Those of us into indie comic books and graphic novels have known for a while that they don’t just revolve around super heroes anymore. They can span fantasy, sci-fi, horror, fiction, nonfiction, biographies, and even environmental awareness! Seriously, when was the last time there was a comic, cartoon, or commercial about the environment? The news doesn’t count, I’m talking about educational media, not sensationalized, scare-tactic reporting.
Heck, in the late 80s and early 90s we were inundated with a bevy of media about saving our planet. I’m sure a large portion of us watched Captain Planet and promptly wanted to become marine biologists when we grew up. Nickelodeon even had an amazing series of P.S.A.s in the early 90s about getting outside and helping your community and recycling.
Tre Packard of PangeaSeed was amazing enough to give me a copy of their graphic novel “Wild Ocean: True Tales of Sharks, Whales, Rays, and other Endangered Sea Life.” This collection of short stories was put together by Matt Dembicki along with PangeaSeed. Matt Dembicki was interviewed on NPR, which you can check out on Wisconsin Public Radio.
This graphic novel is a great means for educating, employing, and collaborating with artists, and is a catalyst to engage a broader spectrum of age groups in the fight for our planet. It’s listed as being geared towards 12-18 year olds, but really it’s for everybody.
Published by Fulcrum Publishing on May 13, 2014, Wild Ocean is a 156 page soft cover graphic novel employing the talents of over a dozen artists, telling 12 stories about 12 endangered species. These tales cover endangered species such as the hawksbill turtle, bluefin tuna, hammerhead shark, giant clam, manatee, blue whale, coral, albatross, whale shark, monk seal, manta ray, and seahorse. Some of the artists involved are Brooke Allen, Jason E. Axtell, Michael Cowgill, David Allan Duncan, JF Frankel, and Paulina Ganucheau.