We are excited to make this announcement! Following is the press release from January 1, 2017.
Purple and Nine are excited to announce The ThinkTank Emporium as the exclusive Licensing Agent for their media properties in the US and Canada. TTE will represent all licensing rights including media/entertainment globally.
Purple and Nine™ star in a contemporary comic book series for girls aged 7-11, inspiring girls to find interest in STEM in a uniquely conceived, written and drawn concept. The characters are oddly multi-dimensional and don’t fall into categories children relate to like “mean girl,” “geek”, “popular kid”, “jock”, or “social reject”.
Rather the protagonists, two girls named Purple and Nine, spend most of their time trying to figure out how to help their fellow classmates using a variety of technologies, most of which really exist. Unlike dumbed-down science programs to show girls they “can do it”, the comic books are somewhat sophisticated, assuming that children of both genders have fully functional brains.
Purple and Nine™, created by the founders of Gangly Sister, Rebecca Rachmany, CEO and Miriam Lottner, COO, two entrepreneurs who have been in business together for decades. Purple and Nine don’t require any enemies—their lives revolve around helping their friends. They try quirky, cutting-edge solutions to fix things around the house, keep themselves awake in class, help friends overseas, and survive Purple’s twin brothers. Technology is an integral part of everyone’s lives today, say the founders, and the series shows are a diverse range of technologies that either already exist or are under development, showing girls not only a diverse range of potential careers, but also how technology is used to help real people.
“How many princess stories can you read?” asks girl comic book star Nine Helix. “And why don’t any of the girls in books and movies have a best friend? It’s just weird. Purple and I decided even we could write a better comic book than the ones where they go shopping and get a boyfriend. Yuk.”
“The uncompromising spirit of the writing and character development sets Purple and Nine apart from other STEM based concepts in the market today”, says Wollos.
“I’m overjoyed to have industry veterans such as Joan and David putting their weight behind Purple and Nine. Joan and David’s values not only align with the spirit of Purple and Nine, but their knowledge and depth will contribute to the development of the property and the reach to the children who need to hear this message.” says Rachmany.
About Gangly Sister
Gangly Sister is setting out to transform how girls are portrayed in the media, and to inspire more girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields through comics, video, and ultimately apps and online worlds. Following a successful pilot video on YouTube in early 2014, the company released a series of 3 digital comic books in October 2015. The company was founded by serial entrepreneurs Rebecca Rachmany and Miriam Lottner and serial artist (and entrepreneur) Ofer Rubin.
About ThinkTank Emporium
The ThinkTank Emporium (TTE) was started by distribution executive David Wollos, and licensing executive Joan Packard Luks as an entertainment branding company representing content owners and their original properties to the media and licensing industries. ThinkTank Emporium targets content that originates from published books, unpublished manuscripts, and design/art. (www.thethinktankemporium.com)