Deutsche Welle TV Interviews Mwelwa Musonko over The Fifth Element Comic

World renowned television network Deutsche Welle (DW for short) recently spoke with Foresight Comics Chief Creative Officer and Founder Mwelwa Musonko (aka Tax) over his work as a climate activist cartoonist.

In July 2018, Mwelwa worked with Clean Energy Wire and Klimafakten.de, two German organizations dedicated to reporting on Germany’s transition towards a low-carbon, nuclear free economy and climate change, where he illustrated on the Energiewende (Germany’s Energy Transition) and climate facts.

Before that, Tax had successfully launched the Fifth Element comic, a project that is supported by the German Embassy to Zambia.

The Fifth Element, Mwelwa and Foresight Comics’ second published book, is a comic-book that follows a 14 year old Zambian girl Quin (Superhero alias Quintessa) who has set out to educate the masses about climate change and its effects. She immediately assumes the responsibility of protecting earth realm against the dreadful Elementals, four celestial beings bent on obliterating mankind through accelerated climate change as a penance for their crimes against the environment.

The Fifth Element is a great mix of education and swashbuckling adventure that is generally seen as a new and effective way of sharing information as comic books tend to be interactive. The creator, Tax, further explains that the comics simplify complex subjects such as climate change, making it easily understandable even for children.

Other than the print comics being distributed for free, a free downloadable PDF is available online on our website http://www.foresightcomics.com

For further outreach, the comic book character herself Quin is on social media where she’s a climate activist and comic book readers can interact with her in real life. Her social media handles are @Quin.ence.7 (Facebook) @iam_quintessa (Instagram) and @quin_ence on Twitter.

The initiative continues to grow popularity and in its latest account, DW TV Interviewed Mwelwa Musonko over the project.

The interview is set to be online on DW TVs Eco@Africa show on the 14th of September, 2018 and will air on television later. Deutsche Welle also prepared a short gallery showcasing some of Mwelwa’s work online. It can be viewed here

https://p.dw.com/p/34nbk

#ClimateChange #comics #TFEcomic #TheFifthElementComic #Zambia #Africa #Germany #Europe #DeutscheWelle #EcoAfrica #ForesightComics #MwelwaMusonko

Sunday Comics gets a double segment!

In April, Foresight Comics launched Sunday Comics, a line of free comics posted on our website and Facebook pages just for gags.

In May, Foresight Comics is expanding Sunday Comics to comprise of two segments, one at 9:00 am featuring #PunSunday [A line of puns and jokes created and illustrated by Mwelwa Musonko] and the second featuring #Popo [A line of comics following the misadventures of a school boy, created and illustrated by Jarell Thompson].

Popo will be launched at the Lusaka Arts Festival at the Lusaka International Community School LICS. Popo will also be featured at the Foresight Comics stand at this years Lusaka Comic Con LsCON, on the 5th of May, 2018. Come and hang out with Jarell and Mwelwa at the comic con.

 

The Last time the two artists collaborated, in 2015, these happened!

One more day before the Fifth Element Comic Launch

The long awaited Fifth Element comic will be launched tomorrow at the Lusaka Arts Festival at the Lusaka international Community School LICS.

For us at Foresight Comics, it feels like its been a long time coming. We set out to make comic books in Zambia, something very rare in the country.

Since founding in 2015, Foresight Comics has published  #TheSweeperComic, an action-adventure series that span two issues, released in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Nowadays, Foresight feels they are ready to resume comic book production, and the first chosen title for this comeback is The Fifth Element, a comic book about climate change.

Foresight Chief Creative Officer Mwelwa Musonko announced that he is confident Zambia will finally warm up to comic books and art in general.

The Fifth Element Comic book is supported by the German Embassy to Zambia and it is possible that many supporters may pop up along the way.

The Launch of the title is set for the Lusaka Arts festival at LICS tomorrow, the 4th of May 2018, between 17:00 hours and 21:00 hours.

Foresight will then continue to promote the launch the following day at this years Lusaka Comic Con, LsCon, at the American Dome in the showgrounds.

We are but hours away!

Thank you for supporting Zambian Comics and African art.

#ForesightComics #ZambianComics #Zambianart #AfricanComics #AfricanArt #ComicArt #Zambia #Africa #TheFifthElementComic #ClimateChange #Quintessa #OnEarth #GermanyinZambia #GermanEmbassyZambia Fifth-Element-Web-Poster

Sunday Comics Week 4: This one is special to us.

At the beginning of March we announced a line of Sunday Comics, a free line of comics every Sunday, exclusive to Foresight Comics. The first segment was called Pun Sunday and it has been ruining for three weeks now. 

Today marks week four of Sunday Comics and Pun Sunday. This means it has been ruining for a complete month! Congratulations to the Foresight Creative team. 

Now we feel the trial period is over and Sunday Comics will expand and grow.

Thank you all for supporting Foresight Comics!

This week on Pun Sunday:

This week, Sunday Comics gets a double segment! This is post 1 of 2

This is #Krytic … #Kryticismusic

Also, the first time I ever saw IRON MAN 3, it was his idea!

Pun-Sunday-week-4-[Iron-Man-3]

Happy World Earth Day: Foresight Comics presents The Fifth Element Comic!

When I first wrote this book, the UN had announced a climate change competition where participants were expected to submit a comic about climate change that they would publish today someplace in European galleries. When the book was complete, I then realized just how much social impact this book will have and decided we would publish it ourselves instead. For Zambia first then the world next – Mwelwa Musonko.

This book follows a 14 year old tenth grader Quin Ence, who discovers she is the descendant of the fifth elemental Quintessence and she’s the embodiment of the fifth element, The Ether. Quin finds that her direct responsibility is to save the world from accelerated climate change a result of the elementals Udina (water), Sylph (air), Gnomus (earth) and Vulcanus (fire), who have been set loose onto the earth by the Mukula Council to see to mankind’s extinction. “The Council, an entity bound by ancient laws to preserve order and balance held that any power unchecked would threaten the very fabric of the universe… and in much recent times, Old Tree (The Mukula Council) has turned its gaze towards the planet earth…” the story goes. The council elucidates that mankind have always threatened the prevalence of life on earth. Recent inventions have left the earth so scarred it’s dying… and the only way for life to continue is if man were completely eradicated. The earth being forged in the likeness of the Council’s ruthless enforcers (the elementals of the water, air, earth and fire elements), it is vulnerable to their judgement. And only one person stands in their way… a girl… she’s 14 and she knows nothing about being a superhero.

Quin quickly realizes that she cannot save the world on her own. She starts a social club that she calls One Earth. One Earth strives to bring people together and to educate the masses on the reality of climate change. She believes that mankind will have to work together to fight back. “Climate Change is real!! Plant trees… save the world for future generations” her mandate goes. Quin also starts One Earth social media fan pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the handle @OnEarth to further promulgate her cause. “Foresight Comics will create these social media accounts so that the character can literally interact with the world and try to positively impact it”.

In cliche superhero fashion, Quin keeps her superhero alter ego a secret to protect those she cares for. She becomes Quin, climate change activist/ambassador for One Earth and at the same time, Quintessa/Quintessence the Fifth Element, a superhero who fights the dreadful Elementals, multinationals, social injustice and climate change.

The Fifth Element will be launched on the 4th of May 2018, at the Lusaka Arts Festival at LICS (Lusaka International Community School). Foresight Comics will the continue this launch at this year’s LsCON (Lusaka Comic Con) on the 5th of May, at the American Dome in the showgrounds.

We are aiming for social impact with this book and the good news is that we will be giving out the prints for free. A limited number of prints will be handed out in schools across Zambia and public places. The same issue will be made available for free download on the Foresight Comics website. The series will span for three years, having a total of 12 issues with each issue being released every three months.

We expect to be partnering with a good number of organizations to make sure this project runs smoothly.

The initial creative team on the Fifth Element comic include Matolelo Musonda and Nikita Vlahakis led by illustrator and Foresight Comics Chief Creative Officer Mwelwa Musonko. Mwelwa further explains that its possible to see other creatives jump on to the project as it progresses and a possible shifting of roles.

Foresight hopes we have the Worlds support as we embark on our journey towards changing the world for the better if not saving it.

 

 

The hashtags are #IsupportZambianComics #TheFifthElementComic #ClimateChangeisreal #SustainableDevelopment #FutureGenerations #OnEarth

#EarthDay #WorldEarthDay #ClimateChange

The-Fifth-Element-issue-00-print-version-(small)-1
The Fifth Element Comic issue 00 cover preview
The-Fifth-Element-issue-00-print-version-(small)-4
The Fifth Element issue 00 page 1 preview
The-Fifth-Element-issue-00-print-version-(small)-5
The Fifth Element issue 00 page 2 preview
The-Fifth-Element-issue-00-print-version-(small)-8
The Fifth Element issue 00 page 4 preview
The-Fifth-Element-issue-00-print-version-(small)-13
The Fifth Element issue 00 page 13 preview
The-Fifth-Element-issue-00-print-version-(small)-14
The Fifth Element issue 00 page 14 preview