Welcome to the world's first comic book about global politics! I'm a professor (NYU) & blogger (Medium.com & The Huffington Post) of global risk who also consults on this topic (Wikistrat etc). But my childhood dream was in fact to be a cartoonist. From 2013-2016, I revisited this passion for cartooning after a 20+ year break, creating the superhero character of 14 year old Sami who lives 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 Spring 2016, I finally launched my educational comic book about politics, The Global Kid, which went on to win three awards – the 2016 Wonder Woman Award in NY, the 2017 WEF Excellence Award in Iceland and the 2017 INSPAD Peace Award in Pakistan. It was also featured at the Nov 2018 Paris Peace Forum as a finalist in Stockholm's Educators Challenge (winners will be announced in early March 2019, fingers crossed! Here is my video explaining the project for the judges) and is a 2019 Finalist at the British Muslim Awards (Services to Education Category; results in late Jan 2019). And The Global Kid inspired several of my blogs which you can read here.
The Global Kid project was entirely crowdfunded by my Indiegogo investors and all sales from my comic book went to education non-profits that help youth reach their potential (US-based Global Glimpse and Pakistan-based Developments In Literacy). Friends and family supported me through out this project, but I must acknowledge my biggest investor in the comic book (and my biggest supporter in life generally) – my sweet big brother, Abid Aziz (1974-2017), who passed away from cancer in December 2017 after a valiant 18-month fight (feel free to check out charity Peace & Sport's donation fund launched in memory of Abid, a lifelong sports addict, with all donations going to their “Live Together” sports program for Syrian refugee youth in Jordan's Za'atari camp.)
THE GLOBAL KID 2.0
I am currently exploring opportunities with creative partners and investors to develop two possible spinoffs of The Global Kid. A portion of future sales from these books will go to charity.
1) A political graphic novel for adults, inspired by the political themes of my 2016 comic book, The Global Kid
2) A new version of the political comic book, The Global Kid, for tweens, with a new female superhero character
Below are photos from the fun 2016 Launch Party at Parlor Club in NYC followed by a snapshot from the award ceremony for The Global Kid :)
My best to you, Readers,