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FableVision’s Seasonal Survival Guide: November

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It’s finally November, the weather is settling into cooler temperatures, the trees are almost bare, and wait… where did 2018 go?! We’re here to give you some advice on how to get through and take advantage of the month of giving. Follow along with us as we give you some ways to stay active, creative, and positive throughout the November month!

Activities

Now, we know what you’re thinking: “There are things to do in November besides eating pumpkin pie until I explode?!?” And the answer is yes! November is the perfect time to give back to your community, relax with family members, and get outside to enjoy the last of the fall weather before the snow hits. Check out our top favorite November activities!

Volunteer at a soup kitchen/package Thanksgiving meals for families

  • November is a great time to give back to the community and help out others who may be in need. Not all families have the means to celebrate, especially in the colder months as bills seem to stack up. If you are able, giving your time and energy is a small price to ensure others have a hot meal. Consider putting in a couple of hours at a local soup kitchen or with a community group packaging Thanksgiving meals. We promise you’ll be happy you did it!

Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the annual tradition that never gets old! There’s something about seeing giant flying inflatable Turkeys, Pillsbury Doughboys, and Pikachus that is oddly comforting. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with your family or friends, watch the choreography of the dancers, and enjoy some amazing performances! Whether you watch from your warm house with appetizers and dinner cooking in the kitchen, or venture out to see first hand, you can’t go wrong with this November favorite. Here’s a list of some Thanksgiving Day parades that you’re not going to want to miss!

Flag football/watch a football game

  • Grab some friends, gear up, and get ready for some flag football! New to this kind of thing? Here are some basic rules on the game, you’ll be a pro in no time. Watch out Tom Brady! Playing flag football is a great way to get your blood pumping and keep you warm - even if it’s cold outside.

  • If you’re not too into the sporty scene, grab a blanket and head to your local high school or college game. Grab some popcorn and a hot chocolate from the snack stand, and enjoy these last nights outside before the snow starts to fall! (Alternate option: watch a game on the TV from the comfort of your couch.)


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Whether you’re looking for some motivation or an easy decoration before the family comes over, we’ve got you covered!

Daily Gratitude Notebook

"It’s not happy people who are thankful, it’s thankful people who are happy.”

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  • So it’s November and you’re reaching the final stretch of the semester. Finals are creeping up on you and it’s getting harder and harder to appreciate anything other than your 8 a.m. being cancelled. A Daily Gratitude Notebook is the perfect way to keep your reality in check and not lose yourself to the endless tests, essays, and projects. It’s also a great way to remind yourself of all the little things in life that pass us by everyday without us even noticing, there is always something to be grateful for!

  • Here’s a step by step guide on creating your journal! (Remember that your journal is personal to you, so you can choose to follow these steps, or you can create something totally new).

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  1. Find something to write in, this could be a brand new journal, an old notebook, or even a couple pieces of paper stapled together to make a little booklet!

  2. Start off with a title or title page - write out “November,” the day that you start your journal, or draw a cute fall themed doodle! It can be as simple or as intricate as you like. Click here for some fun inspiration!

  3. Start writing things that you’re thankful for! If you’re struggling, try to think of just one thing each day that made you happy or that you were grateful for. Need a bit more structure? Try a gratitude journal with prompts, like this one!

  4. Voila! Now you have the beginnings of an awesome Gratitude Journal! Set a daily or weekly check in with yourself and let the thankful vibes flow.

Leaf Garland

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  • We’re thankful for a lot of things, one of which is our amazing internship! This got us wondering, what is everyone else at FableVision thankful for? We asked all of the FableVisionaries to fill out a leaf for our leaf garland with what they were feeling grateful for.

  • The steps to this are pretty simple, but the end result is a great decoration! Follow along on how to make your very own leaf garland. You can do this with your friends, your classmates, your family, or anyone else you want to get together with and reflect on what you’re grateful for with!

 Right click to download and save FableVision’s leaf cutout template!

Right click to download and save FableVision’s leaf cutout template!

  1. Print out this leaf template, or any other shape you want your garland to be, and use it to cut out your construction paper!

  2. Get a hole puncher and create a small opening at the top of your leaves.

  3. Fill out your leaves with everything you’re thankful for

  4. Use some decorative yarn and string all of your leaves together to create your finished piece!

  5. Find a nice place to hang it up so everyone can admire it and be reminded to always be thankful!


Recipes

This Vegan Rice Pilaf is a perfect Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) dish! Recipe credits go to Livvy of 86Lemons and Angela of Oh She Glows, who created this easy-to-follow recipe that the whole family can enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

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  • ¾ cup pecans, chopped

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1½ cups chopped celery + ½ cup, divided

  • 1½ cups uncooked wild rice

  • 2 cups vegetable broth

  • 1½ cups water

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ¾ tsp salt (or to taste) + pepper as desired

  • ½ cup dried cranberries

  • ⅓ cup dried apricots, chopped

  • ¼ cup golden raisins

  • ½ cup fresh cranberries, thinly sliced

INSTRUCTIONS:

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  • Preheat oven to 325ºF and toast the pecans for about 7-8 minutes. Remove and set aside.

  • Sauté onion, oil, and garlic in a large skillet over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add 1½ cups chopped celery and cook for another 5-7 minutes.

  • Add wild rice, broth, water and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low-medium. Cover with lid and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring once half way through.

  • After 30 minutes, uncover, stir, and continue cooking for 20-30 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Note that wild rice cooking times can vary a lot so keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. (My rice cooked pretty fast and burned a little on the bottom, so make sure to continuously check and stir!)

  • Remove bay leaf and stir in the dried fruit. (I ended up not adding the dried apricots, so you can pick and choose what to add in depending on your taste!) Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the sliced fresh cranberries, remaining ½ cup chopped raw celery and toasted pecans.


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Movies

Cozy up with a PSL and some pumpkin pie to finish your day with some feel good films!

The Blind Side

  • The November month is all about being grateful for what we have and giving back to your community. The Blind Side is the perfect movie about inclusivity and caring for others and overall gives you a warm fuzzy feeling and makes you want to make a difference in someone else’s life too. It also is based around a football player so it fits in perfectly with the sports season!

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

  • November wouldn’t be the same without the classic: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the crew as they attempt to throw a Thanksgiving dinner party! After you’re done scarfing down your turkey and mashed potatoes with gravy, sit down with the family and grab some pumpkin pie for dessert, and have a few laughs!  It’s hard to not crack a smile at Charlie Brown’s foiled attempts to finally kick the football.

How’d it go? Did you survive November? Congrats! Only one month left before you can boast you survived all of 2018! Make sure to come back next month for the final Seasonal Survival Guide of the year! Hang onto your snow caps, we have a lot more in store for you guys!

Jen Jordan and Yasmine Ebeed’s Seasonal Survival Guide is an independent project of FableVision’s Fall 2018 Marketing Interns. Apply to join our team at www.fablevisionstudios.com/jobs-internships.

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The Stargazers: Meet the Fall 2018 Interns!

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The fall interns here at FableVision have beamed down from their spacecraft and are already exploring the fields of art, production, and marketing!  With collaborative intern projects underway, these shooting stars are over the moon about utilizing their skills and becoming FableVisionaries in training.  This galactic journey is in progress, and it’s time to meet the interns!

Sparked your interest? Head on over to the internships page to see how you can apply!


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Jennifer Jordan

  • Hometown: Tyngsboro, MA

  • School & Major: Fitchburg State University, Communications Media with a concentration in Film/Video

  • Position: Marketing Intern

  • Portfolio: vimeo.com/jenjordan

We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
I go to Fitchburg State University for communications media, the same college FableVision’s co-founder Peter H. Reynolds went to, so I’ve been hearing about FableVision for years now! I always knew I was interested in children’s media but when I took a sound design class where I had to design a full soundtrack for a children’s audio book, it sealed the deal! I had so much fun with that assignment. Once I interviewed and saw the Wall of Inspiration and so many talented people working together in a creative space, I knew it was a perfect fit!

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I LOVE learning, so I’m most excited to get my hands on new software, websites, and marketing strategies that I never knew about before.  Gaining more knowledge every day is awesome. I hope to learn more about social media marketing, and become a skilled blog post writer!

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
Scrump, the doll from Lilo and Stitch.  That movie is just so important and I’m in love with every aspect of it.

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
Probably have some hot tea and stretch, being frozen for 100 years sounds awful.

Fun Facts

Something you can’t go a day without: Dancing!
Favorite holiday: Halloween
Cat or Dog Person:
I am obsessed with all animals but I have to say cat! (Shout out to my two kittens, Penguin and Tiger Bear!)
Fantasy World you wish existed: The Hundred Acre Wood


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Yasmine Ebeed

  • Hometown: Windham, NH

  • School & Major: Simmons University, Communications with a concentration in Graphic Design

  • Position: Marketing Intern

  • Portfolio: instagram.com/yasmemez.design


    We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
    I’ve always been interested in art and animation, and I’ve lived my whole life thinking I had to move out to California to be a part of any type of animation studio, and after discovering that there was an amazing multi-media production studio right in my backyard, I was so excited! I spent my whole summer reading every blog post, watching every video and falling more and more in love with FableVision and what it stands for. I knew I wanted to be a part of it one way or another so I applied for an internship!

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I’m most excited to learn more about marketing! Doing marketing for a studio is a new experience for me, but so far I’ve loved every second of it! Hopefully I come out of this expedition with a wealth of knowledge on how to create effective and engaging content. I also really love art, so being around so many creative people inspires me to better my skills every day, I’m still on the launch pad with a lot more to learn!

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
I would add my childhood Powerpuff Girls Room Guard, because it yells every time someone walks past it and I think it would make for a good laugh.

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
Probably go back to sleep.


Fun Facts

Something you can’t go a day without: Twitter
Favorite holiday: Eid! It’s an Islamic Holiday, I love getting dressed up and seeing friends and family!
Cat or Dog Person: Cats all the way!
Fantasy World you wish existed: The world of Avatar: The Last Airbender! I would LOVE to be a water bender.


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Vath Doangpratheep

  • Hometown: Waltham, MA

  • School & Major: Lesley University College of Art and Design ’19, Animation

  • Position: Art Intern

  • Portfolio: astellias.wixsite.com/portfolio

We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
My professors and friends told me about FableVision and I immediately fell in love with their work. At the time, I was also taking a character design course with Bob Flynn and thought that it was a super fun and informative class, so I knew that I had to get involved with FableVision somehow and applied!

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I’m excited to learn new art and animation techniques in a studio setting. There are so many passionate and talented artists here, it’s an inspiring environment to be in! I want to take in and learn as much as possible about everything that goes into the art process here!

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
Definitely a Weighted Companion Cube from Portal. Portal 2 is one of my all-time favorite video games because it has such an incredibly rich storyline, unique characters, and gameplay–it absolutely deserves a place on the Wall!

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
After the initial shock, I’d probably catch up on the endings to all the shows I never had the chance to finish.

Fun Facts

Something you can’t go a day without: Cute vids of animals being silly
Favorite holiday: Christmas—I love cold weather, cozy knitted sweaters, and giving gifts to family and friends!
Cat or Dog Person: I’m both!
Fantasy World you wish existed: I wish any universe from the Studio Ghibli movies existed! Especially the world of Howl’s Moving Castle or Spirited Away because they’re all so full of nature and dream-like atmospheres


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Jess Brown

  • Hometown: Canterbury, CT

  • School & Major: Lesley University, Animation

  • Position: Art Intern

  • Portfolio: www.gemrysart.online

We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
A love and appreciation for children’s media, and a great professor who kept encouraging me! I’d known about FableVision since my first year at Lesley—Bob Flynn came into my internship seminar class to talk about some of his work, and from then on it’s always been in the back of my mind. I have a lot of background working with kids, and so I felt really drawn to FableVision and the work that’s done here.


What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I’m really excited to be working alongside the other interns to create something brand new—getting experience in the production process with a team is always great and really valuable. I can’t wait to work alongside others and see what we make!

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
If I could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, I think it would have to be a surfing pikachu figurine. Or this.

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
Teach the children in schools what memes Really Were and what they Really Meant.

Fun Facts

Something you can’t go a day without: My glasses, sadly. Also, three full meals and multiple snacks, because my metabolism is a monster.  
Favorite holiday: I like December holidays a lot because I love giving people gifts—close in second is Halloween though, because I also really love giving myself discount candy.
Cat or Dog Person: Dogs! I love cats too, but I’ve gotta go with dogs on this one.
Fantasy World you wish existed: Ever since I was five years old I have never wanted anything more than to live in the world of Pokémon.  


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Christian Peth

  • Hometown: Buffalo, NY

  • School & Major: Berklee College of Music, Business / Management

  • Position: Production Intern

  • Portfolio: Christian’s done sound design work on a number of FableVision’s games, including Georgia Race Through Time!

We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
I had previously worked for FableVision as a sound designer and composer for a couple of their games, so an internship was a logical next step.  It was an incredible experience working with each game’s development team, and as a result I knew I’d appreciate the company’s work culture.

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I’m super excited to work with the other FableVision interns on our intern project!  Real world leadership experience is invaluable as a business management student. The primary “learning objective” of my internship at FableVision is mastering the basics UX Design.  It’s the ultimate combination of my expertise in product development and my fascination with how technology directly affects an individuals daily life.

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
I would feature artwork related to one of the games I composed music for, with a QR code incorporated into the artwork that would open a music playback engine featuring the game’s soundtrack.    

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
I would absolutely go out and explore my new surroundings, learning everything I can about the 22nd century through first-hand experiences.  

Fun Facts:

Something you can’t go a day without: Fashion is a critical component of my lifestyle, and my wardrobe is something I definitely couldn’t live without.
Favorite holiday: Halloween is the ultimate combination of festive fall treats and spooky movie nights.
Cat or Dog Person: Cat for sure.  I emotionally associate with cats on a number of levels.  
Fantasy World you wish existed: My inner child would certainly suggest the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Fantastical creatures, robust lore, powerful magic, it really has everything going for it.


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Priya Amin

  • Hometown: Port Neches, Texas

  • School & Major: Harvard, Joint Degree with History and Science and Visual and Environmental Studies with a Secondary in Integrative Biology

  • Position: Production Intern

We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
I used to play many educational video games growing up, and they were fundamental in my interest in school. If I tell that younger version of myself that I was working to help create the kind of content that inspired me to learn, I think I’d be so proud! Moreover, I am passionate about the intersection between education and entertainment, and FableVision’s work is positioned alongside my interests for my own career.

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What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I hope to learn more about how different production pipelines are specifically created to produce different media for FableVision’s clients. Overall, I look forward to contributing to content that I wish I saw more of--I’m excited about the projects in the fall lineup, and I can’t wait to see how they turn into viable products for larger audiences.

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
Something from Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, which was my favorite show as a kid.

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 Years?
I’d probably make myself a grilled cheese; I bet I’d be really hungry (I’m always hungry).

Fun Facts:

Something you can’t go a day without: A shower!
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Cat or Dog Person: Dog!!!
Fantasy World you wish existed: The Wild Thornberrys

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FableVision’s Seasonal Survival Guide: October

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Cold weather? Check. Sweaters? Check. Pumpkin spice lattes in hand? Check. Ready for hibernation? NO WAY! Fall is our new favorite season and we’re going to help you enjoy it while it lasts! Our Seasonal Survival Guide is full of hot tips to help you not just survive, but thrive throughout autumn. This series will give you ways to keep active, fun crafts, recipes, and of course movies (for the days that hibernation is the only option).

October is a great month to get started. Follow along all season with us, Jen and Yasmine, as we get ready for a spooky season. Let’s jump in!

ACTIVITIES

The perfect way to ease the end-of-summer scaries is to stay active! Getting outdoors (even though you might need a sweater now) is sure to lift your spirits!

Running a 5k

  • If you’re really looking for something that will get the blood pumping on these crisp October days, consider participating in a 5k! Gather your friends, go on a few training runs, and then have a fun race day running, jogging, or walking. You can even go to your favorite restaurant to refuel after the race and warm up.

  • Here’s some helpful sites to get you started: www.active.com and www.mayoclinic.org both have some great insights on preparing for a 5k!

Going on a Ghost Tour

  • A ghost tour would get your heart rate up in a slightly different way. Basically a ghost tour is a special excursion led by a guide around a town or city to various places of paranormal activity. It’s a walking/driving ghost story where you get to see the places the stories take place and learn about the true history behind the stories. Book a tour through your local agency (typically priced at about $20-25 per person) and prepare for ghost stories galore! We haven’t convinced you?

  • Check out www.afar.com and www.ghostsandgravestones.com for more information and get ready to get your spook on!

Pumpkin or Apple Picking

  • And of course, pumpkin and apple picking are a fall favorite! Find your local orchard and have a day filled with picking, snacking on apple cider donuts, and a hay ride! If you don’t live near an orchard, consider stopping by a fall farmers market and see what they have for a selection.


 Right click to download and save FableVision’s pumpkin carving template!

Right click to download and save FableVision’s pumpkin carving template!

CRAFTS

Not up for an outdoor activity, or rain keeping you indoors? Fall also has some of the best crafts!

"How do you mend a broken jack-o-lantern?
With a pumpkin patch!"

One of our favorite crafts to do in October, is a classic: Pumpkin Carving. To help you make your own pumpkin creation, we’ve made pumpkin carving an easy four step process.

  1. Head to your local pumpkin patch (or supermarket) and pick up the nicest pumpkin you can find. Consider what design you are going to be carving when selecting the shape and size of the pumpkin.

  2. Cut off the top of your pumpkin, and gut it (this part is messy, you might want to have a trash can nearby)

  3. Carve it out using our FableVision pumpkin carving template! Or look up some other cool designs here. While working on your design, make sure to remember to cut away from yourself and check out this site for more information about safely carving your pumpkin!

  4. Put a light source inside, turn off the lights, and voila! Your very own jack-o-lantern! Congratulations!

Love pumpkins so much you picked up two? Have no fear, for we have another pumpkin craft for you! To create a pumpkin flower vase:

  1. Again, stop by your local pumpkin patch, farmers market, or grocery store and select a pumpkin. We chose a medium sized, round pumpkin!

  2. Buy a floral arrangement, or create one! Some farms have pick your own flowers, or you can even cut some from your own garden if it’s still in bloom.

  3. Cut a small hole in the top of your pumpkin, and remove the guts! (Pro tip: save the seeds for roasted pumpkin seeds later!)

  4. Rinse the pumpkin, and fill with water. (Optional: line the pumpkin with saran wrap before filling)

  5. Arrange your flowers however you see fit! This makes a beautiful front step decoration or table centerpiece!

 
 

RECIPE

Pumpkin bread with streusel topping, straight from Jen’s family cookbook!

INGREDIENTS FOR BREAD (yields 3 loaves)

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 3 cups sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 3.5 cups flour

  • ⅔ cup water

  • 1.5 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 2 cups pumpkin

  • (optional) walnuts

    INGREDIENTS FOR STREUSEL

  • About 4-5 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • ¼ cup flour

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

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INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

  • Cream eggs, oil, and sugar in a mixer

  • Add water and pumpkin mix, mix on medium speed until combined

  • Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl

  • Add dry ingredients to wet, mix until well incorporated

  • Pour into well greased, floured bread pans

  • For streusel: combine all ingredients in a bowl using fingers or a fork until texture is crumbly. Sprinkle on top of loaves before baking.

  • Bake breads at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.


MOVIES

So after a long day of enjoying the beautiful fall weather and crafting to your heart's content, it’s time to wind down for the night. These movies are a real treat, and that isn’t a trick!

If you haven’t seen Heathers yet, what’s your damage? Get ready for the Teen Drama to end all Teen Dramas. Veronica’s teenage angst embodies the spooky spirit of October and Halloween. So grab some popcorn, turn on the fireplace, and watch Heathers, it’ll be very.

Heathers not bewitching you? Try Hocus Pocus to get your spooky delights! A tale of three witch sisters awoken by the lighting of an enchanted candle 300 years after being executed in a Salem witch trial. Chaos ensues as the kids who lit the candle attempt to stop the sisters from becoming immortal.

Did you heed our advice? If so, congrats, you survived October! We hope you enjoyed this month’s itinerary. Be sure to stop by next month for some gratitude vibes and even more fall favorites. We will get through November together!

Jen Jordan and Yasmine Ebeed’s Seasonal Survival Guide is an independent project of FableVision’s Fall 2018 Marketing Interns. Apply to join our team at www.fablevisionstudios.com/jobs-internships.

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Not on the Nametag

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Not on the Nametag is the collaborative project of FableVision’s Summer 2018 interns.

It’s time for a late-night bite! Join your friends Tab, Ada, Jo, and Brandon for a 2 a.m. diner run in this immersive, interactive comic. Not on the Nametag invites you to find and forge connections in unlikely places, and challenges you to stand up for what’s right.

Step through the doors of Gracie’s Diner, help yourself to a milkshake, and take a look around. You just might find something you didn’t expect…

 
 

Learn more about FableVision's internship program (and how to apply!) here.

(Editorial note: The Unity web player will not work on mobile devices. For optimal playing experience please view this interactive on the latest version of Chrome if you're experiencing issues.)

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