Jon Lewis: Portraits from the Edge: Kiribati - Putting a Face to Climate Change
Lewis spent five months of 2009 in the small Republic of Kiribati, a series of 33 atolls in the Equatorial Pacific. Kiribati is home to the people most vulnerable to climate change on Earth. It’s predicted that in 30 to 40 years their land will succumb to rising sea levels and climate change. Storm surges, freakish waves, salination of fresh water wells and lands, un-predictable weather and tidal increases, are all contributing to the country’s physical demise.
As yet there is no policy from industrial countries, or the UN, as to our collective responsibilities to people such as the I Kiribati. Where will these environmentally displaced people migrate to, and how many? Who will be their host countries? Lewis spent six months travelling through the atolls of Kiribati, recording his experiences of the people and place and presents 46 images portraying the vibrant social system and culture. The implications the loss of home- lands will have on this vibrant social system and culture are the central question of this series, and the lack of response from industrial countries to participate in a series plan of action for climate refugees of the future.
To keep Cartozia Tales fresh for ourselves, to get more imaginations involved, and to raise the bar for our own storytelling, we invite two guests to join us in each issue. We’ve brought in some of the real stars of the indie-comics firmament, and we’ve got more great surprises on the way.
For real. In our first seven issues, we’ve been joined by:
You could fill a whole shelf with great comics by our guest stars. And really, if there’s a name in this list that you’re not already reading, it wouldn’t do you any harm to search out their work, though not all of their best stuff is “kidsafe.” (Kids love Johnny Boo, Hilda and Leo Geo, but probably you shouldn’t get them Black Lung or Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen.)
I’ve been really impressed with the degree to which these established artists and expert storytellers have brought their A-game to our little anthology. It’s been super fun to read these pieces, accommodate them to our growing sense of what Cartozia is like, and watch the core creators follow up on all these new ideas.
You can follow along, of course, by buying individual issues or setting up a ten-issue subscription (which gets you the first six issues all in one shipment) at cartozia.com/store. Cool stuff is coming up!
Since Jon first announced he was leaving The Daily Show, I have lived in a near-permanent state of misty. So when approached to write a tribute to him, I wasn’t sure my tear ducts could take another hit. Jon, if you’re reading this, go no further, because it’s about to get weepy, and I know you don’t really seek this kind of unabashed praise.
When Jon gave me my shot on the show, it was transformative. He took me from the brink of giving up show business entirely to a place from which a solid career could be built. Working for him was like working in the best comedy training ground a person could ask for. And though I mostly remember those first months as a general feeling of “Oh my God, don’t f— this up” and “Seriously, don’t f— this up,” Jon always had my back. I don’t mind saying that working my ass off with the single goal of making Jon laugh forged my comedy spine out of molten steel. …
As a boss, Jon explicitly urged—no, required—me to explore my passions as a performer, and when I fell apart from it or just needed to sit in his office and cry about it, he was patient and caring without fail. And did I mention how unbelievably supportive he was when I started having kids? I know—working for Jon was quite literally an embarrassment of riches.
So hearing the news that he was leaving The Daily Show was a bit of a gut punch, for sure. And while, yes, I had a job there and all that, my actual first instinct was to react as a fan, because I am a Jon Stewart superfan. It just feels so weird. I completely get [why he’s leaving], but it still feels weird.
And now here I sit dehydrating from all the tears, gently wizening like a raisin, happy for Jon, missing him already and forever grateful.
My friends and I have created an all-ages fantasy comics anthology built up around this shared map of Cartozia seen above! It’s part imaginary cartography, RPG source guide and full-blown collaborative comics! We’re making Cartozia Tales because we think the world needs more comics that will attract young readers and let them celebrate adventure, curiosity, exploration, and fun. In each issue, the cartoonists travel to a different part of the map, leaving their characters to someone else’s devices and story-telling delights. In addition to the comics there are fun tutorials (like shown above) on map-making, masks, how to pack and more so make the reading experience even more interactive.
We’re fairly certain this type of collaborative, chance-driven storytelling has never been done before on such a large scale, and the results so far have been fantastic — immersive and playful for kids, engaging and complex for adults. Apparently every child who reads issue one develops an insatiable appetite for drawing maps. (including ones of the dog poops their dad hasn’t picked up in the backyard!)
Issue #1 is out with guest stars Dylan Horrocks and Jon Lewis, #2 will be out at SPX to everyone’s delight while #3 is currently being drawn! We launched a Kickstarter campaign on August 15th to deliver an entire year’s worth of vibrant, exciting comics, and we want you to join us in the adventure.
There are more previews available at the Cartozia website along with bios of the Cartozian cartoonists and how we split up the map each issue. One more fun fact is that we live all over the world too! From Vermont to Seattle to Minneapolis to NYC, New Zealand and more! There could be someone drawing Cartozia Tales right next to you at the coffee shop right now!
seriously there was so much adorable with Steph and Tim in the Jon Lewis robin run let me try to remember it all
Tim’s inner monologues:
That girl was cute
BUT YOU KNOW WHO’S CUTER
i’m not going to write that on an overpass though that would be illegal
You know I wonder if Steph wants to quit being a superhero
wait who am I kidding this is Stephanie fucking Brown I’m talking about most dedicated to being a superhero in the universe
I want to quit being Robin because Bruce is a terrible human being and I am tired of him. That is what I am thinking. I want Steph to want to quit too so I’d have an excuse. DON’T PROJECT YOUR WANTS AND DESIRES ONTO STEPHANIE, TIM. ugh I am such a loser.
Stephanie: wtf is Tim doing here this is what he does when he doesn’t answer my calls hang out with losers
Tim: I’m not sure I like this music but they are trying so hard A for effort
StepH: THIS MUSIC IS AWFUL. F. F’S FOR EVERYONE
holy shit Tim is crying
Tim is crying over this terrible music
Tim: THIS REMINDS ME OF MY DEAD MOM
Steph: okay maybe there are drugs in what he ate i’M GOING TO TAKE A SAMPLE AND TEST IT
tim was the dorkiest dork
Tim: OH NO STEPH CALLED ME TODAY WAS HER DAY OFF AND I FORGOT I AM THE WORST BOYFRIEND I MUST RUSH HOME AND BEG HER FORGIVENESS
OH LOOK A CRIME PEOPLE ARR TRADING THE DRUGS NO THAT’S NOT A CRIME WELL YES IT IS WELL I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THAT I HAVE TO CALL STEPHANIE
okay I arrested a guy time to call Steph
Tim: STEPHANIE I AM SO SORRY WILL YOU EVER FORGIVE ME
Steph: i guess.
Tim: YOU SOUND SO MAD
Steph: i have a cold.
Tim: BECAUSE OF ME
Steph: no… okay you know what we’ll talk later.
Tim: SHE HATES ME I MUST FIX THIS. okay Stephanie I will make you some CHICKEN SOUP
…I AM A SUPERHERO I CAN TAKE THIS SOUP
fuck I have no idea how to make soup Dana could you teach me how to make soup for my girlfriend
Dana: I SUPPORT THIS PROJECT
Steph: Aw the soup has cured my woes. by the way i have a sample of food we should test to see if you were on drugs last night
Tim: I already tested that actually
Steph: oh okay
Cole: hey ur cute wanna talk lit
Steph: Yeah when I had long blonde hair I was an idiot now that it’s short you’ve decided i’m an intellectual get out of my face before I punch you u shallow asshole
Tim: “yeah i’m here for the hippie chicks” (ps I would never use the demeaning term chicks in real life that is rude to women this is part of my disguise)
Me: tim calm down
and he was 100 percent done with Bruce’s shit
Bruce: so you’re probably mad I fired Stephanie
Tim: I wonder if I should just like
open the door to the Batmobile
and jump out
because i am so tired of him rn
then then then
Tim: STEPHANIE DO YOU LOVE ME
Steph: wh-wha uh yeah of course I do
Tim: DO YOU TRUST ME?
Steph: You’ve always been there for me so yeah
Tim: OKAY I’M GOING TO ASK YOU TO DO SOMETHING REALLY WEIRD
Steph: ….where are you going with this
Tim: GROSS EVEN
Tim: PLEASE STUFF THIS MODELING CLAY UP YOUR NOSE
Steph: jesus christ you are the weirdest person
Steph: Tim we should talk about a thing
Tim: HOLY SHIT SHE’S BREAKING UP WITH ME
I AM NOT SURPRISED I AM THE WORST BOYFRIEND IN THE WORLD I AM SO NEGLECTFUL
MY LIFE IS OVER HOW CAN I DEAL WITH THIS
WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO MEEEE
Steph: Tim I’ve been staying in hotels because I’m mad at my mom
Tim: OH THANK CHRIST YOU’RE NOT BREAKING UP WITH ME
A MUST-READ: Great tributes by some of Jon’s current and former colleagues at The Daily Show
“In terms of political comedy on television, Jon Stewart is not just the best there’s ever been; he’s the best there ever will be.” - John Oliver
“Comedy is a powerful tool for putting everybody on the same page, and he’s a master at doing that with topics that are important to our whole country.” - Kristen Schaal
“As a boss, Jon explicitly urged—no, required—me to explore my passions as a performer, and when I fell apart from it or just needed to sit in his office and cry about it, he was patient and caring without fail.” - Samantha Bee
“I know I’ll never work with anyone as smart or as goddamn cool ever again. Thanks, Jon.” - Rob Corddry
“When he said ‘Jump!’ or ‘I want you to do it this way,’ you never questioned it. And that’s not at all out of fear. It’s out of complete and utter respect.” - Rachael Harris
“It was one of the nicest things anyone could have done right before you’re about to get one of your biggest shots: to put a hand on your arm and say, ‘Just do it.’ I’ll never forget that.” - Larry Wilmore
“A lot of The Daily Show’s success had to do with being in the right place at the right time and Jon being the right person. He turned the news world on its head.” - Lewis Black
Steph: Yes, I trust you completely, Tim. You’ve never let me down when it counts.
Tim: Then please, please trust me now and do this one thing…
Tim: …take these two pieces of modeling clay and put them up your nose. Plug up both nostrils completely.
*Steph bursts into laughter*
Adorably socially awkward Tim’s greatest hits.
“I…know it sounds weird…and perhaps…a little gross”
Also his epic eyebrow raise in the first panel is in response to Steph saying she loves him under a drug that released all self-deception and inhibition. He’s basically like “holy shit she really loves me? For real? Why?"