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 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). In 2021, 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 since 2019 to my brother's memorial fund for Syrian refugee youth.
WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW? The Global Kid is flying into the virtual and augmented realms with its long overdue sequel! Through the female superhero character Tanya (inspired by my nieces!) and her canine sidekick Lucky (inspired by my rescue dog!), it entertains and educates kids age 8-12+ about the world today and where we are headed in a post-pandemic era. This female-driven project is in partnership with London-based, award-winning edtech startup Musemio, with important contributions from Rome-based AR Market (including artist extraordinaire Mara Angelilli). (Note: this was also a family project – my niece voiced the main character of Tanya in VR, while my two other nieces shared invaluable first user feedback!)
WHERE CAN YOU BUY IT? Amazon US Amazon UK Amazon Germany Amazon France Amazon Spain Amazon Italy Amazon Japan Amazon Canada Amazon Australia Amazon Singapore Amazon Mexico (Note: I donated 50% of the first week's profits to the Covid Solidarity Response Fund for the WHO as the global pandemic is surging again.)
DO PEOPLE LIKE IT SO FAR? In short, YES! In its first week, the comic made the Top 100 Amazon Bestsellers List (#54); in its second week, the comic made the Top 25 Amazon bestsellers list (#24). Some initial reviews from young readers: "The book is about helping to save the planet and building a better future. I like the super girl!” –8 year old boy; “I like it because it’s about the world right now. I want to save the world too when I grow up.” –9 year old girl
The Global Kid also won its first award – in the comic book category of the US-based 2021 Moonbeam Children's Book Award! And it was 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 (and was in the physical 2021 exhibit at historic Somerset House).
As you read the comic, whether you are age 8-12+, simply young at heart, or just curious about the world, please 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), London Design Biennale (online and the Somerset House exhibit; 2021) and the Portsmouth News (2022); Germany's Digital Female Awards (2021 Finalist in Global Hero category); the US' Moonbeam Children's Book Awards (2021 Winner in Comic Book category), Forbes (2021).