Rwanda’s plastic bag ban to feature in US comic book

Rwanda’s ban of plastic bags has caught the eye of a prominent American comic book publisher, who intends to promote its awareness in upcoming editions of her series.

Rwanda’s ban of plastic bags has caught the eye of a prominent American comic book publisher, who intends to promote its awareness in upcoming editions of her series.

Nancy Silberkleit, the co-chief executive of Archie Comics, is scheduled to jet in on Monday to discuss with local graphic illustrators on how to develop the idea for Archie Comics, a New York-based company.

She intends to create awareness about environment concerns created by plastics, and promote use of comics in literacy to enhance reading culture.

In a statement, Silberkleit hailed Rwanda’s efforts on banning plastic bags.

“What I want is a story that will appear in an Archie Comic Book that is inspired by Rwanda’s efforts to reduce global carbon footprint through control of use of plastic bags,” Silberkleit said in a statement.

“I also wish to promote comic books as a way to bridge reading and the love of reading. I am using the Archie platform to speak out on education and encourage proper education for all,” she added.

Silberkleit’s trip to Rwanda is part of her global tour to highlight various topics on career awareness, education and the power of visual image in communication.

Reading culture

Through her foundation, Rising Above Issues, Silberkleit has organised comic books fairs across the US and Canada in a bid to promote reading.

While in Rwanda, she is expected to meet some educationists and local graphic illustrators and cartoonists.

Archie Comics is a prominent comic book publisher in the US known for a series of cartoon characters, including Archie, Betty and Veronica, published over the last 70 years.

Comic books feature light, humorous stories in graphics and cartoon form that mostly appeals to youth readers. They are, however, not a common feature in African education systems, including Rwanda.

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