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Bring Reading Rainbow’s library of interactive books & video field trips to more platforms & provide free access to classrooms in need!
Bring Reading Rainbow’s library of interactive books & video field trips to more platforms & provide free access to classrooms in need!
105,857 backers pledged $5,408,916 to help bring this project to life.

2015 Calendar will feature new art from 6 MAJOR artists... AND YOU?



Big news this morning, so we'll get right to it.

One of the backer rewards we've been most excited about is the READING RAINBOW 2015 CALENDAR, which is included in the READING YEAR-ROUND PACKAGE ($175), most $200+ packages, or as an ADD-ON REWARD (just add $25 onto any pledge here).

Here's why we're so excited about it:

Our 2015 Calendar will feature new, original artwork created for this calendar by six beloved artists, illustrators and cartoonists!

Each month of the calendar will provide space for your child (or you!) to keep a list of all of the books you've read, along with an original illustration inspired by the Reading Rainbow slogan: that with a book, you can "Go Anywhere and Be Anything."

If you grab a copy of the calendar, you'll be getting ORIGINAL ARTWORK DESIGNED EXCLUSIVELY FOR READING RAINBOW by these incredible artists:

MARY GRANDPRÉ is best known for her iconic work as the artist and illustrator of the Harry Potter books. All told, she has illustrated more than twenty books, including a number of children's books, and her work has appeared in both gallery exhibitions and periodicals including The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly and The Wall Street Journal. You can find more of her work at

BRETT HELQUIST is best known as the illustrator behind the beloved children's book series, Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events. He has also illustrated a wide range of books and picture books for children, including Fly By Night and Chasing Vermeer... and appeared in the children's magazine Cricket! You can find more of his work at, and follow him on Twitter as @BHelquist.

PENNY ARCADE, which debuted in 1998, is among the most popular and longest-running webcomics on the internet. Written by Jerry Holkins ("Tycho") and illustrated by Mike Krahulik ("Gabe"), the runaway success of Penny Arcade led to the creation of PAX, an annual gaming convention, and enabled Holkins and Krahulik to launch Child's Play, a children's charity.

CHRIS ELIOPOULOS illustrates Ordinary People Change The World, a children's book series with Brad Meltzer. Besides that, he has worked on thousands of comic titles for Marvel, DC, Image and more. He co-created the graphic novel Cow Boy with Nate Cosby and wrote and drew the webcomic Misery Loves Sherman for a number of years. You can see more of his work at, and follow him on Twitter as @ChrisEliopoulos.

KATIE COOK is well-known for her commissioned work for Marvel, Star Wars, Fraggle Rock and more, and is the creator of the widely beloved webcomic Gronk: A Monster's Story. She is also the artist for IDW's My Little Pony comic series, based on the popular animated series, which has become a best-seller for all ages. As the daughter of a librarian, she is also a strong believer in the importance of reading (and Reading Rainbow)! You can see more of her work at, and follow her on Twitter as @katiecandraw.

MIKE MAIHACK is the creator of the sci-fi, action adventure series, Cleopatra in Space (published by Scholastic/Graphix), the popular webcomic Cow & Buffalo, and has contributed art and stories to books like Jim Henson’s The Storyteller; Cow Boy; Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities; and the award-winning Comic Book Tattoo. He currently live in Tampa, FL with his wife, two-year-old son, and a couple of useless siamese cats. You can see more of his work at, and follow him on Twitter as @MikeMaihack.


It's an amazing lineup of talent. And here's something just as amazing:

Every single one of them has chosen to participate for free.

In fact, these artists are so committed to helping us reach more underfunded schools that each of them have also agreed to donate FIVE SIGNED PRINTS of the original work they create for the calendar, which will be introducing as new, higher-level reward tiers next week! 

Cool! But what about the OTHER six months of the year?

Great question! We're still talking to a few more artists, but we also want this calendar to reflect the most important thing about this whole Kickstarter experience: that YOU are the ones making a difference and helping bring reading to more children!

After the Kickstarter campaign ends, we'll be holding an ART CONTEST for artists of all ages -- kids and adults -- and inviting you to submit your original creations. All of our backers will be given a chance to vote for their favorites, and we'll include up to SIX of the top selections in the final calendar. (That means your art could appear alongside new work from the illustrators of Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket and more, for the whole world to see!)

Want to get multiple calendars?

If you want to get more copies of the calendar -- for yourself, or as gifts for the children and readers in your life -- you can get as many as you'd like as REWARD ADD-ONS. Just go here, and add $25 to your total pledge for each additional calendar you'd like.


We can't even tell you how excited and honored we are to be working with these artists -- and we hope you share our excitement. Let us know your thoughts in the comments... and start working on your own ideas for the ART CONTEST!

We'll see you next time,

The Reading Rainbow Team

Cyn, Andrew Parris, and 96 more people like this update.


    1. Creator Andy Scott on October 20, 2014

      how do i vote for my favorite artist?

    2. Creator David Hermo on July 6, 2014

      @Nivair H. Gabriel
      Good to know you're feelings over a three year old joke about how "save 5 out of 50 slaves" quest in a ton of MMOs and how most players don't care why, what happens to the slaves or those they leave behind is more important than teaching children to read.

    3. Creator Renee Chantler on June 26, 2014

      (@Creator, it has been 5 days since you committed to respond to anyone who wrote privately with concerns about issues relating to Update 17, and I have yet to receive a response or an acknowledgment of my submission to you. Frankly, I feel like my concern as a donor has been blown off, and you asked for a private submission only to eliminate public criticism. I have not pulled my pledge and after having reflected on why I signed onto this campaign in the first place won't - and still wish the campaign overall success. But the taste being ignored has left in my mouth is not a good one.

      @Nivair - thank you for so eloquently articulating the issue.

    4. Creator Bryan Roberts on June 24, 2014

      Upping my support for RR. Very excited to see what all the artist are going to come up with. Great cause

    5. Creator Melinda Rankin on June 24, 2014

      I for one am very excited to see what Mike Krahulik comes up with. He's created some really beautiful, whimsical stuff in the past, and I'm sure he won't disappoint. I'm familiar with all of the other artists as well, and I'm looking forward to their contributions too, naturally. I think this will be a gorgeous work!

    6. Creator Monica Evans on June 21, 2014

      @Nivair: I wish I could claim credit for that cartoon I linked, but it was a Memphis-area political cartoonist who did it. Glad you liked it though!

    7. Creator Nivair H. Gabriel on June 20, 2014

      @Monica Evans Thank you for posting that photo. Awesome.

    8. Creator Nivair H. Gabriel on June 20, 2014

      I gasped with excitement when I saw this update, and then I sighed in abject disappointment when I saw "PAX" and "Penny Arcade." I certainly won't pull my pledge, but I won't raise it either--I have no desire for that calendar anymore, even though I LOVE Mary GrandPré and am excited about the other artists. PA's material is not appropriate for children--mature themes can be handled in mature ways, but PA's the last place I'd go to look for that.

      When I think about the importance of this campaign for me, it keeps coming back to INCLUSIVITY. That's what I loved most about Reading Rainbow. It celebrated inclusivity, individuality, diversity. Human rights. These are all connected, and in this country I believe many if not most of us are still fighting for these rights every day--particularly women, particularly trans women, particularly individuals who define outside the gender binary, particularly people of color. I find PA and PAX's dismissal of these concerns--as the hysteric ranting of internet "SJW"s, those who like to be "Politically Correct," also known as decent and respectful of your fellow human beings and their dignity--to be deeply troubling and toxic. If it were my choice, I would not promote their work to children. It hurts me that there is poison even in this well.

      But I am so hopeful about everything else in this campaign. I still want it to do extremely well, of course, and I want the focus to stay on RR and the children and classrooms in need who will be getting this material. Thank you again for the wonderful work you're doing.

    9. Creator Alizarin Quinn on June 20, 2014

      I'm glad PA is part of this campaign; if they weren't, I wouldn't have known about it. So I pledged for a calendar, my lady added for a shirt, and I'm happy that the money will go to such a great cause. =)

      I just want it to be known again (I'm sure others have said it before), that people who are still vitriolic toward PA do not speak for everyone in the LGBT community, or those of us who are victims of any particular assault. The things Penny Arcade said or did came from a place of ignorance, not of hate, and now that they're a little more educated, they know better. It's much more rational to let the punishment end when the lesson's been learned.

    10. Creator James Venes on June 20, 2014

      Personally, I used to enjoy reading Penny Arcade for the humor, which was often as colorful as it gets. I don't mind the language. But, the insensitivity to certain hot-button topics left a sour taste in my mouth and I stopped reading their comic.

      Still, it's good that they're involved with Child's Play. That ought to count for something.

      As far as people possibly pulling their pledges based on Penny Arcade being in the calendar, I feel that would be a foolish, short-sighted thing to do. By pledging for this project, you are helping get Reading Rainbow back in front of more kids. You are not providing Penny Arcade anything monetarily, and in fact they're doing this for free. Like them or not, that's still a nice gesture to make and it's good to forgive people instead of holding a grudge.

      I do think threatening to yank a pledge misses the point of the project overall. By doing that just to make a statement about Penny Arcade, even if it runs the risk of one child missing out on Reading Rainbow, do you think that's worth the stand you want to take?

    11. Creator John Davis on June 20, 2014

      Penny Arcade sent me here. I pledged $30 for the Calander. My first Kickstarter! Mike and Jerry are capable of such intelligent, insightful, beautiful, and poignant stories and illustrations. If you have not read their Eyrewood stories then you are in for a treat.

    12. Creator Morgan Dambergs on June 20, 2014

      I'm afraid that, as a transgender person, I also have to speak out to say I am uncomfortable about the inclusion of Penny Arcade in this calendar. I was considering adding the calendar to my pledge...but especially with the extra (and completely understandable!) cost for international shipping, it's hard to justify spending that much money on a calendar I would have to skip a whole month of because I feel so uncomfortable with the artists who created it.

      Please consider taking Penny Arcade off this project and getting another artist to take their place. They've said things that are extremely hurtful and problematic to both me and many people I know.

    13. Creator Everard on June 20, 2014

      I just pledged. I want the calendar and to show my support for the inclusion of Penny Arcade. Reading these comments has certainly been an interesting view into the mindset of those who would actually consider pulling their support for the entire project over this tempest in a teacup.

    14. Creator Tom Wright on June 20, 2014

      Hey, I just pledged myself, I'm super excited to see Reading Rainbow, and it's really awesome to see so many great artists creating this calendar! I can't wait to see the final product, I know it's going to be some beautiful stuff.

    15. Creator Monica Evans on June 20, 2014

      Too bad this couldn't have been in there instead of Penny Arcade...

      In case you're wondering, that's the Memphis Central Library, and that's a cartoon that has touched me every time I've seen it, because it reminds me of exactly how I feel whenever I open a book, and reminds me of all my trips to the library when I was little.

      Something with a positive spirit like this would be much better than something fraught with such painful controversy and that sets a very poor example for children to follow, to say the least.

    16. Creator Matt Foster on June 19, 2014

      Thanks for including Penny Arcade in the calendar, it certainly increased the amount I had intended to pledge.

    17. Creator Luke Mikisha Dietrich on June 19, 2014

      i cant believe people are getting all riled up over Penny Arcade making a free piece of art for the calendar and threatening to pull their pledges,lol.

      yes lets make the children suffer for this! great logic /sarcasm

      ps - anybody mentioning the r word in these comments should be banned from further commenting.

    18. Creator Michelle K.T. Illg on June 19, 2014

      Suggestion of artist to ask: One of my favorite children's book illustrators, Stephen Gammell. =]

    19. Creator Andrew Daniele on June 19, 2014

      So glad to see Mike's post today about the calendar. I upped my pledge immediately. Can't wait to see what he comes up with!

    20. Creator Jill on June 19, 2014

      I'm just going to ditto Joe's post because of reasons:

      Anyone who pulls their pledge because of the inclusion of the Penny Arcade team should be ashamed of themselves. Are you trying to make a stand? Nobody cares. At the end of the day you're going to be a person who turned their back on children in need. The only thing you're doing is hurting the children that are going to benefit from this amazing program.

      Were you offended by their work? This is America. Free speech means that from time to time you're going to be offended by something. This is supposed to be about teaching children and the last thing we need to be teaching them is censorship.

    21. Creator Renee Chantler on June 19, 2014

      @Eamil: Respectfully, saying "I regret doing something" is not the same thing as saying "I'm sorry." Many, maybe most, people who make inconvenient statements truly and sincerely regret having made them. But not because they are sorry for the harm they have caused - just the fact that they got called out in a public controversy. That is how that article reads - and how most who wrote about it over the next month saw it.

      With that, I won't say anything else because as @Creator points out, we've made our points clearly. I will just wait for my response.

    22. Creator Benjamin Abrams on June 19, 2014

      Since no one else has made any comments consistent with my opinion, I'll throw it in here:

      I have no problem with Reading Rainbow choosing "controversial" artists, authors, or other people with whom to work. I'm all for freedom of speech and association, among many others. I have not and will not be pulling my pledge - neither do I encourage others to do so nor will I try to convince them otherwise.

      All of that said, I've read through the first seven paperback collections of Penny Arcade. Honestly, I don't see much humor in it at all - each book had maybe three or four comics that even made me chuckle. Not my cup of tea (same as Picard: early grey, hot), but I know many people who find it hilarious. Great. I don't care.

      As to it being offensive: I agree. Much in the way of modern artwork is offensive and done so on purpose. Still not my thing and I do not enjoy it in any way. And here is the crux of my problem: a Reading Rainbow calendar with such an artist is fine; linking the comic with no warning or disclaimer is a problem. I've sent a link to this project to friends and family. I do NOT want my grandmother (or, really, any other family member) to link to a comic with characters such as (cleaning this name up, obviously) the "Fruit Fornicator." That is something that just should not be done.

      Are the PA guys jerks or whatever? Possibly, but I really don't care. Should their names and artwork be in any way attached to this project? Honestly, it's not my call to make. I certainly would not do it but not for any censorship reasons (or general SJW "pout-rage"). There are plenty of "adult" artists and authors who have made great material for children (Neil Gaiman quickly comes to mind).

      Comics are a great medium with the chance for great artwork and writing (like any other medium, not all comics are an example of this but the principle holds true). I've given superhero, Star Wars, and other comics to children in my family... but I've always either read them first or found another way of ensuring that they are age appropriate. I guarantee that any child young enough to be in the target age-group for Reading Rainbow is not or should not be reading Penny Arcade. Regardless of whether its material is offensive or not, it is adult material and should be treated as such. I think the "Sandman" books are some of the best comics even published but there's no way I'd allow my young nephew to read them at his age.

    23. Creator Michelle K.T. Illg on June 19, 2014

      Eee, Katie Cook! Her artwork for the LMP comics is amazing!! And she's done stuff for Fraggle Rock?! Suh-weet.
      And of course, GrandPre...awesome.

      I had no idea what "Penny Arcade" was; I'd only seen the backlash a little while ago over their controversial...whatever. Treatment of the subject of rape in the comic, I guess it was. This calendar doesn't "endorse" them, though; they're creating free artwork for it which has nothing to do with their comic, and that's all. I can see why people would be upset if they don't believe that their apology was sincere, but it's not as if kids will be exposed to the comic...or the creators will receive any money for the calendar page.

    24. Creator Brittany Phillips on June 19, 2014

      I personally am super excited. As someone who grew up reading Harry Potter this calendar made my day! I am nearly 27 and still read all the time and I have reading rainbow in part to thank for that. Thank you for helping bring a love of reading to others, it really can make a huge impact on your life.

    25. Creator Eamil on June 19, 2014

      As for what he said at PAX, he explains why he said what he said. Whether you believe that or not is up to you but the articles I saw, including the Wired article you linked, focus on him saying that and the crowd's response to it. He explains the former and can hardly be held responsible for the latter.

    26. Creator LeVar Burton & Reading Rainbow on June 19, 2014

      @Everyone -- As before, we'd encourage people who have concerns about this to contact us directly. We'll do our best to respond to you. It might take us a little while, but that's not because we don't care.

      In the meantime: all sides have stated their case -- some respectfully, some less so. Whether you agree with this decision or not, we hope the spirit of the project -- to help as many children as possible -- will remain the focus here, and gently ask ALL commenters not to let this descend into an argument or debate about other issues, or personal attacks.

      You've all shared your opinions, and they're all valid and respected -- but we hope you won't let this turn into a divisive issue among a community that still has a chance to do a tremendous amount of good for kids in need.

      -- Ivan

    27. Creator Eamil on June 19, 2014

      "With that said I absolutely regret everything we did after that comic. I regret the follow up strip, I regret making the merchandise, I regret pulling the merchandise and I regret being such an asshole on twitter to people who were upset. I don’t think any of those things were good ideas."

    28. Creator Renee Chantler on June 19, 2014

      @Eamil: Did you read that link closely? I see an apology for "not stopping after we issued the comic strip", not for either having put out the shirts or most importantly what happened at PAX and what he said. A number of people who were there have written about that event and suffice it to say that it differs from this founder's reporting. I urge you to look at their articles.

    29. Creator Eamil on June 19, 2014

      Re. "no apology has been forthcoming" please see my post right below yours. That was posted days after PAX.

    30. Creator Renee Chantler on June 19, 2014

      IMO, anyone who blithely dismisses the Penny Arcade owners glorifying rape and misogyny--and then doubling down when called out on it--as either "old news" or "doesn't matter because they donate to children" should be ashamed of themselves because they haven't done your research into PA's founders' behavior and statements in September 2013 (less than a year ago) and forward. Or, frighteningly, maybe they have -- and simply don't care. If you don't care you don't, but don't try and shame those who do into not encouraging this campaign to reconsider it's decision re: the calendar.

      IMO someone who truly doesn't care enough to at least raise the issue, shouldn't have anything to do with a project that involves children. This, or any other. Because, as a reminder, more than 1/2 of the target audience for Reading Rainbow are girls, aka women in the making.

      I reiterate: this is not "old news", unless you consider less than a year ago to be old where no apology has been forthcoming. But, as the @creators say, you don't have to take my word for it.

      I am patiently awaiting a response to my private message and am hopeful that the concern that I and others have raised will be responded to more respectfully than it has been for some of the folks here.

    31. Creator Eamil on June 19, 2014

      I agree with Terese. The initial DW comic that sparked outrage was seen as making light of rape when it wasn't. They responded incredibly badly to what they saw as unwarranted criticism, first with the comic in response to the criticism and then Gabe especially lashing out at anyone who raised the subject. (And Gabe has an unfortunate habit of doing this at times when he feels like he's being "piled on," although after one about a year ago he said he realized he had become a bully himself and wanted to improve his behavior, and I'm not aware of any blowups since then.)

      But I don't think that was the intent of his comment at PAX 2013. I think his clarification afterwards was sincere.

      Gabe frequently makes an [expletive deleted] of himself, but like Terese said, I don't think that's all there is to him as a person.

    32. Creator Joe Kontor on June 19, 2014

      Anyone who pulls their pledge because of the inclusion of the Penny Arcade team should be ashamed of themselves. Are you trying to make a stand? Nobody cares. At the end of the day you're going to be a person who turned their back on children in need. The only thing you're doing is hurting the children that are going to benefit from this amazing program.

      Were you offended by their work? This is America. Free speech means that from time to time you're going to be offended by something. This is supposed to be about teaching children and the last thing we need to be teaching them is censorship.

    33. Creator Jason Y on June 19, 2014

      @Kim Detro: Couldn't have said it better myself. Apparently no matter how much good one can do in this world, some people will never forgive you for that one particular mistake you made.

    34. Creator Kim Detro on June 19, 2014

      How difficult it must be for you to go through life only able to see the things that you don't like. While the comic is not, nor was ever intended to be, for children, Mike and Jerry have done a lot of child-focused projects over the years, all of them are quite beautiful. The work they've put into Child's Play is amazing. They didn't have to do that: encouraging their audience to fight back against the stereotype and prove that gamers have souls and a sense of responsibility and a desire to help where it is needed. They also sponsor an annual scholarship (, but you probably haven't heard much about that either, unless maybe you hate merit based awards and kids that go to college.

    35. Creator Walker Ferox on June 19, 2014

      Renee is exactly right. In addition RR including them in the calendar is a manner of alliance with them regardless. People will (and have) interpreted it as giving Penny Arcade a sort of virtual Thumbs-Up.

      The fact alone that it's so quickly stirred up controversy here in RR's own Kickstarter comments should be enough of a red flag for the RR Team to reconsider including their artwork at all.

      Funny how we tend to say things like "Time heals all wounds" yet we're told to "Never forget" while being warned that "Past is precedent".

    36. Creator Jessica on June 19, 2014

      That's a fair assessment, Terese.

    37. Creator Terese Thompson on June 19, 2014

      I also wanted to add that they handled the DW controversy poorly, and I could understand why people are still upset. I just don't believe it's the entire picture when it comes to them, either.

    38. Creator Terese Thompson on June 19, 2014

      I'm probably in the minority, but I'm excited for the inclusion of the Penny Arcade artists. They have done charitable work with Child's Play, and they promote it heavily every year. I know that what they've done has offended some people (and they have apologized, too, for some of it), but it's not like they're going to put a random uncensored Penny Arcade comic in the calendar. I'm sure what will be eventually included will be Reading Rainbow themed and appropriate, so maybe hold final judgment until you see it?

    39. Creator Jesse Armstrong on June 19, 2014

      Everyone just calm down. This is about Reading Rainbow... Remember Reading Rainbow? Well I for one would love my kids to say that they do, regardless of how you feel about a single webcomic artist.

    40. Creator Wm Brian MacLean on June 19, 2014

      I can upgrade my pledge & get a calendar with an image from the Team Dickwolves T-shirt company? I think not.

      You might not "endorse" them, but you're certainly comfortable co-promoting them to your child-focused audience. Disappointing.

    41. Creator Renee Chantler on June 19, 2014

      @Creator: I have contacted you rather than continue to discuss this situation with Penny Arcade here, but only out of profound respect for LeVar Burton.

    42. Creator LeVar Burton & Reading Rainbow on June 19, 2014

      Also, @Marlayna: we ABSOLUTELY believe in the importance of having diverse artists and representations -- in the calendar, and in general! We're talking to a few more artists who would reflect this diversity, but we also expect that the artwork in the final calendar will reflect that appreciation of cultural diversity.

      Please know that we've heard you, and we share that value! :)

      -- Ivan

    43. Creator Adam Koile on June 19, 2014

      What if you just want the art work/ prints and not the calendar? Is the only way to get them is by doing a signed version?

    44. Creator LeVar Burton & Reading Rainbow on June 19, 2014

      Hey all.

      First, please know we're reading your comments, and we understand the concerns.

      @Lukas, @Renee, @Lindsay -- Please understand, the inclusion of ANY artist in this calendar isn't intended as an endorsement of ANYTHING. It simply reflects that an artist with a huge fan base offered to reach out to their OWN fans, and contribute artwork for free, to help with the cause we all share.

      We're not endorsing anyone, and we're certainly not asking you to have any specific opinion about them. But please remember, as well, that we're not paying them or promoting them. They're not asking for anything back. They're just trying to help us reach the same goal we ALL share, and are trying to do something good.

      All of that said, if you've got more concerns about it, please use the button on the side of the page to contact us! We obviously don't want to upset anyone, and we don't want ANYONE to feel ignored. -- Ivan

    45. Creator Donia Lilly on June 19, 2014

      Will the non-famous artists' contest be announced in an Update like this with enough time to create something for the calendar? (no parameters were described in this post, just that a contest is forthcoming)
      ethyrical artist

    46. Creator jeffrey wasser on June 19, 2014

      I felt the need to pledge simply to comment. It is very disappointing to read how some people act towards this wonderful project. I can understand not wanting to support Penny Arcade for the views of its creators, but how could you possibly speak bad about this WONDERFUL project simply because you disagree with the views of a single artist who is doing a page in a calendar for free. Principles are very important and should be held to high standards, but all Penny Arcade is guilty of is offensive humor and pissing off a lot of people. If you don't like the artist, don't get the calendar because as far as has been shown that is his only contribution to the project, other than ensuring it reaches a wider range of backers who can make this project bigger and better than it was. Hate PA all you want, but do not stop supporting RR.

    47. Creator Suzanne James-Bacon on June 19, 2014

      Add-on of a calendar with a Mike Krahulik drawing? Oh yeah, that's worth an extra $25!

    48. Creator Lukas Daniel Klausner on June 19, 2014

      Penny Arcade? Sorry, but no. I strongly suggest you reconsider that.

    49. Creator Renee Chantler on June 19, 2014

      I have been someone that has been following this entire campaign closely, and been fortunate to be online when milestones were made, celebrating with the Rainbow Connectors whose passion and work is extraordinary.

      But I admit that this issue of Penny Arcade has me, for the first time, contemplating something I never thought I'd do: pull my $200 pledge. Sure, my pledge is just a drop in the ocean for this campaign and will not matter one whit in the end. Except to my sense of principles.

      I am really bothered by the folks commenting that the DW controversy "was a long time ago". Tespectfully anyone taking that position should do more googling. Less than a year ago the co-founder of Penny Arcade was still whining about being victimized by "bullies", expressing that he wished he had NOT pulled the DW items from their store, and showing ZERO true remorse for what occurred at his encouragment and on his watch:

      As a survivor myself, I know that clinging to truly old things when someone is genuinely sorry and has learned from their mistakes is wrong. However, I also know folks who seek to create a false image of redemption. Throwing money around claiming charitable goodness while also insisting that misogyny is right and that those who rightfully and loudly called it out are bullies is not the behavior of someone who is truly sorry. That ploy didn't work for Donald Sterling trying to show that his donations to the NAACP bought him a pass for his filthy anti-Black racism, and it shouldn't work for Mike Krahulik or Penny Arcade either.

      RR, please investigate this further. I pray you make the right choice about what to as it relates to the calendar.

    50. Creator Lindsay B on June 19, 2014

      I'm also very disappointed in the inclusion of Penny Arcade, specifically for their jokes about rape, and then when called out on it, doubling down on the jokes, making t-shirts about it and not apologizing for trivializing rape (until years later). I'm still supporting this project because I believe in the project itself - I'm just disappointed that you'd include an artist who has repeatedly shown to be callous about sexual violence.