Available now, the Our Wild Planet charity zine is the product of a passionate community with a mutual love for animals and tokusatsu.
In a world where wildlife conservation is always an important issue, Twitter user honeylune_ridge/Ciel had the idea of starting a “charity zine” that focuses on two main topics: animals, and tokusatsu. Charity zines became a popular trend, mainly being organized through Twitter or other social media. The basic idea is that artists for a certain community come together to submit their artwork and the proceeds go to the charity of the organizer’s choice.
Animal themes are no new thing to tokusatsu’s history, ranging from Chojin Sentai Jetman to Kamen Rider OOO. You see animalistic motifs just about every other year in some form when watching tokusatsu productions. Ciel made this connection and saw their chance to showcase them together with raising money for animals. They brought on two other artists to help, Zio/ModTiger and Dove/ModCrocodile, and sent out the call to artists all over the world to pitch in and use their talent for charity.
The charity that the Our Wild Planet Charity Zine is for is called the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN). They are a United States-based nonprofit organization, whose main focus is to find ways for man and animal to coexist. Ciel, having a passion for wildlife and zoology, described the importance of having the money go to WCN in a statement, “There are many secrets this world has, we shouldn’t destroy them in the process.”
The following artists submitted their work and were chosen as official participants of the charity zine to have their artwork featured:
- Sky (Twitter: @witchelny )
- Brotome (Twitter: @brotome )
- Evilspacewhale (Twitter: @Evilspacewhale )
- Emcee (Twitter: @dotemcee )
- Cylon (Tumblr )
- Vanicchi (Twitter: @vanicchies )
- Christen McCreavy (Twitter: @ChristenL33)
- Peri (Twitter: @pearygood )
- Marcelo Biott (Twitter: @marcelobot )
- Ulrikke (Twitter: @erin_suda)
- Warimari (Instagram: wari_mari)
- KC (Twitter: @ceelacanth )
- Jeff (Twitter: @jaefman)
- Spike (Twitter: @melzgrave )
- Daliah (Twitter: @hazardlevi )
The leaders Ciel, Zio, and Dove have artwork featured as well.
Our Wild Planet: A Tokusatsu Charity Zine is currently available for purchase for $5, with all proceeds going to the Wildlife Conservation Network charity. It will be available until November 2019. You can also check out the charity zine’s official Twitter and Tumblr pages.
Source: Our Wild Planet