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106 backers pledged $7,819 to help bring this project to life.

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Things are not as clean as they should be in...BIG WATER

OUR STORY

BIG WATER takes place in the fictional Southeast L.A. town of Bell Park, where local activists, led by home town organizer Melinda Cruz, are fighting to keep their water out of private hands. Meanwhile across town, the Double Six designer water label, where Melinda’s kid brother Jaime is a sales rep, is backing the privatization play so as to take over Bell Park’s historic aquifer.

BACKGROUND

Water –– who owns it, who controls it –– that's the world's biggest environmental struggle. Water, an essential life force that makes up 60% of our bodies and 70% of the planet, is being commodified, corporatized, and stolen from the people.

In BIG WATER we’re using the medium of the graphic novel to tell an entertaining and informative tale about the fight to keep the water flowing, written by mystery writer Gary Phillips (The Rinse, The Warlord of Willow Ridge).

Melinda Cruz
Melinda Cruz

WHO WE ARE

BIG WATER is brought to you by Dr. Pop, your friendly neighborhood website that breaks down complicated issues about the economy, democracy, and the city in simple and intriguing ways.  

WHERE YOU COME IN

Gary's script has been written, and we are now raising money to:

1.  Hire the talented Mani Magalhães (Bicycle Cop Dave, Brand & Reese, Vincent Price Presents) to produce the sequential illustrations.

2. Publish the book.

3. Get BIG WATER into the hands of the eager masses.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

Know that BIG WATER will be a kick-ass graphic novel when it’s completed and you can play a role in its completion by giving generously today.

BACKERS CREATE A CHARACTER!

Risks and challenges

Making a book always has some challenges, mostly having to do with timing. Talented people can get really busy, so it is possible that Mani could get delayed producing artwork (although our experience is that he is great with deadlines). And getting things ready for the printer and back from the printer, making last minute revisions (for example, now a few of our backers are going to be new characters!) sometimes take longer than we think.

But most of the challenges related to this project are on the good side –– challenging, creative work with talented creative people...

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FAQ

  • Dr. Pop [http://drpop.org] is a popular education website dedicated to our motto "complicated things, simply explained."

    Check out our 1.5 minute cartoon at the bottom of our home page that tells you all about our purpose.

    Behind every great cartoon avatar are some great people, and Dr. Pop is no exception. Besides Gary and Gilda, our team is made up of:

    -- Ryan Lugalia Hollon, a Chicago-based urban planner and restorative justice activist
    -- London- based Andrea Gibbons, who among other things, is writing her dissertation at the London School of Economics
    --Celine Kuklowsky, who is working on a campaign in London to take over public housing for the people who live there and are threatened with being evicted
    --Jackie Cornejo who does research for an economic justice organization and works on transportation issues in L.A.

    Writers all. Activists all. The best of the best.

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  • Yes indeedy. Email us at bigwater@drpop.org and we will tell you precisely how to do that.

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  • We will make sure that your designated co-donor is recognized and thanked on Dr. Pop, as appropriate in any reward, and in the deepest recesses of our hearts. Email us at bigwater@drpop.org and we will make it happen.

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    you will receive all of our love AND a big fat thank you memorialized on the Dr. Pop website.

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    you will receive all of our love, a big fat thank you memorialized on the Dr. Pop website, AND an invitation to our exclusive book-backer launch party, along with a shout out in Gary Phillips' inimitable booming voice.

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    you will receive all of the above AND and a splendid mint-fresh hardback first edition of BIG WATER signed by Gilda Haas and Gary Phillips.

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    you will receive all of the above AND your name will be listed on the BIG WATER book dedication page.

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    you will receive all of the above AND a bound copy of the BIG WATER script signed by GARY PHILLIPS.

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    you will receive all of the above AND a sketch of one of the characters, signed by artist Mani Magalhães, straight out of Rio de Janeiro.

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    you will receive all of the above AND one of the characters in the book will be named after you!

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