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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)

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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.

Environmentally Friendly Comic Books

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April ShowersAfter reading your comic book have you ever felt like it was just killing a tree?  Do you want to do something good for the environment for the pounds of paper sitting in your long boxes?  Sprout Home is answering the call with comic books you can plant after reading.

The comics themselves are short, but it’s a cool idea.  For $9.50 you’re able to plant your comic and grow and wild flower garden.  It’s perfect timing for the coming of Spring.

Celebrate Earth Day 2011 With Archie & Friends

Official Press Release


Archie Comics, the leader in English language humor comics, is looking forward to celebrating Earth Day 2011 with all of its fans.

Each year Archie Comics produces a story in support of Earth Day. This year Archie Comics partners with Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder and Creative Director of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, and legendary Archie writer Angelo DeCesare to present the story “Bottle Battle!”

Annually millions of plastic bottles are recycled, but where do they go? Are they actually broken down a turned into something else? Or do they just disappear from sight? With the help of Veronica’s father Mr. Lodge, the kids from Riverdale High School discover what really happens to a bottle after the beverage is gone.

As a special promotion for Earth Day 2011, this comic will be available for sale as a single issue subscription from the Archie Comic Shop at archiecomics.stores.yahoo.net. Order your copy today!

“Adventures in the Wonder Realm” Part 4. “Bottle Battle!”

“Adventures in the Wonder Realm” continue as Archie, Jughead and Betty fight for their lives against angry food and rock creatures standing between them and freedom! Will Veronica and their new friend Cheroby help the team in completing all the different levels? Or will they be lost in the Wonder Realm forever?

In “Bottle Battle!” the kids discover what happens to your bottle of water after you drink the water. It a special story honoring Earth Day!

SCRIPT: Stephen Oswald and Angelo DeCesare

ARTIST: Joe Staton and Bob Smith

COVER: Joe Staton, Bob Smith and Tito Pena

Shipping Date: 3/23/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 3/30/2011

Newsstands: 4/12/11

Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color

$3.99 US

‘Groundbreaking’ Paperless Eco Comics Announced By Mohawk Media

Official Press Release


British publisher Mohawk Media has today announced Eco Comics, a range of environmentally-friendly, paperless comic books.

The first digital comic book from the Eco Comics range available now to download or view online is Heroic High, an adventure set on an island superhero community, written by Chris Bunting and drawn by Kit Wallis.

Editor Stuart Buckley says: “Paper used in the production of comic books can have a damaging effect on the environment, and paying perhaps the biggest price is the tiger, whose habitat this threatens.

“As for sustainable forestry, world-leading environmental organisations have criticised its weak regard for social and ecological issues.

“We believe these downloadable, paperless comics are groundbreaking, having been deliberately designed to have a minimal carbon footprint.

“The added bonuses for the reader are lower cover prices for the same level of quality entertainment, while knowing that they’re being eco-friendly.”

To download Eco Comics go to http://www.mohawkmedia.co.uk/ecocomics. Following a quick payment system, you can download or view the comics online in various formats, including a page-flip format. PDFs are also available and can be downloaded to iPad.

Buckley continues: “Buying Eco Comics only takes minutes. It’s much faster and easier than going to a comic book store! We hope Eco Comics is the start of an evolution, taking advantage of the latest technologies to help minimise the impact of comic production on the environment.”

Eco Comics are available from http://www.mohawkmedia.co.uk/ecocomics.

Heroic High is a 25-page paperless comic book, available now at $1.95.

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