John Erasmus is co-creator of Amazonas Comics, a quarterly publication free for UK and Amazon schools.
Amazonas Comics was originally intended for Amazon school children. The concept was inspired by a trip to a reserve in the Amazon in 2011 with friend (and now co-creator) film director Yousaf Ali Khan.
The village primary school there was a single hut on stilts with one young teacher and barely ten pupils. Nonetheless it seemed to be achieving a level not far behind that of the school attended by my own young children in London. Yousaf and I talked about the importance of these rainforest children and others like them in the unwritten story of our planet’s future and wondered if we might provide some (if nothing else) moral support…
The comic is born
We thought an entertaining, informative comic full of stories celebrating life in the rainforest would be a worthwhile contribution. After all, without the distraction of the digital world, a comic in the Amazon could have the impact comics had on us when we were growing up.