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I’m proud to present, Chunkamania.
This idea was formed from the mind of the artist Jose and further expanded into a comic strip by me (of course Lewis did the lettering).
A while back Jose sent me some artwork that looked like a title card for an epic fight and the caption read, CHUNKY VS. THE O-BEAST. It’s currently on our Facebook page and I thought it was awesome and we had to do something with it.
I’ve stated before that The Short Chunks series is a day in the life of Chunky and his battle to overcome obesity. Jose and I spoke about this fictional wrestling character called, El Muchos Fistos. So much so we made a joke about Chunky taking the idea of using your fist to measure portion sizes to a whole new level (click hear to see El Muchos Fistos T-shirt).
I know this strip would be the reaction of any child who is a wrestling fan who finds out that he’s going to be meeting their hero for the first time. On top of that, in Chunky’s case, his idol will be giving him health tips to defeat obesity!
I have an image in my head for what El Muchos Fistos would look like and I’m sure Jose does too. Based on the response to this strip we’d have to consider having Chunky come face to face with his hero and the lessons that he learns during the training session. In the meanwhile, enjoy the Short Chunk and make sure you share it with your friends and family and on all your favorite social networking sites.
Now, watch as I co-opt a famous phrase from a mysterious man and make it my own…
Stay healthy my friends…
My family moved back home to Maryland from Tennessee and it’s been exhausting. Moving from state to state can be a trying time, especially with a one year old in tow. I can say though that the USPS made that transition just a little bit easier.
Plus, it’s awesome to open the mailbox at your new home and see a letter from the White House.
Since I began presenting Chunky and Friends to the public I often get the same advice, “You should contact Michelle Obama.” While it is a great suggestion from people who can understand the potential impact of Chunky and Friends, I’m humbled by the thought that the First Lady would have any time to even glance over our book series.
By now, everyone is familiar with the amazing work the First Lady does with the “Let’s Move” campaign and she’s a very busy woman so, it’s not unreasonable to believe this to be a ridiculous suggestion, right? Well, I mailed a personal letter and signed book copy to her at the White House and surprisingly after 6 weeks I received a response! See below:
It’s a very exciting time for us and we’re grateful that the First Lady Michelle Obama and her staff took time to check out the book. On behalf of the Chunky and Friends team we are very grateful for your time and the supportive letter. My Mother-in-Law said it best, “What a wonderful housewarming gift.” I agree wholeheartedly.
Have you seen a Chunky and Friends ad in your local publications?
Look for it in the WellFed Magazine in Savannah, GA. WellFed is a free magazine dedicated to making sure citizens and visitors know the healthiest places to eat. This is an awesome publication to make the best decision when heading out to eat. They cover food “from the garden to the plate” so take a look below or if you’re in Savannah pick up a copy, IT’S FREE. (issuu.com/wellfedsavannah
Finally, if you’re in Montgomery County, MD you probably receive the GAZETTE. Look for our ad in the link below.
Take it easy everyone!
Hey all! I was given the opportunity to post on the Food Day Blog about the inspiration behind Chunky and Friends. It’s rare that I get an opportunity to speak about what lead me to create this character. You can check it out here:
Food Day is an awesome organization that has an AMAZING push for people to “Eat Real!”
I think the statement “Eat Real” is powerful because so much of what’s consumed by kids is often over processed foods that are created in labs to cater to the taste buds, not health. Therefore, to me the phrase “Eat Real” denotes consuming real foods, like fresh veggies and fruits which cater to the taste buds while promoting health.
Please take the time to visit FoodDay.org to learn more about annual Food Day (Oct. 24, 2013) and how you can support this awesome organization.
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This is our first in a line of comic strips that we are calling, “Short Chunks!” It’s another glimpse into Chunky’s world and his fight to overcome his health issues with the help of friends and family. A little harsh on our fearless hero? Yes, but, not as harsh as what will happen if kids think soda companies and their products can fix their health issues. A lot of kids who are working to live healthier lives might be confused when they see a popular soda company agree to join the fight against obesity. So we asked, what happens to Chunky when he finds out this soda company is out to help him? Enjoy and please comment below! LIKE us on Facebook! Follow Us on Twitter!
For Immediate Release
New Comic Book Series, Chunky and Friends, Tackles Childhood Obesity, Self-Esteem, Peer Pressure and More!
Memphis, TN – January 28, 2013
Encompassing the perfect mix of humor and education, and a fun, relatable cast of characters, the new children’s series, Chunky and Friends, seeks to bring awareness to some of the most daunting and pressing social issues facing kids today.
The debut book in the series, “CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST”, tackles the dangers of childhood obesity and stresses the importance of eating well and engaging in physical activity.
Synopsis: Chunky is a 10-year-old boy who finds out that he is in danger of becoming obese. With his vivid imagination, he confuses what was discussed during his doctor’s visit and believes he will soon transform into an “O-BEAST.” Can Chunky make sense of it all and stop the O-Beast from taking over?
The author, Joseph Vivens, got the idea for the first book after hearing concerns from his wife, a pediatrician, over the disturbing number of overweight children and families she was encountering. “She would talk about these children who were coming in with very serious health problems like high blood pressure and diabetes – a direct result of being overweight,” says Vivens. “A light bulb went off. If we could bring attention to serious problems, like obesity, in a way that a child could understand and relate to, we could affect real change.”
Vivens enlisted the help of an old friend, José Dominguez, an illustrator whose own personal struggle with weight gave him the understanding and insight needed to bring the characters to life. “I think there’s a character in Chunky and Friends to whom everyone can relate,” says Dominguez. “Furthermore, in going with a comic book style, the stories transcend all ages, making them enjoyable for children and parents.”
“CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST” is currently available in paperback on amazon.com ($11.99) and digitally on the Kindle ($4.99). Information on the Chunky and Friends series, including its blog and links to social media pages, can be found at www.chunkyandfriends.com.
Eat sweets once a week – Chunky says… Eat sweets Once A Week. Once Chunky learned he was in danger of becoming obese he decided to change a lot of his eating habits, one of which includes how often he has sweets. It was really hard for him to do so, he and his mother set up a calendar for the day that he would have his “junk food” snack. His “sweet” day is Friday. What’s yours?