THE $BILLION DOLLAR WHALE

 

  KULO LUNA IS A HUMPBACK WHALE THAT RISES TO A CHALLENGE

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One of the classic scenes that almost every artist wants to paint. Moby-Dick takes out a boat load of harpooners. In 1820 a sperm whale matching the description of Moby-Dick stoved in the Essex, commanded by George Pollard, with Owen Chase as the 2nd mate. In 2015 this story was made into a superb film starring Chris Hemsworth, called In the Heart of the Sea.

 

 

The idea for Kulo-Luna was planted in the young Jameson Hunter when he was a boy in London, and his father took him to see a cinema showing of the awesome Warner Bros movie starring Gregory Peck, about a giant albino sperm whale and Captain Ahab's quest for revenge.

 

He thought nothing more of that until news coverage of whales being taken by Japanese whalers, despite international agreement as to conservation. His favourite whale was the humpback. He was also keen on solar powered boats, and thought to include a solar boat in his story, that was to draw attention to marine litter and ghost fishing nets in the ocean. Since this pollution is killing hundreds of whales every year.

 

After some research on the subject, Jameson learned of the Essex sinking in 1820 and Mocha Dick, the real events that gave Herman Melville the inspiration for Moby Dick. Thus were Melville was inspired by his experiences, he passed on the creativity to in turn inspire others.

 

Discarded fishing gear and single use plastic is a modern menace that Governments are failing to tackle, just as they failed to deal with the warming of the planet from the use of fossil fuels. Though the intensification of farming to feed a growing population is also a major contributor to greenhouse gases.

 

 

 

Copyright graphic novel cover art by Siku

 

COVER ART - Watch this graphic novel cover come to life in a Youtube showing the artist creating the theme, with several ideas as to treatment, before settling on this Jaws inspired classic. Please click on the picture to see the video diary.

 

 

 

READ KULO LUNA - THE PUBLISHED CHAPTERS

 

The last four chapters will be released on publication of the in-progress graphic novel version of this story.

 

 

 

SCENE

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION

 

   

 

Chapter 1

Arctic Melt  (Prologue)

580 W, 750 N

Chapter 2

Sydney Australia

330 S, 1510 E

Chapter 3

Bat Cave

330 20S, 1520 E

Chapter 4

Whale Sanctuary

200 N, 1600 W

Chapter 5

Pirates

330 N, 1290 E

Chapter 6

Solar Race

200 N, 1600 W

Chapter 7

Darwin to Adelaide

130 S, 1310 E 350 S, 1380 E

Chapter 8

Six Pack

200 N, 1600 W

Chapter 9

Whaling Chase

240 N, 1410 E

Chapter 10

Empty Ocean

200  N, 1600 E  (middle of Pacific)

Chapter 11

Billion Dollar Whale

250 N, 1250 E

Chapter 12

Rash Move

140 N, 1800 E

Chapter 13

Off Course

150 N, 1550 E

Chapter 14

Shark Attack

100 N, 1650 E

Chapter 15

Sick Whale

100 N, 1650 E

Chapter 16

Medical SOS

100 N, 1650  E

Chapter 17

Whale Nurse

100 N, 1650 E

Chapter 18

Storm Clouds

150 S, 1550 E

Chapter 19

The Coral Sea

150 S, 1570 E

Chapter 20

Plastic Island

2S, 1600 E 

Chapter 21

Media Hounds

17S, 1780E

Chapter 22

Breach of Contract

200 S, 1520 E

Chapter 23

Fraser Island

250 S, 1530 E

Chapter 24

Congratulations

25S, 1530 E

 

 

 

Production of the graphic novel version of Kulo Luna started in August 2020 with the launch of an Ocean Art Competition. Like Moby Dick, Kulo Luna is about a giant humpback whale that fights back to sink a pirate whaling boat. Kulo Luna sinks a modern whaling boat, much as depicted in Herman Melville's Moby Dick, except that is this day and age whales have explosive harpoons to contend with, sonar and rusty steel hulls. Regardless of the difficulties, Kulo Luna finds a way to crack the hull of the Suzy Wong, just like Moby Dick in Herman Melville's tremendous volume.

 

 

Kulo Luna becomes the $Billion Dollar Whale

 

Kulo Luna just wants to be left alone to raise her calf and enjoy the oceans. Unfortunately, some humans kill whales for their meat and blubber, despite the fact that many species are still endangered.

 

 

 

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