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Violet’s Vegan Comics for Small Children and Big Kids
By Violet Plum and daughter Miranda Lemon

“Your creations are such inspirations for children, parents, and teachers everywhere!  What an original and substantial way to make people, and children, of all kinds, feel the same and come together for a greater purpose.  Kudos to you ladies, what a positive impact on our society!!”    Sabra Anne October 2016

“I want to let you know how much I appreciate the safe reading space you provide for the younger set.  This dad feels 100% confident in the content of your works, and my child just gobbles up every word.  Please continue your excellent work, and we’ll keep reading.”   KeithDecember  2017

Violet’s Vegan Comics began six years ago as a result of my own love of adventure comics growing up.  When I was, I don’t know, about ten years old, I would eagerly await the landing of Tammy & Misty comics on the doormat every week.  I love a good story.  Something exciting, gripping, suspenseful; something with intrigue; something funny; something engrossing.

Of course there are plenty of entertaining stories out there already but don’t you just hate it when the ‘good guys’ turn out to be meat-eaters?  That really spoils it for me.  One great story I read recently, for example, is about a boy who makes friends with beetles.  His dad, who is a beetle expert, teaches him that it is wrong to hurt any creature, even one as small as a beetle.  Brilliant, I thought, I love this book.  But then Dad serves up homemade shepherd’s pie (his specialty) and everyone enjoys it without a second thought for the lamb who was murdered to provide it.  It’s a blindspot that so many people have and it’s time their eyes were opened.

Violet’s Vegan Comics is full of comics and stories which are not necessarily about veganism, but in which the good guys are vegan.  There are also poems, nursery rhymes, short videos, music and things to make and do; all free to enjoy for anyone with internet access.  Every new story is first posted in installments on the blog before being permanently published on site.  Most are eventually available to buy in paperback but they will always remain free to read online. There’s stuff for all ages, from preschoolers to teenagers, so it’s non-stop adventure, excitement, hilarity, naughtiness, bravery, rebellion and fun!

“I am amazed at this.  As a former teacher.  As a mom.  As a lover of books.  This is wonderful.  Simply wonderful.  This is an online library.  Plus it looks awesome.  WOW.”    Sarah August 2015

The first comics we made, inspired by my memories of Tammy & Misty, were The Brave Girls and there are now almost six episodes of each:
Venus Aqueous is a champion swimmer and captain of the school swim team but her favourite activity is wild swimming in the sea.  One day something happens to her underwater which leaves her with the ability to hear and understand marine animals.  With this new power she is able to rescue those who call her for help.

“I love Venus’s sense of conviction.  She knows what is the right thing to do and she follows it, and she doesn’t worry that her friends will be angry, because winning a race is not as important as saving lives, and most people will not always see that, but Venus is special. I think these stories are wonderful.”   Turquoise Circlez

Brave Girl number two is Reflecto Girl It all begins when Renée inherits a family heirloom from her grandmother: the Dounto.  The Dounto (pronounced Doon-toe) is an ancient, Celtic, mystical mirror which has been passed down through the female line of Renée’s family for centuries, and it reflects people’s misdeeds back onto them.  With it Renée becomes Reflecto Girl.  Whenever she sees someone doing something horrible to someone else, she holds the Dounto in front of their face and whatever horrible thing they’re doing happens to them.  If you want to avoid a run-in with Reflecto Girl, do unto others as you would be done by.

“Reflecto Girl is my hero!  I’ve always felt so bad for lobsters as a little girl and wanted to do something about it.  Too bad I didn’t have one of those nifty mirrors, lol.  You’re so creative, I love it.”    Eva Poetex

And the last, but by no means least, of the Brave Girls are Megan & Flos.  Megan is a quiet, intelligent girl who loves to read and is mad about space.  Flos is a colourful, fish-shaped explorer from the planet Summum who is mad about flowers.  Disguised in a long dress and big straw hat, Flos wears a solar-powered, gravity-adjusting belt to get around discreetly on Earth.  She is highly skilled at telepathy and telekinesis, skills which she teaches to Megan.  Together they are a formidable team of eco-warriors, saving worlds, and each other, from the corrupt, the incompetent, and the self-serving.

“I really like the Megan and Flos stories because the characters are funny and lovable, and I could relate emotionally to the issues they encounter.  It is also great to find a comic book with girl characters who are people having adventures, not falling in love or obsessed with boys.  I liked that Megan is in a wheelchair, and that the problems in the stories are resolved without violence or using bad language.  It is a funny science fiction story with action and adventure and mystery and intrigue.”    Willow

When we’d got two or three episodes of each Brave Girl comic we thought it was time for a story about a boy.  Having raised two girls, I didn’t have much experience with boys so I needed to do a bit of research.  My research consisted of reading a lot of Just William by Richmal Crompton.  Our new vegan comic book character was named Luke Walker by seven year old twin boys, followers of our blog, whose assistance was gratefully received.  This one started out as a comic like the others but soon transitioned into prose.  There are now sixteen chapters of Luke Walker: animal stick up for-er whose adventures begin when, at eight years old, he decides to tell his meat-eating parents that he’s going veggietareun (his word):

“Veggie (that’s short for vegetables) tareun (that means someone what eats ’em).  I on’y eat vegetables, which means things what grow after bein’ planted in the ground.”

It must be acknowledged that Luke was good at explaining things. Outspoken, proactive and relentless in his advocacy for animals, he meets a lot of opposition but stands his ground against family, teachers and his peers.  He discovers that doing the right thing for animals sometimes means you have to be sneaky so he gets into all sorts of funny scrapes but never lets them down, often at great risk to himself.

“We couldn’t wait until tomorrow, we had to read to the end.  What a great story!  We loved it!  Fantastic ending, so tense and anxious!  But he got away with it beautifully.  We loved the ending when Mrs Tebbut is mad.   Also we are big fans of jam on toast in this house, and glad to find that Luke is too.”   Captain Caffleck

Other series include The English Family Anderson a ghost story comic about a self-sufficient vegan family who live in an old red bus.

“It is so great to find such rich stories with brilliant characters and wonderful diverse illustrations. It is a wonderful website full of precious gems, and The Anderson Family is one very special part of it.”

 

What Me and Jude Did While Everyone Else was at Schoolthe diary of a nine year old vegan homeschooler.

And Sherman & Geynesa quirky comic about two vegan boys who imagine themselves 1930s detectives and solve imagined crimes before concluding their day with something delicious at a local eatery.

“Loved it! Magic that they just go into character like that.  You made me smile in a wonderful way.”

 

There are also vegan Fairy Tales, …

“This is the MOST UNIQUE Blog I have ever seen. Truly amazing. As a reader… A teacher… A mom… A dreamer… This Blog is AWESOME.  Inspiring.  Fascinating and NEEDS TO BE SHARED.  Pass It Around.  Better yet, call your little ones and say ‘It’s Story Time.  Time for Fairy Tales and Bedtime Stories.  FAMILY TIME.’”

…. picture books and rhyming stories for little ones (as well as Story Time videos of the books being read aloud), ….

“I especially enjoy the Wibbolywub story in Story Time, it is so nice to have a story read out loud, to keep you company.”

There are even a couple of graphic novels for older readers.

“This is intense! And very funny.”

So, if you’re looking for stories with heroes who have their eyes open; if you want inspiring role models for your kids; or if you’re the only vegan you know and would enjoy the company of a few fictional friends, I think Violet’s Vegan Comics might appeal to you.  You can find the e-comics at violetsvegancomics.com and, when nothing but a real book will do, go to Vegan Books for Children, at veganbooksforchildren.com, for the stories in paperback.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we do xx

Many many thanks to everyone who has left positive feedback on our stories over the years.

Those included above are a small selection of messages posted on our website, on Goodreads or sent directly to us via email.  We treasure every happy message we receive and wish we could have included all of them here.  Thank you so much. Voilet. 

About Violet’s Vegan Comics:

Being vegan is the most positive, life-changing, world-changing thing you can do, and these days it’s so easy.  Being vegan is refusing to collaborate in violence.  Being vegan is being strong enough, and brave enough, and loving enough to go against the majority and stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.   Being vegan is taking direct action to save lives – and what could be cooler than that?

Here, the virtual comics are free to view and always will be, but for those who want to hold an actual book in their hands (and you really can’t beat that can you?) you can pop over to our Bookshop and choose from our ever growing selection of vegan children’s books

Love from both of us at Team VVC: Violet Plum and Miranda Lemon xxx

Back To Stories.

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