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Devon Galpin ClarkeBy Devon Galpin Clarke
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Devon Galpin ClarkeBy Devon Galpin Clarke
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About

Superhero Storytelling to Inspire Wildlife Conservation and Climate Change Action. 

By Youth, With Youth, Around the World


The Rosette integrates conservation, extinction, climate change, and real world solutions based on field research and interviews we've done around the world. Many of the lessons are introduced through The Agency - a secret parallel animal world.
The Rosette integrates conservation, extinction, climate change, and real world solutions based on field research and interviews we've done around the world. Many of the lessons are introduced through The Agency - a secret parallel animal world.

Hi, I'm Devon. I'm 14 years-old and I love comics and wildlife! I wanted to encourage more kids to stand up for what they believed in and make a difference. I decided to write a teenage superhero book that was in my voice and spoke about what I grew up dreaming of.  Wildlife. Endangered species. 

My generation? They are fighting every day for our planet. But we need everyone inspired, aware, and engaged to take action if real change is going to happen. It's up to my generation to make sure that we protect the world that we will live in and we can't wait around for adults to fix it.  I wanted to write this book as a way to share my passion for conservation in a fun way that kids like me like to read not in a boring classroom textbook. 

The only thing more important than us fighting to save our wild planet for our children, is to know we have young people who will carry that tradition forward better than us, expand it, and be in love with it. WILD Foundation is very proud to be associated with Devon. She's the future...now.
   Vance G Martin - President, WILD Foundation

If I could have a superpower I would choose shapeshifting. EVERY TIME. The ability to change into any animal I want, at any time, would be amazing! The Rosette is about a young girl called Griffin. She is born with the uncontrollable power to shapeshift. There is a mysterious mark on the back of her neck. I have that mark on my neck. So does my mom and my aunt. So, in the story we turned that mark into the source of a prophecy, The Mark of the Rosette. Griffin is The Rosette and she must learn to control her powers to work with the animal world to save the Earth from the sixth extinction.  

Himalaya teaching Griffin to control her shapeshifting powers.
Himalaya teaching Griffin to control her shapeshifting powers.

The Story: Griffin is sent a mysterious package on her 4th birthday, a snow leopard, just like the one I was given when my mom adopted a snow leopard in my name from The Snow Leopard Trust when I was 4 too! I named her Himalaya, Himmy for short. In the story, Himmy is actually a real snow leopard with magical powers to turn herself invisible to humans, but she leaves behind silver footprints with a heart shaped pinky toe wherever she goes. Himalaya has been sent to mentor Griffin and help her control her powers.  Soon Griffin learns she can speak with animals, and with Himalaya's help she learns to control her powers and eventually learns what The Mark of The Rosette means for her and for the entire animal kingdom. 

"I was very happy to help mentor Devon on ‘The Rosette”.   The great story telling, characters and design introduce not just a cool new female superhero,  but an important cause that a younger generation, and everybody, needs to be aware of." 

- Peter Hastings, Emmy winning writer and producer, Dreamworks, Disney, and Warner Bros

Griffin discovers Himalaya (aka Himmy) is real for the first time.
Griffin discovers Himalaya (aka Himmy) is real for the first time.

I thought of this story during our first field research trip for our wildlife conservation project, Endangered Activism, in Namibia with my mom. The story and the main characters were so vivid that I couldn't stop talking about them and we started to write down ideas for a graphic novel. Our next stop was in Paris, and it was there that we started writing the story and developing the characters. We continued to write over the next several months and as the story took shape, it was obvious that Himalaya was a main character just like how in real life she was my secret sidekick. The real Himmy was on the trip with us - in my backpack. We created our first street art project with her footprints, and brought her to life in the streets of Paris.

First footprints of Himmy in Paris's Belleville neighborhood.  September 2017 (you can see the test stencils of Louie behind me)
First footprints of Himmy in Paris's Belleville neighborhood. September 2017 (you can see the test stencils of Louie behind me)
Training Sequence The Rosette Day 1- Himalaya and Griffin in Colorado
Training Sequence The Rosette Day 1- Himalaya and Griffin in Colorado

My collaborators:  My mom, Shannon Galpin, had already published her memoir and had written for several magazines, so she helped pull the story out of my head.  We dumped characters, ideas, brainstorms from field research, and actual funny stories like small rodents chewing through our fuel line in Namibia became sabotage by rogue agents in a future storyline that we wrote down and saved. Poaching and wildlife crime themes, pollution, climate change, human-wildlife conflict scenarios that we learned about in our research or in our interviews developed into plot lines. I learned how to structure the story arc, and how to be willing to discard ideas that I was attached to but didn't move the story forward.  The hard part was knowing I couldn't draw. I had the story, but this was a graphic novel,  so this needed to be a collaboration to bring the vision of the world to life. We were lucky in finding Mariana Prieto. A Colombian designer who became our illustrator and partner in crime to create The Rosette's world.  

Mariana was starting her career switch from designing for humans to a whole new way of thinking - designing for wildlife!  I was drawing the scenes and ideas on napkins and notebooks, then I could send Mariana photos and she talked it through with me and brought everything to life the way I saw it in my head. So we were all in a creative space of thinking about new ways of storytelling for wildlife conservation. The creative process began with three women, of three different generations, with five different passports between them!! 

A scene from The Agency. The wildlife hospital is where wounded wildlife agents and rescued animals get treated. Then meeting 'Peggy' the pangolin outside of The Director's office.
A scene from The Agency. The wildlife hospital is where wounded wildlife agents and rescued animals get treated. Then meeting 'Peggy' the pangolin outside of The Director's office.

Our values: A huge part of this Kickstarter is to publish this story to our values. We found a printer and production house that was recommended to us by a friend at WWF that prints art books on recycled paper and uses soy based ink. They choose their shipping standards to make sure that they have the lowest environmental impact they can find too. This way we not only tell a superhero story, but produce our story with superhero values with a goal to publishing to carbon neutral standards!  We couldn't find a publisher to do this with us (at least not yet!) so self publishing through kickstarter made more sense to us. Perhaps this is one step towards moving the needle for sustainable printing options with publishers! With this Kickstarter, we will be able to produce this book in a way that aligns with our values and vision of making sure the production is sustainably sourced for you to have a great book that we can all be proud of.

With our first goal of 50k we are able to completely finish all the illustrations, get all 80+ pages in full beautiful color with a colorist and produce a sustainably sourced graphic novel that can get kids excited about saving wild animals. Your support is bringing a new superhero into the world and ensuring the artists of the world (our real life superheroes) get paid for their work and the printing is done right!

Languages: We are counting on all of your to help us knock this out of the park so we can then focus on the third part of this Kickstarter and we can ramp up into our first stretch goal so we can print and distribute The Rosette in TWO LANGUAGES. English and Spanish.  

I was raised in a dual language elementary school here in Summit County, Colorado and I am bi-lingual. Having a Spanish version released at the same time is important to all of us, knowing that not only our community is bi-lingual, but so is my community. This also gives us an opportunity to have our Colombian illustrator bring these stories of awesome wild animals back to Colombia! And for us to distribute at our field research project in northern Argentina with the Conservation Land Trust, a rewilding project with Tompkins Conservation in Iberia where all the interviews were done in Spanish.  This is so important for us to share this story both as a resource back to the community that shared so much wisdom with us and to provide representation of language in our own community! Help us reach out goal so that we can make these stories in Spanish (and then in Chinese! French!...etc.  More on this when we pass our first goal!)

Distribution: These will be distributed in independent bookstores and available for sale online. You are the only ones getting signed copies unless we are at book signings - not just my signature, but Himmy and Louie's as well. Our goal with a successful Kickstarter includes printing extra copies that we can distribute to kids in schools that may not be able to afford to purchase a copy but that are excited about graphic novels and wildlife. Getting copies back to the communities in Namibia, Borneo, and Argentina, that shared so much knowledge with us as a way of saying thank you is important to us. Getting copies to Colombia where Mariania comes from, a country that is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, but has very little conservation awareness. This book is about peer-to-peer storytelling and outreach to the next generation. The Kickstarter goal is so high so that we can produce copies to get into the hands that matter, not about making a profit!!  BUT, if we do this right - we have created a proof of concept and we can get partners on board to keep printing beyond this initial Kickstarter and keep The Rosette's story spreading.  YOU are part of introducing her to the world and making this happen.

We need YOUR help to do this.  Many people are excited about the story and we could have told this with sketchy black and white drawings, but we chose to do 90 pages of full color, bold, beautiful artwork. It's outside the usual 'norms' of publishers who sell graphic novels, in size, in scope, in subject. That's why we are doing it this way. We know there is a market, and we know we also wrote this to spread an underlying message of conservation.

We hope this story inspires change, inspires interest in wildlife, in conservation, in learning more about protecting the world around us, about following youth leaders already fighting for the environment and leading the charge against climate change.  

We hope that we will see Himalaya's footprints on sidewalks around the world, that the Mark of the Rosette will become a symbol of protection for wildlife! 

xoxo

Devon, Shannon, and Mariana

(The Rosette, Himmy and Louie, too!)

Risks and challenges

Shannon: Our only anticipated challenge is communication around exact timing! So this is where we ask for your patience. Our first step in the process is to finish the final illustrations with Mariana. Mariana and Devon got the illustrations and story to a final edit phase for all 80+ pages, but the illustrations themselves are various stages of sketch, line drawing, and ink. So we need to get them all to a final ink stage so we can hand off to our colorist. This is set for this summer. Devon and I are working to hire a colorist and get her/him to work with our first pages in late July and then we will have a set deadline of completion. At that point we get things moving with our printer for a precise printing schedule. We'll keep you updated along the way but we don't expect any problems as WWF has used this printer/publisher before and it comes highly recommended. This is why we decided to self publish - to create The Rosette on our terms, in an environmentally conscious way, in line with the timing of our documentary film release in 2020, and to allow us to produce an English and Spanish version in tandem! We don't anticipate any risks or major setbacks, but if we have them - we'll communicate with you and hope for your patience with this labor of love and wildlife conservation superhero project! Thank you!

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    Louie was discovered in a Paris toy shot on the Île Saint-Louis. We fell in love with her quirky little personality and she became an important part of the The Rosette story. Over a cup of hot chocolate in a nearby cafe we created her entire backstory; her personality, her role in the story, her skillset. Because she is a platypus she allows us bring a specific dynamic to the story. She is also the comic relief in the story. Her entrance into story comes dramatically through one of the drains from the Seine across from the cafe we were sitting at. We took lots of pictures of the cafe, the street, and the drains and sent them to our illustrator, Mariana to help illustrate the scenes in Paris. Louie continued to travel the world with us and Himmy, but when we returned to Paris many months later, we went to several shops looking for more 'Louies'. .. Her 'replicas' come with a little Eiffel tower keychain to remind her, and you, of her home. We hope you love her as much as we do!!

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    You and a friend will meet Mariana in LA or NY (your choice) and she will give you a class on how to use sketching as way to quickly communicate your ideas or how to do illustrations as a graphic novel artist. Through this class you will learn the basics of sketching as a communication tool, tips and tricks to continue to improve after class, and an in depth look at animal illustration. Mariana will tailor the class to your level of experience.

    She graduated from Art Center College of Design and knows all the cool spots for sketching practice all over NY and LA. If you don't want to sketch yourself but want to learn about the process, she'll take you to coffee and show you how she created The Rosette characters, from ideation through illustration and color. Either way it will be lots of fun!

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    Bring us to your school or community to workshop with youth or create a Rosette themed streetart project. Learn how to create your own silver Himalaya footprint stencils. Create an invisible animal parade of all your favorite endangered species down your sidewalks or street. Learn how to wheatpaste and paste a snow leopard just like Himalaya, or a scene from The Rosette. We'll show you we used stencil art and pasting to create global streetart projects to promote wildlife conservation and awareness of climate change and how The Rosette has a heartbeat of streetart that started in Paris where we wrote most of the story. We'll bring everything we need to play and plenty of The Mark of the Rosette stickers for everyone. Not included: airfare and lodging if the out of Colorado.

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    You just want to help us publish this story and get this book into bookstores? Amazing. You are a publishing angel. If you are a conservation organization, we'll create an add with our illustrator and colorist unique to your work. If you are an individual we can create a page in your name or in honor of your favorite animal. Your contribution gets this story into the world to help inspire the next generation! The Rosette, Himmy, and Louie can live to fight another day!

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