Empowering youth to foster healthy habits is no easy task, but several research studies have uncovered an unlikely yet life-saving education medium - comic books.
Frustrated by the lack of material to educate youth about health in their language and at their level, Health Heroes' founder, Eric Paul Meredith, had the great idea to bring comic book professionals, youth and health experts together to create health-themed comic books.
Health Heroes' Superheroes in the Classroom after school program allows youth to explore a health topic of interest, create a comic to convey cool, kid-friendly health messages and publish their work for their peers and the general public to enjoy.
The purpose of this project involves working with youth to co-create and self-publish a health-themed comic book about exercise, healthy eating and teamwork. To produce the next edition of Health Heroes, we are leveraging the talents of a creative team who has experience working at Marvel Comics and Nickelodeon and several enthusiastic elementary school students. We want to compensate our creative team and produce at least 20,000 complimentary copies of Health Heroes Comics - Let's Move Edition to share with children in the Chicago area and other cities. Using comic industry professionals and self-publishing the comic is not cheap. That's where you come in! By donating to this project, you will help us produce a commercially viable comic and publish enough copies for our young co-authors to share their work with the public.
We couldn't bring this project to life without you and we want you to be the first to receive this comic. In addition to the comic, we are offering some exciting rewards to our backers. Some of the rewards are described below.
Description: This H-Team action scene poster is available at the $50 and $100 pledge level.
Dark Hearts Poster
Description: This Dark Hearts action scene poster is available at the $50 and $100 pledge level.
Description: This an example of a penciled page that we will offer to backers at the $100 pledge level.
Description: This an example of an inked page that we will offer to backers at the $100 pledge level.
Description: After you submit a photo, our artist will draw a caricature of your likeness in a H-Team or Dark Hearts costume. This reward is available at the $250 pledge level.
Named Character in Comic
Description: After you submit a photo, our artist will draw a caricature of your likeness and we will name a character in the comic book after you. Our writer will integrate 10 named characters into the story. The named character reward is available at the $500 pledge level.
Panel Drawing of Your Script Idea
1-Cut-to: A barren, burnt out apocalyptic wasteland that looks very similar to the background in the Dark Hearts group character shot. Long shot of H walking across this wasteland, following a set of smoking footprints in the ground before him, as if whoever he is following has literally burned a cancerous hole in the planet with their passing.
1 H (thought) THIS LANDSCAPE…FAMILIAR YET…UNFAMILIAR.
2 H (thought) I MUST BE DREAMING, BUT THIS IS NOT MY DREAM. BEEN FOLLOWING THESE FOOTPRINTS FOR A WHILE NOW…
Description: Our artist will draw one comic panel based on your submitted script. Please see script example above for reference. This reward is available at the $750 pledge level.
One Page Promotional Shout Out
Description: At the $1000 level, we will dedicate an entire page to promote your organization or company. You will be required to submit artwork based on specific specifications (i.e. size, file type, DPI, etc.).
To provide more complimentary copies of our comic to children and animate three pages to bring the comic to life, we have included some stretch goals.