Published on August 26th, 2020 | by Andrew Bistak

Kapow! Virtual Comic Con Partners With Half Cut To Help Save The Daintree Rainforest

Comic Con With A Cause

From bushfires to a global pandemic, it’s safe to say that 2020 has been a year of uncertainty. But through the twists and turns, it has allowed us to really shift our
attention towards issues that matter, which is why we have partnered with Half Cut to present Kapow! Virtual Comic Con.

A one-day event consisting of numerous conferences, Kapow! Virtual Comic Con will showcase a range of people who have embedded themselves in the pop culture
industry, including comic illustrator and beloved Australian icon, Dean Rankine (The Simpsons, Rick and Morty), and rising Hollywood figure, Sam Hargrave (director of Extraction and Stunt Coordinator for Avengers: Endgame).

Though providing the perfect excuse to geek out, the event itself aims to help raise awareness for the current climate crisis by joining forces with Half Cut, a fundraising group who have devoted the last two years to saving the Daintree Rainforest. In 2020, the group aim to help purchase 8.835 Ha of land and return it to the traditional owners, the Kuku Yalanji bama (people), to manage long term.

Nathanael Hopkins-Smith, lead producer of Kapow! said, “With events off the table for the foreseeable future I wanted to combine my love for the environment with my passion for comics and pop culture by hosting a virtual comic con.

“Artists love supporting great causes because their art provides a perfect visual medium to convey a message. At the beginning of the year, artists joined forces
during the bushfires to create ‘Australia Burns’, a graphic anthology that raised funds for numerous charities. Years earlier there was ‘Tango With Orangos’, a publication that aimed to help save two orangutan species from extinction.

“This time we focus that emphasis on the Daintree Rainforest in Australia.

Partnering with Half Cut allows viewers to donate to an amazing cause and enjoy seminars from some of Australia’s latest and greatest in the pop culture industry”.
Kapow! Virtual Comic Con will be taking place on August 30th across the Kapow Facebook page. To support Kapow! during the #HalfCut challenge, you can donate at

Beyond the virtual event, there are a number of ways to get involved and help out, such as participating in the #HalfCut challenge or by donating to the cause. For more information, please visit:

About Kapow! Virtual Comic Con:

A 1-day event on 30th of August featuring virtual conferences with different people in Pop Culture the event will be sponsored by Half Cut so viewers have the option to donate to their amazing cause.

Kapow Producer Nathanael Hopkins-Smith will be participating in the #HalfCut challenge. This is his 5th year fundraising. By combining two passions (the
environment and pop culture), Nathanael has effectively brought together two powerful forces through the form of a virtual comic con.

For more information and the line-up, visit and the Kapow

About HalfCut:

HalfCut is a widely known social movement that engages people of all cultures, ages and sexes to raise awareness and raise funds for forest conservation & regeneration. Why? Over 50% of the world’s forests are destroyed. To encourage people to be a visual distribution, starting conversations about conservation.
The goal of HalfCut is to be the face for the environmental movement. By encouraging women, men and children to wear their HalfCut look to help save the
last remaining 50% forests globally and start the regeneration of what we have lost.

HalfCut aims to protect crucial forests for habitat for threatened and endangered species, protect Traditional Owners land titles, start mass tree planting projects and ultimately be part of the solution to the growing climate emergency, ensuring a safe future for all species on Earth.


About the Author

When he's not trying to save the world, Andrew enjoys travel (although loathes turbulence), going to the movies, reading and being a dad to his two dogs (and now twins) with his wife.

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