Written by THE ROSLYN NEWS STAFF Friday, 08 November 2013 00:00
Creative achievements keep on coming for Roslyn resident Alec Urbach.
On October 23, Hound Comics Publishing released Urbach’s latest children’s educational comic book, The Ghosts of Chone. Urbach is also CEO of Worldwise Comics, which produces an original series of global children’s comic books that tackle such pressing social issues as bullying, negative peer pressure, the importance of staying in school and the need for clean water. A percentage of profits are donated to schools and educational organizations worldwide.
Hound Comics will also be publishing a new series of Alec’s comics in trade paperback form for 2014. The award-winning illustrator for The Ghosts of Chone is Geo Gant. He is the creator of the On the Grind franchise, and has drawn comic strips for such companies as Michael Stores and Aaron Brothers.
Urbach is not new to entrepreneurship. In 2009, he founded an international award-winning education nonprofit, Alec’s Animated Schoolhouse, creating scripts for animated lessons in math, science and hygiene, with many lovable creatures, visual education designed to bridge the language divide for schools in Africa and South America.
Due to having won the National AXA Achievement Scholarship Award, the National Caring Award, and being selected as “One of the Twenty Most Powerful and Influential Young People” by Youth Service America, Urbach was chosen as one of 20 students traveling to California’s Silicon Valley on Princeton's elite Entrepreneurial Society Scholarship trip last month.
The Ghosts of Chone, set in Ecuador, spins its exciting tale around Eduardo, a boy who will do anything to join the coolest club in school. After outwitting some unfriendly ghosts, Eduardo finds the greatest power of all when he chooses to make his own decisions and not bow to peer pressure. He becomes a hero and winds up saving his school and his town. The book ends with a teacher-friendly section called: “What We’ve Learned,” which presents the lessons taught and their page numbers. This arrangement allows the books to be easily accessible as part of an ethics or social lesson in the classroom. Orders are being accepted now by Hound Comics, houndcomics.com.