Comic book, 'It's legit!', Queensland edition, paper, Streetwize Comics, Australia, 2000
Founded in 1984, Streetwize Comics produces free educational comics for young people covering a wide range of issues. The comics communicate important messages in an easy-to-read format that young people can relate to, particularly disadvantaged youth. The comics, as well as other material including posters and educators' notes, deal with topics such as health and safety, legal issues, racism, sexual harassment, domestic violence, homosexuality, housing, employment, gambling, drug and alcohol abuse and other current social issues. They are developed in consultation with young people from the target audiences and are based on the philosophy that effective communication must be built around the perceptions and needs of the audience. Funding comes from federal and state government departments and community organisations.
The Powerhouse Museum collection contains a selection of comics from Streetwize, but mainly those editions dealing with health and safety. They illustrate the way in which government and community organisations approach the dissemination of information to targeted groups (in this case, disadvantaged youth) and at the same time provide a record of the range of health and other social issues affecting young people in the late 1990s.
'It's legit!' is a Queensland-specific edition of an earlier Streetwize title about crime prevention and has stories about graffitti vandalism, assault, throwing missiles and hooning around on trains. It was produced with the assistance of the Queensland Department of Families, Youth & Community Care.
The Queensland edition of 'It's legit!' was produced in February 2000 by Streetwize Comics for the Queensland Department of Families, Youth and Community Care. The project was auspiced through the Youth Affairs Network of Queensland. The Streetwize writing and art team consist of Kate Pockley and Helen Burnie (editor/writers), Ross Carnsew (art director/artist), Stephen Crowley (artist), Eddie Greenaway (writer/researcher) and Gaye Kennedy (Indigenous issues).