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About this project

This project was inspired by my love of nature and the realization that we must prepare the next generation for their upcoming roles as stewards of the planet. As a lifelong fan of comic book superheroes, I chose this medium to communicate our message to kids: The environment must be safe-guarded – and you have a part to play!

Carla meets Gator in Florida Five #1
Carla meets Gator in Florida Five #1

The Mission

Create an exciting and inspiring comic book series focused on Florida’s environmental threats with an outlet to turn youthful enthusiasm into solutions: The Florida Five Project

The Comic Book Series- The Florida Five superheroes are inspired by wildlife from each of five eco-systems: Dolphin for the seas and reefs, Osprey for the coast, Gator for the swamps, Panther for the forests, and Manatee for the waterways. These teenagers and their mentor confront real issues facing our state, like pollution, invasive species and habitat destruction. 

In each story, our heroes need assistance to make things right. Florida kids become the real heroes, and young readers learn how to change the world by making their voices heard, supporting green business, and studying to become scientists, entrepreneurs or leaders. 

Florida Five #1 is a 28-page, full-color comic book with centerfold mini-poster, "Python Peril." 

Florida Five #1 with centerfold mini-poster
Florida Five #1 with centerfold mini-poster

The Website - To foster inspiration, the floridafive.org website gives project updates and offers Eco-Alerts and Eco-Tips on which kids can act. They're encouraged to report on their activities, and they're also welcome to submit their own Florida Five art and stories.

The Plan

$5,000 will fund the publication and distribution of Florida Five #1 (initial print run of 5,000). The comic book will be sold online and in retail outlets. We will also be approaching schools and youth organizations – and you have the opportunity to donate comic books to them (see Pledge $500).

Any additional funds received will go toward marketing, including advertising to promote the comic and public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Eco-Alerts and Eco-Tips.

$10,000 will enable us to publish the first issue AND put the Florida Five on digital screens all over the state 

$20,000 will ensure timely publication of the second issue AND fund our first animated PSAs.

The Endgame

Besides encouraging reading, the Florida Five Project will inspire thousands of young people to get serious about protecting the Sunshine State's fragile eco-systems.

With enough momentum, the Florida Five comic book series will gain a sustainable readership and become a monthly publication that employs Florida artists and writers, and, in the near future, animators and actors.

You can make it happen with your contribution. Fight for Florida with the Florida Five!

Dolphin and her friends
Dolphin and her friends
 

Risks and challenges

The script is written, the artwork completed, and we're raring to go with Florida Five #1.

Our biggest obstacle will be distribution. In order to have reaching effect, we need to get this comic book into the hands of Florida's elementary school kids, and we need to get the Florida Five superheroes on billboards and buses all around the state.

Right now, we're promoting the project mostly via social media. Upon publication, we'll be traveling the state to spread our message, beginning with the Islamorada Fine Art Festival, Jan. 23-24, and the Green Planet Festival, Feb. 27 in Ft. Lauderdale.

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    Help start a conversation about conservation with Florida's youth by funding our new comic book series!

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    Florida Five #1
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    Florida Five #1
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    Gift Set for Sharing:
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    Donate Florida Five to a school or youth club:

    100 copies Florida Five#1
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    You or someone you know will be drawn by the artist and make a cameo appearance in Florida Five #2.

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