Ethan, the comic book hero, helps home­less


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By EMMA GILL [email protected] @Fam­i­lyManc

A YOUNG boy’s comic books are help­ing Manch­ester’s home­less this win­ter.

Eight-year-old Ethan Welsh writes his own ‘Spla­toon’ ad­ven­tures and af­ter see­ing peo­ple sleep­ing rough in the city cen­tre, de­cided he wanted to help.

The young­ster sent his work off to a print­ers, with his £3 pocket money and a let­ter ask­ing if his comic could be pub­lished to help raise money for the cause.

In his let­ter to in­stant­print, Ethan, a pupil at Heyes Lane Pri­mary in Tim­per­ley, said:

“Me and my brother love comics and draw­ing Spla­toon pic­tures. I also want to help peo­ple who have no home and will be cold this win­ter.

“I have made my own comics to sell to my friends and fam­ily and raise money for the home­less peo­ple. I hope you can print my comics please.” Com­pany bosses were only too happy to oblige and printed off dozens of copies of the comics for Ethan to hand out in re­turn for a do­na­tion.

Adam Car­nell, one of the founders of in­stant­print, said: “It’s great to see this kind of ini­tia­tive from an eight-year-old. Es­pe­cially when the per­cep­tion these days is that we can’t get the kids off the iPad.

“As a man who built a com­pany around print­ing, it’s great to see kids bust­ing out the old-fash­ioned crayons and pa­per and be­ing cre­ative.”

Ethan, whose comics are based on the iconic Spla­toon video games, was in­spired to help af­ter see­ing peo­ple sleep­ing rough in the city cen­tre dur­ing vis­its with his fam­ily.

His dad Jon said: “You do see a lot of peo­ple on the streets and he be­came cu­ri­ous about that and he had this brain­wave that maybe he could com­bine his hobby with do­ing some good.

“So his mum and I said that sounds bril­liant Ethan, go for it.”

To buy a copy of the comic or make a do­na­tion, email in­stant­[email protected]

Ethan and pals with his comic and, be­low, with his dad Jon

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