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
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