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Howtoons: Tools of Mass Construction

HowtoonsCvrFNLwebCeline and Tucker, the brother-and-sister heroes of HOWTOONS, are kids who see the potential for play everywhere. When their mother challenges to make something other than trouble, their adventure begins in an adventure-DIY graphic novel from Image Comics!

In 360 pages of discovery, HOWTOONS: TOOLS OF MASS CONSTRUCTION will bring kids into Celine and Tucker’s world, using everyday objects to construct toys that teach real-life science and engineering principles. Co-created by MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” recipient Saul Griffith, Joost Bonsen, Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST), and Ingrid Dragotta, HOWTOONS will be published in July.

Together, Celine and Tucker use items lurking in the corners of their garage, the dusty shelves of hardware stores, and even their own trashcan to create their own adventures. Through “The Legend of the Monkey Fist Clan,” the siblings learn to build a tree swing, find out the ultimate first-person shooter isn’t a video game in “The Infamous Marshmallow Shooter,” set up their own workshop, make ice cream without a freezer, play music with a turkey baster, and launch rockets. Along the way are instructions for projects seamlessly integrated into the storytelling that engage kids’ creativity and natural interest in how the world around them works. From bubbles to bots, hippo farts to hovercrafts — HOWTOONS is the book for the next generation of explorers and makers.

“We need every generation to be enabled to create their world,” the creators write in the introduction to HOWTOONS: TOOLS OF MASS CONSTRUCTION. “It starts with creativity and inventing one’s own toys and games. It involves knowledge of tools, materials, and process. It will be beautiful as we marry the art with the science, and the design with the engineering. Come play with us.”

Just the thing to cure the late-summer doldrums and get creativity flowing, HOWTOONS: TOOLS OF MASS CONSTRUCTION will be in comic book stores on July 23 and bookstores on August 5. It’s available for pre-order now.

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White House Maker Faire

Join Howtoons in celebrating the “National Day of Making” at the first-ever White House Maker Faire, hosted by President Obama! President Obama says, “the event celebrates every maker — from students learning STEM skills to entrepreneurs launching new businesses to innovators powering the renaissance in American manufacturing. I am calling on people across the country to join us in sparking creativity and encouraging invention in their communities.” Saul Griffith, co-creator/author of Howtoons is there, presenting our new book, Howtoons: Tools Of Mass Construction. Celebrating 10 years of Howtooning!!!


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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!


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!


artwork by Tom Fowler, colors by Jordie Bellaire.


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