There is an article about the High Water Comic Anthology that Lucy wrote an introduction for in the Auckland City Harbour News that was posted yesterday.
What is the High Water Comic Anthology? Back in January 2015, Damon Keen from 3 Bad Monkeys was kind enough to send me information regarding this issue plus some images of the comic. As Damon says below, the comic will be available in late Feb/early March. You can order if you are overseas (see below for details). Lucy wrote the introduction to the anthology.
Comic Anthology with Lucy Lawless Introduction
High Water is a 96 page hardcover comic anthology featuring some of New Zealand's best comic artists, including Dylan Horrocks (Hicksville, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen), Sarah Laing (A Fall of Light), Chris Slane (Nice Day For A War) and many others.
The stories all explore the threat of climate change, and range from the distant past to the far future, and from thoughtful to hilarious! Given Lucy's high profile as both a popular actor and passionate environmentalist, we were stoked that she was able to write an introduction for us. She's the perfect voice for this book!
High Water is being published by 3 Bad Monkeys, the publisher of Faction - NZ's premier comic anthology. It will be available in New Zealand comic shops from late February, early March. International buyers will be able to pick up a copy from www.factioncomics.co.nz
Here is the article:
KIWI comic book artists concerned over sea level rises, super storms and climate change have put pen to paper to bring it to the public’s attention.
Acclaimed artists including Dylan Horrocks, Sarah Laing and Chris Slane volunteered their work for graphic novel anthology High Water.
The introduction is written by actress and activist Lucy Lawless.
Editor Damon Keen says the book is a way into the highly volatile debate for New Zealand’s comic community.
‘‘We’ve had 25 years of scientists talking, politicians kind of ignoring them and I feel like it’s time for the rest of us to step up,’’ he says.
‘‘Everywhere you look there’s climate change, because we have got to that point where it is critical.’’
Climate change experts predict a one-metre sea level rise by the end of the century. But scientists have warned the actual figure could be as high as four metres.
Sea levels have been rising by about 1.6 millimetres each year over the past century. That figure has lifted to 3.2mm over the past two decades and the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) expects it to to rise to 10mm annually by 2100.
The artists are concerned about what future generations will be left with, Keen says.
‘‘A lot of them are parents as well and it’s hard not to, if you are thinking about the issue, be quite concerned about how we approach it with our children and how you should be dealing with it.
‘‘There is that common theme of artists being socially aware to some degree, just due to the nature of the work you do. So I certainly had no problem convincing them to get involved,’’ he says.
‘‘A lot of them were very excited to get involved ... You want to feel like you’re contributing and doing something about the issue that bugs you in the back of your mind even if we feel so powerless.’’
Keen says the group knows the issue will not change overnight.
‘‘We’re all like pygmies, shooting tiny darts at a huge elephant of a problem,’’ he says. ‘‘And hopefully the darts accumulate enough to bring it down eventually.
‘‘We go into it aware that we’ve got to do our part as a tribe. We represent a community of communicators and it’s our job to do that.’’
The Westmere resident and his editing partner Aimee Maxwell say comics can be a way to educate and add another voice to the global discussion.
The stories go from being set 40,000 years ago during the Ice Age, to what Earth could look like millions of years in the future.
‘‘In so many ways it has been politicised even though it’s actually a scientific issue,’’ Keen says.
‘‘I’ve been a bit sad,
I guess, about how slowly society’s moved on this issue and it’s hard not to get caught up in that cynicism and depression and feel powerless.
‘‘But what struck us about working on a project like this is it’s exciting. You don’t have to feel powerless. You don’t have to do much but if we all start talking about it that would be a great start.’’
The artists know they are entering an arena which can be heated but Keen says adding their voices to the climate change debate is important.
‘‘It would be great if this was a way for people to explore the issue or think about it who haven’t been able to approach or have found the issue inaccessible. But also hope it’s a way for people who may find a way to approach comics as well,’’ Keen says.
‘‘If you’ve got this talent, these skills, this gift – whatever you call it – then using it for something particularly meaningful, powerful and an empowering thing, I think it’s just what they do.’’