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Nova Scotia artists launch original comic 'Power Up' across Canada

Two Nova Scotians have released a brand new comic book called Power Up, and say they are both excited that sales are off to a strong start. It's a story has more than just a twist. It has a donair rolled in aluminum foil.

At San Diego Comic-Con, 400 advanced copies of Power Up sold out

Matt Cummings and Kate Leth, co-creators of Power Up, say 400 advanced copies of their new comic book sold out at the San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month. (CBC)

Two Nova Scotians have released a brand new comic book called Power Up, and say they are both excited that sales are off to a strong start. 

Even though the comic, created by Kate Leth and Matt Cummings, launched today, 400 advanced copies sold out earlier this month at San Diego Comic-Con.

Power Up looks like a classic super hero tale about a group of unlikely characters obtaining super powers, but the authors say this story is unabashedly Canadian and Nova Scotian.

It even features a donair rolled in aluminum foil. 

Leth said the main character is based on so many of her friends in Halifax — art school grads who work retail jobs. 

"There are so many Nova Scotia-isms that make their way, just unconsciously, in the way the characters act and feel," said Cummings.

The first volume of Power Up hit the shelves of comic book stores across North America Wednesday. (CBC)

"There's a couple of things in retrospect people have pointed out, 'Oh, that's weird.'"

For example, in a scene where a character is buying milk, toonies and loonies can be seen falling to the counter. Leth and Cummings agree the dialogue is also pretty Canadian.

"And Americans rarely ever understand when you say 'friggin'. They're like did you just make up a swear word? Come to rural Nova Scotia, man," said Cummings.

"It's a great substitute because it's an all ages book and we don't want to have swearing in there. It's just a fun little expression," Leth said.

'It's been super duper surreal'

Leth has written for several series, including Bravest Warriors and Fraggle Rock. She also wrote the New York Times' bestselling Adventure Time: Seeing Red. Cummings also illustrated for Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors. But Power Up is their first original work in print.

The two met online and would video chat while working. They say the idea for Power Up developed quickly over one conversation. Now, two years later, it is ready for the shelves.

"It's been super duper surreal," Cummings said.

"Kate and I were the only people who were deep into the knowledge of the series for the longest time."

He said he was overwhelmed when he received hundreds of tweets Wednesday morning from fans across North America who were heading to their local comic book store to pick up a copy.

"How do all these people know about this book I did?"

Volume one of Power Up is available at comic book stores across Canada. Volume two is out next month.


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