Professor Blue Super Duper Nerd Village

People of Planet Earth! Test our hypothesis: Humor + Science = more Super Nerds. To the Wanna-be’s & Do-a-be’s - HELP us create our next book and TV pilot.
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Maria Laskar
Writing
Montreal, Quebec
Canada
2 Team Members

What it is, People

kids examining a lady bug near a lake

cartoon drawing of Tookie the sled dog

cartoon drawing of professor blue floating in a tank

 

Everybody Wants to Rule(r) the World 

(or die trying)

Our goal is to create the 2nd illustrated Professor Blue book, part of a series, for kids aged 5-11, and use that to springboard into a TV pilot. 

We believe you can never have too much of a good thing.  A new children’s TV program, pre-teen, involving actors that’s filled with smart humor, a good plot and is educational is exactly what the nerds have been waiting for!  I mean, how many shows about policemen and lawyers do kids really need?? ;)

We add on board another collaborator, Mihai Dinelscu, to help us with a professional crew to film and edit the pilot.  

What is this Mihai person?  And, more importantly, what does he want with us?

  • Mihai served as Producer for the indie movie hit “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench.”  
  • Guy and Madeline was recognized as one of the "30 best films of 2010" by The New York Times and one of the "Top Ten Movies of 2010" by The Village Voice, Film Comment, and Time Out New York.
  • Mihai is also a founding member of the CEMI Electronic Media Institute, an educational organization devoted to technological creativity.

 

Who is Professor Blue?

Professor Blue started as a microbe of an idea by Maria Laskar, an independent artist and theatre Director from the National Theatre School in Montreal. 

microbes

 Looking for new subject matter, Maria listened to the real scientists sounding alarm bells about the environment, and the state of science awareness (or lack thereof), and decided to create a character, Professor Blue, to explain basic science facts to children and the general public. 

Not just mired in the theatre, Maria also graduated from McGill University as an early childhood educator.  She knows how to speak to children using humor, education, and the arts, and so decided to incorporate all of these elements with Professor Blue to appeal to kids about science and the environment.

Maria secured funding and support from the likes of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the CALQ (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec), large corporations and smaller companies to write and film video podcasts.  The podcasts were shown in various film festivals and streamed online.  She was even invited to perform live at the Cambridge Science festival including the Boston Museum of Science.  Maria later researched and wrote capsules for the David Suzuki Report, a radio show hosted by David Suzuki, Canada’s most famous scientist.

Behind the Blue wig

ooh, Professor Blue

Sheila Anderson

  • the actor who plays Professor Blue in the video podcasts
  • writer for the Bloog (Professor Blue’s blog) at http://professorblue.com,
  • writer for @profblue on Twitter & http://facebook.com/professorblue ->the Facebook page,<-
  • writer for those other places where words need wording for fluffing, primping, file documentation heretofore explaining merging and condescending.  

She also produces and writes pretend commercials and ad campaigns throughout the known hemisphere.

What’s so great about pretend commercials?

Professor Blue eats a sandwich and explains about Pretend

 

While studying writing at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, graduate English at Harvard, and the MFA Writer's series at Bennington College, Sheila also worked in catering and restaurants before hitting the big tent, the big blue wig tent, collecting and perfecting many receipes for kids and other fussy eaters.  She offers the Self-Help Comedy Cookbook as one of the perks, having tested the recipes on she-herself-and-her, along with a few parents of insistently-trying-to-help-but-pooping-out-before-finishing Land Urchins (aka kids).

And then 

Next, Maria teamed up with the majestic and awesome Jennie Shipman Bonwich.

Did you know that Jennie drew official cartoons for the St Louis Cardinals?  The baseball team, and not the ornithological rock band, that is.

This is the cover to the first book, already published in English (Professor Blue Top Secret Lab Journal) and in French (Professeure Bleue Top Secret Journal de Bord).

cover to the first Professor Blue book

Now available for sale at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and throughout local Quebec bookstores, as well as from the trunk of Maria Laskar's car.

Accordion to Whom?

We’ve also scored the rights to use a song performed by Lynda Barry, artist/cartoonist and accordion player extraordinaire.  We shall be using this music in our pilot TV program to help us convey something very important about ... something sciencey.

What We Need:

The generous money you fork over will buy us some time to create and illustrate an awesome new book, as well as video and edit an energetic, creative pilot for TV.  

Some of the funds will be used to pay for the crew, rental of equipment (green screen, etc) pizza, sets, costumes and sound engineering for the best super duper video ever. We want to connect with kids’ inner nerds.

What do you get?

A headache!  Simply put, you get another reason to drive yourself crazy.  You know how your daughter or son or nephew or neighbor kid or favorite Girl Scout likes to harp on an on about Dora the Explora or Tonka Toys or whatever?  We want to add Professor Blue to that kid's repertoire.  

No, seriously (kind of), you get our best products  - book, tv episode in maybe 4-8 months - or sooner.  

The T-shirts, drinking glasses, and other stuff will be shipped out much sooner than the DVD and Book 2.  We’ll email you to let you in on our progress.  We’ll have a secret page on our Professor Blue website that only you can join so that we can keep in touch about very important stuff.  Secret handshakes too.

Please pass word of our fundraiser to all your People, and make noise about us in your circle of relations.  

PLEASE use the Indiegogo share tools.

And…curtain up, lights dimmed, Let's roll.

No, really, Thank you!

 

 

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  • $5USD
    Professor Blue Cookbook

    Food and humor go foot and mouth with Professor Blue and her Self-Help Comedy Cookbook. Even professors have to eat. This is a pdf document of some recipes that people through the ages have enjoyed from the good professor. Though the measurements of ingredients are less than ... scientific, the jokes will distract you.

    3 out of 413 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $8USD
    Original video download

    The original Professor Blue videos are available as an electronic download. They include the Teaser, Pods1, 2, and 3.

    1 out of 278 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $10USD
    Ebook file

    Ebook of either of the Professor Blue books: the new one or the current one (The Professor Blue Top Secret Lab Journal). Just let us know which format you prefer -- (choose 1): pdf, Kindle, Nook, etc.

    0 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $12USD
    1st Professor Blue DVD

    The original Professor Blue videos available on DVD. They include the Teaser, Pods1, 2, and 3. Shipped in North America. Elsewhere please contact us.

    3 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $25USD
    Actual Book book

    Hardcopy (but soft cover) of either Professor Blue book - the new one or the current one ("Professor Blue Top Secret Lab Journal") and signed by the author. 8.5" x 11" full colour. Includes shipping in North America. Other locations please contact us.

    2 out of 300 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $40USD
    T-shirt + 1st ebook

    T-shirt having an illustration from the 1st book: Professor Blue Top Secret Lab Journal. Plus the ebook of the same book. Send us your preferred ebook format + T-shirt size. We'll use a professional screenprint company and a nice 100% cotton T shirt that you'll actually want to wear. Shipping to North America is included.

    0 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $50USD
    Personalized video

    A 15 second video of Professor Blue giving you a personalized greeting (i.e. Happy Birthday, Nerd! or 'Henry, you must wear pants to school'). It will include some graphics and other fun items. Sent to you electronically.

    0 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $52USD
    One-of-a-kind Juice glass

    From recycled glass, sand blasted for safe drinking, etched with Professor Blue logo, by artist Mr. Raine Newman.

    0 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $100USD
    new video DVD + new Ebook

    DVD of the new TV pilot plus an electronic version of the new (2nd) illustrated book.

    0 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $150USD
    new DVD + new Ebook + card

    DVD of the new TV pilot, an electronic version of the new illustrated book, plus a hand-drawn card illustrated by Jennie Shipman Bonwich.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
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