The Chinese issue of Focus comic is now in production. Focus is more than a comic, it is part of a social initiative that maintains dignity for those on the spectrum, by removing the stigma associated with autism. We promote greater representation, inclusion and accessibility.
Thank you to all the Focus comic project contributors. If you have not yet purchased one of our English/French issues of Focus, please buy one at focuscomic.com or through one of or retail partners. We will also be attending FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention and Los Angeles Comic Con where you will be able to check out our book, and learn about the amazing social work we are doing locally and on a global scale. Please also check out our silent auction at focuscomic.com
Yvonne Wan, the creator of Focus comic and social cultural anthropologist had the pleasure of interviewing some of the kids at the Focus comic summer camp about some of their favorite super heroes and comics.
Check out the following fun interviews.
In this film, Jett makes a new friend and talks about comics and the issue of being liked. This film illustrates how self aware kids are at a young age, and how comics educate kids about human relations, and inspire hope. Filmed at the Focus Comic free summer camp for autistic kids.
We are 6 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 also created some family hand print plaques and gave the kids a tour of the Kilns. Last week, the kids learned how to use the slab roller and sculpt their projects into shape. This week, the kids learned how to paint and glaze their projects to their desires. Here are a few examples of the masks made in class. We will fire the projects next week, which will give the masks a shiny appearance.
Here is the highlights film to the super heroes mask project for week 6:
Here is footage of Jett learning to use our new slab roller for the mask project:
Here is what Amber and Blaze have to say about their experience of the class:
We also had a head start on the family clay hand print ceremony this week which will give autistic kids a precious keep sake to remind them of their childhood, and give them a strong sense of self, identity and family.
Here are two films showing Blaze learning how to use the new slab roller:
Here is footage of Jett’s family hand print ceremony:
Here is footage of Blaze’s hand print ceremony:
Here is footage of a tour of the kilns at our Focus comic summer camp at Desert dragon pottery:
Here are a few pictures from this weeks class. Please visit our Facebook page to see more images.
If you are interested in attending our Focus comic free summer camp for autistic kids and young adults, please register for a place in class by following the registration process on the post advertising the next class.
If you have not yet read Focus comic, or would like to support Focus comic, please purchase a book online or through one of our retail partners. In addition, please participate in our silent auction to help us raise funds for our social cause 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.
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.
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Teachers: Douglas Hebert, Yvonne Wan of Focus comic. Assisting: Mishy Katz and Lauren.
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 :
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.
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.
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.
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.