This comic is part of a series of four comics on democracy and civic engagement funded by the “Why it Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Beka Feathers is a legal adviser on political development in conflict-affected states. Her writing is influenced by her work with clients and partners in more than a dozen countries, where she has helped to draft constitutions, design transitional governments, facilitate peace processes, and advocate for improved access to justice. She is a proud alumna of Lewis & Clark College, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and American University’s Washington College of Law. She lives with her talented, pun-loving wife and a suspiciously intelligent dog in Portland.
Aki Ruiz is an animator and illustrator whose work tells stories of worlds in-between. Using elements of magical realism, he explores themes of self-identity, inner worlds, and the search to belong. He seeks to create artwork that allows the unseen and underrepresented to recognize themselves and feel seen and empowered.
Originally from the Bay Area, California, he currently resides in Portland. He has a BFA in animation/illustration from SJSU, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Aki has worked with clients such as PDX, Oregon Humanities, and Artists Repertory Theater to tell stories through comics, illustrations, and animations that explore our diversity and highlight the magic in everyday life.