Howtoons was first conceived by Saul Griffith and Joost Benson while at MIT. Inspired by beloved classics like Tin Tin, The Little Prince, and Calvin and Hobbes, they began to imagine how much better classic how-to books like The Boy Mechanic would be if they were more current, more visual, and more adventurous for a new generation of young experimenters. They realized how adding art and story could enhance the experience of learning and doing, and reached out to artists to help them bring their idea to life. As luck would have it, they found Nick Dragotta, a world-class comic book illustrator, and his wife Ingrid, a toy designer. They joined forces with Saul’s wife Arwen, a magazine publisher and veteran of Make magazine, and the Howtoons team was born.