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Comics, Environment

Comics and Climate

A while ago, Upshot Studios/AWA produced an excellent series of stories from the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic (see: COVID Comics). Over the past few months, in partnership with NBC News, they’ve been doing the same thing with grassroots stories of climate change. The stories are published online (at the link below) and will be published as a trade paperback in late November.

NBC News THINK Climate Chronicles:

From the AWA website:

Climate Crisis Chronicles is the second series in AWA’s impactful Chronicles series, which lends a human face to some of today’s biggest societal issues. It follows the December 2020 release of Covid Chronicles, New York Press Club Best Internet Commentary Award-Winning web series chronicling ten personal stories of life and death from the front lines of the initial Covid-19 outbreak. 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.
Climate Chronicles (2022)

On a related note, this recent anthology of environmentally-themed comics is also a good read (and includes some creators from Aotearoa New Zealand): The Most Important Comic Book in the World. From the publisher’s blurb:

The Most Important Comic Book On Earth is a global collaboration for planetary change, bringing together a diverse team of 300 leading environmentalists, artists, authors, actors, filmmakers, musicians, and more to present over 120 stories to save the world. 

Whether it’s inspirational tales from celebrity names such as Cara Delevingne and Andy Serkis, hilarious webcomics from War and Peas and Ricky Gervais, artworks by leading illustrators David Mack and Tula Lotay, calls to action from activists George Monbiot and Jane Goodall, or powerful stories by Brian Azzarello and Amy Chu, each of the comics in this anthology will support projects and organizations fighting to save the planet and Rewrite Extinction.
The Most Important Comic Book On Earth (2021)