Jay Odjick brings Algonquin myths to graphic novel, animated series

Odjick is a 'book' in this year's Human Library event on Feb. 27

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Jay Odjick has turned his life-long passion for comic books into a multi-media enterprise that celebrates his Algonquin heritage.

The story of his character Kagagi began as a graphic novel, and it's now a successful animated television series that airs across North America in both English and his Indigenous language of Algonquin.

"Kagagi is a super hero," Odjick said. "It's a modern concept, but it's grounded in myths and legends from my community."

He's from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation in Quebec, and is proud to reflect his community's culture and language in the show.

'Hopefully get them interested in learning more about First Nations'

"People who watch the show kind of come away after saying 'what is the myth basis for this from Kitigan Zibi?' And I can tell them about that, and hopefully get them interested in learning more about First Nations in the past, learning more about First Nations today, and our myths, our stories, and through that, our culture."

Odjick looks forward to sharing stories from his culture and what it's like as a comic book creator and TV show producer at this year's Human Library.

CBC Ottawa and the Ottawa Public Library have partnered once again to organize the event, which takes place on February 27.

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