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Camera Obscura!

Turn your room into a pinhole camera with our latest Howtoon, Camera Obscura!

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Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival!

Howtoon’s is very excited to be a part of the 6th annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival at the Chabot Space and Science Center this weekend. We will be there January 25-26 from 10-2pm making Zoetropes! Stop on by!

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Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2014 from Baicff Videos on Vimeo.

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Howtoons (Re)Ignition!

We are excited to announce our new book Howtoons (Re)Ignition published through Image Comics due out Summer 2014. For this book we have assembled an all star creative team; writer Fred Van Lente, artist Tom Fowler, colorist Jordie Bellaire, letterer Rus Wooton.

Writer, Fred Van Lente, describes (Re)Ignition “Tuck and Celine’s parents anticipate a coming ecological apocalypse and put their family to sleep deep underground with the hopes of riding it out. At some unspecified point in the future they wake up when their bunker runs out of power — and their parents have mysteriously disappeared. So these two kids have to embark on a quest through the brave and dangerous new world they find to be reunited with their mom and dad — and they have to use the gadgeteering and project-making skills to survive and battle the many strange things and people they encounter.”

The intentions of this book are to build awareness and understanding about the problems of producing and using energy. The book will include a dozen or so workable examples of relevant technologies and energy related projects that the reader can build themselves using everyday common materials. This is an opportunity to be the defining book of optimism and hope and the action for children wanting to ‘create the future’ for themselves.  More to come!

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artwork by Tom Fowler, colors by Jordie Bellaire.

 

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Make A Ripcord Rotor Chopper!

Check out our latest Howtoon, a Ripcord Rotor Chopper!

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Kaleidoscope

Check out our latest Howtoon, Kaleidoscope. A kaleidoscope is an instrument that enables the viewer to see beautiful shapes and colors through the reflection of mirrors. The term kaleidoscope was first coined by Sir David Brewster in 1817 and is derived from Ancient Greece: Kalos means beauty, Edios means form, and scope means to look.

A Kaleidoscope is a cylinder with typically 3 mirrors placed inside at a 600 angle to form a triangle. When colored objects (glass or beads) are placed into the cylinder they multiply with the reflection of the mirrors creating beautiful symmetrical patterns.

Enjoy these beautiful forms!

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