KULO LUNA - $BILLION DOLLAR WHALE
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Kulo Luna is the tale of a large humpback whale that is attacked by pirate whalers in the Philippine Sea and badly injured by a harpoon as she rams and sinks the whaling boat that killed her friend Kana. At the same time, a solar boat race has started from Hawaii. News of the whale boat sinking goes viral, when race leader John Storm abandons the race to look for the injured whale. John and his crewmate Dan Hawk are just in time to save the giant whale from sharks. They nurse the whale back to health with the help of a marine biologist that the media helicopter in. The trio escorts Kulo Luna to safe haven off the coast of Australia, all the while being chased by whalers and battling plastic pollution - with the price on her head increasing from international online betting - closing with an uplifting and inspiring finale.
John Storm is a fictional ocean adventurer and conservationist based on a real person living in Sussex. There are many programs that allow you to cartoonize photographs. We recommend that you master that art using a camera to take photographs, then crop and insert characters or scenes into a good photo editing program, touching up and/or creating scenes using hand illustration as necessary. Please help us to make this ocean awareness story onto the shelves in stationers and book shops.
Thank you to everyone expressing an interest. Please make your final submissions before 31st October to be included in the judging and awards.
These chronicles are an ideal medium to draw attention to ocean conservation issues such as diesel fuels that are causing global warming, and the plastic pollution menace. The story of Kulo Luna is the basis for an innovative Ocean Awareness Campaign designed to have a lasting effect to reduce the casual littering that is accumulating on our beaches.
The Cleaner Ocean Foundation is keen to develop this story as a graphic novel for general distribution to reach next generations, who might carry the anti-pollution message with them for the rest of their lives, and in-turn, pass on such consideration to their siblings.
If the graphic novel is well received, the Foundation may consider follow on stories, an animation and even a film, dependent on the reception of the comic books.
The Elizabeth Swann is a solar and wind powered boat, skippered by John Storm. He inherited the craft from his uncle. It has solar wing panels that track the sun and a wind turbine that also tracks the wind automatically. There is an onboard computer that takes care of navigation. It's a bit like the Google car of the ocean, in that it pilots itself when the crew need an extra hand. It is also very fast for a boat using only energy from nature. The boat is a character in the story. It is based on real energy and hull studies from 2019, and could be constructed with all the features, including autonomous navigation.
During Covid19, artists will be working from home on their laptops and communicate via email, once they have been briefed as to their mission. Social distancing operates while in the workshops.
The adventures of John Storm and the Elizabeth Swann. John Storm is an ocean adventurer and conservationist. The Elizabeth Swann is a fast solar powered boat. During a race around the world, news of the sinking of a pirate whaling ship reaches John Storm and his mate Dan Hawk. They decide to abandon the race and try and save the whale. This is a modern Moby Dick, the twist being that there is a happy ending for everyone featuring this $Billion Dollar Whale, even the whalers. Herman Melville would approve.
NOTE: The Art Competition for 2020 closed on September 30th, hence registrations can no longer be accepted. If you'd like to help us get this story out there, your contribution will be most welcome.
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