Celine and Tucker are best known for two things. The first is as brother and sister. The second is that they're the heroes of Howtoons, kids who see potential for play everywhere. And they've got a challenge from their mother to make something other than trouble, kicking things off in Howtoons: Tools of Mass Destruction from Image Comics. Co-created by MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” recipient Saul Griffith, Joost Bonsen, Nick Dragotta and Ingrid Dragotta, Howtoons: Tools of Mass Destruction will be published in July.
“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.”
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.
The series will also be getting a moment in the spotlight at the first-ever White House Maker Faire on June 18, hosted by President Obama, where co-creator Griffith will be a guest. Griffith will be presenting Howtoons at the event, which “will feature Makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who are using cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life.” In addition, artist Dragotta will be at the American Library Association Conference in Las Vegas on June 27, 28, and 29, in the Image Comics booth and will do a Howtoons workshop on the Graphic Novel/Gaming stage on Saturday, June 28 at 4 PM.
Howtoons: Tools of Mass Destruction will be in comic book stores on July 23 and bookstores on August 5 and it’s available for pre-order now. Full press release below.