Irvine, CA - Blog Launched Featuring Computious® and DotComplicated™ -
Computious®, a brick-and-mortar cartoon character who was ahead of her time in conquering the digital age, came to life again today in another form in the new Computious® blog. The creator, Marie Meade, declared, “We said Computious® – who is a humorous girl – not Confucius, even though the names rhyme!”
Computious® explores the digital world with DotComplicated™, her best friend who, makes things, well, complicated; Serge deFault™ who is a geekish pal suffering from weak social skills; and MeiMei™ (“little sister” in Mandarin).
In the blog, the characters will bring to the public’s attention new developments in computers, the Internet, digital devices, and other high-technology gizmos. At times they will comment upon the simplicity or complexity of the products.
Computious® is a cute American with subtle Asian features who doesn’t look anything like the Chinese philosopher Confucius. However, the girl who lives in 2006 and the sage who lived from 551 to 479 B.C. have much in common.
“She overcomes computer problems while being lighthearted and philosophical about life in general,” said Meade. “Computious® is ‘The Everyday Sage of the Digital Age,’ and as a global citizen she combines an Eastern sensibility with computer savvy-ness.”
“Despite computer frustrations, Computious® would not strike at the high-tech world in a mean-spirited way, reflecting the attitude of the elder Confucius who believed in honorable conduct,” said Meade. “For example, Computious® would not become a hacker or spammer.”
Her animal friends include Sweet & Sour™, a cute pig who likes to sleep; PingPong the Panda Bear™ who's just lovable; C.C. the Cat™, who is curious and mischievous; and Elton the Elephant™ who never passes up a party.
“The characters are safe and warm,” said Meade. “They offer a fanciful look at computers, how you might dress while in a chat room, and how to deal with bizarre computer situations. And while Computious® is tech-savvy and likes nerds, she isn’t nerdy enough herself to wear a pocket protector.”
The characters are now featured on a line of products in Zazzle’s Design & Gift Gallery, and visitors have already praised the “good pizza” and “Cyber-Horror” shirts, a Christmas Card, and an Anniversary Card (all voted “Today’s Best”). A top 10 Apparel View was the “Bling Bling Keyboard” T-Shirt (“Keyboards of the Rich and Famous” is written on the shirt) and others praised a DotComplicated™ mug (“very beautiful”) and a grand-piano birthday card.
The Computious® product line includes more than 100 gift items (with more in the pipeline) at the easy-to-use site at http://www.computious.com.
Categories include Animals, Christmas, Philosophical Musings, Music, Special Occasions and Everyday Technology. Sub-groups include Food (Pizza and Chocolate) and Sleep.
Customers can personalize all products (except postage stamps), with names and messages that Zazzle usually creates within 24 hours and ships by the following day.
Colorful items include Computious® apparel for men, women and children (T-shirts, polo shirts, premium shirts, sweatshirts, nightshirts, baby-wear), mugs (travel mugs, steins, and ceramic), posters, greeting cards (some are updated designs from the strongest-selling paper cards), mouse pads and postage stamps. The USPS-authorized stamps (larger than normal) are available in the most common denominations ($0.24 to $4.05), including the $0.39 first-class stamp. Volume discounts are available.
At Zazzle, Computious® items share “digital shelf space” with collections from the Walt Disney Company, Mattel, Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes, Lucasfilm’s Star Wars, Marvel Comics, Twentieth Century Fox’s Family Guy™, Neopets, Build-A-Bear Workshop and MGM’s Pink Panther.
The re-emergence of Computious® coincides with a move to provide positive motivation to females to pursue computer and software careers. Computious® is a poster child to inspire girls to pursue careers in the computing professions, of special importance since the Computing Research Association reports female enrollment in computer science programs has plunged in recent years.
“Consider Computious® an ally in narrowing the digital gender gap,” said Meade. “Computious® “and her friends are the only ‘Peanuts’-type group of characters immersed in and becoming victorious over computer-age life. Talk about niche appeal! Consumers like brands that are distinguishable by a single word and Computious® fills the bill.”
“The trademarked characters are available for licensing and we are open to establishing strategic alliances,” said Meade. “It's estimated that at least 51 million U.S. women and girls are online, many of whom will easily connect to Computious® and her winning ways. Are you listening Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Gateway, AOL?”
Marie Meade created Computious® while studying in Taiwan (she is half Chinese). Upon return to the United States, she started out in the social expressions industry designing the Computious® greeting-card line, writing all copy and drawing the illustrations, exhibiting at the New York Stationery show and similar venues, and working with Sales Representatives to place the line in retail outlets across 31 states and Canada. She has an MBA in Marketing and a Sales background.
The Computious® product line has fun unique gift items at the easy-to-use site www.computious.com. See the Holiday Specials!
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