ABC15 News honors Douglas Hebert with a Hero Award for his contribution to society through the Focus Comic Project

Thank you ABC15 News for honoring Douglas Hebert with a hero award for his contribution to society through the Focus comic project. Douglas Hebert is a certified art teacher and is the main artist for Focus comic, and is responsible for coaching the Focus comic interns to help them fulfill their creative potential. Doug is also the head art teacher for the Focus comic summer camp which is free for kids and young adults with autism.

Check out the news report here: https://www.abc15.com/heroes/nicks-heroes-comic-book-artist-inspiring-teens-with-autism

“I would like to thank ABC15 and Valley Toyota Dealers for the recognition and support in raising autism awareness.” Douglas Hebert

Please support us by ordering a copy of Focus comic by clicking here.

Focus Comic Art Summer Camp. Free for autistic kids and young adults – Week 5

We are 5 weeks into our Focus comic free summer camp for kids and young adults with autism. This week, we had fun teaching the kids how to create super hero clay masks to help them feel empowered. We taught them manual ways of creating thin slabs of clay, as well as using the slab roller machine. The kids also learned how to use the mask molds to create a basic form for their masks. They also learned how to sculpt the masks using different tools and techniques. Next week, the students will learn how to continue sculpting their masks, and some will go on to painting them; depending on their individual pace of work.

Here is the highlights film for week 5:

Here is an interview with Tamarah about what she thinks of our Focus comic summer camp at Desert Dragon Pottery art studio:

Here is an interview with one of our students with autism regarding his thoughts on the Focus comic summer camp and whether he thinks autism is a strength or weakness:

Here is an interview with our student Jett, about his favorite super heroes and what they represent. The interview shows how comics influence the world view, hopes and dreams and values of kids at a young age:

Here are some films of our students having fun and learning how to use the slab roller machine:

Here are a few photos from the class. We are proud to help the kids meet new friends and also create some great childhood memories with their family members.

If you are interested in joining one of our free art classes for autistic kids and young adults, please subscribe to our blog for updates, and check our website regularly for new class dates. We will be having classes every weekend, unless we are having a community outreach event the same week.

Teachers: Douglas Hebert, Yvonne Wan of Focus comic. Assisting: Mishy Katz and Lauren.

Firing: Desert Dragon Pottery

Clay provided by Marjons and Laguna Clay.

Photography and Filming: Yvonne Wan of Focus comic ( Film Ethnographer LLC )

Thank you Desert Dragon Pottery for providing the space for Focus comic to teach.

Athena Finger Grand Daughter of the Co Creator of Batman Supports Focus comic

Focus creator Yvonne Wan, Douglas Hebert Focus main artist and Athena Finger, Grand daughter of the co creator of Batman

Thank you Athena Finger, grand daughter of the co creator of Batman for supporting Focus comic and autism awareness. We had the privilege of meeting her at San Diego Comic Con this year, and she was delighted to spend time to talk to us about the Focus project. Check out what she has to say about autism awareness and acceptance. Athena is an educator and has friends with kids on the spectrum. She loves the idea of an autistic super hero and loves the art work :

Ellen Dubin of Star Wars Supports Focus comic at San Diego Comic con

Douglas Hebert, Yvonne Wan and Ellen Dubin at San Diego Comic Con

Thank you Ellen Dubin for supporting Focus comic and autism awareness at San Diego Comic Con. Check out her interview here by clicking play. Ellen talks about why she believes autism awareness is important and her thoughts on Focus the autistic super hero. Did you know Ellen Dubin played a character called Jeri Slate in The collector who besides being a print journalist, she was also a widow and the single parent of an autistic son, Gabriel (Aidan Drummond)? Ellen explains the role gave her an understanding of the world that autistic kids and families experience. She would love to see Focus as a TV series as it will help people identify with those affected by autism and create more empathy, understanding and kindness. “To create something like this is very heart warming, so continue what you are doing. Thank you”

Please order Focus through this website or buy it through one of our retail partners in support of Autism awareness and acceptance.

Feel free to follow Ellen Dubin at: https://www.facebook.com/EllenDubinActor/

Focus comic at San Diego Comic Con

Yvonne Wan, the sole creator of Focus and Douglas Hebert the main artist for Focus comic had a successful community outreach event at San Diego Comic Con this year.

They were granted professional passes, and had the opportunity to promote Focus comic and autism awareness at the Cartoon Art Museum booth. Yvonne Wan and Douglas Hebert also participated in a sketchathon to raise funds for the Cartoon Art Museum.

Check out these two films of Yvonne and Doug drawing live at San Diego Comic con:

Here are two pictures of their completed sketches:

Yvonne and Doug had a wonderful time having meetings with key industry professionals with regards to Focus Comic, and promoting autism awareness and acceptance at San Diego Comic con. Autistic talent is currently under represented within the comic book industry and Focus is making a difference in terms of promoting positive autistic representation, a culture of inclusion for those with autism and making such content / ideas accessible to the public.

Yvonne and Doug also interviewed celebrities in relation to Focus comic and the importance of autism awareness and acceptance. Celebrities have a huge online reach and are powerful influencers. We appreciate all the celebrities who are using their voice for social good. Celebrities that support Focus comic and autism awareness and acceptance include Ming Chen, of Comic Book Men; Ellen Dubin of Star Wars and The Collector; Joe Ochman of The transformers and Athena Finger the Granddaughter of the creator of Batman. We have many more celebrities that support the cause. Feel free to view our celebrity page to view their interviews.

Yvonne Wan, Douglas Hebert with Ming Chen of Comic Book Men
Yvonne Wan, Douglas Hebert with Ellen Dubin
Joe Ochman of Transformers
Yvonne Wan, Douglas Hebert and Athena Finger

In addition to meeting celebrities, Yvonne and Doug took time to chat with the Star Trek team, experience the Star Trek experience at San Diego. Yvonne and Doug was transported into different universes whilst reading Focus comic in the following films. Did you know our Focus comic good will ambassador played Kurn in Star Trek?

They also had fun participating in the Game of Thrones experience to. They had fun reading Focus comic on the throne.

Yvonne Wan Cosplaying as Disney Princess Pocahontas. Douglas Hebert playing the King at San Diego Comic Con.

Doug had the best time ever attending the Transformers panels and seeing all the amazing transformer toys on exhibit, and getting to draw at the show.

Yvonne also had the best time ever meeting amazing people including Mark Hamill; cosplaying with her favorite Disney princesses, and getting to draw live at the show.

If you have not yet visited San Diego Comic con, we highly recommend it.

If you have not yet purchased a copy of Focus Comic please do so through this website or through one of our retail partners.

Focus Comic Community Outreach at Comickaze Store in San Diego

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Focus comic had a successful community outreach at the Comickaze Comic books and more Store in San Diego, where they had a booth for two days within the Art District Area.

Thank you Comikaze for carrying our title, and for supporting our social cause initiative.

It was a pleasure introducing people to Focus the autistic super hero, including kids and young adults on the spectrum.

We had a community coloring competition where kids were invited to color in Focus the autistic super hero for a chance to win cool prizes. Here are some of the best submissions:

Here is a video showing some of the participants of the coloring competition, and the prize giving ceremony. Prizes were provided by Focus comic and Comickaze Store. Thanks to everyone who entered the community coloring competition. We are supporters of the arts.

Here is an interview with Robert Scott, the owner of Comickaze about his thoughts on Focus comic and the importance of autistic representation. Robert Scott employs staff with autism and supports people of all abilities:

Yvonne and Doug engaged with the public regarding autism awareness and acceptance and the social initiative. Here are two interviews that Yvonne filed at Comickaze. Feel free to check out what John has to say about autism awareness and representation:

Lastly, here is an interview with Loopy, who is a Tony Todd fan and was delighted to hear that he is using his celebrity voice for social good (Tony Todd is the voice of Focus, appears within the comic as the character Thato and is also the project’s goodwill ambassador).

Please visit Comicaze if you live in the San Diego area. Alternatively, you may order a copy through this website or through one of our retailer partners across the USA.

Focus comic had a successful community outreach at the Comickaze Comic books and more Store in San Diego, where they had a booth for two days within the Art District Area.

Thank you Comikaze for carrying our title, and for supporting our social cause initiative.

It was a pleasure introducing people to Focus the autistic super hero, including kids and young adults on the spectrum.

Here is a video showing some of the participants of the coloring competition, and the prize giving ceremony. Prizes were provided by Focus comic and Comickaze Store. Thanks to everyone who entered the community coloring competition. We are supporters of the arts.

Here is an interview with Robert Scott, the owner of Comickaze about his thoughts on Focus comic and the importance of autistic representation. Robert Scott employs staff with autism and supports people of all abilities:

Yvonne and Doug engaged with the public regarding autism awareness and acceptance and the social initiative. Here are two interviews that Yvonne filed at Comickaze. Feel free to check out what John has to say about autism awareness and representation:

Lastly, here is an interview with Loopy, who is a Tony Todd fan and was delighted to hear that he is using his celebrity voice for social good (Tony Todd is the voice of Focus, appears within the comic as the character Thato and is also the project’s goodwill ambassador).

Please visit Comicaze if you live in the San Diego area. Alternatively, you may order a copy through this website or through one of our retailer partners across the USA.

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Focus comic celebrates the release of their French issue at Samurai Comics

Focus comic had a successful community outreach event at Samurai comics in Phoenix on July 23rd 2019 as they celebrated the release of the French issue of Focus comic. Samurai Comics is the first store in the world to carry the French issue of Focus. The issue features one of the worlds first autistic super heroes, as well as art by one of the worlds first non verbal autistic artists Zoe Marie. She is only seven years old and loves to draw.

New retail partner in Michigan

Thank you Comics and More in Madison’s Heights, Michigan for carrying our title Focus comic in support of autism awareness and acceptance.

Yvonne Wan and Douglas Hebert had a fun community outreach event at the store. If you live near the area please drop by to grab your copy of Focus comic which features art by a community of artists including interns with autism.