Focus Comic is an action adventure horror comic suitable for all ages. It features an autistic hero with super powers, autistic creative talent and an internship program for autistic kids and young adults. The social cause project is founded and created by Yvonne Wan (A Social Cultural Anthropologist & Autism Documentary film maker). Yvonne’s mission is to entertain comic readers internationally and also remove the stigma associated with autism, help kids feel like every day heroes, reduce bullying and save lives. She believes that this social program will unite the community by promoting greater representation of autistic talent in the media and comic book industry; a culture of inclusion and provide hope to those affected by autism. This program demonstrates that people with autism can contribute in society in meaningful ways with the help of a supportive community. This project is already transforming and saving lives through the social work it has done so far. We have donated 118 comic books to autistic kids and hope to donate more soon.
We have a national and international communications plan to inspire hope, promote human diversity and community. This includes having a daily internship program for autistic kids and young adults; community outreach events across the USA; free art workshops at community outreach events and celebrity representation.
The comic book comprises a main story and a community page.
We have a large creative team who have previously done work with DC Comics, Marvel, Universal Studios and more.
Artist Douglas Hebert (Award winning artist, and Elementary school art teacher with experience in teaching 1,500 kids) and Artist Yvonne Wan (Award winning artist) are leading the creative team and internship program for autistic kids and young adults.
Main artist: Douglas Hebert, who is Focus Comic’s daily internship coach; an award winning artist and certified elementary school art teacher with experience teaching autistic kids. He is also a well respected board member at the Arizona Artist Guild.
Contributing artists include:
- Yvonne Wan who is an award winning artist and have worked for Cartoon Network; Saatchi and Saatchi and Ogilvy and Mather.
- Tabidi Elkhalil, Autistic intern and now professional artist.
- Francisco Javier Rodriguez who is known for his work on Ecos and Horror.
- Jenn Corella who is known for her work on IDWs Woman Thology; Markosia Publishing and Living Dead Press
- Legendary Paul Mounts who is famous for working on Spider Man , Fantastic Four and Ultimates.
- Luis Guerrero, who is a colorist for DC comics (EG: The Flash); Titan Comics and Vertigo
- Jim Boswell, who is known for working on Starship Troopers for Markosia; KiCK! Football magazine and Project Luna: 1947 for Markosia.
- Ashler Bate, who is known for working on indie comics and satire.
- Sarah Christina who is known for working on Tomb Raider.
- Kevin De Castro who is known for working on GI Joe, Scarlett Strike Force and Moon Streak.
- Steve Canon who is known for working on Sissonne; Last Judgement and super heroes.
- Ilaria Mercoledi Castagna who is known for working on fantasy, action and humor.
Film Presenter with autism: Gaby Tyrrell.
Daily internship coaches: Douglas Hebert and Yvonne Wan.
Interns with autism:We have autistic representation on our team. Malekith George (12 years old) and Tabidi Elkhalil (21) have their work featured on the community page. Tabidi received a promotion and is now a contributing artist to the main story within the comic.
Thank you Office Depot for sponsoring our daily internship program and for fulfilling our interns dreams by giving them their own cover. We appreciate them for giving back to the community.
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. We also hope to transform the lives of our interns by enabling them to fulfill their creative potential.
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)
Celebrities who support Focus Comic & Autism Awareness include Tony Todd; Kevin Sorbo; Cynthia Cranz; Sonny Strait; Sean Schemmel; David J. Fielding; Johnny Yong Bosch; Katheryn Leigh Scott; John Wesley Shipp; Sam J. Jones; Melody Anderson; Jesse Kove, Brian Dodds, Ming Chen, Lisa Marie Varon, Randy Rogel, Gail Kim, Jed Rees and Kevin McNally.
We had a Focus Comic Panel at Tucson Comicon 2017 and more recently, Greater Austin Comicon 2018.
Please watch our Focus Comic Panel with Tony Todd (2018) here
The comic is published in English. It will be available in 9 languages in due course. Our aim is to raise autism awareness and acceptance on a global scale. Commercial Anthropologist Yvonne Wan will work closely with fluent interpreters to translate the comic into different languages.
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 ? Click here to learn more about Focus.
We have a long term communications plan in place so that the social cause campaign can make a large impact on society.
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 investing more resources into our Autistic internship program (more interns, more training and better equipment); improving the production values of the comic, maximizing our reach such as attending more community out reach events and producing future issues of Focus.
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.
Focus is part of the ‘United Humanities Project’, which is a social cause initiative by Film Ethnographer LLC.
Please support our campaign by ordering the comic and/or donating funds to support our social cause campaign.
Sole Creator and Founder: Yvonne Wan
Writer: Yvonne Wan
Communications Planning: Yvonne Wan.
Main Artist: Douglas Hebert, Professional Artist.
Contributing artist for issue one:
Yvonne Wan, Douglas Hebert, Tabidi Elkhalil (Our 21 year old autistic intern), Malekith George (Our 12 year old autistic intern), Paul Mounts, Francisco Rodriguez,
Kevin De Castro, Jenn Corella, Luis Guerrero, Ashler Bate, Jim Boswell, Steve Canon, Sarah Christina. Ilaria Mercoledi Castagna
Graphic Design and lettering: Yvonne Wan.
Film Production & Animation work: Yvonne Wan.
Advertising & marketing: Yvonne Wan.
Internship Coach: Certified art teacher Douglas Hebert and Certified Social Cultural Anthropologist Yvonne Wan
Interns: Malekith George and Tabidi Elkhalil.
All Rights belong to Yvonne Wan, Film Ethnographer LLC.