Saving African Elephants One Comic at a Time

Knowledge is power. With so much misinformation about endangered species it’s important for the world to understand the facts. Ivory Ghosts is an informational comic about the real issues behind the ivory trade. Although there is an international ban on ivory trade, poaching is still a crisis. Elephants continue to suffer horrendous fates as their populations dwindle.

Publisher Debbie Lynn Smith, along with writer Dr. Caitlin O’Connell, inker Laurie Foster, colorist Leizl Buenaventura, and letterer Saida Temofonte have all teamed up to create a work of art. Ivory Ghosts is the first comic book in a series that is not only mysterious and entertaining but also an excellent tool for educating people about what is currently happening in the illegal ivory trade.

Protagonist Catherine Sohon is tasked with conducting an elephant census in Caprivi Bushveld, Namibia. Soon she discovers that the threat to elephant lives is more complex than she could have imagined. Poachers, politics, and corruption all play a part in the declining population, while a quadruple homicide raises the stakes. The stunning artwork and breathtaking depictions will completely immerse you in the adventure.

Ivory Ghost is bringing awareness to real life issues. It is spreading knowledge of the illegal ivory trade in a unique and powerful way. You can truly feel the passion of the writer and the urgency of the situation as you page through and are transported to another world by the beautiful artwork. Ivory Ghosts is a must read for elephant lovers and conservationists everywhere. 

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Why Pets Can Reduce Entrepreneurs’ Stress & Anxiety

Pets are considered to be a man’s best friend. This statement is extremely true and can be proven through various facts. Take for example a person who comes back from a long day of work. The way that your pet greets you with enthusiasm actually does help to relieve most stress. This case is particularly true for hard-working entrepreneurs.

Being a successful entrepreneur is not an easy job. It requires a lot of blood, sweat and hard work. This is why a pet can play an important role in helping to relieve some of the stress as well as anxiety that many entrepreneurs deal with on a daily basis.

Generally, there are other techniques such as yoga and meditation which do help in relieving stress from our day to day lives, but a pet is also a very effective solution. While our human friends do provide social support, our furry and feline friends can help us in regard to dealing with stress and anxiety.

Pets can play a big part in reliving  entrepreneurs’ health. Some of the major benefits of owning a pet in terms of reducing stress and anxiety include the following:

Improving Your Mood

One of the simple ways that your pet helps to relieve stress is because when you see your pet after a day’s work your mood automatically improves. It is actually more psychological and there are various studies which actually prove this point.

“When you see the happy look on your pet’s face it psychologically impacts your mind in such a way that you automatically become happy. Having a pet on the other side of your door can quickly aid a stressful day,” says Jake Braun of ChopperExchange.

There is a study which discovered that people suffering from aids actually suffered less from depression if they owned a pet. The mood improvement can be substantial.

Providing Unconditional Love

Another way that an entrepreneur’s pet can help reduce stress and anxiety is by showing their owner unconditional love. A pet can be there for you in any situation, at any time, which can be helpful in the event that one lives alone or doesn’t have a lot of friends.

“Pets are known to offer companionship and give unconditional love to their owners, which can help to change one’s mood almost instantly,” says Luqman Khan, founder of Wireloo. They are known to be excellent cuddlers as well, with research showing that a pet is the best anecdote to combat loneliness. Another study has shown that residents of nursing homes find it less lonely if there are pets present.

Pets Reduce Stress More Than People

Another way that your pet helps entrepreneurs is by reducing stress much more than people. Pets are good listeners, which might sound a bit ridiculous, but many experts say that talking to your pet is relaxing and can be more beneficial than speaking to a human.

Usually, entrepreneurs are busy in their day to day activities — seeking out someone to talk to isn’t always a top priority. This is where pets come into the picture. “Having a pet as your best friend can help reduce stress and anxiety, as you literally have a support system willing to listen at any given time,” explains Christopher VanDeCar, CEO of Optimally Organic. Sometimes just talking out what is frustrating you can help, even if you are speaking to your pet. Simply getting it off your chest helps.

Controls Blood Pressure Better than Drugs

An entrepreneur’s life, especially one that is just starting out, can be very hectic. The stress of work will often cause blood pressure to rise. This is where pets come into the picture. “There are scientific studies which actually prove that pets do help in controlling blood pressure and are a much better option than taking any kind of medication or drugs,” says Darryl Howard of Boca Raton Med Spa.

There might be drugs which actually help in reducing blood pressure, but they are not that effective when it comes to controlling spikes in the blood pressure due to tension and stress. There was a study conducted on people who owned pets and the ones who did not, and the study conclusively proved that people having a pet had lower heart rates and blood sugar than compared to the ones who did not have pets.

 

“Comfort Women” Dealt with a blow After South Korean Court Rejects Damages Suit

On Friday a South Korean Court threw out a damage suit that had been filed by the former women group that sought compensation of approximately $91,000 for each victim.

This followed a bilateral agreement between South Korean and the Japanese governments. The suit had been filed in 2016 at a Seoul District Court. The group was demanding compensation for what they termed as mental and financial damages that they had suffered as a result of the agreement between the two governments back in 2015.

The agreement which was lauded internationally was meant to officially and permanently resolve the issue of South Korean women that were forced to work in Japan’s military brothels during the war.

Despite rejecting the damages suit, the court acknowledged the fact that the agreement made in 2015 between South Korea and Japan was shallow and it did not address all the issues faced by the comfort women group. Nonetheless, the court defended the government saying that the entire agreement cannot be quashed because of the flaws that it exhibits. It said that the efforts made by the government were positive and that the two governments still had an opportunity to address the pressing issues that were pending.

“The ruling made by the District Court today has legitimized the 2015 agreement between South Korea and Japan despite the comfort women testimonies and we clearly understand why. We are definitely going to contest this decision in the court of appeal” said the plaintiff’s lawyer.

The women also criticized the decision by the District courts judged saying that it went against an earlier ruling in 2011 by South Korea’s constitutional court. The constitutional court had downplayed the 2015 agreement between South Korea and Japan declaring it unconstitutional since it did not resolve the major issues that the comfort women had raised. The Court in its decision said that the women victims had not been adequately compensated and that the Japanese government had not shown any tangible measures of doing so.

The agreement which was signed in 2015 and witnessed by foreign ministers from both Japan and South Korea had sought to mend relations between the two countries for the sake of social and economic cooperation in the region. Although there was some resistance especially among civil rights groups in South Korea, many people and leaders around the world lauded the agreement terming it as the beginning of a new chapter of peace in the region.

Under the 2015 deal, Japan apologized the suffering South Korean comfort women had undergone in the hands of its military and pledged to pay up to $8.8 million as compensation to a South Korean Foundation that supports the victims. This agreement had been reached out by the two governments with the aim of restoring good relationships between the two countries that had greatly deteriorated over the years. The Japanese government expressed remorse for the victims and said that it regrets the actions the South Korean women had undergone.

The agreement has however not been fully implemented due to partial opposition from the victims and a section of the South Korean public. The victims allege that the agreement signed in 2015 did not take into account their grievances and was rushed through by a few people.

The lawsuit had been filed by the comfort women with the support of a civil rights group that has been fighting for the rights of comfort women stories. The civil groups and Korean comfort women, however, say that the ruling made by the court has not dampened their spirits to pursue justice. However, the two governments are determined to bring lasting relations between South Korea and Japan.

Pastor Chris Had a Successful Conference in the Middle of the World Cup

The SSE Arena in Wembley, London has hosted numerous games over the years, but July 14 and 15 the stadium hosted one of Pastor Chris’ most successful conferences with religious leaders from around the world.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has been the leader of a growing ministry for years. He is a well-known and respected member of the Christian community. His ministry, Christ Embassy, and the Believers LoveWorld helped secure the stadium in Wembley for this meeting between religious leaders.

The two-day conference was a major success despite taking place at 3 pm during important days of the World Cup 2018. This tournament involves several countries around the world and England was one of those countries. This only takes place every four years, so it is a very important tournament, which worried the organizers of this event.

Some were worried that they were going to have a hard time securing attendance, but all of those worries were set to rest during the two-day conference. The organizers worked to ensure attendance since every seat was filled. Pastor Chris and many of his followers saw this as a success not only for their marketing team but for the Holy Spirit who stirred the soul of those who attended.

Thousands of people attended Pastor Chris’ two-day event. The stadium was full of other pastors, partners, and spiritual leaders from places like Africa or North America just to name a few. The international group of attendees made the organizers of the event even more worried about attendance since the chances of one of their national teams playing that day was higher.

The conference was called the Leaders and Partners Conference, but all the organizers pointed out that this was simply the first of many programs that they are planning. Pastor Chris has many similar conferences planned, and he is calling 2018 the “Year of the Supernatural” because he knows that his teachings are going to help bring forth a new spiritual awakening.

One thing that makes Pastor Chris an effective leader in the faith is his beliefs and his convictions. Perhaps this is one reason why his sermons have always had an electrifying element to them. Those who attended said that Pastor Chris’ was able to connect to the attendees easily. Many of those who heard his teachings said they were were impressed and knew that his words were going to live with them for years to come.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has been excited to see all the changes that the Holy Ghost has brought to the Christian family. He is so thankful that God has given him an opportunity to be a part of his master plan. The Pastor said that “we are taking things to another level,” which is happening by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Pastor Chris pours his soul into every sermon because he knows that those who attend his programs could be enlightened and shown a path to a new pedestal of faith.

There is no doubt that this past event was a success for all the organizations involved and for Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. It is clear that the conference was facing stiff competition because the World Cup is considered the biggest sporting event in the entire world, but the power of the Lord truly shined. The pastor and his partners were happy to see that the likelihood of their conferences being a success is high.

Those interested in finding out more information should visit http://pastorchrisonline.org/  because information on upcoming events will be posted there.

Carbon Footprint – Try Simple Lifestyle Changes to Reduce it

Let’s face it – the planet earth is polluted to an extent that we consume a lot of harmful gases in our routine tasks. Not just air but water, as well as the environment, is highly polluted and we are not even realizing the aftermaths it will have on our health. When we talk about pollution, it would be unfair to not mention carbon footprint which is described as the total amount of greenhouse gases that we consume throughout the day during our ordinary activities. Some of you may not be aware of this term greenhouse gasses. Let’s discuss in detail what it is and how to reduce it.

What are Greenhouse Gases?

Greenhouse gases are gases are that are one of the main causes of warming the earth. These gases absorb infrared radiations and spread the heat to earth as well as the oceans. Environmentalists are also of the view that these gases are also contributing to global warming and the sudden transformations in the climate.

Which are Greenhouse Gases?

There are four chief greenhouse gases in the world. These are:

  • Methane (CH4)
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
  • Fluorinated Gases
  • Nitrous Oxide (N2O)

But these gases do not enter the earth naturally but we; humans, are responsible for it. Greenhouse gases enter our atmosphere in two major ways:

  • Burning gas, coal, and oil
  • Extensive use of synthetic fertilizers, fossil fuels, deforestation, wide industrial processing, and farming of certain types of livestock

Reducing carbon footprint may seem an impossible task but it is very easy and possible – courtesy of technological developments and growing awareness. If you want to live a healthy life, you should take all the steps to make sure that your lifestyle contributes to a healthy and prosperous life.

Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

There are numerous ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Here we have listed some of the most effective ones. Without further ado, let’s get started.

Upgrade Your Home Appliances

Home appliances, particularly of the old designs release some gases that contribute to the carbon footprint. However, technological advancements have allowed the manufacturers to develop appliances that are environmental friendly and does not release any harmful gases. Upgrading the appliances can be a great investment in both energy savings and preserving the nature. You can easily find appliances in the market that consume lesser energy and produce fewer emissions.

Get a Programmable Thermostat for Your Home

A thermostat is one of the unignorable necessities for any household. Especially if you are living in a country where the temperature changes frequently, it is a must-have for your home. However, thermostats which are mostly used in homes are not programmable. If you get a programmable thermostat for your home, you can easily save a lot of money from energy expenses and use it in other more productive ways.

Try to Use Public Transport

In a society that we live in, people have become status conscious and try to just win over others regardless of realizing that it can go against them as well. One of the major cases is the unnecessary use of private cars. According to environmentalists, if people start using public transport more, the global warming can be controlled as well as the carbon footprint can be reduced. The reason is that public transport causes the same level of emissions as a private car but it has the capacity to carry more people from one point to the other. By suggesting you use public transport, it is not intended to suggest to you that you should not use your car at all. Just try to use it when there is no other option. However, if you are not used to public transport, you can also change your car with another one that gives better fuel efficiency along with causing fewer emissions.

Start Recycling

Recycling leads to lesser waste that results in lesser greenhouse gases. There are a number of ways you can reduce your waste and two of the major ones are:

  • Using refillable water bottles
  • Switching to reusable shopping bags

These two small moves can prove to be an incredible step for the betterment of the planet. Statistics suggest that if these two wastes can be reduced by at least 20%, the global warming could be controlled to a great extent.

Choose a Better Mattress

You may be wondering how on earth a mattress can help reduce the carbon footprint but it is actually worth it. You see, most of the mattresses end up filling the landfills which are a great cause of pollution and other effects. However, if you choose the right mattress, not only will you be able to enjoy a comfortable sleep, but you will play your part in saving the planet earth for the generations to come. There are various mattresses available in the market that you can choose. Since you are up for some lifestyle changes, you should choose a memory foam mattress or a hybrid mattress. These two options are worth the money and come with a warranty as well.

Consume Less Electricity

Electricity is produced with natural resources like oil, gas, water, and air. Electricity produced using oil and gas contaminates the environment in a grand way because the emission of greenhouse gases is huge. By limiting the use of electricity, the overall consumption of electricity can be reduced. Since it will lead to lesser consumption, the production will also decrease.  

These are some very simple lifestyle changes that can bring harmony not just in your life, but the entire society. Being a human being, you should realize that your carbon footprint is not just harmful to you or your country, but the entire planet earth. Even if you want to migrate to some other place, you can never move to some other planet. Only we have the power to bring a positive change in our society. By incorporating these lifestyle changes in your life, you have a great chance of reducing your carbon footprint today.

How To Teach Your Children How To Interact With Dogs and Situations To Avoid

Teaching your children how to interact with dogs is one of the first lessons a child learns especially if they have a family pet. The bond between a child and a dog can be a beautiful thing with the dog being the child’s protector. There are situations to avoid with children especially if an older moodier dog is involved. These dogs can tend to snap when bothered so make your child aware that it is a grumpy old dog. The following are situations to avoid as well as how to teach your child to interact with dogs.

Give Respect To Get Respect

A relationship between a dog and human should be established on respect. Gentle petting of the back can help calm a dog down as they might snap if their face is touched first by a child they are not familiar with. Teach your child that if you would not want someone doing it to you then you should not do it to a dog. Messing with a dogs food is the number one thing to teach your child not to do. Some dogs have food aggression so have your child leave a dog alone when they are eating regardless of how friendly they are with the dog.

Do Not Pet A Unfamiliar Dog Without Permission

One thing that can drive a pet owner crazy is a small child touching a dog without permission. The dog could bite trying to protect their owner or from being startled. Tell your children to ask the adult with the dog whether they can pet it. If the person says no it is time to move on but if they say yes they should pet them cautiously. Some children might try to pet a stray dog that they see but let them know they should immediately come inside if they see one. You do not know how a stray dog will react to a child approaching it or running towards it.

Signs of Aggression

There are plenty of signs of aggression that you can teach your child to avoid. Growling or barking are the obvious signs but also if a dog tenses up when approached. The tail wagging generally means the dog welcomes the attention but a tail straight down between the legs is not a great sign. Dogs that might bite should be avoided and your child should know the signs so they can make the appropriate judgment call.

When Bitten Expose To Dogs To Avoid Fear For Life

At times a dog might bite due to no fault of your child and depending on the severity you might need to consult a personal injury law firm. You should not have to pay for medical expenses due to an aggressive dog getting out of their yard. The best thing you can do is expose your child to other dogs showing them that not all dogs will bite. This will help alleviate a pain if you have your child avoid dogs after being bitten. A healthy fear or awareness of dogs is not bad but you do not want it to turn into a phobia.

Knowing How To Deal With a Dog That Has Behavioral Problems

Getting a dog in a family can help a family feel more complete as every tends to love the family pet. For this reason people tend to allow bad behavior from the dog from time to time. There is a chance that your dog’s behavioral problems are becoming too much for you to handle. Coming home to a home that has been destroyed can be as frustrating as anything especially after a long day at work. Pets just like humans can be trained to behave in a certain manner but many people do not know how to start. The following are how to deal with a dog that has behavioral problems.

Do Not Abuse It

Hitting your dog is not going to solve anything and you could be hitting a sick dog. A dog that is house trained going to the bathroom in the house frequently could be a sign of a UTI that needs to be solved. Regardless for the reason of your dog’s behavior hitting them can turn them aggressive especially if they do not know what they have done wrong. You do not want to turn your dog against humans as this can be dangerous when you have specific breeds of dogs that can inflict real damage during an attack.

Pet Insurance

The worst thing that can happen is that your dog attacks a guest of the home or escapes and attacks someone else. A personal acquaintance might sue you or might just want you to cover medical expenses. A random person being attacked nearly always will sue you as they do not deal with you on a day to day basis. A McAllen injury lawyer would deal with your pet insurance company rather than dealing with you personally. If you think there is a chance that your dog bites someone invest in this insurance. You do not want to hire a lawyer for a lengthy legal battle that is sure to cost you thousands of dollars in fees alone.

Find a Professional

Once you have exhausted all of your options to help train your dog to correct their erratic behavior it is time to enlist the help of a professional. Your dog’s behavior is a combination of their instincts, how you treat them, and other environmental factors. Doing something like keeping your body language relaxed around guests can allow your dog to relax as they know they do not have to be in protection mode. If you think that your dog is trying to be dominant over you then it is time to see a professional. Your dog might bite you when disciplined if it thinks it is the alpha of the home. Do research online to see which dog training type you would like your dog to participate in as there are various methods to doing this.

As you can see it is going to be a long road when dealing with a dog that has behavioral problems. “A professional might be able to help you immediately if you do not have the time to train your dog every day,”  – Ethical Frenchie.

 

Why Speech-Language Pathology Matters

Think about the kids you knew in elementary school who had a lisp or a stutter. Imagine how difficult life would be if you couldn’t accurately and effectively communicate due to a speaking disorder. Would you feel comfortable or capable dealing with those problems alone?

Stuttering and lisping are just two examples of common speech disorders. Speech disorders come from a person’s inability to produce sounds correctly or with fluency. And the problems can be even more complicated than that. A person can also suffer from communication disorders: receptive and expressive. A receptive communication disorder means the person is unable to accurately understand others, while an expressive communication disorder means they are unable to accurately express themselves. It must be a troublesome existence to be stuck in your own thoughts and ideas with no way to explain yourself. Fortunately, these difficulties can be remedied with the help of a speech-language pathologist.

A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is a specialist who works with those who struggle with speech and articulation, communication disorders, and fluency. Sometimes known as a speech therapist, an SLP’s work also allows them to assist those who have difficulty feeding or swallowing. SLPs are educated with a master’s degree and licensed or certified to diagnose and treat a number of speech communication and swallowing disorders. They work with clients of any age who may be suffering for any number of reasons, including cerebral palsy, cleft palate, traumatic injury, and mental illness.

Salary and Career Opportunities

Because the money is generally good and the field is growing, speech therapy can be an attractive career choice. A certified speech-language pathologist can make upwards of $70,000 a year. One can choose a concentration under the umbrella of the field, narrowing the work down to specific types of disorders and complications. Speech therapists typically work in research, educational, or healthcare environments. Because a majority of clients tend to be in their youth, SLPs often work in school settings, but research shows that speech difficulties can increase with age, creating a bigger need for SLPs among the elderly as well. This means that the job prospects arguably look bright for future SLPs as the field grows with each passing year.

Positive Benefits

What’s more attractive than the blossoming career opportunities, however, is the fact that SLPs can have a significantly positive impact on society. The work they do fosters the notion that everyone should be able to communicate clearly, accurately, and effectively. This is central to creating a social environment where one person’s voice is equally as important as anyone else’s, regardless of gender, age, culture, race, sexuality, or disability. For young patients, learning how to use their voice can help them mature. Speech therapy teaches them to develop their opinions and share them with less fear and anxiety of how they will be received. This can foster a culture where difficult and opinionated conversations are not so uneasily had and are welcomed as a source of positive change and growth. For the elderly, it can mean making their experienced voices as sharp and resonant in the cultural climate as any young person’s. Instead of being overlooked for suffering a traumatic injury or invasive surgery, one can recover to communicate the way they once could, and perhaps even better than before. In these ways, it is possible for speech-language pathology to change the world, one voice at a time. The world could use prospective SLPs, who are interested in putting a life of service and speaking before anything else.

50 Tiny Powerful Things Successful People Tell Themselves Every Day

  1. I am enough.
  2. I am not wrong or weak for feeling things deeply.
  3. I deserve to be happy.
  4. But that doesn’t mean I automatically deserve to have whatever I want, whenever I want.
  5. Tomorrow is always a new day.
  6. Everyone I know is a fully, three-dimensional person with feelings and insecurities and a life story that I haven’t heard – even if I don’t like them.
  7. I can do this.
  8. Bravery doesn’t usually come from feeling brave – it comes from doing something despite how afraid I feel.
  9. I cannot settle for mediocrity.
  10. The people I look up to didn’t get there by sitting on their asses.
  11. Sometimes a really tiny and simple thing can completely turn someone’s day around.
  12. Being in love will not always be easy and effortless.
  13. I am me, and that can be a lot of different things, and that’s wonderful.
  14. Being able to admit when I’m wrong is way more important than being right.
  15. Sometimes I will try stuff that I won’t be automatically good at. But that doesn’t mean I can’t try to get better.
  16. It is okay, and even necessary, to walk away from people who hurt me.
  17. The online version of my life is not what gives me meaning.
  18. Even my ideal dream job is still going to be incredibly difficult, because anything worthwhile takes blood and sweat and tears.
  19. When I am going through heartbreak, it means I am experiencing one of the most universal feelings on the planet. I am not alone.
  20. Sometimes maintaining friendships in adulthood is hard and that’s okay, as long as I keep trying with the people who matter to me.
  21. The people who really love me are the ones who are telling me what I need to hear, even if I don’t want to hear it.
  22. It’s normal that sometimes I truly crave credit or validation or praise. It’s part of being human.
  23. I can be a different version of myself in front of different people, and it doesn’t make me any less authentic.
  24. This doesn’t have to be where I end up if I don’t want it to be that way.
  25. Sometimes, I’m just going to have a really rough day, or week, or year. But I will survive it. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again.
  26. My heart is fragile but my strength is unwavering.
  27. I’m allowed to leave a job I hate to find something better.
  28. No matter how careful I am, I’m going to make mistakes. What’s important is how I handle the aftermath.
  29. The times when I really don’t want to get out of bed are usually the moments when it is most crucial that I do so.
  30. Anxiety and depression and other mental health related struggles don’t make me weak. I just need to remember to be strong enough to ask for help.
  31. It’s important to tell the truth, especially to myself.
  32. Everybody is scared. I’m not the only one.
  33. Sometimes feeling lost is a good thing.
  34. Usually when I’m heavily judging someone, what I’m really doing is projecting something that I dislike within myself.
  35. Money can make things easier and less stressful, but it won’t make me happier or more fulfilled.
  36. I’m allowed to be proud of myself.
  37. I should never take advantage of the fact that my loved ones are only a phone call away.
  38. The only time procrastination feels good is in the moment.
  39. I can’t change the fact that my body will age, but I can control how I handle it.
  40. No matter how happy or put-together they seem, everyone is struggling with something, just like me.
  41. Regret is much scarier than failure.
  42. When I make others look good, I look good too. And it’s a much more joyful way to live.
  43. Admitting that I care about something is so much more fun than trying to play it cool.
  44. It’s important to be humble, but it’s also important to stand up for myself when I’m being treated unfairly.
  45. Just because someone is cold to me doesn’t mean I need to be cold back.
  46. There is no better quality than making others feel like, and understand that, they matter.
  47. Laughter should always be a high priority.
  48. Being warm to others can take me so incredibly far.
  49. I am here to do something.
  50. Looking for ways to feel grateful for things, instead of frustrated over them, can drastically change the way I look at the world and the way I feel about my life.

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Ivory Ghosts: A Comic that Tackles the Illegal Ivory Trade

Catherine Sohon, a pilot from the wildlife investigation agency, stumbles upon a brutal crime scene at the beginning of the comic. Soon she meets Jon Bagg, a scruffy man with a rough attitude. She brings up her concerns with elephant poachers, explaining that the population needs protection, if not, elephants will be gone forever. Jon dismisses Catherine’s concerns and the struggle to expose the poachers begins.

Ivory Ghosts uses vivid and detailed artwork to tell its story. The murder mystery is compelling; while the fight to preserve elephants is enlightening. The issue of ivory trade is a real-world problem, despite the international ban on commercial trade. Ivory Ghost is an excellent tool to educate people about the ivory trade and spread the word about depleting elephant populations.

Ivory Ghosts is written by Dr. Caitlin O’Connell, who is a Consulting Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and a world-renowned expert on elephants and vibrotactile sensitivity. She is a real hero in the fight against the illegal ivory trade, which makes this comic so much more gripping. She also authored a novel of the same name, which the comic is based on.

This comic is a must read for animal lovers, activists, and graphic artist fans. The first issue is intriguing, fast pace, and exciting. Overall a very well-done comic that will leave you in anticipation for the next issue.

Ivory Ghost:

Written by: Caitlin O’Connell

Pencils by: Debora Carita

Inked by: Laurie Foster

Color by: Liezl Buenaventura

Lettering by: Saida Tempfonte

Cover by: Debora Carita

Art Director: Paul Daughetee

Publisher: D. Lynn Smith, Kymera Press. Kymera Press is a comic book publishing company that supports women in comics.