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Comics for a Cause: Venice Arts Unveils New Student Comic Book :

A saga one year in the making, Venice Arts' newly released comic book, Energy Vampires and Water Goblins, explores issues related to conservation of our precious resources. Funded by a grant from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), we developed this project to engage students in learning about energy and water conservation through hands-on art activities and educational field trips.

Students spent a year researching, writing, drawing, and digitally coloring the 36-page book, which they will now take into their own schools as a tool to foster and promote peer-to-peer learning on pertinent and timely environmental issues, such as water conservation. This book comes during the fourth year of California’s historic drought.

Led by teaching artist and illustrator Michael Jasorka, students wrote and illustrated small vignettes offering practical advice on how to reduce water waste and conserve energy—from taking shorter showers to utilizing “Sleep” mode on electronic devices, and using native, drought-resistant plants to restore a more balanced and less thirsty ecosystem.

Now that the comic is complete, students will bring their knowledge and art into their various classroom communities in order to raise awareness of the issues and inspire a new generation of conservationists. While the program has taught students about environmental issues directly, the true impact of the program will stem from students acting as stewards of conservation among their peers.

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