Our resident comic creator Jasper Jubenvill, 10, is hoping Reporter readers will help him chose the direction of his next artistic project – deciding which character will star in his latest series.
Several months ago, we created a photo album on the Cloverdale Reporter’s Facebook Page called The Comic Strip Kid. We’ve been featuring Jasper’s comics there every week, and inviting readers to take a look.
Jasper recently wrapped up his action-packed adventure series, Clay Boy.
Clay Boy was a superhero who could bend and change into things, depending on the situation. He was pursued by the evil Dr. Vanderplog.
Jasper says his comics aren’t meant to be funny. Rather, they tell a story. They’re episodic, with colourful characters who are fond of punchy dialogue and sticky situations, from fires to armed robbery.
He takes inspiration from Dick Tracy and other classic examples of the comic strip genre, but his story lines are entirely his own.
He also likes to put special touches into his comics, including secret codes and stamp collectibles that can be clipped and saved.
On Monday, he submitted a comic strip ballot featuring at least five new characters for readers to chose from for his next series: Rick Rasen, The Phanton, Soldier Jhon, Spy i, and Al Lando.
Dick Tracey, Popeye and Spongebob are watching from the upper left hand corner of the comic ballot, asking why they’re not included in the list. “Sorry, copyright,” comes the reply from another comic figure, possibly meant to be the cartoonist himself.
There’s another clever touch at the bottom left featuring two of the cartoon candidates: a shuddering Rick Rasen breaks out in a cold sweat as he announced the name of the winning entry in the comic contest, “Soldier Jhon”, while the real Soldier Jhon in combat fatigues cocks a gun at him.
(Did we mention Jasper is fond of drawing dramatic cliff-hangers?)
To vote, simply visit our Facebook page, following this link.
Click on the newest photo in the album, Vote. Put your vote in the comment line or email the Cloverdale Reporter at firstname.lastname@example.org.