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Joel AmillBy Joel Amill
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Joel AmillBy Joel Amill
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Help us by donating to our Kickstarter so we can put an end to bullying. 

For years I've done all I can do to help my children live a fun, healthy and loving life but what do you do or say to your child when they are being bullied and made to feel alone?  Or worse when you dont know that your child is being bullied. Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for poor school adjustment, sleep difficulties, anxiety, depression and suicide.

64% of children who were bullied did not report it; only 36% reported the bullying.

This is why I created the Diabetic Joe Book series. This series give kids the ability to interact and connect with the characters they see. Each character within the series has some "issue" they deal with that ultimately leads to some form of bullying. 

Take our lead character for example: Diabetic Joe. He is a 7 year old kid going into 2nd grade. He is fun, loving, full of personality and loves an  adventure. Joe deals with a hidden illness, type II diabetes. He has a tendancy to over do it on the sweets and snack affecting his health and his weight. He gets made fun of because he doesnt "look" like all the other kids and gets bullied daily. In the series, we see Joe get challenged and take steps to improving his health thru various scenarios and how his friends help him become the best Joe he can be. We see how he deals with bullying and what actions he takes to ensure a genuine and positive outcome. Our children will learn from these actions and use them for later in life. Some other highlights in the book is the relationship these characters have with family and friends.

Diabetic Joe: Sketch
Diabetic Joe: Sketch

The issues with which our children are facing have become more challenging in the digital age. Depression, bullying, weight problems, family problems: the horrors that come with these issues are undeniable, and in a lot of cases, they are unavoidable too, unless we do something about it.

We believe that we dont have to wait to teach our kids the factors of bullying  once they happen but rather teach them before anything happens so they are well prepared and aware of what they can do if they or someone they know are subjected to bullying.

More than half of bullying situations (57%) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied.

The Diabetic Joe series of animated books is designed to help children deal with these issues in a healthy, positive manner in order for them to grow up to become well-adjusted adults.  Sadly, there is an epidemic of suicides brought on by these issues, and it is up to all of us to pitch in and work to roll back this tide. 

Diabetic Joe: Animated
Diabetic Joe: Animated

In each book, Diabetic Joe and his friends set an example for readers with their actions and decisions in response to the personal battles they are fighting. The characters Diabetic Joe, Healthy Bob and Skinny Julie are in grammar school. They live in the same world and face the same health and social issues your children are dealing with. Life is filled with a laundry list of issues for example: Being over or under weight, wearing glasses, not being popular, feeling lonely, not eating healthy, not exercising, and being bullied. And diseases like type 2 diabetes is becoming too common with our children.

We believe in the power of art. 

In order to get the message across, we lean heavily on the artistic to ensure that each child can connect and find comfort in what they are looking at. We take each page as its own project, sketching out the idea, the characters and the backdrop to reflect the message that is being said.  

Each book will be around 30 pages covering a multitude of social issues, like the one below where skinny Julie deals with family trouble at home. 

Diabetic Joe: Book 2 "Standing Together" (Sketch)
Diabetic Joe: Book 2 "Standing Together" (Sketch)

 

Diabetic Joe: Book 2 "Standing Together" (Animation)
Diabetic Joe: Book 2 "Standing Together" (Animation)

 Your finances, your clothes, your home – these are things that can be taken away from you in an instant – but your education, that is something that is yours for life.

Come along with Diabetic Joe as he faces adventures related to bullying, weight problems, depression, and a range of other issues. Right now, we are turning to Kickstarter for help raising $25,000.

 These funds will cover the costs for sketching, animating, writing, publishing, marketing, website, social media management, distributing and much more. 

This is a series from which kids everywhere can benefit. We look to contintually expand our characters and animation so we can connect with kids on greater and greater levels. We appreciate your support at this crucial stage, and we thank you graciously for your time and your donation.

God bless,

 - Diabetic Joe Family 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

There are always risks with every project. Sometimes, things just happen. For instance, shipping can be delayed due to a snowstorm, or rainstorm, possibly even the wheels may come off on delivery or the computer with all the files could explode... yep, a variety of reasons.

Though we cannot predict all the things that could happen, we know that the most important thing is to keep communication open with our backers.

Our goal is to make this project run as smoothly as possible. If there is a bump, which happens from time to time, we will let you know about it. We won't keep you in the dark. Thank you for your support.

- Joel

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