Introducing  Shades of Green

There’s an old saying that “there is nothing new under the sun,” meaning the essence of life — matter — can be neither created nor destroyed. It just changes form.

While comics and the ecological awareness are nothing new, the form of bringing the two together certainly is.

Brad Gilchrist and Peter Menice do just that with their new comic strip “The Green House” (daily) and “Shades of Green” (weekly). You will meet Pam and Todd Green who “live humble lives.” Pam is a special education (and yoga) teacher, a vegetarian, and a gardener who seeks a “sustainable living.” Todd is a cartoonist (perhaps a conglomeration of Peter and Brad?) who “seeks to change the world” or a part of it through his art.

Then there are a few animal friends along the way, including a praying mantis, a worm, and my personal favorite — Link the Rat — “a Bush-bashing blogger.” (OK, I’m not thrilled he’s a rat, but hey, a rat was a hero/gourmet chef in Pixar’s “Ratatouille.”)

Gilchrist writes the comic strip “Nancy” and wrote “The Muppets Comic Strip” for Jim Henson. Menice is an illustrator, caricaturist and editorial cartoonist whose work has been featured in a number of publications.

The People’s Weekly World is proud to be part of publishing this new effort to make environmental and social consciousness understandable and fun.



Teresa Albano
Teresa Albano

Teresa Albano is a staff writer for People's World and an award-winning journalist. Born and raised in Chicago, Albano is a member of the Chicago News Guild-Communications Workers of America and has been covering political, labor and social justice issues for more than 25 years. Albano was the first woman editor-in-chief of People's World, 2003-2010, leading the transition from weekly print to daily online publishing and establishing PW's social media presence.

Albano lived in New York City for 13 years and has traveled throughout the United States and abroad, including to India, Cuba, Angola, Italy and to Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. She received awards from International Labor Communications Association, National Federation of Press Women and Illinois Woman Press Association, including its prestigious Silver Feather Award. Albano attends Northeastern Illinois University and recently received NEIU's Future Alumni Leader award. She will graduate in December 2016. 

Combining her passion for swimming and for social justice, she founded the blog, Swimming Social, during the 2016 Rio Games.