Two years in the making and crammed with a huge, entertaining and challenging variety of comic stories, The Most Important Comic Book on Earth is now available to pre-order, a global collaboration for planetary change, featuring the work of 300 creators from all over the world.
“We’ve all come together to create Stories to Save the World,” enthuses project co-ordinator and editor Paul Goodenough, who, as we previously reported, has assembled an incredible array of diverse talent for the book, spanning comic creators, leading environmentalists, artists, authors, actors, filmmakers, musicians and more.
The Most Important Comic Book On Earth offers “Stories to educate and inspire people for environmental change,” Paul explains, “but, mostly, to take the conversation out of the worthy and scary spheres and into popular culture.
“Our stories are silly, funny, heartbreaking, dramatic – they are everything except dull and factual!”
Featuring over 120 stories to save the world, on offer are inspirational tales from celebrity names such as Cara Delevingne, whose comic was released online as a teaser, attracting over ten million page views, 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, and powerful stories by Brian Azzarello and Amy Chu.
Combined, the comics in this anthology will support projects and organisations fighting to save the planet – and, hopefully, Rewrite Extinction.
Among the awesome line-up of talent that also includes Taika Waititi and Luisa Neubauer, experts like Chris Packham, Steve Backshall, Malaika Vaz and Dave Goulson, comic creators like Charlie Adlard, Garth Ennis, Glenn Fabry, Simon Furman, Kieron Gillen, Davey Jones, Jeff Lemire, Alan Moore, Simon Myers, Ben Oliver, Sean Phillips, Chris Ryall, Alex Segura, Geoff Senior and Alicia Souza, web comic royalty like Jenny-Jinya and Safely Endangered, you’ll also find an all-new “Pedantic Stan, The Comics Fan” one-page strip, written by myself, John Freeman, and drawn by Lew Stringer.
As author, like everyone else involved, I’m donating 100% of my royalties of this to species saving projects with Rewriting Extinction, an incredible fundraiser that aims to stop species going extinct.
Rewriting Extinction is a campaign to raise money and awareness for seven projects to tackle both the climate and the biodiversity crisis. These project are evidence-based, actionable, and ready to rollout in the next 12 months and will help stop species going extinct, once and for all.
The overarching plan comprises projects from Greenpeace, World Land Trust, Born Free, Re:wild, The Wildlife Trusts, Reserva and Rewilding Europe, and promotes simple, but powerful, actions we can all take.
Rewriting Extinction want to represent a moment in time when, collectively, we put species extinction and biodiversity to the top of all our agendas. All the projects they are aiming to fund offer permanent solutions that can start right now… within the 12 months the campaign will run.
It’s project that not only promotes great environmental causes, but is being enhanced by comics, too – and I hope you are by now suitably encouraged to pre-order a copy of The Most Important Comic Book on Earth!
If you are able, please also donate to support the various projects chosen that will make a difference to wildlife and the environment, tag your friends, like, share and comment the social media posts on your preferred platforms.
Let this be the moment we say “No More Extinction” and start rebuilding their world, for all our benefits.
Thanks for reading.
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.