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AcademX Space Crew
AcademX Space Crew
A personalized STEM comic book where YOU are the brightest star! Join the AcademX Space Crew for customized academic adventures!
A personalized STEM comic book where YOU are the brightest star! Join the AcademX Space Crew for customized academic adventures! Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
About this project
Aug. 8th - I & T Publishing Company Inc. President Tariq Koosa talks it up about AcademX on the BumbleKast with Vice President/Creative Director/Writer/Podcast Host Ian Flynn!
AcademX Space Crew is an action-adventure comic book series; educationally geared towards tweens and children between the ages of 8-14 years old (Grades 4-8). The Star Agent can literally be for anyone young or old! Our goal is to engage all readers and get them interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) related fields of learning and inquiry. Our stories are built on a foundation of Science, Technology, and Math curriculums that students encounter daily in their classroom environments. Then we take off to the stars, using those fundamentals to tell exciting adventures starring you!
Unlike other forms of "edu-tainment", which attempt to clunkily add lessons to the media, AcademX Space Crew seamlessly integrates educational information within the adventure itself. From mission plans to exciting battles, the STEM learning is made part of the AcademX World - not a distraction from it.
*Now boarding the science vessel - AcademX
AcademX Space Crew is an ambitious new form of personalized literature! You take on the role of the AcademX's Star Agent as you race through the galaxy promoting peace, justice, and thwarting the evil schemes of Dreadlord Ghoti. We need your help to get our intricate website created for our Official Summer Launch in 2018. Due to the high degree of customization we offer, our website will involve very complicated and detailed coding to make sure each individual copy is unique and distinctive to each of our readers.
While each issue of AcademX Space Crew will be 30 pages long, a unique page must be created for every possible combination of personalized options we offer. That translates to potentially thousands of variable pages for every 1 page of actual comic book featuring your customizable Star Agent. All of these pages will then need to be archived in a database and sorted through in real-time whenever a customer logs onto our website to create their very own customized comic book adventure. In addition, before customers complete their transaction they will be able to preview the entire issue online from start to finish to make sure everything is to their exact specification.
The AcademX Team would like to ensure that all of our future customers have a smooth and seamless online experience while navigating and making their transactions on our website. Please pledge today and be one of the first to take www.AcademXSC.com for a test flight as you become one of the Star Agents in the AcademX Universe!
Once our website is funded and completed, you'll go to www.AcademXSC.com and select which issue you'd like to customize. From there you will be able to preview the whole comic book and make the following choices:
Choose whether you want a High-Resolution PDF copy or a Hardcopy Book printed on premium Mohawk paper (standard comic book size 6.63" x 10.24" / 16.84cm x 26.01cm)
Add a personalized message to make your comic book extra special
Choose your Star Agent's:
Name (Agent _______________)
Gender (Masculine, Feminine, Neutral)
Skin Tone (Light, Tanned, Dark)
Suit Color (Red, Blue, Green, Purple or Pink)
Once your online redemption code has been processed, your personalized comic book issue will either be:
Emailed directly to you for download - High-Resolution PDF copy
Printed and mailed to your doorstep in a few short weeks - Hard copy
Your Star Agent will join the AcademX Space Crew - a lively group where each member performs specific STEM related jobs on board the spaceship:
Aurora - the ship’s pilot and navigator!
Bunsen - the ship’s science and medical officer!
Cipher - the ship’s data management and analyst!
Hammer - the ship’s chief mechanic and engineer!
Quark - the ship’s captain and commander!
And YOU are the Star Agent!!!
Your are the ship’s tactical reconnaissance specialist and covert scout. You are the first one deployed on away missions to seek and gather intelligence and assess the status of any given situation in the galaxy
Join the AcademX Space Crew in their Premier Issue, as they rocket across the Milky Way Galaxy to aid the President of Earth in her fatal time of need. Evil Dreadlord Ghoti has concocted a diabolical scheme to take over the planet by commandeering the president’s body from the inside-out. Are you brave enough to foil his criminal plans and rescue the leader of the free world?
Create your very own Star Agent today and become an official member aboard the AcademX Space Crew.
The AcademX Team believes STEM education will be crucial to the livelihood of the next and upcoming generations. Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will pave the way for future achievement and well-being as more jobs are becoming increasingly automated and streamlined robotics are becoming more popular in the workforce. Introducing and engaging our tween age children to these educational fields helps to ensure their success as they pursue their academic careers from primary school onwards.
Women are currently underrepresented in all STEM occupations worldwide and women of ethnic decent disproportionately so. The AcademX Team believes we can change this for girls of the future by introducing them to STEM learning early on in their education. The AcademX Space Crew is comprised of 5 support characters, 3 of which are females that hold prominent STEM jobs on board their spaceship: Quark, Cipher, and Aurora.
When a girl joins the AcademX universe and creates a female Star Agent she shifts the gender ratio to “4 females : 2 males”. This creates a female dominant work environment aboard the AcademX wherein the majority of support characters are highly skilled, intelligent, and positive role models for girls everywhere. Our intentional goal with a female dominant cast is to promote young girls to engage in STEM learning and inquire about nontraditional STEM fields of interest.
*From left to right: Bunsen, Hammer, Quark, Cipher, Aurora
Men currently dominate all STEM occupations worldwide and young male youths are more likely to participate in STEM related fields of interest as they grow older and pursue higher education. The AcademX Team believes we can help shape the perceptions of boys of the future by demonstrating gender equality and balanced work forces starting at a young age. The AcademX Space Crew is comprised of 5 support characters, 2 of which are males that hold traditional STEM jobs on board their spaceship: Bunsen and Hammer.
When a boy joins the AcademX universe and creates a male Star Agent he shifts the gender ratio to “3 males : 3 females”. This creates a gender balanced work environment on board the AcademX wherein all characters are highly skilled, intelligent, and positive role models for everyone. Our intentional goal with a gender balanced cast is to tear down stereotypes and demonstrate to boys that their female counterparts are equally capable, knowledgeable, and proficient in STEM related fields of work.
Tween age children identify best with books and literature that they feel is personally relevant to them and have a strong emotional connection towards. The AcademX Team, upon the conception of this ground-breaking project, knew that we wanted to break the traditional mold of having one central main character with a fixed ethnicity, gender, and race that all readers had to try and identify with. Instead we decided to create a new genre of comic books wherein young readers can personalize their own protagonist based on their individual preferences. That’s why we allow our readers to determine the name, gender, and skin tone of their Star Agent; because you shouldn’t have to imagine yourself as the star in a story, we believe you should be that star- always!
The AcademX Team needs your support in donating 1000 copies (both digital and hardcopy) of AcademX Issue #1 to youth members at STEM Camps or Clubs throughout the world. Following our Official Website Launch in 2018 we would like to get our customizable comic books into the hands of young readers globally. We want to educate, inspire, and engage all of our readers as they go on their very own personalized academic adventures and dive deeper into STEM related fields of learning and inquiry. At certain points on the Stretch Goal Rewards Map, The AcademX Team will:
1) Match all donated Hi-Res PDF copies
2) Match all donated hardcopy books
Help us to double our efforts and successfully complete our humanitarian mission by the end of this Kickstarter Campaign!
REWARD THE HYPE
For every 1,000 followers added to each social media accounts The Acacemx Team will add a new Power-Up Prize that all Pledge Tiers will receive regardless of pledge amount. Make sure to connect with us on social media for the latest AcademX news, status, and updates as we embark on this epic journey together:
STRETCH GOALS - BRING US BACK HOME!
New awesome and amazing Stretch Goals & Rewards will be added for every additional $10,000 raised. Only pledges of $40 or more are eligible to receive Stretch Goal Rewards once we have successfully completed our campaign.
TARIQ KOOSSA - President of I & T Publishing Company Inc., Business Manager, and visionary for the series. With a teaching career based in children's primary & junior education and a deep love for comics, Tariq hopes to bridge his two passions together with AcademX Space Crew. Tariq has served as an educational consultant for different educational services and products.
IAN FLYNN - Vice-President of I & T Publishing Company Inc., Creative Director and Writer for the series. With over ten years of professional experience writing comic books Ian aims to make AcademX entertaining and exciting for all readers - young and old. Ian has written for popular comics like “Sonic the Hedgehog”, “Mega Man” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
ADAM BRYCE THOMAS - Artist. Adam has the immense task of bringing AcademX Space Crew to life in all of its permutations. A rising star within the comics industry, Adam's style brings a perfect balance of grounded whimsy to the series. Adam has created art for the “Sonic the Hedgehog” series.
The AcademX Team has invested a lot personally and financially into getting this project up and flying. We have researched, interviewed and secured our publishing and web partners to ensure that - once funded - we will be able to quickly and reliably continue moving forward with all aspects of final production. We are firm believers in working hard and getting things done properly the first time around. Together we have charted a long term course for the AcademX Space Crew based on our collective industry knowledge of kids, comics and education.
We have done everything possible to prepare for the future. All we need now is YOU - our Star Agents!
WARNING!!! WARNING!!! INTRUDER ALERT!!! Beware of traveling into the deep, dark voids of space, for Dreadlord Ghoti and his menacing minions reside there. He lurks, he stalks, and he is coming for YOU...
Risks and challenges
We are a small start-up publishing company, and with that comes a slew of entrepreneurial risks and challenges. However, The AcademX Team has never trembled in the face of adversity and throughout the conception of this self-funded project we have always found creative solutions to over come complex challenges as they have occured. Currently, we have setup all of our business accounts, are in the middle of production, and have partnered with a reputable digital printing company who can handle all of our domestic and international orders.
Furthermore, "AcademX Space Crew" requires an intricate website robust enough to handle all of your Space Agent customization options, extract and collate necessary files from our database into your customized comic book, and give you the ability to preview in live time your personalizations before you complete your order. We already have several custom web development firms who are willing to take on this creative project to give you a smooth and seamless user friendly online experience. The only thing holding us back from initiating this crucial element is limited finances at the moment.
The journey thus far has been a Herculean effort, but it will be worth it so that young readers of the world can point to their customized STEM comic books and say: "Hey, That's me!". The AcademX Team is devoted to being fully transparent with all of our supporters and will provide them with continuous status updates as we as we embark on this epic journey together.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter