Celebrities will appear in gritty comic book scenarios. eco-crisis forewarning
STARS such as Dame Judi Dench have banded together to create hard-hitting cartoons to warn the public about the environmental problem.
Millions of people are watching their Rewriting Extinction comic books online. A video of an albatross feeding plastic to its baby received 50 million views. The entire collection, titled The Most Important Comic Book on Earth, will be released in October to raise funds for conservation projects throughout the world. Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, TV naturalist Chris Packham, model Cara Delevingne, and Hollywood actor Leonardo di Caprio are among the contributors.
The contribution of TV biologist Steve Backshall demonstrates how many of us unintentionally consume sharks when we order huss or rock salmon at the fish and chip shop.
“This generation perceives the world in a graphic novel format,” Steve told the Daily Express. Superheroes and arch-villains, punchy words, striking images
“It’s a language I didn’t know before getting involved in this project, and I can’t believe how much I’ve been missing out on – it’s pretty much unrivaled as a tool for expressing conservation crises.”
Paul Goodenough, a graphic designer who has also written screenplays for several comedians including the BBC’s Have I Got News For You, is the brains behind the initiative.
He put his entire life savings into the initiative because he felt compelled to help save the earth.
“The stories are intended to inspire and educate people about the environment,” Paul, 43, of Wiltshire, said.
“We’re creating them as really simple comic book storylines so that we can get into the broader public’s consciousness.
“Every day, 200 species become extinct.” Animals and insects are the only things in the world that are completely unaffected by the difficulties we face.
“The goal of this effort is to buy us as much time as possible so that we can conserve as many species as possible before world leaders and businesses change their ways.”
Jenny Jinya, a German web comic artist, depicts a mother albatross and her young dying from eating plastic and cigarette ends floating in the ocean in one of the most popular Rewriting Extinction cartoons.
This story quickly went viral, garnering over 50 million views.
Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in Lord of the Rings, Chris Packham, and Steve Backshall have all published cartoons this month.
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