The meat-free city
How do we want to treat other animals in the future? ‘The meat-free city (in 10 years’ time)’ is an up-to-date and contradictory book with cartoons by 17 artists and writers.
Created in the past Corona year, around a daring and hopeful future perspective: a world without animal exploitation
In the beginning of last year, artist-designer Mark Schalken was to give a lecture on animal rights and art. When the lecture didn’t take place because of corona, he approached related cartoonists: shall we create a graphic novel? With drawn stories we can evoke a visual and challenging vision of the future for a large audience.
From the beginning of the summer we started working, from the House of Betekenis ((Meaning), a stage for the culture of drawing in Utrecht. Young drawing talent and experienced comic book makers, assisted by writers and philosophers who thought along with them. The team consists of: Leyla Ali, Merel Barends, Jolanda van Benthem, B. Carrot, Mina Etemad, Farhad Foroutanian, Aetzel Griffioen, Albert Hennipman, Eva Hilhorst, Frans-Willem Korsten, Nina Mathijsen, Bob Mollema, Gus Moystad, Mark Schalken, Hedy Tjin, Typex, Timon Vader. With support from Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Pictoright Fonds and the Iona Foundation.
Just imagine: in ten years’ time, the whole of the Netherlands will have stopped eating meat and the animal industry will have come to an end. With this vision in mind, we created 10 stories about 10 years and just as many dilemmas. Urban activists, livestock farmers that were stopping, the sacrificial feast, a lawsuit against a slaughterhouse director, the question of how to give animals civil rights…
After three-quarters of a year of hard work, our intermediate goal has been achieved: a sturdy dummy with a mix of accessible strips and experimental graphic novels. To have a wonderful book printed, we are looking for sponsors and pre-subscribers. Support us and join us via: www.voordekunst.nl
Pakhuis de Zwijger will launch the book in May.