A new set of comic book characters, ‘The 100% Awesomes’ has been created by the team behind the Doctor Who Magazine for the AET to promote awareness of difference and autism. The superhero characters are the stars of new teaching materials aimed at pupils in years five to seven.
The 100% Awesomes characters have been devised in consultation with the AET Youth Council, who decided how they should look and what super powers they should have. The comic strip was written by science fiction writer Simon Guerrier, who has written Doctor Who novels, short stories and comics, and illustrated by William Potter, who has created comic strips for Doctor Who Magazine. The four superheroes are The Moth, Alley Cat, No Beard and Tricksy Richard. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses and two of them have autism. One does not speak and uses an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device to help her.
The teaching pack includes a complete lesson plan, the comics, character cards and a teacher-guide DVD showing films of classes taking part in the lesson and interviews with teachers and pupils, as well as suggestions for follow up activities. During the lesson, students complete the comic strip adventure and solve the problems it presents. They must consider their own strengths and weaknesses and learn to celebrate differences in others.
The 100% Awesomes lesson whole class resource pack including DVD guide is priced at £14.99. To pre-order your copy which will available in early December, please call Tel: 020 7903 3650 or email