Inspired by the horrendous elephant and rhino poaching crisis ravaging Africa, writers Marc Gaffen and Javier Barrios wrote Tuskers to help bring awareness to this extinction-level epidemic. Illustrated by Daniel Govar, the graphic novel is an action / adventure story following a herd of orphaned African elephants escaping a vicious poaching militia in South Sudan, seeking safety in an animal sanctuary hundreds of miles away in Kenya.
The elephants in Tuskers are aided by a group of wildlife conservationists who are risking their lives to help keep these animals alive. The story is told from both the human and elephant’s perspective.
The creative team is currently using Kickstarter to raise funds for the release of Tuskers. Rewards for the campaign include digital and physical copies of the graphic novel, commissions, original artwork, and even an executive producer credit on the book.
Tuskers is exploring a pretty unique spot in the comic book medium. The first thing that came to mind when I saw it was Pride of Baghdad, the 2006 graphic novel from writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Nico Henrichson, following four lions that escaped from a Baghdad zoo after an American bombing. That was able to deliver some powerful messaging and it looks like Tuskers is aiming for that same level.
At the time of this writing, the Tuskers Kickstarter campaign has raised 32% of its $25,000 goal with 28 days remaining.