International award-winning mangaka and 2009 TED Fellowship member, Sara E. Mayhew is a Canadian writer and illustrator striving to produce manga that promotes skepticism and critical thinking. Canada's prestigious graphic arts magazine, Applied Arts, featured her in their Young Blood article on "new talent commanding our attention". Sara was awarded the Northern Arts grant in 2007 by the Ontario Arts Council. She has spoken on the TED Fellows stage at the prestigious TED (Technology Entertainment Design) conference, in 2009, in Long Beach, CA, and more recently at TEDActive 2010 in Palm Springs, CA. Currently, Sara is launching her newest series, Legend of the Ztarr, which aims to introduce manga readers to skeptical and humanist values through storytelling, available in the Apple iBookstore. Her blog, There Are Four Lights, combines art and science themes, with occasional pepperings of general geekdom and cuteness.
manga, storytelling, character design. I love creating worlds and the characters that live within them. I want to tell stories that promote skepticism and portray critical thinkers as role models.
Manga and anime are forms of sequential art and animation with broad appeal that captures the attention of audiences that might otherwise elude the traditional western forms--including a wide range of female readers, from preteens to young women. My storytelling uses the emotional appeal of manga to connect readers to the wonder and value of scientific and critical thinking. The characters of these stories are role models who demonstrate the importance of secular humanism--empathy, compassion, equality, free inquiry, respect towards all people and valuing humans based on their own merits, free from dogma or superstition--and also demonstrate the dangers in giving ideology, intuition and preconceptions free reign over our lives. We can begin to make the world a better place when we learn to apply critical inquiry to our endeavours: http://tedfellows.posterous.com/follow-our-bliss-skepticism-as-a-better-idea
storytelling, character design, manga, astronomy, Legend of the Ztarr, skepticism,
Public speaking, figure skating, ju jitsu, goju karate,
TED 2009 Fellowship member!
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