With the bullying epidemic on the rise, a group of ordinary teens band together to stand up and make a difference!
A MOB IS BORN
After reading the story of 15 year old Felicia Garcia, Khamicom Entertainment was motivated to create a new team of heroes. Not invincible characters with superhuman ability from another world, but a group of multiracial fictional teens that are just like everyday teens, teens that face bullying and function in a society where they see their peers bullied regularly, teens that experience the pain of bullying with no one to stand up for them, teens with feelings like Felicia.
Read the story of Felicia Garcia HERE.
The group cleverly labels themselves as the MOB, a label packed with a double meaning in that there is more strength for victims of bullying when they have support but also because this group of heroes uses MIND OVER BULLIES to stand up for themselves and other bullying victims.
ABOUT THE SERIES
The series takes place in a typical city in America. Like most high schools the teens attend a school where there are social groups within the school; the jocks, the preps, the pretty girls, the mean girls, the pretty boys, the rich crew, the average everyday kids, the thugs and then there are the outcasts.
The kids that are just outside of average everyday kids are usually the outcasts, some truly are nerds, and others just don’t fit a mainstream group because they just don’t and so they get picked on. Some have test answers extorted, others have money taken, and some are taunted by gossip and rumors while some suffer physical violence.
Cyber bullying, exploitation and sheer mean are the norm for anyone not part of one of the main groups (which leaves a lot of kids in all age groups open to bullying of some sort).
The first issue in the series shows how the group forms after one of them (Margo) gets bullied. Margo is utterly humiliated by one of her former friends from the in crowd. She is photographed as she undresses to take a shower in the locker room. The photos are spread all over school along with vicious rumors about her. She feels so helpless and worn out from all of the constant taunts the she attempts suicide.
In a moment of reflection...Margo makes a major discovery.....she sees her tormentor and notices a moment of vulnerability as her onetime friend is now the subject of verbal taunts.
Margo's eyes are opened to the fact that like her current persecutor.... most bullies are just as vulnerable as the people they taunt......their weaknesses just need to be exploited and magnified on a large stage to humble them and teach them a lesson.
WKBT Wisconsin news anchor Jennifer Livingston
You may remember the story of television news anchor Jennifer Livingston. She was the subject of unkind remarks from a viewer via letter and responded with dignity and strength.
See the 2012 news story HERE:
Her encounter with bullying inspired a character that will begin to appear later in the MOB comic series.
(Victoria Valentine) -35 News Anchor
Victoria is a popular national news anchor that begins to follow the MOB as their exploits gain attention off campus in their local area.
Her interest in the group stems from her own experiences with bullying as a child. Her curiosity about the group turns to fascination. Her coverage of the MOB brings attention from other bullying victims around the country. Interested bullying victims from around the world begin to write and call the news station hourly asking Victoria to put them in touch with the MOB team.
When the authorities take a negative view of the MOB Victoria always comes to their defense in the media.
THE TEAM'S M.O.
No one knows who the teens really are because they wear black and white masquerade ball type masks, black jeans and black hoodies when they do their work.
They sometimes confront bullies face to face to put a scare into them but they are not about fighting. They feel like the clothing makes them appear tough and mysterious......although they are far from intimidating as individuals, when they are clothed in their dark street clothing which only reveals their masks in the shadow of their hoodies, they often strike a moment of terror and panic though they are sure to stray away from any melees.
They take on problems at their school and then their rep soon grows to other schools, neighborhoods, states, countries etc. Eventually as they get more and more news coverage the police grow curious about who this group of “vigilantes” is.
When they are masked and in their black attire, bullies hate them, girls love them, nerds idolize them and they have sort of a rock star persona. Little does anyone know that these are just average kids and some would be considered outcast among the student society at school.
They use brains, their knowledge, skills, wit and sarcasm to shut bullies down without physical confrontations and with the least threat of physical harm to any member of the team.
Most bullies pick on others to hide some weakness or flaw of their own. The series makes that the focus of the storylines so that victims know that they are not the ones with the problem. (Our hope is to encourage young people to use their minds to overcome bullying with well thought out solutions and find other friends that will support them).
OUR PROJECT STRETCH GOALS
THE APP: Our app will host the comic book series and will also feature the original MOB cartoon series for FREE.
* We will also make the comic book and animated series available to the public for FREE through the MOB website.
WEB SERIES: We are excited about the prospect of creating an animated web series featuring the characters and storyline from the MOB comic series.
We hope that with the public's support we can bring the series to the web and to our app.
We will also be pitching our web series to The Cartoon Network should we reach our stretch goal.
THE FUTURE: We are already looking for ways to expand beyond the comic book, animated cartoon, app and website. Depending on how the public responds to the project we hope to expand the MOB as far as we can take it.
COOL "MOB" PERKS
Among the cool perks available to backers are the MOB logo t-shirt in blue, black and grey.
And the black rubber team band with embossed MOB logo
Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE: The MOB campaign poster (24X36)
WHERE THE FUNDS WILL GO
The comic book will be introduced during our initial fundraising campaign through FREE digital release (Itunes, Android App Store etc.). Our goal is to raise $50,000 to produce comics each month for 12 months (and should we reach our stretch goals of $75,000 and $100,00 we will begin to produce our online cartoon series for the web and our app).
*As mentioned, we will be pitching the animated web series to The Cartoon Network should we reach our stretch goal (which will allow us to create the pilot episode to present).
Funding will be used to cover the costs for:
- Story Writing
- Press Releases
- Social Media Marketing
- Server Maintenance
- App production
- Website production
- Online store
Should we reach our stretch goals (we will begin producing 3 minute episodes for our online animated series):
- Video Production
- Script Writing
- Voice actors
"It's all a state of MIND.......MIND OVER BULLIES that is!"
Follow us online
http://imobb.blogspot.com (The official internet Mind Over Bullies blog - iMOBb)
STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE UPDATES !
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We are pretty far along at this point. Unless one of our artists gets sick or worse we don't foresee any major problems.
We have made some amazing contacts with people eager to work with this project so if anything happens with any of our artists we have plenty of people to call on to help us keep the project going.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Don't have much to spend, but want to support the comic? At $1 you'll become an honorary MOB member and will have our eternal gratitude. PLUS: You will be listed on our official Facebook page and iMOBb blog as an honorary MOB member. See the pages here: http://tinyurl.com/kjghmfj http://imobb.blogspot.com/ We thank you!Estimated delivery:
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Show your support for the MOB and their fight against bullying with this cool logo bracelet. The bracelet is a black silicone constructed band with the embossed MOB logo. The adult size band normally fits most everyone however if there are some very small children then we do have a youth size. The youth size is 7" and the adult band is 8".Estimated delivery:Add $3 USD to ship outside the US
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Join the MOB and support their fight against bullying with the MOB logo T-shirt. *Please provide your size (XXXL -S) and color (Blue, Black or Grey).Estimated delivery:Add $3 USD to ship outside the US
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Get the exclusive Kickstarter project poster of the 6 MOB characters as seen on the project page as well as (1) T-shirt and (1) Logo Bracelet. *Please provide your preferred T-shirt size (XXXL -S) and color (Blue, Black or Grey).Estimated delivery:Add $3 USD to ship outside the US
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