Comics Uniting Nations
A series of comics to educate people everywhere about the United Nations’ Global Goals and inspire them to become heroes for change!
Help us make a series of educational comics to spread international awareness of the United Nations’ upcoming Global Goals for Sustainable Development! These comics will be distributed worldwide free of charge under a Creative Commons license so that we can empower people everywhere to become heroes for change in their own communities!
This September, world leaders will gather at the United Nations to ratify seventeen historic Global Goals - a “to-do list” for the planet that will address our most pressing planetary issues such as extreme poverty, hunger, health, education, sustainable energy, inequality, the environment and more.
This is a mission for all of humanity, and the United Nations is welcoming all efforts to help get the word out. We hope to use the universal language of comics to transcend language barriers, cultural differences, and limited literacy in order to get everyone on the same page and working together to change the course of history for the better!
How We’re Going To Do It:
Comics Uniting Nations is assembling an international coalition of comic creators and publishers to produce a series of informational comics (4-8 pages in length) tied to each of the seventeen Global Goals. We believe that these powerful visual narratives will be uniquely suited to engaging diverse populations from around the world, inspiring them to become heroes for change in their own communities!
All text will then be translated into eleven different languages by our friends at the boutique language services provider Translation by Design, who are donating their services to this effort.
The finished comics will be distributed absolutely free of charge under a Creative Commons license in print and for digital view and download from mobile platforms (including our partners comiXology and Humble Bundle) and directly through schools, libraries and NGOs.
The comics will also be one of the central pieces of learning content distributed via The World’s Largest Lesson, an educational initiative that aims to teach children about the Global Goals through lessons and assemblies delivered in schools around the world -- potentially sharing our content with hundreds of millions of people worldwide!
Our ultimate goal is to provide a free, global educational resource for millions worldwide!
How You Can Help
Comics Uniting Nations is being developed in coordination with the United Nations, but it is not directly funded by the United Nations. While we are pursuing grant-based funding, these comics need to available in September when the Goals are announced. Which means we need to start production NOW. We’re therefore trying to raise at least $60,000 on Kickstarter so that we can:
- Retain the crew of seasoned editors, designers and educational experts we've recruited to oversee the project and bring it to fruition.
- Pay a fair wage for the creation of at least four Goal-specific comics in eleven different languages.
- Develop additional single-page comics and posters featuring marquee comic characters by marquee comic talent. These will complement the 4-8 page Goal comics and add additional awareness through distribution online and in magazines and newspapers worldwide!
But we can only do it with your help! You can choose from one of the amazing reward bundles donated by our publishing partners...
You can also pledge any amount without choosing a reward, and that pledge will be considered a tax deductible donation to Reading With Pictures!
Reading With Pictures has been assembling a team of acclaimed and passionate comics creators from around the world to illustrate the Global Goals:
Goal 1: No Poverty
Writer: Ben McCool (Choker, Memoir)
Artist: Zeina Abirached (A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return)
Goal 3: Good Health
Writer: P. F. Ispizua
Goal 7: Modern Energy
Writer: Sean Michael Wilson (AX: alternative manga, The Book of Five Rings)
Artist: Michiru Morikawa (Buskers, Yakuza Moon)
Goal 8: Good Jobs and Economic Growth
Writer: Well Told Story
Artist: Joe Barasa
Goal 9: Innovation and Infrastructure
Writer: Roxanne Palmer
Artist: Mario Boon (Texas Strangers)
Goal 10: Global Prosperity
Writer/Artist: Margreet de Heer (Discovery in Comics)
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Writer: Jonathan Hennessey (The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation, The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation)
Artist: Koren Shadmi (The Abaddon, In The Flesh)
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption
Writers: Anne & Owen Smith
Artist: Alitha Martinez (Iron Man, Batgirl)
Goal 13: Protect the Planet
Writer: Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Thor)
Artist: Sean Izaakse
Goal 15: LIFE ABOVE WATER
Public Service Announcements
We’re working with creators and publishers from around the world to create a series of Public Service Announcements tied to the Global Goals. These single-page comics will be designed to engage and educate readers about the Global Goals, inspiring them to learn more and become heroes for change in their own communities.
The initial PSA talent lineup includes:
- Boom Studios (Lumberjanes)
- Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba
- Janet Lee
- Katie Cook
- Neil Kleid
- Nick Dragotta (Howtoons)
- Trevor Mueller & Gabriel Bautista (Albert the Alien)
- Robert Berry
- Jim McClain, Rose McClain (Solution Squad)
- Otis Frampton (Oddly Normal)
- Brian Boyd (Grammarman)
- Rasheed Banda
- Tod Emko & Ethan Young (Piggy's Tale)
- Sam Hart
- Ted Anderson & Dave Windett
Our Publishing Partners
Comics Uniting Nations Rewards
Publishing Partner Rewards
$800 - Josh Elder Presentation and Workshop
Josh Elder, founder of Reading With Pictures and Comics Ambassador for the US State Department, will provide an entire day's worth of programming - including cartooning workshops and educator seminars - to an audience of your choosing.
Travel and lodging costs are not included in this reward and will be at the expense of the party pledging.
Risks and challenges
The primary challenges for this project are funding and time frame. If we have the funding, the staff is in place and it's just a matter of entering full production mode and assuming the normal risks associated with producing a series of comics.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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