Oregon collaborators launch comic book on wildfire awareness and prevention
Emergency awareness comes in many forms; a continuing partnership between an Oregon state office and a graphic novel publisher has created a comic book devoted to wildfires.
Dark Horse Comics has just released the book, titled “Without Warning! Wildfire.” It follows two friends, Meghan and Alexx, as they backpack leisurely through the wilderness. But disaster soon follows another couple’s carelessness with their campfire, leading to widescale destruction. Lessons shared include using fire responsibly, the importance of first aid, and checking weather conditions.
Althea Rizzo of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management helped write the comic. She told KLCC the medium can engage audiences on a level that agency PSAs and official news releases can’t.
"To put the reader into the position of being the hero," explained Rizzo. "You know, when you read a comic book, you kinda subconsciously put yourself into that place. So then young people can see themselves as being the hero and they're more likely to take a first aid class or to learn what to do in case of wildfire.”
“Without Warning! Wildfire” was preceded by two other Dark Horse comics, about tsunamis and earthquakes. They’re available on the OEM and Dark Horse websites, and on iOS and Android apps. It can also be found on Kindle, Comixology, Google Play and Apple Books.
All editions are available in English and Spanish.
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