PRESS KIT: Launch of Santa’s Green Christmas

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ORGANIZATIONS AND CREDITS

Writers, editors and originators: Felix Dodds and Michael Strauss
Artist and Colorist: John Charles
Inks: Lee Townsend
Lettering: Ian Sharman
Editor in Chief: Father Christmas

In memory and appreciation of: Maurice Strong and Joke Waller Hunter

Special thanks to: Sean Southey, Olav Kjorven, Shannon O’Shea, Callie King-Guffey, Natabara Rollosson, Tony Holdsworth, Kale McAleer, Zach Cobb, Shaun Nichols

Sustainable Development Goals: In 2015, more than 190 world leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help us all end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice, and fix climate change. We each have a role to play if we’re going to achieve these goals of a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable world.

Comics Uniting Nations is a partnership of UNICEF and the NGOs PCI Media Impact and Reading with Pictures, to make the Sustainable Development Goals accessible to the citizens of the world through comics.

New World Frontier is a publishing house that focuses on sustainable development around intergovernmental processes. It publishes papers and downloadable books that advance the global understanding of how sustainable development can bring about change.

Earth Media is an independent political and media consultancy that works inside UN negotiations to promote environmental, economic development and social justice issues, and works outside the UN to communicate effectively to the global public. earthmedia@gmail.com

SOCIAL MEDIA MATERIALS

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USABLE QUOTES

Michael Strauss

“Santa Claus may be the ultimate benevolent father figure in Western cultures – or grandfather figure. And he has been for a dozen generations.  He warmly encourages and rewards good behavior, and gently but firmly admonishes bad.  And with a herd of high-flying reindeer and a home in the Arctic north, he’s about as grounded in nature and close to the front lines of climate impacts as anyone.”

“He cares about children. He cares about families. And in the course of this story, he realizes he cares about the risk of climate catastrophe.”

 

Felix Dodds

“I first met Father Christmas at the age of three in a clothing store in the U.K. in Derby, and I became Chair of Father Christmas Youth.  I then organized a stakeholder consultation around gift-giving practices in my freshman year at University of Surrey.  I hope to have Santa lead a workshop around the nexus among water, food and energy.”

“I was inspired to write about Santa from my own childhood Christmas memories.  He was always a positive, reassuring figure, who seemed to provide hope even in troubling times. He seemed like just the right hero to guide us through this crisis.”

 

Santa Claus

“It seemed to me we have been dashing to disaster.”

“The whole purpose of my life is to encourage hope and bring happiness to the world’s children. But if we keep putting more greenhouse gases into the air, we’re going to lead ourselves to a world that has very little hope and happiness for children for many generations.”

 

Sean Southey

“I’m highly excited about this contribution to the Comics Uniting Nations series.  It superbly balances the messaging with the humor.  It’s smart and beautifully illustrated.  It’s thoughtful and funny.  We think it will be a huge hit with the target audiences.”

STORY IDEAS

Santa Speaks.
An interview with St. Nick.
Santa Takes a Stand.
Santa gets involved.
Santa Votes with his Sleigh.

“And have you been a good little planet this year?”
“Have you been a good little country this year ?”
“Have you been a good little species this year ?”

“And will you be a good little President ?”
Santa considering shift to swimming reindeer.
Elves urge shift to organic reindeer poo.
Reindeer strike!  Fly off job on extreme weather concerns, thin-ice issues.
Santa – ‘Enough with the chimneys.  Let’s try wind turbines.’

‘Enough with the chimneys.  Let’s go solar ! ’
‘Enough with the chimneys.  Let’s go with wind ! ’
‘Enough with the chimneys.  Let’s go with poo ! ’

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All images of comic graphics are available for publication or educational use by communications media, non-profit organizations and educational organizations, with proper acknowledgement. 
Credit – Comics Uniting Nations/Dodds/Strauss/Charles

 


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CREATORS’ BIOS

 

Felix Dodds

Felix Dodds

Ford Foundation and UN consultant.  Co-author, or editor of a dozen texts on sustainable development policy.  Most recent books – The Water, Food, Energy and Climate Nexus: Challenges and an Agenda for Action (edited; with Jamie Bartram), and Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals: A transformational agenda for an insecure world (with Ambassador David Donoghue and Jimena Leiva Roesch )

This is Felix Dodds’ first comic, though he has been a comic fan all of his life. He is a Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute and a Senior Affiliate at the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina and an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. He was the co-director of the 2014 Nexus Conference on Water, Food, Energy and Climate.

In 2016 he was a member of an informal expert group for the President of the UN General Assemblies Brookings Report: “Links in the Chain of Sustainable Finance: Accelerating Private Investments for the SDGs, including Climate Action.”

He has written or edited fourteen books most recently ‘The Water, Food, Energy and Climate Nexus’ (April 2016) which he edited with Jamie Bartram. ‘Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals: A transformational agenda for an insecure world’ (November 2016) written with the co-chair of the negotiations Ambassador David Donoghue and Jimena Leiva Roesch.

For the Sustainable Development Goals process he has advised the Ford Foundation, the Communitas Coalition, Article 19 and the World Animal Protection. He also set up and advises the government Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development.

Felix was the Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future from 1992-2012. In 2011, Felix was listed in 2011 as one of 25 environmentalists ahead of his time.

 

Michael Strauss

Michael Strauss is a political and environmental media consultant, and Executive Director of Earth Media, based in New York.  Most recent book – “Only One Earth – The Long Road, via Rio, to Sustainable Development” (Earthscan, Routledge; 2012; with Felix Dodds and Maurice F. Strong).

He serves as media consultant and advisor to governments, UN agencies and civil society coalitions. For the Rio+20 Summit in 2012, he was designated Civil Society/ Media Liaison by the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). He has served as media coordinator for NGO coalitions since the lead- up to the 1992 Earth Summit, and has worked extensively with NGOs, Trade Unions, Youth, Women, Indigenous Peoples, Local Authorities at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development in New York.

In addition to “Only One Earth,” he has co-authored two books on international policy and media advocacy – “Negotiating and Implementing Multilateral Environmental Agreements – A Manual for NGOs” (UNEP Division of Environmental Law and Conventions; 2007) and “How to Lobby at Intergovernmental Meetings” (Earthscan, 2004).  He also edited “The Dialogue Records” (Northern Clearing House; New York; 1999), the first account of the UN government-civil society dialogue sessions on business and sustainable development.

He has guest lectured at graduate seminars at Columbia University’s School of International Policy (SIPA) and School of Journalism, and at the New School University Graduate Program in International Affairs.  He conducts frequent Media Workshops for NGOs and youth organizations. He was a contributing editor to Outreach, the daily newsletter of civil society organizations at UN negotiations, and is a frequent editor of NGOs’ written statements and an adviser and political strategist on political issues and negotiations.

His typical habitats include the UN’s Vienna Café, the offices of UN journalists, and New York’s Second Avenue diners.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-strauss-4a0a1355?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

 

John Charles (artist and colorist)

A UK-based graphic designer, comic and text book artist who has produced covers and penciling for Marvel UK, Antarctic Press, BBC Books, and New World Frontiers.

John Charles is a professional comic book artist, graphic designer, writer and colorist, and has produced cover art and strips for many publishers. Born John Charles Mould, he mainly signs his artwork John Charles, and changed his name to this several years ago. John trained as a graphic designer and later taught the subject for three years at Leicester College. His first love was always comic book art though and John went freelance in 2003 and has been working as a comic-book colorist and artist ever since.

John is the front cover designer for New World Frontiers

Career highlights include

  • Five covers and art on three ‘Future Shock’ strips for the U.K.’s ‘2000AD‘ comic.
  • Pencilling for Marvel U.K. on ‘Knights of Pendragon’ and ‘Wild Thing’, (as John Mould).
  • Cover art for Antarctic Press in the U.S. on ‘Warrior Nun Brigantia’ and ‘Tomorrow Man.’
  • Coloring and pencilling numerous strips for Panini U.K’s ‘Marvel Heroes and ‘Spectacular Spider-Man‘ comics. As a colorist working with a variety of artists including: Gary Erskine, Kev Hopgood, Jon Haward, John Royle, John McCrea, Mike Collins and more.
  • John made his writing debut on a three-issue story for Panini’s Spider-Man comic, which guest-starred The X-Men. This was co-written with writing partner, Barry May.
  • John and Barry have also written two self-published books together: ‘Kiri the Fairy Barmaid,’  and ‘Tiger J. Jackson and the School for Weird Kids’, again under given name of John Mould.
  • illustration of six educational comics for Jera Books, featuring the heroine Amy Blade, aimed at teaching English phonetically to slow readers.
  • John has also produced covers for Orang Utan Comics and worked on a few pages of the BBC Books title, ‘The Good Dalek.’ He has also colored several comics for specialist publisher, Medikidz.
  • He has provided book designs for seven of Felix Dodds books including the first two books for New World Frontier

 

Ian Sharman (lettering)

An artist, writer and editor whose credits include Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, and Doctor Who graphic novels.  He is editor in chief of Markosia, and runs Orang Utan Comics, a UK comic book collective .

Ian Sharman is best known as the award winning writer of Alpha Gods, Hero: 9 to 5, Hypergirl, The Intergalactic Adventures of Zakk Ridley and Spacescape, and as the editor of and contributor to the Eagle Award nominated anthology, Eleventh Hour. Ian is also an accomplished inker, having inked Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men for Panini Comics, and also a successful letterer, having lettered many comics including the Doctor Who graphic novels from BBC Books and the AX Collection of underground manga published by Top Shelf.

He’s also Editor In Chief of Markosia, one of the leading independent publishers of graphic novels in the UK, and he runs Orang Utan Comics, a UK based collective of comic book creators. On top of all this he produces and is one of the stars of Ray Gunn & Starburst, an audio drama which was a finalist in the 2016 Parsec Awards, and which is currently available for free on iTunes.

 

Lee Townsend (inks)

An artist and animator who has worked on Spider-Man, Avengers, X-Men, Iron Man and the Hulk, for Marvel, Disney, DreamWorks, and most recently the Cartoon Network.

Lee Townsend started working in the comic industry in the mid 90’s as an artist for Marvel on titles such as Deaths Head, Action Man, Transformers.

He then went to work in animation for several years for Disney & DreamWorks, returning to comics working on Spider-Man, Avengers, X-Men, Iron Man, Hulk.

Work for 2000AD followed – Judge Dredd, Sinister Dexter, Synammon, Breathing Space, Flesh. DC work includes Hellblazer, World of Warcraft and Top Cow Kin.

More recently Lee has been drawing comic strips for Cartoon Network & storyboards for advertising. He is in discussions with Marvel & DC regarding his latest projects.

www.leetownsendart.com

 

IN MEMORY AND APPRECIATION

Maurice Strong

Joke Waller Hunter: A driving, and creative force within the UN behind the the formalization and implementation post-Rio treaties. She was the founding Director of the UN’s Dept of Sustainable Development, and Secretary of the FCCC