“Our house is burning and we are looking the other way.” This sentence was pronounced during the fourth Earth Summit in 2002, and has left its mark on more than one mind. It recently made its come back in a new form with “don’t look up,” used in the eponymous movie to symbolize the denial of the population when confronted with a deadly meteorite heading for Earth. It is also an obvious reference to our current ecological disasters that we prefer to ignore as well.

Christophe Blain and Jean-Marc Jancovici make a similar observation in their bestselling graphic novel, published by Dargaud in 2021 and set for release in English through Europe Comics. Contrary to what the title might suggest, our “world without end,” as we imagine it, does not exist. And its end could come much sooner than expected.

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Cover of “World Without End” © Jean-Marc Jancovici, Christophe Blain / Dargaud 2021

In France, World Without End had a large impact on readers. Released in October 2021, the graphic novel has been a tremendous success with 380,000 copies sold and at least ten reprints. For the year 2021, it finished in the top ten bestselling comic books and graphic novels, alongside classics like Asterix & ObelixBlake & Mortimer, and Blacksad. Its success reveals the public’s growing interest in the climate and global warming at a time when the health of the environment has become a major concern and a matter of life and death for many.

Rather than denying what awaits us, Christophe Blain and Jean-Marc Jancovici do a deep dive into the environmental issues we are facing. They also show what challenges these issues present to our contemporary globalized societies. World Without End takes the shape of a graphic documentary which brings together precise information and analysis on the evolution of our relationship with energy…

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