Comic creators aim to toon youngsters into Covid-19 facts

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Comic creators aim to toon youngsters into Covid-19 facts

‘Planet Divoc-91’ aims to dispel myths about the virus and give young people access to professionals

Senior reporter

While conducting research for his contribution to a global online comic series inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic, a South African storyteller and researcher discovered young people were sceptical, distrustful and felt a lack of transparency when it came to vaccines.

Nabeel Petersen, director of Interfer, a Cape Town-based company focused on storytelling and research, is now helping young adults make sense of the pandemic through his contribution to Planet Divoc-91, a satirical sci-fi webcomic based on a fictional pandemic on another planet.

Available via online comic portal Webtoon, it’s co-created by international graphic artists, young people and experts from a wide range of disciplines, and aims to tackle tough topics such as vaccinations, stigma/discrimination, misinformation and mental health using words, art, visuals and music...

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