If you were one of the lucky thousands(!) to attend TEDxRíodelaPlata in Buenos Aires this year, you were treated to a program that would make Batman jealous. “For TEDxRíodelaPlata 2015, we decided to include an original comic in the printed program of the event,” says organizer Gerry Garbulsky. “The characters in the comic are the speakers of the event, complete with their personalities and ideas. We printed 10,000 copies of the program for everyone at the event and had an electric version available for everyone watching online.”
The comic, Las Aventuras de Anna y la Estatua Voladora or The Adventures of Anna and the Flying Statue, depicts the the story of Anna, a girl who awakes one morning with a powerful idea that none of her friends or family seem to understand. Anna debates what to do with her idea and, during her brainstorm, runs into a statue of Aristarchus, which magically comes to life and takes her on a wild (flying) tour of Buenos Aires. On their trip, Anna meets many TEDxRíodelaPlata speakers, ready to help her make sense of her idea.
The comic, written by TEDxRíodelaPlata’s Hernan Casciari and illustrated by Argentine graphic novelist Max Aguirre (of the Alina y Aroldo series), shared Anna’s story in vivid color and thrilling dialogue and worked to set up the theme for the day. But the fun didn’t stop there. The TEDxRíodelaPlata design team, led by Hernán Berdichevsky, worked to create 3D illustrations of speakers for the program pages, and every attendee was given 3D glasses in order to watch the speakers pop from the page. worked with Aguirre and their design team to create 3D illustrations of speakers for the program pages, and every attendee was given 3D glasses in order to watch the speakers pop from the page.