Two local artists’ perspectives on hazardous materials and you.

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© 2014 Edie Everette, HazMatters, comic book excerpt. Courtesy of the artist.

Two Seattle artists have created a comic book and short film that humorously connect hazardous materials, public health and the environment. Public Art 4Culture and King County’s Local Hazardous Waste Management Program commissioned cartoonist Edie Everette and animator Clyde Petersen to create a new kind of public service announcement, in both English and Spanish.

Everett’s comic, HazMatters, is a series of vignettes that explores how we live with hazardous products. The book cleverly reveals many ways household hazardous waste intersects with our everyday lives. It explores household hazardous waste and personal responsibility with stories full of questions, humor, and interactive activities. For a free copy of HazMatters by mail, call the Household Hazards Line at (206) 296-4692.

Petersen’s The Wild World of Pesticides is a short animated film featuring penguins and DDT that offers positive steps to reduce the use of toxic pesticides. It details the life and history of DDT and the positive steps we can take to reduce the use of toxic pesticides. A cast of stop-motion animated paper penguins living in a watercolor landscape tells stories of pesticide use in farming, landscaping and gardening. The film can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iKDgK1xllc

Both artists use visual storytelling to uncover a topic that can be confusing and overwhelming. They help explain what hazardous wastes are, their impacts on our environment, and how we can responsibly deal with them.

About the artists:

Edie Everette’s HazMatters (Porque los productos tóxicos son peligrosos), Everette is a visual artist, cartoonist and writer, gives a behind-the-scenes look into her HazMatters design process through her articles I am a Public Artist Part 1 and Part 2 on the 4Culture blog.

Clyde Petersen’s The Wild World of Pesticides (El Mundo Peligroso de los Pesticidas)  Clyde Petersen is an indie animator, musician, and a member of S.E.A.T. (Seattle Experimental Animation Team).

View the full press release.