CHASI’s comic: Our Charmed Circle

Meet “The Squad,” four friends connected across the continent by a shared enthusiasm for gaming and bound by a sense of solidarity. Follow the story of Fenix, Amrita, Mary-Jo, and Zoe as they navigate the realities of online relationships and daily life.

Graphic novel style illustration of an online video chat between the four characters described in the following image descriptions.

With the world in flux, artist Sharon Strauss feels more strongly than ever that representation matters. Time and technology march ever onward, but social change can be slow to follow. Mental health, disabilities, economic status, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender expression: all are core components of who we are and how we are seen. And we all deserve to be seen for who we are.

With this comic, titled Our Charmed Circle, CHASI aims to explore the issues we face, the world we live in, and how we find the strength to forge an identity in an ever-changing political landscape.

The comic launched on February 23, 2023 and is released through CHASI’s social media platforms and blog, as well as in print in The Cascade.