The World's First VR/AR Political Comic Book
Welcome to The Global Kid
My name is Maha and I'm an NYU professor, World Economic Forum risk expert and author in global politics, who wrote the seven-time award-winning bestseller Future World Order (2019 & 2020) and upcoming sequel A Global Spring (2022). But my childhood dream was to be a cartoonist! This is why I drew the crowdfunded political comic book, The Global Kid, in 2016, which stars the superhero character of 14 year old Sami. Sami lived in different countries with his family (much like I did – 7 countries by age 14) and observes political problems (much like I do in my day job). This year my political comic book won its seventh education award and was a Top 16 Amazon bestseller. And all my profits went to education nonprofits and more recently to my brother's memorial fund for Syrian refugee youth.
What's Next? The Global Kid will soon be flying into the virtual and augmented realms! Through the female superhero character Tanya and her canine sidekick Lucky (inspired by my rescue dog!), it will entertain and educate kids age 8-12+ about the world today and where we are headed in a post-pandemic era. This is in partnership with London-based, award-winning edtech startup Musemio, and with important contributions from Rome-based AR Market. And, like with all my books, a % of my profits will be going to a good cause – details soon.
What's Happening Now? The Global Kid has already won its first award – in the comic book category of the US-based 2021 Moonbeam Children's Book Award! It is also a finalist in the Global Hero category of the Germany-based 2021 Digital Female Leader Awards (sponsored by Amazon, PWC, P&G, Phillip Morris, Accenture, NTT Data)! It is still being featured online in the London Design Biennale's Design in the Age of Crisis Gallery (it was a part of the physical summer exhibit at historic Somerset House).
Till we meet again for the comic's launch on Amazon, do think about this, Reader:
What role will you play in making the world a better place now and in the future?
Yours – Maha
THE GLOBAL KID has been featured in:
The UK's School of International Futures' Next Generation Foresight Practitioner Awards (2019/2020) and London Design Biennale (online and the Somerset House exhibit; 2021); Germany's Digital Female Awards (2021 Finalist in Global Hero category); Moonbeam Children's Book Awards (2021 Winner in Comic Book category) and Forbes (2021).