DMZ is one of the most political (and best) statements on any entertainment market today. The comic book is brilliantly written by Brian Wood and reaches the 50 issue milestone on February 10th. Wood announced on his blog that he’ll be donating some of his page rates from that issue to Stop Cluster Munitions, an issue he’s been involved with.
The pages that will be “donated” to this charity is a four-page silent story entitled Little Plastic Toys which is illustrated by Fabio Moon.
The coalition deals with the issue of cluster bombs and are advocating for the banning of the weapon:
Cluster bombs have killed and injured thousands of civilians during the last 40 years and continue to do so today. They cause widespread harm on impact and yet remain dangerous, killing and injuring civilians long after a conflict has ended. One third of all recorded cluster munitions casualties are children. 60% of cluster bomb casualties are injured while undertaking their normal activities.
As of this article 104 countries have signed the treaty to ban the weapon and 27 countries have ratified it.
In February 2007, 46 governments met in Oslo to endorse a call by Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre to conclude a new legally binding instrument in 2008 that prohibits the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to civilians and provides adequate resources to assist survivors and clear contaminated areas.
Subsequent International Oslo Process meetings were held in Peru (May 2007), Austria (December 2007), and New Zealand (February 2008). 107 countries negotiated and adopted a treaty that bans cluster bombs and provides assistance to affected communities in May 2008 in Dublin, Ireland. The treaty was signed by 94 countries at the Signing Conference in Oslo in December 2008 and is now open for all countries to sign at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.See http://clusterprocess.org/ for more information.