EAST ORANGE, NJ - The East Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs recently partnered with local resident Mark Hair owner of 12 Comics to bring an innovative and exciting new program to the city.

12 Comics is an educational program that allows young people ages 10-14 to author, produce and reinvent themselves as comic book characters with tremendous powers and abilities; as long as they can scientifically and logically explain the origin of their new found powers and express it in clear language. 

The highlight of this program will result in book signings for all the youth participants, now for the first time introduced as “featured authors”.

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Mark Hair is the Founder and CEO of 12Comics. Mark currently resides in East Orange NJ., and has been an avid comic book reader for over 30 years.

“I'm always asked what inspired me to start 12Comics? Well here it is. My favorite authors and reading materials were in the realm of fantasy, comics and science fiction. I could spend hours reading incredible stories, hours talking about them with friends, and then hours creating my own worlds and roleplaying in them. This is where I asked myself, "What if there were a program in school where I would be graded on creating and engaging content I enjoyed?' BOOM! 12Comics!”

Currently there are a few openings for this free program. Interested parties should contact the East Orange Department of Recreation.