all had experiences, but some of those are more significant than others (tweeting about the sandwich you ate at lunch is not necessarily worth sharing... but that depends on just how much that chicken salad filling is changing your life). We put these experiences out there for others to absorb, consider, and possibly relate to through many different artistic means - the more excellent your skill level, the most enticing and clear the experience transfer is.
These transfers impact the reader/watcher/listener - positively, if they are engaging your art through a lens of critical thinking and self-awareness, and perhaps more negatively if they have turned off their brains in order to escape from their life into art. Escapism is a powerful force in modern culture and one of the easiest ways to let someone else alter your perceptions without your really even knowing about it. We are, it seems, the gatekeepers of our own minds.
So, to further facilitate these conversations, we've identified some questions that help us to evaluate the art we digest. People will answer these questions differently and this creates a sort-of ethical matrix that defines how you think about things at this stage of your own development. These are not right answer/wrong answer questions - they are markers to understand how you think. Recognizing and remembering these markers will help you realize how the art -- and therefore the experience -- that you are sharing fits with how you already think. Where does it challenge, affirm, push, or even offend you? Understanding ourselves is the beginning of meaningful dialogue, including the ability to respectfully disagree with others... and our society absolutely CAN NOT function with that ability.
We invite you to come and engage in these conversations and considerations with us.