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Focus is an autistic super hero, co-created by Dave Beaty (An official DC comics artist) and Yvonne Wan (A Social Cultural Anthropologist & Autism Documentary film maker). The action adventure comic challenges the stigma associated with autism. The comics purpose is to entertain; inspire hope, help autistic kids feel like every day heroes and save lives.

Celebrities such as Tony Todd, Jesse Kove and Bryan Dodds have volunteered their voices as actors for the short animation film trailer (See below).

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In an exclusive interview with Focus Comic, Tony Todd said: “Focus the comic book, is worth supporting because so many people need new heroes. Making the titular character, someone who’s struggling with social norms. And one who finds clarity while called to duty, is empowering. So many children struggling with autism find power and serenity in either drawing, or playing with crystal clear colors. Focus hopefully, will not only provide a hero worth cheering for, but a hero for the unspoken, on all platforms, for years to come. Focus” (Tony Todd: November 2 2017)

Actor Tony Todd with Co-Creator Yvonne Wan
Actor Tony Todd with Co-Creator Yvonne Wan

We are in the process of raising funds to publish our first Focus comic book. Our aim is to raise autism awareness and acceptance on a global scale. We need to raise a minimum of $4,500 to publish the digital and paper comic book in nine languages (Chinese; English, Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, French & Italian).  Commercial Anthropologist Yvonne Wan will work closely with fluent interpreters to translate the comic into different languages.  We have created a comic cover, sample pages and animation trailer films in 9 languages for you to view at http://focuscomic.com

Autism Awareness is an important issue that affects everyone in society and our community. Autism Currently affects 1 in 68 kids in the USA, and it is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in America. Autism is a global issue. People with autism are our neighbors, friends and family. Autism is currently under represented in the media. When autistic individuals are seen in the media, they are often portrayed in a negative way. We hope to address this issue by devising a long term communications plan that will allow people to learn about what autism is, and accept and celebrate human diversity. 

So what is special about Focus as a super hero? The source of Focus’s power derives from his Autistic condition. He has the power of ‘pre-cognition’ because he is able to predict the future based on probabilities. He is well read, and has a helmet which gives him access to unlimited live and historical data so he is to able to predict events before they occur. Focus does not possess any super natural powers, because we want autistic individuals feel they could be every day heroes. Focus is a strong fighter. He also has a high-tech invisibility cloak that is able to bend light, and also display light according to any configuration he wants. He is able to camouflage or draw attention to himself by controlling his costume through his computer helmet. We will learn about Focus’s identity through his actions, thoughts and beliefs as well as the way he interact with others. Other notable characters in issue one include members of his super team. We have co-created a team of 6 super heroes, of which 4 have amazing super natural powers. The short animation film involves a bank robbery scene in Phoenix, Arizona. 

This is a unique comic, with a unique approach to character development and story telling. We will apply Yvonne's anthropological understanding of social cultural phenomena surrounding autism and society into the communication planning so that we will have a comic that resonates with the audience and raises autism awareness and acceptance at the same time. In addition to this, the comic creation process will involve showing sample pages to autistic individuals and kids for feedback so we can create a truly effective comic that people will love. We have a long term communications plan in place so that the social cause campaign can make considerable impact on society. This is why we have chosen to translate the comic into 9 languages.

Yvonne's ethnographic research into the lives of autistic families is an on going process. We will also continue to film stories about autism at public outreach events such as Comicons to raise autism awareness. We are advocates for autism awareness. Any surplus funds that we raise will go back into our social cause campaigning, such as improving the production values of the comic, maximizing our reach such as attending more community out reach events and producing future issues of Focus.  

Visit our main website if you are interested in viewing our tv appearance on Fox News, CBS 5, CBS Philly and ABC news (Phoenix and Tucson) regarding our comic campaign. Yvonne is a broadcast standard film maker and so she will be able to update everyone with regards to the campaign using digital media and film.

Please support our campaign by making a pledge today.

Commercial Anthropologist Yvonne Wan & DC comic Artist Dave Beaty Signing Focus Posters at Phoenix Comicon 2017
Commercial Anthropologist Yvonne Wan & DC comic Artist Dave Beaty Signing Focus Posters at Phoenix Comicon 2017

 

Focus Cover : 1st Issue
Focus Cover : 1st Issue

 

Focus Comic
Focus Comic

 

Focus Comic
Focus Comic

 

Focus Comic
Focus Comic

 Super Team:

Focus
Focus

 

Dragon
Dragon

 

Eagle
Eagle

 

Kai
Kai

 

Flex
Flex

 

Atlas
Atlas

 

CGI City:

CGI City
CGI City

 

CGI City
CGI City

Rewards:

Trading Cards
Trading Cards

 

Bookmarks
Bookmarks

 

1st Issue, Comic Cover Tee Shirt
1st Issue, Comic Cover Tee Shirt

 

Atlas Tee shirt, Choose any size you want
Atlas Tee shirt, Choose any size you want

 

Dragon Tee shirt, Choose any size you want
Dragon Tee shirt, Choose any size you want

 

Focus Tee shirt, Choose any size you want
Focus Tee shirt, Choose any size you want

 

Eagle Tee shirt, Choose any size you want
Eagle Tee shirt, Choose any size you want

 

Flex Tee shirt, Choose any size you want
Flex Tee shirt, Choose any size you want

 

Kai Tee shirt, Choose any size you want
Kai Tee shirt, Choose any size you want

 

Focus Comic Cover Art Print
Focus Comic Cover Art Print

 

Eagle Art Print
Eagle Art Print

 

Atlas Art Print
Atlas Art Print

 

Kai Art Print
Kai Art Print

 

Focus Art Print
Focus Art Print

 

Flex Art Print
Flex Art Print

 

Dragon Art Print
Dragon Art Print

 

Risks and challenges

Yvonne Wan have significant industry experience having worked for the top advertising agencies handling multibillion dollar international campaigns for clients successfully. She has a historical track record for planning and executing campaigns effectively and on time. Dave also has significant industry experience working for the world's best comic publishers. He is well known for his work on Batman. We have the skills, we have passion to pick up the gauntlet and challenge the stigma associated with autism. We can deliver an awesome action adventure comic that the general public would love. We will make sure everything will be delivered on time, and to a high standard. We will communicate our progress every step of the way. Feel free to reach out to us any time. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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