Devon Meekis of Deer Lake has produced a cartoon comic book that will find its way into homes and businesses within Nishnawbe Aski Nation territory.
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Gloria Cyr, communications director at United Way-Thunder Bay, saw the potential of distributing the comic book to reach youth in the region.
Through a project of United Way, Meekis’ comic book is included in YouthScape, a program that supports youth driven projects.
Cyr wanted the comic book, called Brother, to be used as an educational tool. The comic will be included as an insert in Wawatay News to reach First Nation communities in the region.
“The 20-page comic book explores the transition from the reserve to city life. It explores how healthy choices are not always the easiest to make. It is something that young people can relate to,” Cyr said.
Meekis first began drawing when he was five because he was bored.
“Drawing is a part of me now. It’s something that I can’t replace,” Meekis said.
He became interested in the Manga drawing technique through a martial arts instructor in Sioux Lookout. The Manga technique is an ancient, oriental form of art.
“It is a Japanese style of comics that is really popular world wide. It involves reading from right to left,” Meekis said.
There are several comic books that inspire Meekis, including: Lahina, Negima, and Godchild.
Meekis said that his artwork has been showcased in Thunder Bay, Toronto, Regina and Victoria.
“To any other comic book artists, you have to get out there to show off your stuff, and not just hope it is going to happen,” Meekis said.
I feel a greater sense of hope and optimism these days for the future when I talk to many of our young First Nation people. There are still many hurdles and...