Comics Uniting Nations recently launched a Kickstarter campaign through Reading With Pictures to raise the $60,000 needed to make this tremendous effort a reality. If successful, the funds raised will be used to retain the crew of seasoned editors, designers, and educational experts 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, and develop additional single-page comics and posters featuring marquee comic characters by marquee comic talent. These will complement the 4 to 8-page Goal comics and add additional awareness through distribution online and in magazines and newspapers worldwide!
In addition, it should be noted that leaders in the comic book industry have partnered in the Comics Uniting Nations effort by promoting the campaign and generously donating a truly incredible variety of print and digital rewards. These companies include Dark Horse Comics, Madefire, BOOM! Studios, IDW Publishing, Archie Comics, Dynamite, Oni Press, and more.
Reading With Pictures Founder Josh Elder knew that the Comics Uniting Nations project was a perfect fit for his organization. “Reading With Pictures was founded on the belief that comics are a kind of universal visual language, one that’s ideal for communicating important concepts to diverse audiences. Concepts don’t get any more important than the Global Goals, and audiences don’t get any more diverse than the entirety of the human race,” said Elder.
If Comics Uniting Nations reaches its Kickstarter goal, the finished comics will be distributed free of charge in print and for digital view and download from mobile platforms (including 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.
Everyone here at Fanboy Comics wishes the best of luck to Reading With Pictures and everyone involved in the Comics Uniting Nations campaign and their endeavor to bring greater humanitarian awareness to readers worldwide.
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