Inspired by the 2012 story of Felicia Garcia, a fifteen year-old girl who died at her own hand in front of classmates at a Staten Island train station due to her experience with bullying at Tottenville High School, Khamicom owner Damon Smith hopes to present a different message about handling bullying. Creating the movement Mind Over Bullies (MOB), the new comic book and web series will help readers engage in tools whereby they will consider the many ways to handle a bullying situation without using violence or reaching a point of despair that will lead them to consider ending their own life. “I want kids to use their wit, intelligence and skills to handle their difficulties,” added Smith. “It’s literally, mind over bullies - it’s just a new state of mind.”
Focused on creativity that benefits children, teens and young adults, the entertainment company’s first venture was the highly successful “Sock n Boots” adventure series. “Basically we started with one story and then graduated to apps and comic books,” said Smith. “We plan to do the same here and can only hope that this newest venture will be as successful as our last.”
Creating a brand that lends itself to anti-bullying, the Indiegogo campaign will support the series launch about six multi-racial teen characters. Very intentionally, the characters are without invincible superhuman ability and are everyday teens who decide to stand up to bullies in their high school. Studies show that the cure for bullying is the strength of numbers - hence, the six brave teens banding
together to make a change as the MOB. Additionally, the series will highlight the fact that bullying victims need to see their aggressors as having a terrible flaw they are in need of covering in themselves.
Keeping attention on cyber bullying and the exploitation of kids who are on the fray of the “in crowd,” Smith hopes to incorporate a free app that will feature the MOB animated cartoon web series.