Take one giant leap to Mars in the name of co-operation

Following the Mars Rover landing, the Co-operative Group has launched a competition that fictionally looks to 2044 and imagines what the first people to land on the red...

Following the Mars Rover landing, the Co-operative Group has launched a competition that fictionally looks to 2044 and imagines what the first people to land on the red planet would say.

Competition entrants are being encouraged to submit ideas for that first 'one giant leap for mankind' phrase, which will form part of a new book ‘The Co-operative Revolution: A Graphic novel’ being released for the International Year of Co-operatives. The novel will follow co-operative history starting from 1844 with the birth of the Rochdale Pioneers, and looking forward to 2044 to a fictional Mars landing 200 years later.

The winner, who will receive a credit in the book, will see their prose featured in the 72 page graphic novel that will be published in September this year by the Group. The book was written by radical cartoonist Polyp who has been featured in Ethical Consumer Magazine and New Internationalist.

Paul Monaghan, Head of Social Goals at the Group, said: “This exciting graphic novel is all but complete, but it’s lacking a glorious conclusion. The speech bubble’s there, but it is empty, waiting to be filled by some iconic words that will give Neil Armstrong’s ‘one small step’ speech a run for its money.”

• To enter the competition visit the website: www.co-operative.coop/graphic-novel/Competition (The closing date is 10 August at 4pm)

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