Squarzoni knows…he’s trying to tell us

PAGE CONTEXT SIGNIFICANT QUOTES
72-75 Squarzoni questions the relativity of the idea of “the beginning”, and what truly makes something a beginning. “Some beginnings already contain the whole of the work that is to come.”

“we only realize it’s there when we see it the second time.”

“where does it end?”

133-137 Squarzoni is sitting outside of a building admiring what a beautiful day it is. Each statement is said calmly, but he also interrupts his peaceful thoughts with comments about war and bombs. “It’s a beautiful summer morning. There are a few flowers at the edge of the lawn.”

“BOOM.”

147-151 Again, Squarzoni talks about how to begin a story, his story. Although, in these pages, he is not drawn once; there are panels of landscapes, roads, and bridges with lots of contrast between darkness and light. **All quotes are significant to collective idea.

 

Summary: we are running out of time to change what we have caused in the atmosphere before it is too late.

296-300 Squarzoni finally talks about what an ending of a graphic novel looks like. He explains the different types of endings of movies and books that he has been exposed to. “And that would be the end of us.”

“Abrupt. Stops you dead. Right in your tracks.”

“…that brings you back to the beginning. A door closes. A voice goes quiet. It’s all over. THE END.”

319-320 He ponders to himself about the possible mindsets of a man who had jumped out of a plane with no parachute. “If he looks down, he sees the ground rushing at him”.

 

“…How much time did he have to say to himself…if only…if only…If only I could go back in time.”

 

What all of these spans of pages have in common is that they all have hidden messages related to the idea of climate change, global warming, and the destruction of the planet. In each of these panels, Squarzoni hints on different ways that people think about climate change. He is hinting that the earth is doomed and how people should be reacting to it. It is most noticeable in pages 133-137, 147-151, and 319-320. In pages 133-137, Squarzoni alternates from talking about the war going on in Bosnia, to examining the pretty flowers beside him and how beautiful of a summer day it is. He is trying to explain here that people are so distracted with the stupidest things that they don’t even realize the other dangers that are happening all over the world. He is showing how naïve and unconcerned the majority of the human population is with climate change, and how people believe if it doesn’t affect them immediately then it will not affect them at all. In pages 147-151, he outright exclaims how the global clock is literally ticking, and if we do not reduce our carbon footprint soon, the future of earth will be cut short. On pages 319 and 320, Squarzoni describes the distraught he feels when hearing about the man who jumped out of a plane, and unintentionally, forgot his parachute. The most noticing part of this panel is when he wonders what the man was thinking as he grew closer and closer to the ground: his inevitable death sentence. He includes the quotes written above to purposely make us aware that that man represents the human population, and the forgotten parachute symbolizes every little distraction that prevents us from dealing with climate change as soon as possible. He is showing us what people will be asking themselves once they realize that once climate change becomes completely irreversible, they will be facing an inevitable death sentence.

What I admire about Squarzoni is that other than including all of the facts about global warming and humanities carbon footprint, is that he included himself and his life to represent real life application to climate change. His personal stories indicate what the human population does currently, and will do in the future if nothing is handled with soon.