Small Robots – aka @smolrobots – began with a simple idea: to draw cute robots and post them on Twitter. It was intended as an antidote of sorts to an embattled political landscape that, especially in the breakneck world of social media, can be physically draining to engage with. Small Robots would be kind, helpful and, when called upon, fiercely defensive of the marginalised and oppressed. All these aims were realised and then some, with the account growing rapidly to become a source of comfort, hope and even inspiration to its followers.
Now we want to give them their own book -- but we need your help to make this happen.
Small Robots offer fictional and often idiosyncratic solutions to everyday anxieties: they bring tea, remember names, complain in restaurants and all sorts of other minor jobs. But they also tackle more serious problems: mental health, disability, discrimination and grief. In doing so, they show that many of the problems we face are more universal than we imagined, and that all of them – big or small – are part of a single continuum of human experience.
If you'd like to help us make this book a reality, please consider pledging for one of the levels to the right. And here is what the book might look like...
The @smolrobots account has already created more than 500 robots. Now we'd like to give them their own book, which will feature 100 of the best and most beloved of the limitless stable of small, helpful bots and delve into the fictional backstories of these wonderful but sometimes bafflingly obtuse creations. It will also contain new art that puts the robots in context, illustrating how they perform their all-important tasks in the world of their large human friends.
The Small Robots project was created by Thomas Heasman-Hunt, a semi-professional author of science-fiction novels, among other things, and a not-even-a-little-bit-professional doodler of whatever pops into his head during meetings. His art is informed by his experiences of depression and anxiety, as well as his passion for equality and social justice.
*Images of the book are for illustrative purposes -- the final design will be confirmed after we hit our crowdfunding target and we can begin making the book!
Hey, everyone - we just hit 70% funded! Thanks to everyone who's contributed. The new pledge levels just went up today, so now you can get hold of your own knitted Tinybot, some fridge magnets featuring Teabot and everyone's favourite pointer-at-cheese Dairybot and, most magnificently of all, a plush Bigbot! We're not precisely sure how that one's going to turn out yet, but it should be pretty cool…
Hello, everyone! This is Thomas, the strange little mind behind small robots.
As of just this minute, this campaign has hit 60% funded! Thank you to everyone who's pledged so far - to get to this point after just 10 days is honestly incredible.
Traditionally, this is the point where I'd say that I never expected this kind of success and I'm shocked and delighted to have come so far in such…
Less than a week into this campaign and we're halfway to the finish line! Thank you all so much for supporting this project. Unicornbot seems pleased:
Hi, everyone! We've hit 40% of the funding target, which is great after just four days! Here's Pupperbot showing its appreciation...
30% funded now! This is amazing: thank you all so much. Look how happy you've made Spiderbot:
Wow! 20% funded in under 24 hours! Thank you so much. Notokaybot is pretty okay with this!
These people are helping to fund Small Robots.