The Dumping Ground Known as Earth
As the dangers of pollution, global warming, and environmental upheaval became more real, creators became more intrigued by what would become of the Earth if these matters weren’t resolved. A more recent, animated look at an Earth gone bad is captured in 2008 film, Pixar’s Wall-E. There, the Earth became so uninhabitable with pollution and trash, that the human population left for space. This left automation in the form of robots (Wall-E) to work tirelessly to attempt to clean up the Earth. The goal being to one day return to the planet. But this was a rosier, entertainment-based version of that possibility. In truth, such a circumstance would no doubt be grittier and definitely more dangerous.
Don’t Spit in the Wind
It is this possibility that creator Stefano Cardoselli (Bram Stoker award winner) examines in his new Mad Cave title, Don’t Spit in the Wind. This dystopian series takes place in a distant future where most of humanity has escaped an Earth that is now just a dumping ground full of trash, smog, and pollution. (Think Shikaar from Thor Ragnorok). While a very lucky few have had the luxury of escape, those less fortunate are stuck cleaning up humanity’s mess. This series features story and art by Stefano Cardoselli, and colors/letters by Dan Lee (Gifford the Clown, Choo-Bots).
This is Mad Cave’s very first creator-owned series after opening itself up to submissions in April 2022 and it sets a high bar for future installments. Here is their synopsis for this series:
Synopsis: One man’s trash is another man’s living. Since earth became inhospitable, humanity escaped ages ago to live in a space station floating above the atmosphere. Now Travis and his crew of garbage men are tasked with cleaning up mountains of toxic waste, working for a company called Atomic Bros INC., to create a ‘Clear World’. But when one of Travis’ crew members goes missing near an old nuclear facility, Travis’ job becomes a bit more complicated.
Artist/Writer Stefano Cardoselli
Every comic story I write, and draw is always an immersive experience. Like going to the bottom of the sea without oxygen coils, fun and challenging at the same time.
Colorist/Letter Daniel Lee
Working with Stefano on ‘Don’t Spit in the Wind’ was a no-brainer. His creative energy and speed are very infectious, and I enjoy the challenge of trying to keep up with him. I really hope the characters, world and themes of this story hits readers the same way it did me when I first read the pitch. It can be enjoyed as a fun sci-fi romp, or a grizzly premonition of the planet’s future. Either way, it has been a pure joy to try and make the trash-filled world Stefano has created look as beautiful as possible.
Mad Cave Studios Don’t Spit in the Wind by Stefano Cardoselli and Daniel Lee releases on March 29.
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