It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Toronto’s new­est su­per­hero

Kick­starter fu­els Toronto artist’s comic dream and brings The Piti­ful Hu­man Lizard to life

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en­joy­ment out of his comic, mainly be­cause they are old enough to un­der­stand the com­edy and life ex­pe­ri­ences of a 30-year-old man.

Loo has done work in the past with small in­de­pen­dent projects, mag­a­zine and news­pa­per il­lus­tra­tion and even chil­dren’s books, but his pas­sion al­ways re­mained with comics.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to make comics,” says Loo. “I’ve been in love with this sto­ry­telling medium since I was a child. When I was a teenager, the comic art form was frowned upon by my art teach­ers, so in or­der for me to pur­sue comic mak­ing, I would make them my­self,” Loo ex­plains. “I used to draw up my own lit­tle mini-comics back in high school, pho­to­copy them and sell them to friends in the cafe­te­ria.”

Chap­ter­house Comics, which also pub­lishes the new Cap­tain Canuck comic se­ries, will be reprint­ing monthly is­sues start­ing in Septem­ber, with larger print runs and dis­tri­bu­tion across North Amer­ica.

“I’m very ex­cited to see my scrappy su­per­hero share the same uni­verse with a na­tional su­per­hero icon,” Loo says.

He en­cour­ages kids to pur­sue their comic-mak­ing dreams, and his ad­vice is to keep work­ing at it, no mat­ter what. Loo feels that it’s great to see this vis­ual nar­ra­tive medium be­ing ap­pre­ci­ated these days, es­pe­cially at places like the Sil­ver Snail, which of­fers comic book art/car­toon­ing classes for kids in­ter­ested in get­ting into the world of comic art. Sil­ver Snail Comics is not the only place in the city where you can learn the art of comic mak­ing. For ex­am­ple, there are art schools that of­fer spe­cific cour­ses to the public like the Av­enue Road Arts School who of­fers car­toon­ing and comic il­lus­tra­tion cour­ses, work­shops, and comic stud­ies.

For the real comic en­thu­si­ast, check out Max the Mutt Col­lege of An­i­ma­tion, Art and De­sign as they of­fer a 5-day in­ten­sive comic book sum­mer camp pro­gram.

The Piti­ful Hu­man-Lizard

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