November 30, 2009
Tell us about your graphic novel, As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial.
I worked with the amazing writer Derrick Jensen. He wrote the bulk of it, using the characters from MINIMUM SECURITY, and I illustrated it and wrote a few of the sections.
It’s a response to the lie that individual lifestyle changes are the solution to ecocide. For example, Al Gore’s movie An Inconvenient Truth lays out the problem very well, but at the end is the usual tired “what you can do” list that everyone pushes because they don’t impinge too much on our “non-negotiable way of life.” These lists always include things like taking shorter showers and changing light bulbs to more energy-efficient ones, and never include things like stopping industrial production and overthrowing the system that puts profit ahead of a living world.
In spite of its serious subject matter, As the World Burns is very funny and involves space aliens who arrive to eat the planet and bunnies rounded up and locked in detention centers.
What Stephanie says is true — see for yourself by picking up a copy of the book, or by reading the full-color online edition, to be serialized on this site in 2010.