Main image: Darren Cullen
A new comics anthology by 10 leading comic artists – five in the Philippines and five in the UK – is being launched in response to the climate crisis as part of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (15-17 October).
‘10 Years to Save the World’ demonstrates the power of comics to stimulate climate change action.
Art’s role in the climate crisis
Aimed at 18- to 24-year-olds, but with a powerful message for us all, the project is a collaboration between The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Komiket in the Philippines and climate change communications specialists Creative Concern.
The project is one of the British Council’s Creative Commissions, exploring climate change through art, science and digital technology.
The commissions aim to stimulate global conversations about climate change and to inspire transformational change.
‘The project has an urgent message: we have 10 years to make the big changes required to save our planet, it’s as simple as that. This digital anthology we hope demonstrates the important role art and specifically comic art can play in responding to the climate crisis. The partners in this project believe that comics can change the world and now, more than ever, we need to use their strength as a force for good.’
Director, The Lakes International Comic Art Festival
The power of comics
This is an incredible showcase for the diversity and power of comics. Crucially, the work has been informed and shaped by young people from both countries, who took part in online discussions to develop the brief for the artists. The 10 Years to Save the World comics can be read and shared for free online here.
The comics anthology features 10 internationally celebrated artists – Manix Abrera, Kajo Baldisimo with Budjette Tan, Sayra Begum, Darren Cullen, Ren Galeno, Emiliana Kampilan, Kevin Eric Raymundo, Zoom Rockman, Jack Teagle and Clarice Tudor.