The New Normal
By Erlend Moster Knudsen, July 28, 2020.
Having adapted to a new normal, many of us are ready for an alternative summer break, staying close to home. So too are we, Frederik and Erlend, but we also keep our comic project ‘About Us: Stories of Climate Change’ close to our heart.
Over the last months, we have worked productively from our home offices. The main character, Jess, has gotten new friends in our freshly illustrated Belgium story, while others have been moved by her passionate speech at the podium of the United Nations (sketches above).
Want to know and see more? Follow us in our social media channels (links below) as the book is coming to a completion. Its stories show that a new normal not only is needed but also viable, in which both human and planetary health thrive.
Ups and Downs
By Erlend Moster Knudsen, March 28, 2020.
The world is such a different place now compared to a month ago…
As the authors of About Us: Stories of Climate Change, Frederik and I (Erlend) feel for everyone affected by COVID-19. We are lucky to live in countries with well-functioning health care but know that this is far from the case for everyone. Hence, please take care of each other and listen to the scientific advices from the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019) in these troubling times.
In times like these, plans get turned upside down. For our comic book, it is really not all that bad. We will continue as before, but with less focus on public attention now that this attention needs to be directed at tackling another crisis.
What this means is that we will still work to tackle the climate crisis. Since our last post, we completed a highly successful crowdfunding campaign for the German version of the book. Thank you again for this! We will therefore keep on working to complete this version so that we send the crowdfunding merch to each supporter in the early fall. The crowdfunding campaign for the English version, however, is put on hold until further notice.
This is truly a challenging time for us all. We want to thank you for your support in reaching our funding goal and ask you to continue supporting our global goals: slowed spreading of the virus and solidary actions for its most prone recipients.
We Are Funded!
By Erlend Moster Knudsen, February 24, 2020.
We just hit the 2000€ funding goal for the German version of About Us: Stories of Climate Change! Thank you for your support!
What this means is not only that the comic book will be printed but also that Frederik and I (Erlend) can travel to the UN climate conference COP 26 in Glasgow, UK, in November. There, we can share the comic book with a wider audience, illustrating the various effects of climate change and what you and I can do about it.
The crowdfunding campaign is still running for another 24 days. If you want to get a copy of the German version and some merch, go to startnext.com/ueber-uns and choose your support level. An English version of the book is to be developed and announced later, so keep on following us here, on Facebook and on Instagram.
“I’ve Had the Time of My Life”
By Erlend Moster Knudsen, February 6, 2020.
Oh, what a night!
On February 6, 2020, About Us: Stories of Climate Change faced its first public test as its authors, Frederik and I (Erlend), launched it at the hostel die wohngemeinschaft in Cologne, Germany. We were simply blown away by the wonderful feedback we received!
With all 69 chairs filled and the windowsills and door also occupied by the crowd, we cannot stress enough how grateful we were for your support. You gave us a night to remember, and it was therefore only deserved that we ended it by a duet on Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes’ (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, immortalized by the no. 1 chick flick movie of the ’80s: Dirty Dancing.
Thank you all that came out and supported us! Your Jennifer & Patrick will forever remember it, and we hope you will too (for other reasons than bleeding ears).
Launch of the Book Project in Cologne!
By Erlend Moster Knudsen, February 6, 2020.
On February 6, 2020, we will for the first time publicly tell the story about our main character, her journey across the world and how this is all about us. Having worked on this project since we first met in May 2017, Frederik and I (Erlend) are really excited about sharing our idea and hearing how it’s received.
The kick-off event will take place at the hostel die wohngemeinschaft in Cologne, Germany. You can find more details about it here.
Stop by if you are in the area and join us for a night of excitement, new perspectives and a lot of laughter!