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SDCC ’12 | Image picks up environmental comic Great Pacific

Earlier this year Joe Harris (Fury of Firestorm) ran a Kickstarter project for Great Pacific, a comic about the heir to one of America’s most successful oil companies deciding to move out to the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch and declaring it a sovereign country.

Featuring art by Martin Morazzo and editorial assistance from freelance editor Shawna Gore, the comic was unsuccessful on Kickstarter, but seems to have gained new life courtesy of Image Comics. io9 has the release and some art from the series, which comes out in November.

Here’s the description from the Kickstarter page:

Great Pacific tells the story of Chas Worthington, recent heir to one of the richest oil fortunes and most successful corporations in American history. In a defiant act that seems crazy to most and criminal to many, he sheds his former life of wealth and influence to settle the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch, planting his flag and declaring the environmental wasteland a new, sovereign country.

Set upon a floating island of plastic refuse and trash estimated by scientists to be twice the size of Texas, and based on the true-to-life environmental catastrophe currently plaguing the Pacific Ocean, this series will explore a young man’s attempt to tame this terrible new continent with the help of an astounding new technology that could change the face of the energy industry. But first he’ll have to contend with the elements, harmful pollutants, mutated marine life forms that have been exposed to the toxic refuse his nation is built upon, and hostile natives from nearby islands. Looming beyond those immediate physical dangers is the United States government, which sees him as a reckless and dangerous fugitive who needs to be dragged back to the ‘States using whatever means necessary.

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Sounds cool. I’ll give the first issue a try in November.

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