Our ocean, land, and the array of species that call it home are succumbing to the poison of plastic. According to the United Nations, at least 800 species worldwide are affected by marine and land debris, and as much as 80 percent of that litter is plastic. It is estimated that up to 13 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the ocean each year—the equivalent of a rubbish or garbage truck load’s worth every minute.

And the ones that suffer the consequences of this are not only humans themselves, but also animals. To bring some awareness to the state of our planet and its inhabitants, Joan Chan, a 32-year-old comic artist from Hong Kong, started a comic series called "Just Comics."

More info: Instagram | patreon.com

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Goth mouse (they/them)
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10 months ago

I do find loads of straws when im beach cleaning but most of it is bits of net and really thin plastic fishing twine 🙁

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"Just Comics” is a project that’s meant to educate people and bring awareness about the state of our planet and topics such as factory farming and animal cruelty. Joan hopes that her informative comics can help reduce the suffering of animals that are bred for meat, clothes, or any other industrial production where there are conditions for animals to be raised all year-round.

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Esther (she/her)
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10 months ago

petition to get this cat the best home ever

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Nixxy
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10 months ago

The earth definitely matters, and like this girl we should all protest to show this.

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Bored Panda reached out to Joan to find out a little bit more.

"I create these comics because of my love for animals.

Having worked in the defense of animals for over 10 years, I understood how smart they are and the scale of their suffering in the agriculture and fishing industries.

They are in my heart and mind every day."

First, we asked the artist if she had any major influences in her life that might've helped her to develop and refine her style.

"It's a mix. I have liked reading Hong Kong and Japanese comics since I was young, like Dragon Ball, Doraemon, Old Master Q, and some old western newspaper comics like Vater und Sohn. My parents own a newspaper store so I read all kinds of comics when I was young and went to the public libraries often."

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Sakuri
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10 months ago

the stories are all incredibly to the point and presented in a very touching way. i hope it helps people rethink their behavior and change it. thank you for your valuable work

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Nixxy
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10 months ago

Good on you! I’m glad there is more that just me and my school club helping with what they can do about plastic

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Art, in any kind of form, takes a lot of time not only to practice but also to produce, therefore we asked Joan how long it takes her to fully finish her comics.

"I draw very slowly, so it usually takes 1-2 days."

Being an artist is not easy, one can easily encounter a lack of inspiration, burnout, etc, so we wanted to ask Joan about her ideas for the comics.

"I’ll think of what issues I want to work on, doing research, and narrow down the message. I will try to form a story and see if there are any new connections. If I can't come up with a good idea, I will move to another topic.

I usually have lots of ideas.... lots of bad ideas. For me, the hard part is to recognize it's not a good idea and keep on thinking.

I try to focus on the large-scale problems of “production” animals and those that humans have a harder time empathizing with like fish and crustaceans."

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James Hardin
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10 months ago

:D

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Lara Verne
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10 months ago

Adopt don't buy

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As we mentioned before, sometimes creative work can cause quite a burnout, therefore we asked the artist how she dealt with that as well.

"Yes all the time, every time after I get one good idea I will worry about the next one….and then it repeats."

We also asked Joan about how people reacted to her work.

"I often draw sad animal stories. I think it's relatable in some ways. We all experience the same, non-human animals have emotion and are able to suffer too,  although we don't feel it exactly the same way, but we do share the same living experience as we are all sentient beings. Many people feel sad and heart-breaking for what is happening to animals."

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Random person
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10 months ago

Yes, that is so sad

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Nixxy
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10 months ago

:c

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The creative process is not easy, but there are some enjoyable parts about it.

"My favorite moment is the moment when I finally figure out the best way to tell the message."

We also asked about the inspiration behind the artist's Instagram account.

"After graduating from university, I had a regular column in a Hong Kong Newspaper Am730 but I wanted to reach a larger international audience, so it naturally drew me to the biggest platforms like Instagram and Facebook."

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Sakuri
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10 months ago

this is so heartbreaking sad

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Nixxy
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10 months ago

As soon as possible, me and some other humans are trying to help

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Digital art and art, in general, is not easy and requires a lot of patience, time, resources, and in most cases even money, therefore we wanted to know how the talented comic artist started her own career in digital art.

"I always liked digital more. It feels more fun and easy for my ADHD mind. I can go back and forward to make changes any time."

Artists tend to get motivated by a lot of things such as curiosity, the search for beauty, or even meaning. Therefore, we asked Bonnie about that too.

"What keeps me creating arts is because I still have something that I strongly want to share. I care about animal suffering deeply, I hope my work can speak for all animals."

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Goth mouse (they/them)
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10 months ago

Cows actually shed tears when theyre in extreme distress, so do elephants 🥺

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Michael Fuhry
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10 months ago

I used to drive OTR up until roughly three years ago. A few years ago, walking across a truck stop parking lot, I passed a bull hauler. Hadn't been cleaned yet, and of course it possessed an odor beyond rank. I swear, by Cthulhu's tentacles, I could smell s***, p***, and fear. Vegetarian since March 10, 2003.

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RandomX123
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10 months ago

As the saying goes: "Do your best and God will do the rest"

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Ali Sherlock
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10 months ago

I just started planting flowers for my bee hotel

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Petra, princess of Brigid
Community Member
10 months ago

There is actually a really interesting article I read about this! Here's the link, you can copy and paste it into your web address box! https://www.livescience.com/goldfish-memory.html#:~:text=Goldfish%20memories%20can%20actually%20last%20for%20weeks%2C%20months,that%20these%20creatures%20have%20a%20mere%203-second%20recall.

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Pommpeii
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10 months ago

"What the f**k is wrong with humans"" "Let's nuke the planet"

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RandomX123
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10 months ago

Can one drink from a straw slow enough to choke yourself to death?

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James Hardin
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10 months ago

BIRD AWARENESSSSSSSSSS STOP USING LIVE PLUCKED FEATHERS SAVE THE BIRDSSSSSSS

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Emily Acorn
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10 months ago

This is so sad...

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James Hardin
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10 months ago

petition to stop finning in the world

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James Hardin
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10 months ago

noooooooooooooo

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ArwenUndomiel
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10 months ago (edited)

how on earth could someone buy it??? Their heart must be made of stone

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Random person
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10 months ago

I looked this up, thinking it must have been fake for sure, but according to my 5 second google search it's true 0.0

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Nixxy
Community Member
10 months ago

Goose ghosts! R.I.P geese

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Eva the Egg
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10 months ago

This is so saddd 😭😭😭

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E Bytes
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10 months ago

Trying to figure out how to plan my life better with all this new knowledge is difficult. I want to do what’s best and reduce the suffering and death. I’ve got to take it one step at a time.

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Mallory m. Brewer
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10 months ago

one person CAN make a difference!

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Goth mouse (they/them)
Community Member
10 months ago

Poison is horrible too and a very slow and painful death, i found a rat dying in my garden struggling to move and gasping for air i think he was poisoned 😞

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Jef jeffin mcjeffy
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10 months ago

I like meat better. Also, if everyone stopped everything, it would go down 9%. If corps stopped, it would go down 91%. Corps are responsible for the vast majority.

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James Hardin
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10 months ago

help them...

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ArwenUndomiel
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10 months ago

People are not evil for eating meat. We should definitely eat less of it though and the way animals are treated on 90% of factory farms are atrocious.

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James Hardin
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10 months ago

petition to STOP THIS.

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Sakuri
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10 months ago

heartbreaking

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Juliana Daigneault
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10 months ago

NOOOOO BABY TURTLE

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James Hardin
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10 months ago

how chickens feel...

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Nixxy
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10 months ago

Helium sucks, not only is it wrapped with plastic for single use, but it is a rare material that adds to greenhouse gases

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Nixxy
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10 months ago

Their habitats are being destroyed, and only for oil to make things shinier. Then they are put in cages. What the hell is wrong with us

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Cosmic Prince
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10 months ago

Well it's only fair

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James Hardin
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10 months ago

YOU MUST STOP THIS!!!! WE MUST STOP THISSSSSS

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