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Rozzie and the Eco-Rescuers Comic Books by Rick Leonardi

We want to create 2 children's comic books on protecting the environment, starring Rozzie the Rat, illustrated by Rick Leonardi.

Rozzie and the Eco-Rescuers Comic Books by Rick Leonardi

We want to create 2 children's comic books on protecting the environment, starring Rozzie the Rat, illustrated by Rick Leonardi.

$246
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10
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 30 2017 3:01 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 30, 2017

About

Project Summary

With your help, we’ll be creating two children’s comic books about recycling, saving water, and conserving energy. The stories will feature our hero Rozzie the Rat, drawn by the DC and Marvel illustrator behind Star Wars, Superman, and Batgirl…Rick Leonardi!

 

Rick Leonardi's initial design of Rozzie the Rat
Rick Leonardi's initial design of Rozzie the Rat

 

Rick Leonardi's initial design of Rozzie the Rat and friends
Rick Leonardi's initial design of Rozzie the Rat and friends

Who?

We are a mother and daughter team who bring stories on the environment to life through fun, interactive workshops. We have had experience of writing and publishing books with Pillow Pets and DC Thompson. After going into over 200 schools, we now have a unique opportunity to apply all of our experience and expertise in telling stories. Our set of books will not only entertain and educate children, but help save the planet.

Sara and Brooke
Sara and Brooke

 

Brooke with Rick Leonardi
Brooke with Rick Leonardi

We have also been working with Rebecca Farnum, 2012 EPA Marshall Scholar, and a team of environmental researchers from the University of East Anglia and King’s College London. Becca and her team have worked to make sure our information about climate change science is accurate yet accessible for young people.

What?

Rozzie has visited over 200 schools in the UK and the US spreading his eco-message. Our hero Rozzie was born in 2013, when he went into schools armed with books to inspire children about the importance of recycling. We ran fun interactive workshops with a small book, using a song and dance to entertain and educate children on becoming recycling rescuing heroes (see photo below)! Then in 2014, energy became our thing, taking us into schools throughout North Norfolk working with the support of Norfolk County Council’s Environmental and Outdoor Learning team. Our energy work gave children smart tips on turning off lights and using 'Uptown Funk' as a four-minute guide to taking shorter showers!

Our Recycling Rescuers programme ran in Norfolk schools in 2013.
Our Recycling Rescuers programme ran in Norfolk schools in 2013.

From 2016, we went Stateside and carried our wise words and fun to an American audience - placing the protection of the environment at the core of our work. Rozzie continued to prove a hit, as he came alive off the pages of the children's storybooks. Now we want Rozzie to reach a wider audience and become a super hero in Rick's talented hands. Rozzie will travel around a fictional American city in solar-powered vehicles, looking at where children can make changes at home and at school. Rozzie needs to defeat Wellsey the Weasel, who does everything he can to cause chaos and environmental destruction. And in light of recent events, it is now more important than ever to develop positive habits and behaviours in tomorrow's generation. We want Rozzie to be your, your children's and our planet's hero. Join us!

Rozzie making his Energy Rescuers promise in a Memphis school.
Rozzie making his Energy Rescuers promise in a Memphis school.

 

Why?

When children are young, they learn the habits which last a lifetime. We want children to have fun learning about what a difference they can make to the environment, whether it be taking shorter showers, turning off lights, or recycling. It's our responsibility to inspire the generation of tomorrow to make steps along the right path to protect our planet. We can't do this alone. Rozzie needs YOUR help! We have lots of fun rewards on offer for you superhero sponsors!

 And why a rat? Brooke explains below...

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Rozzie high-fiving children after a workshop about recycling.
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The Community

If the project is successful, we will take our workshops and brand new books into 5 schools in Memphis. We will also donate 100 of our books to schools within our local community.

Where does the money go?

We will not earn any money from this. Any money you pledge will be allocated solely to the expenses involved in illustrating, printing, and distributing the books.

After fees:

75% illustration and creative development 

20% production and publication

5% school outreach and book donations

Testimonials 

Susan Falch-Lovesey (former Head of Environmental and Outdoor Learning for NCC)

“Sara and Brooke are a wonderfully interactive and inspiring duo that passionately care about helping children to understand how they can make a positive environmental difference. The enthusiasm and motivation following a drama session is palpable and whether it’s through the support of parents or teachers – it’s a great way for children to make a connection between their own actions and the impact they can have on the world. Sara and Brooke are professional and dedicated.”

Tracey Mitchell, Waste Reduction Officer, Norfolk County Council

"I have personally met with Sara and Brooke on several occasions and seen their workshops and books. They are very professional, knowledgeable and enthusiastic and their workshops convey a sound educational message in a lively and fun way. All the children I saw them work with absolutely loved their performance and the visit from Rozzie proved very popular."

Teachers' Comments

"The children loved the visit from Rozzie the rat and Sara and Brooke. The energy saving message was reinforced in a fun and interesting way."

"A variety of stimulus kept the children entertained. They loved being given a sticker and the booklet. The worksheet was valuable too. All in all, a very good workshop."

Parents' comments

"Abby couldn’t wait to tell me Daddy shouldn’t take too long in the shower."

"Nathan now understands why Mummy is always going behind turning off lights, now just need to teach Daddy,"

"Alice has talked about it all night…she really enjoyed the learning and has been making sure we are saving energy."

N.B: Corporate sponsors, if you would like to play a part in our story, please get in touch with us at brooke@eco-rescuers.com

Risks and challenges

We released our first book with My PillowPets back in 2009, so we are familiar with the process and challenges of getting a book drawn, coloured, and printed. We fully anticipate working with Rick, who would be free to begin work from autumn 2017. We have lined the person who would add the colour, and are currently working with a comic book storyboarder to finalise the storyline.

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    Either have Rozzie and the Rescuers deliver a programme:
    3 days in length in one primary / elementary school OR
    1 day in 3 primary / elementary schools in one area, within a 20 mile radius (in the UK or US) within the next 12 months and receive 30 editions of the two books, signed by the author...
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    have your name appear in the acknowledgements page of our first edition of the two books...
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    Star in one of the two books!

    Be a female character in the book, drawn by Rick Leonardi, in the first editions and receive these print editions of the books in a limited edition box signed by the author, Brooke and by Rick. Send in your photo and Rick will draw YOU in the books...
    and
    have your name appear in the acknowledgements page...
    and
    receive one of fifty prints of Rozzie the Rat, dedicated to you, signed by the author...
    and
    read the first digital editions of the two books online...
    and
    have your name appear on our list of supporters on our website...
    and
    receive a high-five video from Rozzie.

    Includes:
    • Be a character in the book, illustrated by Rick
    • Signed book by Rick Leonardi and author Brooke
    • Limited edition books in gift box
    • Appear in the acknowledgements of the books
    • Online copies of the two books
    • Dedicated Rozzie the Rat print for you/your child/your school
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