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Weird fish lady

An afternoon chat with The Weird Fish Lady

By Alan J. Hesse | November 21, 2020

I first met Gloria Barnett, aka The Weird Fish Lady, at the annual conference of the Association for Science Education where I launched my first comic book about climate change in 2019. I’ve since tracked her down and we had a fascinating chat all about the oceans and why they’re important. Gloria is a sailor,…

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Solutions for the Climate Crisis: an interview with the author of Carbon Choices

By Alan J. Hesse | October 30, 2020

Solutions for the climate crisis is a topic that is deservedly growing in importance, and urgency. My friend Neil Kitching, Geographer and Energy Specialist, has published Carbon Choices, a book that homes in on the common-sense solutions to our climate and nature crises.   As an author of educational books about climate change myself, I just…

Wisdom of the Ages podcast

Wisdom of the Ages podcast interview

By Alan J. Hesse | October 11, 2020

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to do a Wisdom of the Ages podcast interview. Hosted by best-selling and award-winning author Ayn Cates Sullivan, Wisdom of the Ages is a show that taps into the many expressions of universal, ancestral and personal wisdom to ignite evolutionary consciousness. The interview, titled Solutions: Actions for a Healthy…

Guy Walton

Interview: behind the scenes with meteorologist and children’s book author Guy Walton

By Alan J. Hesse | September 18, 2020

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Guy Walton, aka @climateguyw on Twitter, about his journey as both a professional meteorologist and children’s book author. Guy shares my passion for education and creating characters that bring home the message about our era’s environmental and climate crisis. Guy, how did you go from climate science to…

Bears in rubbish

Behind the scenes with Captain Polo: the black and white experiment

By Alan J. Hesse | July 9, 2020

Normally when I create a comic book I first finish all the artwork right up to the final, fully colored frames. I then switch over to Adobe Indesign to lay out each frame in comic-style boxes, page after page, adding in the speech bubbles, narratives and texts, and thus create the book. Quite a process.…

Pole to Pole

A new name for Polo, and a new adventure

By Alan J. Hesse | June 22, 2020

My character Polo the Bear, climate change messenger and globetrotter extraordinaire has some important news! He is now officially Captain Polo: concerned polar bear, world citizen, adventurer, explorer and climate change educator. Captain Polo recently went through an Inuit initiation ceremony by special invitation from his Inuit friends. Polo completed the initiation following ancient Inuit…

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Behind the scenes with Captain Polo: using surprise to reach the reader

By Alan J. Hesse | May 21, 2020

My mission is to bring environmentally oriented educational facts and inspiration to kids of all ages all the way up to 99 years old. For this to work, I need to be very careful to shake things up all the time. I create comic books, but even a comic book can be boring. At the…

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Behind the scenes with Captain Polo: using humour to address complex issues

By Alan J. Hesse | May 1, 2020

As the story unfolds in my educational comic book, The Adventures of Polo the Bear, Polo’s character evolves. Starting out as just another hungry bear, he gradually takes on the role of a celebrity and an activist for climate action. Using humour, often through nameless supporting characters, I get to address technical or complex subjects…

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Behind the scenes with Captain Polo: Earth Day 2020 and Climate Action

By Alan J. Hesse | April 22, 2020

Earth Day 2020 is being widely and rightly celebrated around the world as I type. This is good, this is great! But its not nearly enough. One could argue that ‘Earth Day‘ is redundant, for the simple reason that every day should be Earth Day. In the same way that every day should be Mother’s Day or Children’s Day.  If what we…

Clare Shakya

A conversation with Clare Shakya

By Alan J. Hesse | April 20, 2020

I was lucky to have a chat with Clare Shakya for an interview as part of my research for my next comic book, the sequel to The Adventures of Polo the Bear: a Story of Climate Change.  Clare is the director of the Climate Change research group at the International Institute of Environment and Development…

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