I have been a fan of Joey Hartmann-Dow ever since I first saw Joey’s whimsical creatures drawn based on maps. Joey captures a playfulness and warmth to the work. When I needed an artist as a collaborator for my illustrated book, The Amazing Adventures of the Afterbirth of Jesus, I turned to Joey, who created the most adorable living placenta. (Ok, it’s a little creepy too, but that is part of the story.) In the fall I purchased Joey’s 2018 calendar celebrating Bad Ass Women.
Now Joey has begun a comic book series about climate change. Working with the Friends for National Legislation, a Quaker organization in Washington, DC, Joey has created Seeks. Here is the synopsis of Issue 1
When our protagonist J finds out their best friend’s brother Asa is hospitalized for an asthma attack, they want to do everything they can to help– as an activist for climate justice, they see a link between Asa’s dangerous condition, extreme air pollution, and the changing climate in their city of Philadelphia, PA. Although they’ve never reached out to their member of Congress before, J finds themself on a lobby visit with their representative, advocating for climate action as a public health issue, on behalf of their friend’s family and others like them.