Just Landed! Reviews of Story Planet’s Latest Favourites

We are excited to share some (very) early reviews of recent stories that just arrived at Story Planet, created by an awesome grade 5/6 class!

Adventures in Funky Soccer is an adventurous story, full of funny characters that you will never forget!”

-The Ottawa Times

“The awesomest scary book you will ever read! The Tales of the Crazy Dog – winner of the prestigious Yellow Ice Cream Award – is a must-read for all animal lovers!”

-The Toronto Times

The Life of A Ninja According to Iris Ruby is this year’s most marvelous fantasy book… A breathtaking story, full of phenomenal characters that will make you laugh and cry!”

-The Athens Times

Stop by Story Planet to hear about more exciting stories, delivered fresh every week.

Monsters, Manga and Musings

Monsters, and monster stories, are taking over Story Planet!  Our after school kids are creating amazing characters out of Fimo and fantastic stories out of their imagination. Here’s a sneak look at a couple of their great creations. Once the stories are completed, towards the end of October, we’ll share those with you too!

Next up, in November, Mondays will become Manga Mondays as we start up a new, after-school workshop that will last for 4 weeks. Eric Kim has been doing amazing work with us already, and this will be the second Manga workshop we’ll run with him. We’ve been hearing from kids, who already have an interest in drawing and Manga, that they want to dig a little deeper. Eric will help hone their skills! The workshop will start on November 5th and run for 4 Mondays for kids in grades 5 to 8. Email info(at)storyplanet(dot)ca for more info.

At Intergalactic Travel Authority we’re musing over possible new products for the holiday season! As Intergalacticus approaches, we have some exciting items that will get your imagination humming. As an early teaser, guess what this might be…

THANK YOU!

Before…

THANK YOU!

Our amazing Write On! campaign is over and we raised over $11,000! Thank you to all of our fabulous (and generous) supporters! While we didn’t reach our ambitious goal, the money raised will go a long way towards getting our after-school program up and running. In fact, it started yesterday – with 15 neighbourhood kids coming to Story Planet after school to work on homework and creative writing. They’ll be back today, and every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30-5:30pm, for the rest of the school year.

Stay tuned for more ways to donate to Story Planet – our ability to help kids and teens become creative and effective communicators starts with you!

After!

 

The Love Letter

A love letter came by Story Planet last week.

Lindsay Zier-Vogel’s The Love Lettering Project began eight years ago. Zier-Vogel has been placing love letters in different places throughout the city and letting strangers discover the surprise. Combining poetry and art, these letters display love in unexpected ways and show up in unexpected places.

We felt extremely lucky and ecstatic to have found this love letter. It’s a wonderful reminder of how a simple letter can brighten anyone’s day.  Check out  The Love Lettering Project for more stories!

Lindsey Tashlin

Our volunteer, Lindsey, helps the Intergalactic Travel Authority run like a well-oiled spaceship.

Lindsey has been helping out at the Intergalactic Travel Authority since our launch back in July. She has hands-on experience with the special brewing process of our Black Hole coffee and is an excellent Story Planet ambassador to Earthlings who want to learn more about what we do. She loves that the ITA is full of “positive energy, smart and creative people,” and every time she volunteers, she has fun!

When she’s not at the ITA, she enjoys hanging out with her two children and going camping in their 1966 fifteen-foot trailer. One day, she hopes to go camping on the Moon!

Thank you Lindsey for all your hard work! Your contributions make our mission possible!

 

1. Favourite planet to live (other than Earth):

Pluto. It’s the furthest away and most intriguing, even though it’s not technically a planet… it was when I was growing up!

2. Favourite book:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

3. Favourite artist/s:

Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Norval Morrisseau.

4. Favourite thing to do on Earth:

Read!

5. Best Earth food:

A really good homemade cheeseburger, not the ones from restaurant chains.

 

Thanks so much to Midoco for sponsoring Story Planet’s Featured Explorer.

Check out Midoco Art & Office Supplies for your one-stop-shop for creative expression.  Established in 1977, they now have two destination outlets in the Annex and the Beaches

Write On! Week 1 Update

With your help, we’ve raised $5,815!

We’re so grateful for all your support (there were many high-five montages and jumping scenes going on at Story Planet today).  An astronomical thank you goes out to our generous donors.  Your donations will help fund our new after-school program.

Let’s keep the momentum going towards our $20,000 goal by September 15th!

 

Book Flights with Your Intergalactic Passport!

Joey, citizen of Earth came by the Intergalactic Travel Authority this week to do some travelling.

Airline: Story Planet Air

Destination: Neptune

Flight number: Z1039 NEP

Gate: XG3079

Departure time: 07:16 August 3, 2012

Arrival time: 15:09 January 2, 2013

Joey has declared all his nine-armed beings and has passed through customs without incident. He is now able to land legally on Neptune. Safe travels!

 

Toronto Mars Party Sunday, August 5th!

On August 6th, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover will land on Mars at 1:30AM Eastern Time.

To remember this astronomical occasion, Toronto will be holding a Mars Party on Sunday night (August 5th) to celebrate.

This event will be held at Hotel Ocho from 8pm-2am and there will be a Kids’ Program from 6pm-8pm. All Martian-friendly families are invited to the event.

Click here to learn more about the Mars Party and to get tickets!

Welcome to our new site!

Welcome to the launch of our brand spanking new website! With this new portal we will be better able to let you know the exciting things going on at Story Planet and how you can be involved. Take a tour around this corner of our universe and let us know what you think.

We’d like to send out a blackhole size thank you to Context Creative without whom this site would never have been possible. And a special shout out to Mary at Context, who was an absolute dream to work with!

Eric Kim

As a boy, Eric Kim never imagined he would one day work as an illustrator.  But he has used his “humble beginnings” to connect with the Bloordale community through art.

Eric Kim drawing

Eric Kim is a supernova at Story Planet.

He has leant his considerable talents (he’s awesome at computer animation and has a Bachelor of Arts Illustration degree from Sheridan College) to Story Planet as a volunteer and artist at our workshops – everything from drawing characters at Alpha workshops to leading a seven week Manga for Girls workshop.

Eric loves that Story Planet does what he enjoys doing – making stories and giving young students a chance to create. He believes that “being comfortable with being creative is at the heart of Story Planet”. Eric will continue to work with us in any capacity because he thinks storymaking bridges gaps – inspiring kids to become engaged and involved in their community.

Eric is currently working with Manga Dojo to offer workshops to students ages 13-17. This workshop series encourages Canadian talent and spreads the message that anyone can draw comics and publish at any age. He is also working on a book titled Billy Smoke which should hit shelves in 2013.

1. Favourite planet to live (other than Earth):
“Mars, because it’s most like Earth. And there’s a romance to Mars.”

2. Fav book:
It’s a tie between Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson, and Neuromancer, by William Gibson. The rest of the books by those two authors come in a close second.

3. Fav artist/s:
Rumiko Takahashi. Also, Inio Asano is a real treat to read.

4. Fav thing to do on Earth:
Draw and write stories!

5. Best Earth food:
Barbecued ribs!