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Born in Silicon Valley, California, "Kid Inventors" is a Comic Book series produced by KidInventor Production in Silicon Valley. The project here is the Book 1 - “Kid Inventors: Wonderworld Fantasies”.
Drawn, designed, and written by Ed Shen, a technologist, artist, educator, and the founder of KidInventor Production, the Kid Inventors is a Fantasy-to-Reality story, which will bring you to an amazing adventure with a group of kids who have great passion to invent! Inspired by the new and future technologies, Kid Inventors is an unique comics with educational concepts, which uses a mix of cartoon panels and descriptions, such as hints, ideas, and explanations to help readers understand the technical background of each story. It also gives you ideas and passion to explore your imaginations to Create, Invent, and Start-up! Passion for your dreams!
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Since I was a kid, I’ve liked to make hands-on models, do scientific experiments, and create artworks and “inventions”. After completing my engineering degree, I have been working for Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in Silicon Valley, California as a technologist, engineer, and new product development leader. Also I’m an artist and art/science teacher for kids as my part-time career. In my graduate study in Stanford University, I created a few comics in my class presentation materials to demonstrate the research concepts. Then I made some comic strips, and tried them in children’s science camps and my art/cartoon classes, and I received pretty good feedback from the professors, classmates, and my students.
My daily life—from the thrill of starting a new idea, to the long and harsh days dedicated to development, and finally to the moments of celebrating a new-product launch—all of them have inspired me to create this story. Therefore, I decided to combine my tech and education experiences, and my art skills to make comics and animated film series to give today’s kids a production that’s not only for fun but also for learning something useful for their studies, careers, and future development. Because I have a busy full-time job at a leading position of a fast-growing Silicon Valley company, plus my part time jobs, I have to devote most of my evenings, weekends, and holidays to make this creation. After several years of dedication, now it's the time to start a new journey: making Kid Inventors! Publishing this book is just the beginning!
The mission of Kid Inventor comics and their affiliated productions is to encourage curiosity, learning desire, creativity, teamwork, leadership, and community contribution for today’s young people to create more geniuses like Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk in the future!
Early-age education is very important for students to attract them to the technical field. Most famous scientists and inventors started their learning and creating practices at early ages. Kid Inventors stories provide fun and interesting ways to attract children to explore their imagination and interests in technical fields.
Eddy, a school boy, is full of curiosities and imaginations, has a lot of dramatic “Great Ideas”, and always like to do some hands-on “cool” creations. But some people think his ideas are just fantasies! Dotty is Eddy’s younger sister. She is always the companion of Eddy, but she sometimes likes to challenge his bro, and creates something not technical, but interesting and “meaningful”! Eddy’s classmates and friends Jenny, Coddy, Webby, and Intty each has different skills, talents, and creative ideas, and they joined with Eddy one after another with their strong desire to learn and great ambitious to invent!
They are trying to start some interesting projects, but they have no money, no facilities, and most importantly, no enough knowledge and skills. But they never give up. They keep trying, learning from the mistakes, and finding more resources... From small to big, they made many creations…but the conflicts between their wild innovative “Great Ideas”, and their limited knowledge creates a lot of challenges and a lot of funny stories! Along the way, you'll find they created many intelligent robot characters, such as Shogogo, Smaro, Mr. Unbeatable, Cuoobal, Suparo, and Meearo, with different functions, skills and personalities…
With their persistent efforts, their talents have been recognized by their school teacher Kaity and engineer Robby, and then they got some supports from school and industry… They finally formed an invention team in their school’s Technology and Robotics Club… They want to make super advanced inventive projects… They want to participate the International Student Invention Competitions to challenge high school and college students!... They want to file patents to their inventions…even start up their new ventures!...
Suddenly, disasters happened! Evil robots, virus, and neutral disasters, …to save the planet, they have to fight! With their inventions and capabilities, they are taking actions!…
The Book: Features and Uniqueness
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Drawn, designed, and written by Ed Shen, Kid Inventors contains a lot of short stories to form many episodes. It uses a mix of comics and descriptions—including theme, emotion, and technical descriptions such as hints, ideas, notes, and mentor’s explanations—to help readers better understand the background of each story. The book is funny, exciting, scary, sad, happy, mysterious, lighthearted, and family friendly…and hopefully evocative of emotions and experiences you’ve encountered in your daily life or your younger days. It’s good for all ages.
Kid Inventors is not only a comic, but also an educational story that includes some new and future technology, science, and design knowledge, as well as thinking-learning-doing concepts and processes. From vision, concept, technical feasibility, methodologies, team-up to achieving the goals, it’s the journey of a starter or a start-up company. It’s a dream that many kids have and many adults had.
The stories emphasize creativity, teamwork, contribution to society, hands-on experience, and learning from mistakes through a thinking-learning-doing process to reach the goal. Kid Inventors tells us to never give up our dreams. If you keep on it, your dream will come true! It’s a good book for you to read. It’s a good gift for your kids!
Goal and Plan
This book is the first publication, which is a limited black and white edition. The Book Volume 1 has about 170 pages. Volume 2 and 3 are on the way to complete the final editing in 3 months. As planned, in the summer of 2018, Ed and his Kid Inventors production team will start to make this story an animation film series for children’s TV and Internet shows. Your participation and support will help Kid Inventors to be successful to the next level!
The Kid Inventors is not only a comic, but also a concept of learning-by-doing, hands-on, imagination to reality, and start at young for kids and society. Stay tuned with us. Ed and his team will have more productions in near future! So your support will be the MOST IMPORTANT thing in the Kid Inventors history, and this limited black and white edition will be a treasure to keep... Join us! Join with Kid Inventors! Thanks for your support!
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To all kids and teens who have a dream
To all people who had a dream when they were kids
To all parents who want to make a dream for their kids
To all people who can make a dream come true for the kids and teens on this planet
SPECIAL THANKS: Special thanks to Editor Lisa and Victoria, and our team members: Daisy, Forest, Andrew, Grant Liu, Michael Lachina, and Joys Liu!
FUND RAISED: Fund raised will cover shipping, printing, reward materials, champion costs, and 3rd party fees. The first goal of this campaign is to give our backers high-quality products.
Risks and challenges
There is no risk for this project itself. The 1st book has already been done and formatted. Our team will deliver it to you on time rain or shine! If possible, we will try our best to deliver some Early-Bird items BEFORE the commitment date by December 15, 2017!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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