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Little kids write and big kids draw. 826LA and GRworks have created a book, where 826LA students write and Animation artists draw.

The Book

"Pen to Paper: My Imaginary Friend" is a collection of 25 short stories by students at 826LA and illustrated by professional artists. The book features more than 70 original pieces of artwork from artists within the animation, illustration, and comic industry from companies such as Pixar, Disney, Nickelodeon and DC Comics.

About Us and Our Project

Since my first encounter with 826 Valencia, during my time in San Francisco, I have been so fond of their work and boundless energy to encourage creative writing to kids of all ages. It was an experience that stayed with me for many years and I was always wishful to give back. When I founded GRworks, the opportunity to do so appeared to me almost instantly and I knew I had to create this book.

After working in animation management for over 15 years, I had cultivated relationships with many brilliant artists and passionately wanted to showcase their talent outside of animation. Every day they show up for work and are tasked with using their imaginations to tell stories, create characters and worlds. They are the kids that have held closely to the idea of never growing up. I admire their ability to still get lost in worlds they create in their minds and find ways to show them to the world through visual art.

Similarly, I find children to be overflowing with stories, ideas and characters that are fantastically unfiltered, honest and a reflection of their lives. 826LA gives these kids the tools and the outlet to share their imaginations with others through creative writing. This book is my way of recognizing the work put in by each student for writing and sharing their stories with us. Along with honoring and supporting the tireless efforts of 826LA. The volunteers that sit with each student and help find their voices in storytelling are truly, my real world heroes.

"Pen to Paper" is the beautiful result of little kids writing the stories and big kids drawing the pictures. The mission is to inspire kids of all ages to stay close and connect to the voice of their inner child.

GRworks is deeply honored to be able to partner with 826LA on our dream project and hopes to continue our mission to inspire and foster youth arts.

Please enjoy the work of our young authors and brilliant illustrators in our book, "Pen to Paper: My Imaginary Friend"!

Much thanks for your support,

Gennie Rim
GRworks, Founder

Our creators of the book include the following:

Our Authors

826LA Students - Echo Park Location                                                         

Adam M. (7)
Alejandro R. (7)
Ashley C. (8)
Daisy L. (8)
Desiree L. (8)
Eulises V. (6)
Heydy V. (8)
Ivan P. (10)
Ivan S. (8)
Jair A. (11)
Jaqueline V. (8)
Kevin S. (11)
Natalie S. (11)
Nicholas M. (11)
Ramses Z. (8)
Ryuichiro N. (7)
Valeria G. (9)
Valerie F. (9)
Yamilet A. (9)
Yocely L. (10)

826LA Students - Mar Vista Location                                                  

Alexis G. (9)
Angie A. (6)
Bella R. (8)
Citlali R. (9)
Emily H. (11)
Kimberly V. (15)
Uriel L. (9)
Wendy D. (12)

Our Illustrators:

Blažo (http://cargocollective.com/xblazo/)
Bobby Pontillas (Blue Sky Studios/Disney)
Bruce Smith (Disney)
Carrie Liao (Nickelodeon)
Chris Sasaki (Pixar)
Cory Loftis (Disney)
Daniel Arriaga (Pixar/Disney)
Everett Downing (Blue Sky Studios/Pixar)
Jeff Turley (Disney)
Joe Mingoo Lee (Blue Sky Studios)
Joe Pitt (Disney)
Josie Trinidad (Disney)
Katia Grifols (Art Center College of Design)
Lissa Treiman (Disney)
Matt Nolte (Pixar)
Nicholas Orsi (Disney)
Pam Tu (Art Center College of Design)
Patrick Osborne (Sony/Disney)
Robert Kondo (Pixar)
Scott Watanabe (Disney)
Shiyoon Kim (Disney)
Tony Akins (DC Comics Entertainment)
Willie Real (Blue Sky Studios/Google)

Our Goal

Our goal is to cover 80% of production costs of printing and shipping our 160-page full-color hardcover book. We selected the 120-year-old Worzalla Press in Stephen’s Point, WI to print our book with the highest quality. Worzalla Press is an award-winning press that created Where the Wild Things Are, The Polar Express, Curious George, and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

What happens if we go over our goal?

We would be so SUPER HAPPY and would be able to create more editions of "Pen to Paper" with a new group of little-kid authors and big-kid illustrators, and continue to spread our mission of reminding everyone to be close to their inner kid.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Our entire book is ready for print. Potential areas of risks and challenges will be in the printing process as we are looking for a rush turnaround. Most importantly, our biggest challenge is to cover the cost of our first "Pen to Paper". The hope is that we will be able to create more editions to share with the world.

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