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Join the fight against climage change in Climate Keepers

Climate Keepers: Agents of Project Zero

In partnership with Portland General Electric, Dark Horse Comics presents Climate Keepers: Agents of Project Zero, a new collaborative comic project designed to educate the community about fighting greenhouse gasses and protecting the environment. The comic is written by Nadia Shaik, illustrated and colored by Caitlin Like, and lettered by Comicraft’s Tyler Smith.

Meet the Climate Keepers, a crew of young climate heroes who learn about environmental threats to their community and fight pollution together. This educational comic book is designed to help young people better understand the effects of climate change and explore ways to make a positive impact.  

Developed by Portland General Electric, an energy company based in Portland, Oregon, in partnership with local publisher Dark Horse Comics, this educational resource aims to empower the next generation of climate scientists, innovators and clean energy leaders. This comic is intended for all readers ages 8 and up.

Climate Keepers is free to read online now in English or Spanish at the PGE Climate Keepers website, as well as all available digital comic platforms, including Dark Horse Digital, Comixology, Google Books, and more. Free downloadable Teacher’s Guides for various grade levels is also available online, filled with a wide range of standards-based lessons and engaging student activities. 

Digital comics platforms: 

Dark Horse Digital: EnglishSpanish
Google Play: EnglishSpanish 
Comixology/Amazon: EnglishSpanish
Barnes & Noble Nook: EnglishSpanish
Apple Books: EnglishSpanish

AWA Studios Shines Light on Frontline Workers of Climate Change with a New Anthology, Climate Crisis Chronicles

AWA Studios has announced the digital debut of an all-new comic anthology, Climate Crisis Chronicles. An illustrated feature of ten stories chronicling life on the frontlines of the global climate crisis, this series is from the same team that created COVID Chronicles, journalist Ethan Sacks and illustrator Dalibor Talajić. A unique distribution partnership with NBC News THINK will amplify these timely stories through a digital edition debuting today, with a full print edition releasing in November. 

From a firefighter battling seasonal forest fires in California to a human rights activist picking up the pieces after a pair of devastating hurricanes in Honduras, Climate Crisis Chronicles puts a human face on today’s most pressing and far-reaching global issue. By setting the stories around the world and making them personal, CLIMATE CRISIS CHRONICLES brings home the massive scale, as well as the immediacy that is one of the defining forces of our time.

Episode #1 of Climate Crisis Chronicles is available exclusively on NBC News THINK, with new episodes rolling out weekly. The full anthology will be released as a graphic novel by AWA Studios in November.

Ian Churchill’s Marineman returns in support of World Oceans Day!

First published over ten years ago, Ian Churchill’s Marineman returns to help spread the word about Prevented Ocean Plastic and encourage people to #ChooseRecycled as part of this year’s UN World Oceans Day.

With the theme of ‘Collective Action for the Ocean’, Marineman and his team are shown trying to stop the dreaded plastic monster before it reaches the sea in the style of a classic comic book cover. Prevented Ocean Plastic is responsible for stopping over 1,000 tons of plastic reaching the ocean every month – ensuring that it can be effectively and affordably recycled into new plastic for fresh usage.

Prevented Ocean Plastic is supplied by Bantam Materials, and is a high quality, certified and award-winning recycled plastic material that has been collected from coastal areas at risk of ocean plastic pollution. Used by supermarkets and brands around the world – including original adopters Lidl GB and Groupe Guillin – it meets regulatory health and safety standards, and can be identified on-pack by its distinctive triangular logo.

Marineman fans, and those who share his concerns about the impact of ocean plastic, are encouraged to share this new image and sign the pledge to #ChooseRecycled on this UN World Oceans Day (Wednesday 8 June). You can sign up and find out more.


LEGO Pledges $1 Billion to Go Green

LEGO_LogoLEGO has announced that they are investing $1 billion over the next 15 years to be better stewards when it comes to the environment. This initiative includes not just the packaging, but also the plastic building blocks themselves. Last year the company made 60 billion LEGO pieces, that’s a lot of plastic.

The company has already done some work, they’ve reduced the size of its packages and also invested in wind power. The next hurdle is developing a replacement for its the plastic that the bricks are made out of. The company is also thinking about the end life of the product. What happens when individuals are done playing with them and choose to discard the bricks?

In 2013 the company started a partnership with the World Wildlife Federation to develop a plan to make its materials more sustainable. Last year they ended a 50-year relationship with Shell after heavy lobbying due to Shell’s drilling in the Arctic.

The company will hire more than 100 employees in Denmark for this project and they expect it to be finished by 2016.


(via CNN)

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d folks get? Anyone read Convergence #0?

Around the Tubes

Publisher’s Weekly – 14 Great Environmental Comics – A cool list of comics. Not one I’d of thought of.

WUIS – North America’s Largest Collection Of South Asian Comic Books At UIUC – This is really cool.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – Avengers #43

IGN – Avengers: Rage of Ultron

CBR – Avengers: Ultron Forever #1

CBR – Batman Eternal #52

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #52

Newsarama – Convergence #0

Comic Vine – Convergence #0

Comic Vine – Cyclops #12

CBR – Kanan: The Last Padawan #1

ICv2 – The Law for Comic Book Creators: Essential Concepts and Applications TP

Comic Vine – Nailbiter #11

Comic Vine – Sinestro Annual #1

Comic Vine – Spider-Gwen #3

Bleeding Cool – UFOlogy #1

CBR – Uncanny Inhumans #0

Comic Vine – The Witcher: Fox Children #1

Comic Vine – X-O Manowar #35

7 Robots Celebrate Earth Day with a FREE Anthology Comic

earthdream2014_coverPublisher 7 Robots is celebrating today’s Earth Day with the release of Earth Dream, a free sci-fi and fantasy comic anthology! The release features artists and writers from the U.S., Spain, Singapore, Canada and Poland. Folks are able to download the comic for free through numerous ways posted on the 7 Robots website.

Some of what you can find includes:

ENDanger by A.M. Frasier
The Nature of Time by Anibal Arroyo
Whale by Elaine Haygood
The Hole by Ireneusz Mazurek & Marek Rudowski
Earth by Erick J. Nielsen
Effect by Jerome Walford
Shangri-La by Johny Tay & Kelvin Lim
Paradise Found by JTW
Earth Dream by Miguel Guerra
The Guardians by Recóndita Rick
Click by Rey Mono Gráfico

Earth Dream features stories about social awareness and is available every Earth Day as a web only special. This year the spotlight is on the environment, which lends itself perfectly to science fiction and fantasy stories with a narrative thread that inspires the imagination and gets people thinking.

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The first Earth Day was celebrated on March 21, 1970.

Eco Comics Wins Green Apple Award

Eco Comics has announced that it is a winner of a Green Apple Award. The award was presented to the comic book and graphic novel publisher during a carbon-neutral ceremony at the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster in London.

Eco Comics publisher remarked about the honor:

Global deforestation by paper production continues to have a major negative impact on the eco-system. Therefore Eco Comics takes advantage of the emerging digital technologies to produce exclusively in the new frontier of the paperless format.

The publishing industry, and readers, must realize that wildlife, such as tigers and gorillas, is likely to pay the ultimate price of deforestation: extinction. Even sustainable forestry is not a magic cure-all, shown by the criticism received from leading environmental organizations.

Our titles are designed to the same physical format as leading print titles, but are kept paperless. The digital platforms also allow the reader an even greater interactive experience. There is no excuse for deforestation due to comic book production.

That our achievements have already been recognized by the prestigious Green Apple Awards has given us added faith that we are trailblazing the future direction of this industry, and it will help show that paperless is best for both readers and the ecosystem.

In a continuing bid to raise awareness through various initiatives, the publisher recently brought the legendary Green Man to comic books, with the character also becoming its official mascot.

Eco Comics competed against more than 500 other nominations at the awards ceremony. A donation on Eco Comics’ behalf was made to the Green Earth Appeal, whose plantings contribute to the Billion Tree Campaign initiative facilitated by the United Nations Environment Program

The Green Apple Awards were founded in 1994 and have become a major recognition for environmental endeavor among companies, councils, communities and countries. The awards are held by The Green Organization, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognizing and promoting environmental best practice. Judges for the Green Apple Awards are drawn from the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.

Archaia and JeffCorwinConnect Announce ‘I’m Not a Plastic Bag’


of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Los Angeles, CA (February 23, 2012) – Spearheading a new green initiative in the graphic novel industry, Archaia Entertainment announced the upcoming release of Rachel Hope Allison’s I’M NOT A PLASTIC BAG, an original graphic novel published in association with JeffCorwinConnect Inc., a transmedia company co-founded by biologist and philanthropist Jeff Corwin, well-known as the Emmy Award-winning host and executive producer of ABC’s Ocean Mysteries.

The spellbinding story, told entirely without words, follows the journey of a few pieces of discarded trash—a supermarket plastic bag, an old umbrella—all the way out to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where they join together into a tragic and destructive island of trash that searches for its place amidst the fragile beauty of nature. The tale is an artistic imagining of a very real phenomenon known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an accumulation of human consumer waste that floats in an area between Hawaii and the California coastline.

“I found out about the Pacific Garbage Patch kind of randomly, just stumbling on an article about it,” said Allison, who, in her day job, works as a strategist for Big Duck, a firm that helps nonprofit organizations raise funds and awareness through smart communications. “Like a lot of people, just learning that something so big and dangerous existed out in the ocean was kind of a shock, and the image of all that debris, trapped in such a remote part of the ocean, really stuck with me. That said, even some of the most disturbing pictures of the Garbage Patch also had a kind of beauty to them, and it got me thinking that the island itself might be a sympathetic character, that this might even be a love story of sorts.”

To emphasize the real-life environmental issues of marine debris and ocean pollution that the Garbage Patch embodies, I’m Not a Plastic Bag also includes eight pages of educational material on topics such as threatened wildlife and things readers can do to decrease their footprint on the environment.

“If this story can inspire anyone else to put the power of their own imagination toward tackling the environmental challenges we face today, then I can’t imagine any higher honor,” said Allison.

Joining Allison in the quest to get people involved in the fight to save our ocean and waterways is Jeff Corwin, who, in addition to hosting Ocean Mysteries, is a regular science and environmental correspondent for MSNBC and NBC News and has had his wildlife and conservation work featured on The Today Show, The Rachel Maddow Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, among many others.

“Despite the fact that U.S. citizens take up only 5% of the world population, we generate 40% of our planet’s trash!” wrote Corwin in the Foreword to the book. “The good news is that each one of us, no matter where you are from, or how old you are, has the power and the responsibility to keep our Earth clean. Rachel Allison’s incredible and almost ethereal story of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will not only engage and awaken your spirit, but will empower all of us to save our precious planet from falling prey to garbage and waste.” The partnership between Archaia and JeffCorwinConnect plans for I’m Not a Plastic Bag to be the first of many books to come. The two companies plan to collaborate on additional titles, across various environmental themes, to help raise education and awareness of the conservation challenges and wins of our planet while building a new generation of environment stewards amongst the youth

“Just as Archaia Entertainment endeavors to bring people together through books, JeffCorwinConnect seeks to connect people to the planet, its species and the ecosystems they live in, creating education and awareness about key issues facing our environment. Our companies’ mutual interest in education and enriching the social consciousness makes our relationship with JeffCorwinConnect an extremely exciting one,” said Archaia CEO PJ Bickett. “In joining forces with JCC, we look to create a line of books that raises awareness about many incredibly important issues concerning our environment and wildlife. We couldn’t ask for a better first step in this new initiative than Rachel’s beautiful story in I’m Not a Plastic Bag.”

Anurag Agarwal, co-founder and CEO of JeffCorwinConnect Inc. added, “Partnering on a venture like this gives us the tremendous opportunity to connect and grow our community of global citizens. With the growing acceptance and use of graphic novels in the education and the retail markets, we believe that we can highlight critical environmental issues through this exciting format.”

The book will also debut Archaia’s new printing initiative in conjunction with Global PSD. Through the efforts of American Forests® and the Global ReLeaf® Program, for each tree that is cut down for the printing of I’m Not a Plastic Bag, two trees will be planted.

I’m Not a Plastic Bag (8” x 10”, full color, hardcover, 88 pages, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-936393-54-1, Diamond Order Code JAN12 0824) will release in late March at bookstores and comic book stores…just in time for Earth Day on April 22nd!

About Archaia

Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, The Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.

About JeffCorwinConnect

JeffCorwinConnect Inc. (“JCC”) is a global eco-edutainment multimedia corporation that goes beyond geographical boundaries and as the voice of conservation connects the entire planet, its people, ecosystems and wildlife to one another. Jeff Corwin, chief visionary and co-founder says, “The fuel behind the mission of JeffCorwinConnect is to build a global community of people who care about the future of our planet and seek to better the world for themselves and their children. Anurag Agarwal, co-founder and CEO of JeffCorwinConnect Inc. adds, “Our mission is to provide a social experience around wildlife and conservation and build a global community through our programs, products and publications.”  Connect with JCC at www.facebook.com/jeffcorwinconnect and become a global citizen.

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