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 an independent advisor on peace processes, constitution-drafting, political development, and access to justice in conflict-affected countries. Her writing is informed by her work with partners in over a dozen countries, as well as her experience working for the Oregon State Legislature. She is the author of the forthcoming nonfiction graphic novel Re:Constitutions (out July 2021).
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.