Charlotte Balogh, Gab Contreras, & Liana Kangas

Sit down with creators Charlotte Balogh, Gab Contreras, and Liana Kangas as we discuss what the Lower Your Sights project means to him, their contribution to the anthology, and their thoughts on the unifying power of art.

Q: What does this project mean to you?
A: For us, this is a project of hope and necessity. We believe the Lower Your Sights anthology is a unique opportunity for creators to put their hearts and artistic muscle behind something truly worthwhile. As an organization, Voices of Children has an exceptionally thoughtful approach to supporting those in need, and our pages are a small but mighty way to champion their efforts.

Q: What is your contribution to Lower Your Sights? (Short Story, Pinup, Etc.)
A: With our piece, Liana illustrated a spread of sunflowers to spotlight Ukraine’s national flower in a manner that is soothing and inherently hopeful. Similarly, Charlotte wrote a poem inspired by her grandmother’s childhood, seeking to remind readers to remain kind and forward-looking in the face of tragedy. And, last but not least, Gab brought the project to life as our colorist!

In addition to participating in the Lower Your Sights anthology, Liana will be raffling off the original art from our contribution to raise extra funds for Voices of Children.

Q: In addition to supplying food and essential supplies, Voices of Children also provides art therapy to help kids cope and overcome the stress, anxiety, and trauma of living in war conditions. Do you believe art has the power to heal?
A: Yes! Art is a way to connect with authenticity, share new stories, and entertain or educate audiences in equal measure. In times of crisis, creating art of any medium is how we heal, dream, grow, and learn–and we are all at our strongest when we create together.

Meet the Creators

Liana Kangas (they/her)
Liana Kangas is a freelance comic artist, illustrator, and writer, with previous professional history in graphic design and outreach. Current works include drawing and co-creating the comic miniseries TRVE KVLT, written by Scott Bryan Wilson published by IDW, and drawing a short written by James Tynion IV for Razorblades, published by Image Comics. Liana has also worked on the IDW/LucasFilm title Star Wars Adventures written by Sam Maggs, co-writing the short one-shot Seeds of Eden, co-written by Joe Corallo, drawn by Paul Azaceta, and published by TKO Studios, co-created and drew a mini series titled She Said Destroy, written by Corallo and published by Vault Comics, and the BlackAF series title Devil’s Dye written by Vita Ayala published by Black Mask Studios. Liana’s work has been featured in anthologies including 2000AD, Z2’s The Final Symphony, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Comic Mix’s Mine!, Image Comics Where We Live, and A Wave Blue World’s All We Ever Wanted, Dead Beats, Embodied and Dead Beats: London Calling. Liana has drawn covers for series published with Image Comics, IDW, Comixology, Oni Press, Ahoy, Vault, Mad Cave and Scout. You can find fun features of Liana’s work on Nerdist, SYFY Artists Alley, Panel x Panel as well as featured articles on Deadline Hollywood, Newsarama, Paste Magazine, AIPT, Doom Rocket, Multiversity, Comics Beat, Vice, and Comics Alliance.

Twitter: @lianakangas | Instagram: @lianakangas | www.lianakangas.com

Charlotte Lillie Balogh (she/her)
Charlotte Lillie Balogh is a queer writer and longtime superhero fanatic currently living in Los Angeles, CA. She wrote and self-published her first young-adult book PRETTY WEAPON when she herself was only sixteen years old, and soon after began attending book signings and hosting creative writing workshops at local schools; all of which fostered her interest in working with young people and writing genre stories for a YA audience. Graduating as a Remembrance Scholar from Syracuse University, CLB launched into writing for television and film by working at DC Entertainment in Los Angeles. At DC, CLB bridged the DC Creative Affairs and Warner Bros. theatrical teams on projects including SHAZAM!, BIRDS OF PREY, and WONDER WOMAN 1984. In addition to features, CLB worked on THE SEVEN MAGIC LANDS and the critically acclaimed DOOMSDAY CLOCK comic book series, plus TITANS, DOOM PATROL, and STARGIRL for television, all honing her unique perspective of story from both the Studio and Producer’s side of the table. When she’s not writing, CLB coaches women’s crew at RowLA and serves as a creative writing mentor with WriteGirl, working with young women and non-binary youth to help create the world’s next generation of real-life superheroes.

Twitter: @charlottelilliebalogh | Instagram: @charlottelilliebalogh | www.charlottelillie.com

Gab Contreras (she/her)
Gabriela (Gab) Contreras is a comic book colorist, illustrator, and graphic designer. Coloring comics is her main job, but she would love to illustrate comic covers too! Her last comic works include “WITCHBLOOD” (Vault Comics), “DIRTBAG RAPTURE” (ONI Press), “TRVE KVLT” (IDW), “THE DEADLIEST BOUQUET” (Image Comics) and “MEZO: BATTLE AT COBÁN ROCK” (AWBW). She has also worked on anthologies such as “HELP: THE HERO INITIATIVE ANTHOLOGY”, “2000 AD SCI-FI SPECIAL 2018”, “DEAD BEATS”, “ALL WE EVER WANTED”, “MAYBE SOMEDAY”, “EMBODIED”, “EVERYTHING IS GOING WRONG” and “JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS – 40×40: Bad Reputation/I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”.

Twitter: @GabContrerasR | Instagram: @GabContrerasR | www.gabcontreras.com

Mad Cave Studios and Voices Of Children are teaming up to publish Lower Your Sights, a graphic novel anthology, to raise awareness and proceeds for children impacted by war. Earnings from the book’s sales are going directly to the Voices of Children foundation.

Lower Your Sights is available for preorder (FOC on August 29th 2022), and officially in stores on September 14th, 2022. You can pre-order your very own copy of this benefit anthology here.

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