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Behind the scenes with Captain Polo: the floating vegetable gardens of Bangladesh

By Alan J. Hesse | March 19, 2020

We are living a period of critical, immediate crisis superimposed on a far longer period of escalating, gradual crisis. Coronavirus is paralyzing human activities across a world that is already critically ill from human-induced climate change. I believe humanity is threatening its very survival; this may be the ultimate test, the final battle. Of course…

Behind the scenes with Captain Polo: Polo in the land of contrasts

By Alan J. Hesse | March 11, 2020

Polo learns about climate change in India – at the same time a powerhouse of both fossil fuels and renewable sources of clean energy.

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Behind the scenes with Captain Polo: the Chinese fishing vessel

By Alan J. Hesse | February 20, 2020

This next Author Insight on The Adventures of Polo the Bear is all about the illegal and unregulated fishing that goes on in the Pacific Ocean, and many other parts of the world. The sequence I included in my book targets the Chinese tuna long liners, considered particularly damaging partly because they allegedly fish indiscriminately,…

Sir Simon McDonald FCO

News flash

By Alan J. Hesse | February 11, 2020

The comic book ‘The Adventures of Polo the Bear: a Story of Climate Change‘ is presented to Permanent Under Secretary Sir Simon McDonald FCO at Climate Change reception hosted by British Embassy in Ecuador (27 January 2020).

Polo and his cap

Behind the scenes with Captain Polo: how Polo got his cap

By Alan J. Hesse | February 11, 2020

Polo the Bear wouldn’t be Polo the Bear without his sailor’s cap. In terms of story telling craft, this appendage is probably the main thing that makes Polo special. Along with his ability to pilot a boat, walk on two legs, talk to humans, use cash and a whole bunch of other things of course.…

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Behind the scenes with Captain Polo: Polo begins his journey

By Alan J. Hesse | January 17, 2020

Welcome to my new blog feature, where I will reveal author insights behind the creation of the comic book ‘The Adventures of Polo the Bear”! I’ll be sharing my author insight through a system called ‘book bubbles‘, where in each bubble I share a page extract, and explain the insight behind it. First up is…

AJH and Polo visit Montessori

Captain Polo visits the SKAS Foundation Montessori school in Quito, Ecuador

By Alan J. Hesse | October 16, 2019

Today I had the honour of visiting the Montessori school in Quito, where Polo the Bear and I fielded questions and gave talks about climate change. The older kids (middle year) impressed me with their knowledge of climate change terms and concepts. One student, who attends Model United Nations, wants to know what I thought…

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Cartoon influences that shaped my work

By Alan J. Hesse | September 25, 2019

Welcome to my blog! I’ll kick it off with a brief summary of the key cartoon influences behind my work with Education Comics & Cartoons. My heritage I’ve been drawing cartoons since early childhood. My father was an accomplished illustrator and oil painter, and he pursued these art forms as a hobby throughout his adult…

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