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Set in 2025, #foodcrisis weaves together gripping story-lines about land grabs, rising food prices, inequality, climate change & more.
123 backers pledged CA$ 7,058 to help bring this project to life.

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Our first shipment of shirts arrived, and, well, we think they're pretty cool! We've got only 4 days, and less than $800 left to raise to unlock our next stretch goal! Consider adjusting your pledge to get one of these beauties hot off the presses! (Seriously - if you're interested in pledging more to get an added shirt with your order, just send us a message and we'll be happy to sort it out!)

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The back!
The back!

Stretch Goals Announced!

A huge thank you to the 80+ backers who helped us achieve our goal in just 4 days! We're overwhelmed by your generosity and can't thank you enough for backing this project!

Given that we have 25 days left in the campaign, we thought we'd release some stretch goals, to show you just how much further we can go with the extra dollars raised!

If we raise $6,000, each of the 150 schools will get not only a hard copy of #foodcrisis and a PDF version of the book, but we'll also throw in a limited edition DVD of Evan and Scott's 9-part video series on solutions to the global food crisis!

If we raise $7,500, we'll send 250 copies of #foodcrisis to high school teachers and university lecturers across the country, including the DVD. 

If we raise $10,000, we'll send 350 copies of #foodcrisis to teachers in both Canada and the US, plus the DVD, and Evan will give an interactive 1-hr presentation via Google Hangout to 5 randomly selected schools. 

If we raise $15,000, we'll write and illustrate an 8-10 page postlude to the story with two extra backgrounder essays and send a digital copy of this to all our supporters and the schools in Spring 2015.

Thanks again!!

The Project

#foodcrisis is a futuristic graphic novel about a massive food crisis hitting North America. Set in the year 2025, the novel weaves together several story lines that cover issues such as land grabs, rising food prices, food riots, inequality, migration, climate change and more.

#foodcrisis isn't just a work of fiction though. All the elements of the plot are based on the history of past food crises, like the Dust Bowl or the Great Irish Potato Famine, just imagined in the future. 

Check out the first three episodes online herehere, and here!

And, because Kickstarter campaigns are supposed to be fun, check out our hilarious, over-the-top trailer for the project!

Our Goal

The goal of this project is to create an engaging learning tool, aimed at students ages 15-20 and their teachers (though it's engaging and accessible for folks of all ages!) The 70 pages of illustrations are accompanied by 12 background essays, and almost 200 footnotes that tie the fictionalized story to what’s happening in the world today. At a time when our food system is increasingly fragile, #foodcrisis aims to provide a captivating way to engage younger generations in these important issues.

To put this book together, Evan has worked with with long-time collaborator and illustrator Scott Mooney. Thanks to the generous support of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the funding for actual writing and illustration has been secured. The goal of this campaign is to raise $5,000 to distribute the graphic novel to schools and universities across North America. We estimate that the revenues from a $5,000 campaign should cover the costs of printing and shipping approximately 150 books to educators. The more money that is raised, the wider this tool can be distributed.

Rewards

Backers can choose from a range of rewards, including receiving a PDF or soft cover copy of the novel, through to a full "Learning Pack" that can be used personally or donated to an educational institution of your choice. Included in this pack are: a DVD of Evan and Scott’s 9-part animated video series on the global food system, 2 soft cover copies of the graphic novel as well as a PDF copy, and a guest lecture via Google Hangout or Skype with Evan. For those interested in t-shirts, the shirts will have this design on the front, with the title of the novel on the back. 

This is the image that will appear on the front of the shirts!
This is the image that will appear on the front of the shirts!

More about Feeding Nine Billion

#foodcrisis isn't the first collaboration between Evan and Scott. Over the past 2 years, they have created nine white-board animation videos about global food security as part of a larger project on global food security called Feeding Nine Billion. You can get a DVD copy of these videos through the various reward packs and check them out on YouTube

Contact Us

Have any questions? Feel free to write us at feeding9billion@gmail.com, check us out online, on Facebook, and on Twitter using the hashtag #foodcrisis.

Risks and challenges

We’re lucky because the funding for the actual illustration, writing, and design of the graphic novel has already been secured thanks to the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation.

But what good is a graphic novel that isn't distributed? This campaign is all about raising the funds to print off copies to supply to high schools and universities across Canada (and elsewhere, if we’re successful enough!). As a result, the risks of not completing the novel are very low. In fact, as of the launch date of this campaign, the novel is almost 4/5 illustrated!

The risks we face have to do with the actual printing and distribution. We’ll be working with Lulu publishing to get the soft cover novels printed, and with Hardboiled Inc. for the t-shirts. These are new relationships for us, but are companies that come highly recommended, so we have faith that the production process will be done professionally and timely. We also have a team of folks stationed across North America who will be working to ensure that orders are filled and sent in a timely fashion.

While we’re hoping to have all the orders filled and sent before the holidays (I hear graphic novels make great holiday gifts!), we can’t guarantee that this will be possible. We can guarantee, however, that if the orders aren't filled in time and you want something to wrap up, Evan will send a personalized gift certificate, explaining the gift and our team will work with you to make sure it gets shipped to the right place.

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    Receive a PDF copy of #foodcrisis and have your name listed in the thank you section of #foodcrisis as one of our key supporters!

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    Get an amazing #foodcrisis t-shirt, along with a PDF copy of #foodcrisis, and have your name listed in the thank you section of #foodcrisis as one of our key supporters!

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    Get a soft cover copy of #foodcrisis, and have your name listed in the thank you section of #foodcrisis as one of our key supporters!

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    Learning Pack A: Receive two copies of #foodcrisis, plus the PDF version of the book, plus a limited edition DVD including Evan and Scott's 9-part animated series on issues and solutions to the global food crisis. Backers can request this to be sent to a school of their choice, and will, of course, also be in the thank you section as a key supporter in #foodcrisis.

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    Learning Pack B: Receive the contents of Learning Pack A, PLUS a one-hour google hangout lecture with Evan Fraser. Backers can request this to be sent to a school of their choice, and will, of course, also be in the thank you section as a key supporter in #foodcrisis.

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    Get drawn into the novel! Send us a picture of yourself or a loved one, and you will get drawn into the novel as a character in a scene of the book! You'll also receive a soft cover copy of #foodcrisis, a #foodcrisis t-shirt, and be listed in the thank you section.

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