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Thursday, November 13, 2008

WEBCOMIC: Luz: Girl of the Knowing

Luz: Girl of the Knowing

Webcomic URL: http://www.transmission-x.com/luz/
Webcomic RSS feed: http://www.transmission-x.com/luz/feed/

Artist/Author: Claudia Davila
Updates: currently on hiatus

"She’s a city girl on a mission to gather “the knowing”: knowledge and experience about sustainable survival for humans, specifically in urban centers. Occasionally we’ll glimpse into Luz’s musings about the human condition and our connection, or lack thereof, to the natural world. You’ll meet her neighbours, friends, and mom and grandma, all of whom have knowledge of their own to share with Luz. Whenever it’s appropriate I’ll include commentary and links to more information relating to the content of each episode."
-- (Claudia Davila) Luz: Blog Archive

"...While it can be a tad preachy at times, this kid-friendly webcomic features Luz, a Hispanic girl, who is already thinking about life in the post-peak-oil world. Her vision is reassuring, not apocalyptic, with neighbors from a variety of Old Countries showing her how they preserve their own food, save seeds, rotate crops, and conserve water. A blackout means picnics and internet withdrawal, not panic and looting. Luz even demonstrates how to make an electricity-free refrigerator...

There is an atmosphere of foreboding to Luz. She’s preparing for something that she herself can’t really visualize, but she’s sensible enough to talk to wise grownups about it. And there are a few hints of hard choices to come when Luz has to forgo a vacation trip, as well as when she eyes a friend’s pet rabbit as a possible protein source. Cartoonist Claudia Davila puts a lot of emphasis on simple measures, such as eating local foods, and self-reliance—walking and keeping a garden. The overall message is that less reliance on oil might actually be a good thing, if it strengthens communities.

Davila’s clear, simple style makes the strip easy to read, and her light approach keeps the strip interesting most of the time. At a time when news about high gas and food prices may be making kids anxious, Luz presents some ways to take control of the situation... "

-- Brigid Alverson on Good Comics for Kids

(You'll also want to read Brigid's interview with Claudia Davila on Digital Strips from 2 Mar 2008)

"...It might read as vaguely didactic, but I’m quite charmed by this webcomic. The linework is lovely; simple to process but with a solid use of visual flow and color, plus a great sense of pacing...

...it’s obviously kid-friendly... obvious potential for a dual audience. It’s new, kind of nascent, and I’m interested to see where it goes; it’s interesting, relevant work from someone with a long history working in comics and visual media. Take a half-hour or so to read through her archives; I think you’ll find it time well spent."

-- Anne Thalheimer on Fleen

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