UWE research helps create new graphic novel Indigo Babies – a Bristol story of youth, creativity and aspiration

Issue date: 15 May 2014

A new graphic novel, 'Indigo Babies', has just been published by creative youth network South Blessed who are UWE research partners. The comic book, described as a story of youth, creativity and aspiration, is a spin out from Creative Citizens, a 30-month collaborative research project.

The research involved UWE's Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC) and five other UK universities. It looked at how people involved in everyday informal creative activities add value to their communities. Creative Citizens is funded by the AHRC and the EPSRC.

The Indigo Babies story, set in Bristol, is the creation of South Blessed founder, Vince Baidoo, a 25-year old transmedia producer and budding social entrepreneur, who has built an impressive online platform for young creative talent in the South West. Vince worked with renowned Bristol street artist Wei Ong, aka Silent Hobo, to create a richly illustrated comic book about a group of tech-savvy, eco-aware and socially enterprising young people aspiring to create a better world.

Vince said, “Indigo Babies is a story of human physical, mental and spiritual evolution. The story starts in the culturally diverse and equally corrupted Bristol, United Kingdom aka The Purple City. We follow a team of self- organised 'youngers' who up till now have just been exploring their talents in the comfort of the Earthship but as tensions rise in Stoke Croft the Indigo Babies will have their first calling to answer that will set them on their life long journey.

“The book's theme is, 'The world is changing, the children have already changed!'”

Professor Jon Dovey, leading the UWE research team, said, “The aim of the research project is to support South Blessed and encourage the group to develop a business plan to help make it more sustainable. The UWE research team is studying how the project generates value and strengthens the network, as a case study of how creative citizenship can help communities become more sustainable.

“The book is available in both print and digital formats, and is being sold by South Blessed to fund future creative production and training for young people.”

The book is being released on Friday 16 May 2014 and can be obtained from www.theindigobabies.com

Watch an AHRC film of the Creative Citizens 'Indigo Babies' project on YouTube.

To find out more about South Blessed, visit their YouTube channel.

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