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Cover Posing for a Good Cause


Long ago (in internet terms), I posted a series of pictures in which I attempted to duplicate the cover poses of various fantasy heroines. This quickly became my most-viewed blog post ever. Later, in response to various calls of, “But men are objectified too!” I did a follow-up, posing like the men in order to illustrate the difference in how men and women are portrayed.

Since then, I regularly get emails and Tweets pointing me to genderswapped Avengers, men posing like car wash cheerleaders, and more. (I now have a better understanding of how John Scalzi must feel as the internet’s unofficial Emperor of All Things Bacon.)12/16/12

The other thing I get are requests to pose like various covers, whether it’s the Catwoman comic or the latest spinally-challenged urban fantasy heroine. At one point, a friend on Twitter said they’d pay $5 to see me try a particular pose. And that gave me an idea…

Welcome to the first annual Cover Pose Fundraiser

I spent a while trying to decide what cause I wanted to support. And then something happened. One of my high school classmates Jen posted on Facebook that she needed a ride to the hospital. Her eleven-year-old daughter Madison was in the hospital as a result of complications from a rare condition known as Aicardi Syndrome. It was the first time I had seen Jen in ages.

Madison died a few days later.

I had learned about Aicardi several years earlier, from my friends Michael and Lynne Thomas, both of whom are active in the SF/F community. Michael is an author as well as Managing Editor at Apex Magazine, and has been an Associate Editor for Mad Norwegian Press. Lynne is a curator, editor, podcaster, and two-time Hugo winner.

Their daughter Caitlin has Aicardi Syndrome. I felt fortunate to be able to introduce Jen to Michael when Madison was first diagnosed, trying to connect her to a source of information and support.

Caitlin Thomas (Photo Used With Permission)

This is a condition which affects 1 in 105,000 girls born in the U.S. It causes brain malformation, visual problems, seizures, developmental delays, and other medical complications. Most research puts the life expectancy for people with Aicardi between 8 and 16 years.

I can’t imagine what these families go through trying to care for their children. It’s one thing to have a child with a known condition, like diabetes. (I swear, I can’t throw a cupcake without hitting another diabetic.) It’s hard, but diabetes is treatable. It’s better known. There are others who can ease your fears and help you through.

Aicardi Syndrome is incurable. It’s hard to diagnose. It’s scary and overwhelming, and most people have never heard of it.

The Aicardi Syndrome Foundation is pretty much the only source in the United States for funding into research on this condition. The foundation also funds a family conference every two years, paying for hotel rooms, flying in researchers, and even covering many of the meals. It unites families fighting this disease, connecting them to a network of support they might otherwise never find.

I’m asking people to donate to the Aicardi Syndrome Foundation. In exchange, I will give you what the internet has deemed my most important contribution to society: ridiculous cover poses. All you have to do is email me at ASF@jimchines.com letting me know how much you donated. If you give more than $25, please include a copy of your receipt from the foundation.

I’ll pick donors at random to suggest covers for me to try to duplicate. My only rule is that it has to be PG-13 or less.

As an added bonus, if we hit $1000, I’ll challenge award-winning and bestselling author John Scalzi to a competitive pose-off.

Targets at which you get new cover poses are:

So there you have it. I’ll keep the fundraiser open through the end of the year, and will update regularly with the total raised and with links to the cover poses as we hit our goals.

Thank you.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.



( 25 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 3rd, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
Just donated and sent you an email. I was looking for a nice charity to throw some money at PLUS the added incentive of cover poses! Win/Win for everyone!
Dec. 3rd, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
Dec. 3rd, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad you decided to do this!

My donation receipt is in your mailbox.

Also - did you tell the Aicardi Foundation that you were doing this? They have a "current and ongoing fundraisers" page on their web site. You might get a listing there for some cross-pollination.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
I did send them an email last week, but never heard back. I should probably follow up now that the donations are starting to happen.

And thank you!
Dec. 3rd, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
What's the difference between the $1000 pose off and the $2500 pose off? I can't believe you raised this much before I even tracked down my credit card to donate.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
The $2500 Pose-Off will have more than TWICE AS MUCH POSE-OFF-OSITY!

(I'm not 100% sure yet. I was expecting to have a *little* more time to think about this before we hit the first Pose-Off.)
Dec. 3rd, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
Maybe the second round could involve user-requested props...
Dec. 3rd, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Is this like the Flying Karamazoff Brothers will juggle anything (that's safe)?

"My next pose will feature a ping-pong paddle, a basketball hoop, and a rollerskate!"
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Dec. 4th, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
I was going to suggest that for the $5000 goal. :D
Dec. 3rd, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're keeping this open until the end of the month. My credit card cycles on the 20th, so donation will happen after that. There were a couple unexpected expenses this month (like the car needing its 60K maintenance) on top of deciding to go to Chambanacon now that I am employed - erp!
Dec. 3rd, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
Just donated; I'll send you the email later. Good on ya for doing this! Oooh, I really want to see the Scalzi pose-off :D
Dec. 6th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm looking forward to the pose-off myself :-)
Dec. 3rd, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
There should be a calendar in all of this.. grin.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
Excellent idea - I would totally buy one :)
Dec. 3rd, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
Me, too! Calender FTW!
Dec. 4th, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
Perhaps some kind soul would be willing to photo-edit a printable one we can download? Perhaps as a donation goal? Or, you know, just for funsies. [/suggestion with no target]
Dec. 5th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, calendar!! Sell them and donate the profits to the charity again. I'd make one if I had any idea how...
Dec. 6th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I have the energy to do a calendar right now. Too much going on from too many different directions. But I haven't entirely given up on the idea...
Dec. 10th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
OKAY, I GIVE. As soon as we reach the goal for a minimum of twelve pics, I'll see what I can do with my mad not-actually-Photoshop skills. That should be enough time for me to finish my other crafty obligations, at least.

I'm not sure how to treat any potential copyright issues, though; I'm leaning towards the fanfiction maxim of "If we don't make money off of it, they won't sue us" and just offering it as an open free download, since the need for twelve pics should work as a donation incentive in itself, but I'm willing to leave that ultimately up to you.
Dec. 22nd, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
I appreciate the offer, but I've actually been talking to an artist about possibilities, and I *think* I have a plan. I still need to figure out how much time and money would be involved, but there's a good chance something will be happening on this front...
Dec. 22nd, 2012 02:16 am (UTC)
Cool beans; less work for me :3b I look forward to any results!
Dec. 3rd, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)

I am SO looking forward to the Pose off.
Dec. 4th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
You rock. That is all.

Oh, and can I vote for something involving a Dr. Who costume?
Dec. 6th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
A companion costume would be fun, too.
Dec. 6th, 2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
I've got a friend looking at old Doctor Who books, but it could be tricky. It sounds like they tried to desexualize the Doctor, which would work against the kind of covers I'm trying to portray. But we'll see what he comes up with.
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