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October 3, 2022

Comic Con, the Daintree and a bunch of virtual fun this weekend

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Jimmy Halfcut, with Tahnee Barnes from End Extinction International, and Dean Bennet-Steel from Byron Rangers. Photo Jeff ‘Always HalfCut’ Dawson

The virtual Comic Con will take place this Sunday, 30 August hosted by Kapow and Jimmy HalfCut. The event will include comic illustrator and beloved Australian icon, Dean Rankine (The Simpsons, Rick and Morty), and rising Hollywood figure, Sam Hargrave (director of Extraction and Stunt Coordinator for Avengers: Endgame) on board among others.

While this is a great excuse to geek out, the event aims to help raise awareness for the current climate crisis by joining forces with Half Cut, a fundraising group who have devoted the last two years to saving the Daintree Rainforest. In 2020, the group aim to help purchase 8.835 Ha of land and return it to the traditional owners, the Kuku Yalanji bama (people), to manage long term.

Mandy goes HalfCut

Mandy has taken on the challenge and last week her favourite hairdresser Ron helped her go HalfCut.

‘I am working with HalfCut to buy back block 155 in the Daintree to give it back for the management by the mob there,’ Mandy told Echonetdaily.

‘As someone who grew up in Queensland – in Bjelke’s electorate and under a regime of corruption and self interest I am passionate about repatriating the damage – especially with rainforest buyback. I encourage bush regeneration in nature and personally.’

So if you want to help Mandy buy back and regenerate the bush in the Daintree (not her own!) then head to her HalfCut donation page.

What’s on at Comic Con?

The Kapow! Virtual Comic Con will be taking place this Sunday across the Kapow Facebook page. The seminars will cover:

10:30 AM | Peter David In Conversation with The Radioactive Lounge

(Writer of the Incredible Hulk, Spiderman 2099 & Star Trek)

12:00 PM | What is Half-Cut? Featuring Jimmy & Jess

1:30PM | Sam Hargrave & Rachel McDermott

2:30PM | Making comics for Kids with Lesley Vamos, Karen Beliharz & Louie Joyce

3:30 PM | Undergrounds Comics with Pat Grant, Claudia Chinyere Akole, Safdar Ahmed and a graphic recording by Sarah Firth

4:30 PM| Dean Draws Simpsons characters from Memory with Dean Rankine

5:30 PM | Crowdfunding during a Crisis with Shuan Keenan, Darren Close & Sorab Del Rio

To support Kapow! during the #HalfCut challenge, you can donate at https://halfcut.org/kapow.

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