It has been said that we do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, but rather, we borrow it from our children. It is perhaps this type of thinking that went into the creation of the first Earth Day back in 1970. When this event began back on April 22, 1970 Earth Day capitalized on the then emerging cultural consciousness trending towards a global village mindset where people were channeling their energy towards putting environmental causes and concerns front and center. Now, some 44 years later, Earth Day is a day that many of us have come to celebrate our Mother Earth.
Some of this global consciousness is part of and parcel of what went into the publication of Earth Dream by 7 Robots (publishers of Super Corporate Heroes). According to co-publishers, Miguel Guerra and Suzie Dias they wanted to Celebrate Earth Day with a free anthology that celebrated the Earth. Earth Dream features over 80 pages (11 short stories) by a number of cutting edge indie creators, and— as stated — is available free for anyone on the 7 Robots’ site. The comic is a sci-fi/fantasy anthology of epic proportions. Some of the indie scene’s most talented creators present their conscious-expanding short stories in an exploration of original ideas. “We wanted people to be inspired this Earth Day and support indie artists and writers,” Guerra told us.
According to him, Earth Dream targets stories involving social awareness and it is his intention to reprise the publication going forward for every Earth Day as a web-special comic and free download. This year the spotlight is on the environment, which he believes ideally lends itself to tales that evoke science fiction and fantasy with a narrative thread that is intended to inspire the imagination of its readers and to get people thinking about the greater world around themselves. Needless to say, the stories in Earth Dream form a mosaic worldview of individuals attempting to connect to the world around them in a peaceful co-existence that acknowledge their obligation to the greater global village in which they live.
In the lead-off story (appropriately enough entitled Earth Dream) Guerra and Dias present us with a pair of Native Americans who live in a desolate, baron future but are attempting to reconnect with the Earth Spirits in order to re-root the tree of life back on its native soil. Next up is The Hole by Ireneusz and Marek Rudowski where a lone traveler descends into the ruins of a metropolis mussing as to the damage of it all. Effect by Jerome Walford shows us in a beautifully lyrical way the harm that we as a race do to not only to ourselves but to the word around us in pursuit of “progress.”
ENDangered by A.M. Frasier also gives us a view of how we, as a people have managed to engineer our own demise. Rey Mono Gráfico’s Click presents us with a Lady or the Tiger –type tale where the protagonist must decide to act or not in order to alter the future. JTW’s Paradise Found has the forces of nature battling it out against a mechanized invader, while Elaine Haygood’s Whale has this wonderful sea creature celebrating life and struggling against those that would hunt it into extinction. This is followed by a one-panel pin-up page by Erik Nielsen, entitled Earth, that gives a humorous view of what extra-terrestrials might very well think of when they see our homeworld.
Shangri-La by Johny Tay and Kevin Lim is something of a lushly-illustrated extended pome paying homage to Earth while lamenting the destruction caused by man. The Nature of Time by Anibal Arroyo has a pair of spirit beings overlooking the green Hills of Earth and discussing how those of us who have inhabited them have done her harm. Finally, the anthology winds up with another fully-illustrated tale by Recondita Rick called The Guardians that celebrates renewal and rebirth.
All-in-all this is a truly wonderful anthology pulling together an incredibly talented group of creators who are attempting to not only make statements about ourselves but send out a clarion call to those around them that it is time to be good to our mother. The anthology presents us not only with an amazing array of styles, but a number of voices all joined together in perfect harmonics trilling to the praise and defense of our homeworld while decrying the damage that we ourselves have delivered to her. All of the stories contained in Earth Dream speak from the hearts of the creators and are each amazing in their own right. Truly this is the kind of anthology that anyone would want to read.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.