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 Free Summer Camp : New Class

The next new Focus comic summer camp project will start Aug 17 2019 in Phoenix.

The next class is a family project for families with autistic kids and young adults. Each family member will have the opportunity to make a clay handprint plaque bearing their name and the date of the hand print ceremony for free.

This family project is designed to provide autistic kids with a strong sense of self and identity through this handprint ceremony, in addition to creating a fun memory of their childhood with their family members. The material artifact would become a precious keepsake that they will treasure when they are older.

It will be a two part class. The first class is would involve the use of a slab roller and making the hand print within the clay. We will then allow the clay to dry for a week and then fire it in the kiln. It needs to be fired otherwise the clay will crumble. The second class (Aug 24) would be to collect the item to take home after it has been fired. Alternatively, the students have the option of glazing their plaque on August 24th. Students choosing to glaze their project will be required to attend the summer camp on the 31st August to pick up their project (Glazing the plaque would mean you would need to attend the art studio three times instead of twice).

Registration is now open for this new class.

The duration of the class will be approximately an hour depending on the family size.

Douglas Hebert, Professional Sculptor; Head artist and art internship coach for Focus comic will be teaching with Yvonne Wan, creator of Focus comic. Yvonne is also an award winning artist to. Mishy Katz will be assisting with the teaching also.

All art materials will be supplied free of charge to the students, and the firing of the projects and glazing will be free to. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be included.

Class starts at 1pm on both dates.

Completed projects will be photographed professionally in a photo booth so the kids can be proud of their art. Free photography provided courtesy of Yvonne Wan, the sole creator of Focus comic.

Autistic kids attending for the first time will receive a special gift bag upon completion of their first project.

Registration in advance is required so we can plan the correct resources per student. We anticipate this will be a popular class, so please register early to secure your place in class. Your place in class is only secured when Yvonne confirms it in writing. To sign up for the Focus summer camp, free for kids and young adults with autism, please email yvonnewan@filmethnographer.com with the subject title: Focus Comic Summer Camp.

Information needed in the email regarding the next class Aug 17:

  1. Name of the student with autism.
  2. Age of the student with autism.
  3. Any food allergies that we need to know about.
  4. Parent’s/Guardians contact info and telephone number.
  5. Family members attending (Name, age and food allergies).

A parents/legal guardian will need to be present during the class.

The location of the Focus summer camp is:

Desert Dragon Pottery Art School. 25037 N 17th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85085

More dates for Focus art camp will be announced in due course.

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.

Silent auction

Check out the following pieces of art available for silent auction. All items are original art pieces.

All proceeds will be used towards the Focus project. Please visit our ‘About’ page to learn more about the Focus project. The silent auction ends September 7 at noon. Payment will need to be made on the September 7 at noon (Mountain Day light Time).

If you are interested in placing a bid, please email us with the subject heading: “Silent Auction Bid”. Please state the item you are interested in; your maximum bid value, your name, number and email address. Sales tax, Postage, packaging and handling fees will apply in addition to the winning bid value (for the winning bidder).

If you are the winning bidder, you may collect the item at Fan X Comic convention in Salt Lake City at the Focus Booth, to save on shipping costs.

Please revisit this web page often to view new additional art work.

Email: yvonnewan@filmethnographer.com

“War Machine” Original Art on a Blank Variant Comic Cover. Includes Comic.
“War on cybertron” Original Art on a Blank Variant Cover. Includes Comic.
“Transformers” Original Art on a Blank Variant Comic Cover. Includes Comic
“Ronan the Accuser” Original Art on a Blank Variant Comic Cover. Includes Comic.
“Hawkeye” Original Art on a Blank Variant Comic Cover. Includes Comic.
“Thanos My Little Pony” Original Art on a Blank Variant Comic Cover. Includes Comic.
“The Mad Titan” Original Art on a Blank Variant Comic Cover. Includes Comic.
“Wolverine pencils” Original Art on a Blank Variant Comic Cover. Includes Comic.
“Kreezy Ronan” Original Art on a Blank Variant Comic Cover. Includes Comic.
“Spiderman and the Gargoyle” Original art on a blank variant cover. Includes comic.
“DAILY BUGLE” Original Art on a Blank Variant Comic Cover. Includes Comic
“Sunny Day” Original Art on a Blank Variant Comic Cover. Includes Comic
“Fire sky” Original Art on a Blank Variant Comic Cover. Includes Comic
“Spiderman roof” Original Art on a Blank Variant Comic Cover. Includes Comic
“Venom” Original Art on a Blank Variant Comic Cover. Includes Comic
“Spiderman city scape” Original Art on a Blank Variant Comic Cover. Includes Comic
“Color Wolverine” Original Art on a Blank Variant Comic Cover. Includes Comic.
“GARBAGE PAIL KIDS Kurn” Original Art on a Blank Variant Comic Cover. Includes Comic.
“GARBAGE PAIL KIDS candy man” Original Art on a Blank Variant Comic Cover. Includes Comic.
HobGoblin original art. Large.
Spiderman original art. Large.
Focus Comic black and white inked original drawing. 8.5inches x 11 inches.

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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