An Art Project
By Aly, Alisa, Matthew, and Tanav
Middle School Students from JHS 189Q Tech Club
About this Project:
Simply, it started as an idea for making a small series in animation about kaijus and giant monsters , but as we tried , we found out animation was going to be very complex and time consuming to make , so we decided that comics were going to be a much faster way to make our story . Kaiju Nation .
Later on we would come up with our own website to upload our episodes , the plot would be about global warming and the giant kaiju monster’s role would to fix the destruction the humans had caused on the face of the earth, the kaijus would later find out it's too late so they turn on the humans. And now the questions remain, where will the humans go in order to survive ? will they inhabit other planets in outer space? Will they be forced to build bunkers under the surface?
More About this Project
In the about section of the website, each person in the team has a small introduction of ourselves, and in all issues are a bit of a sneak peek of what is our upcoming episodes and things we work on.
Feedback from the Judges:
Bianca Lewis 👏 CEO at Girls Who Hack / Secure Open Vote — Emoti-Con Judge
Let me start off by saying I love this art! It is so colorful and fits the story line very well. I could totally see this comic being very popular and well known in the future! The kaiju seems like a super amazing creature that I wish us humans had on our side right now! I'm glad this project shows all the horrible things that us humans are doing to our planet and that we need to solve these problems and fast.
Olivia Ing 👏 Founder, CEO & Creative Director at Playspaces — Emoti-Con Judge
Hi Aly, Alisa, Matthew, and Tanav! The artwork is amazing and really dynamic. I love the ambition of taking the story as an animation - I can totally see how this could make a great anime. I must commend your team for being able to pivot and find an easier way to express your idea. With Playspaces being an early-stage startup, my team and I are constantly having to pivot and hack the problem at hand. Only when we have solid validation (in your case, proven demand) that we would invest the full resources into it. So that decision you have made is a smart one. I also love that your team created a dedicated website to house the content - making it easy for fans to have a place to come back for new content. Given the features available on products like Wix, you could totally create subscription services to connect with your fans! Keep this going, and I can't wait to see this turned into the next big anime!
David Maldonado 👏 Media Solutions Architect at The Walt Disney Company — Emoti-Con Judge
What I enjoyed most about this project was the world-building. World-building is often used to describe the elemental constructs of the story setting. What elements are familiar and what elements are unknown. With a story as you outlined involving an extinction-level event with giant kaiju monsters, there are so many directions and so many exciting possibilities. One of the biggest reasons to world-build is to explore themes (global warming, multispecies cohabitation) and convey ideas (rising sea levels, deforestation, ocean acidification,) that may not be as easily explored without a fantastical element (kaiju monsters). The split panel image included in the project submission communicates a clear point-of-view and progression between those two panels. Great job! Keep going!
Edwin Pavliukoit 👏 Meteorologist at National Weather Service — Emoti-Con Judge
Beautifully drawn creatures, on a very well known medium with easy to understand topics that are super important to our world today? I'm in! Well thought out ideas, a great start to a saga that many people would love to read. The balance between colors, storytelling, and the message it conveys is amazing. Keep up the excellent work!
Feedback from the Community:
Eric 👏 a Middle School Student from Bronx
I like how creative.
Ms. M 👏 a Teacher from Flushing, Queens
MD 👏 a Middle School Student from From Queens