Sask. teacher creates homegrown comic book superhero
It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Auroraman.
A new superhero has risen in Saskatchewan.
Auroraman is a husband, father and teacher who uses his cosmic superpowers to protect his hometown of Humboldt, Sask.
The Humboldt hero is based on local teacher Jeff Burton who is now writing a comic book series about Auroraman's adventures.
"It's a collaborative idea. A friend of mine from Facebook modeled this character based off of me," said Burton.
"Then I have another friend in Manitoba who writes comics who said he admired teachers and always wanted to make a teacher into a superhero."
Burton presented the character designed by his friend Ted Green to the comic writer Andrew Lorenz. Together, Burton and Lorenz wrote the first issue of Auroraman.
"I'm just writing fun comic books and it's easier to write a character based off of me because I know how I'd react in a certain situation or at least how I think I'd react," said Burton.
The first issue will depict Auroraman's origin story and will incorporate the landmarks and scenery of Humboldt.
Burton says having a superhero in rural Saskatchewan allows him to get creative and think of off-the-wall villains and scenarios.
"For me, as a kid, comics were an escape. Something fantastical, surreal, and just really fun," said Burton.
"That's the thing I want to keep with Auroraman, is the fun."
Burton says he wants Auroraman to be appropriate for all ages so that youth can discover a love for comic books and have a local hero that speaks to them.
"As a teacher, for me I look at it and kids love to read this stuff more than novels. If they don't like to read, nine times out of 10 they will read a comic book if you give it to them," said Burton.
"Everyone needs a superhero when you look at it. Everybody needs someone they can look up to and can inspire hope in them."
Burton says he will begin fundraising in April for printing costs.
The first issue of Auroraman will be released in June at the Humboldt Summer Sizzler.