Superheroes of science set to come to life in new comic book from The Remarkablz

A new comic book is turning real-life science heroes into superheroes, bringing diverse pioneers of science and engineering to a new generation of young readers in an exciting and engaging format. The Remarkablz is the brainchild of London-based illustrator and game designer Katy Alexander, bringing the stories of scientists and engineers – particularly women, individuals from minority ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities – to life for children aged 6-12.

The Remarkablz is a small family-run business set up to help combat the lack of diversity in games and books. Building on the success of its Top Quarkz card game, The Remarkablz is partnering with educational comic specialists Dekko Comics and artist Fernando Corrales Linares to raise £7,500 through a new Kickstarter campaign to produce and print the full book.

Radioactive Fallout: Katsuko’s Story

Radioactive Fallout: Katsuko’s Story reimagines the life and accomplishments of Japanese biochemist Dr Katsuko Saruhashi, known for revealing the spread and impact of radioactive fallout from atomic tests in the Pacific, helping bring an end to above-ground nuclear testing. The comic book traces the amazing adventures of young Katsuko as she gains her superpowers, battles supervillains and discovers her passion for science.

Created for children aged 6-12, and produced with dyslexia-friendly fonts, the new comic is designed to  inspire, educate and excite young readers, with 24 pages of exciting artwork and storytelling backed up with engaging educational activities and a full biography of Katsuko.

Creator of The Remarkablz, Katy Alexander, said: “I am in awe of Dr Katsuko Saruhashi’s scientific discoveries, incredible life and positive impact on our world. Radioactive Fallout reimagines Katsuko’s life as a young girl, how she gains her superpowers and comes to join The Remarkablz as one of our science superheroes. I’m excited about blending her real-life story with imagined superhero adventures.  The comic book creates an engaging educational tool for parents and teachers wanting to share the huge achievements of diverse scientists, engineers and inventors who have shaped the world in which we live. Our Kickstarter campaign will help us to produce and print an amazing 24-page comic book full of fun and fast-paced adventure for young readers, interweaving Katsuko’s real-story with superhero fantasy.”

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Meet the Heroes

Katy Alexander – Founder of The Remarkablz

Katy is the founder of The Remarkablz. She has spent the last several years drawing and launching The Remarkablz, an educational game and books company. It all started with her daughter’s confusion over whether girls could travel to space since the only astronauts she would see were male. Katy recognised that even for children as young as three, if they can’t see themselves in a role, they are less likely to engage.

As a neurodiverse individual, Katy grew up with no dyslexic role models, and the impact this had on the choices she made and how she saw her place in the world was strong. She set out to find role models that her daughter, nieces and nephews could relate to and to incorporate these role models into the games they played as a family.

In her games and books, Katy wants to explore the importance of diversity in science through the power of storytelling and play.

Positive and diverse role models shape attitudes, ignite aspirations and transform lives!

Check out The Remarkablz Website

Dekko Comics

Educational comics that turn KS2 school curriculum (approx. age 8-12 yrs) content into engaging comic strips, smashing motivational barriers to reading and learning. This especially includes Dyslexia and Autism.

As a bonus they also use colour-coding and footnotes, as well as a dyslexia-friendly font. This way, our comics make learning more accessible and encourage reluctant readers to get into reading, increasing their engagement and learning retention.

See our Local Heroes article for Dekko Comics

Fernando Corrales Linares – Artist

Fernando Corrales Linares is a Peruvian Animator and Comic Artist who has worked with Dekko Comics and was also a Storyboard Artist and Animator for the Sia music video ‘Hey Boy’ by APUS animation.

Check our Fernando’s Portfolio

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