Comic book, 'It's not right!', paper, Streetwize Comics, Australia, 1999
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 health information to targeted groups (in this case, disadvantaged youth) and at the same time provide a record of the range of health issues affecting young people in the late 1990s.
'It's not right!', concerns domestic violence in Aboriginal communities. It was produced by Streetwize Comics Ltd with financial assistance provided by the New South Wales Government from the Casino Community Benefit Fund, and by the Commonwealth Government through the Office of the Status of Women, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The comic book was written by Suzanne Ingram, illustrated by Ross Carnsew and researched by Gayle Kennedy. It was produced in April 1999 by Steetwize Comics Ltd with financial assistance provided by the New South Wales Government's Casino Community Benefit Fund and the Commonwealth Government's Office of the Status of Women, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.