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Profile: Steve Keewatin Sanderson

More about some of the people from the 8th Fire TV series.

Artist:

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The first thing you notice about Steve Sanderson is his height. He's seven feet tall. So it might not come as a surprise that when he was thirteen, one of his heroes was the Incredible Hulk, and another Spiderman. He loved telling stories with pictures. And when he saw a Japanese animated film, he knew he wanted to draw comics.

The first comic book he wrote and illustrated Darkness Calls is about teen suicide in the Aboriginal community. His inspiration was personal.

"I had a younger cousin who was like a little brother, and he called me out of the blue and told me he was thinking about killing himself."

Sanderson helped his cousin through his crisis. But he discovered that the suicide rate in Aboriginal communities is dramatically higher than in the rest of Canada.

"I think there isn't an Aboriginal person out there who hasn't been affected directly or indirectly by suicide. It's the ultimate red flag of a culture suffering."

Sanderson has gone on to create comics on other issues affecting the Aboriginal community, such as diabetes and discrimination.

He has a thriving career illustrating an animated series in the United Sates and is also working on computer games.

Links

Keewatin Studios