New DC Comics superhero inspired by young Cree activist
Shannen Koostachin is a real-life role model who will provide inspiration in comics, MP says
A new comic superhero for D-C Comics will take the form of a teenage girl from James Bay. Toronto cartoonist Jeff Lemire says Shannen Koostachin — a young Cree activist from Attawapiskat — helped inspire him.
Lemire said the 15-year-old, who led fellow students to Parliament Hill to lobby for a proper school, isn't far from his thoughts in drawing up the new superhero.
“I think if I can capture some of that heart and some of that essence in this character, perhaps she'll almost be a guiding spirit in the creation of this character,” he said.
He came up with the idea of a Cree superhero because he was fascinated with the culture he saw while visiting Northern Ontario as a child, he said.
Lemire will write the stories and work with an artist on the depiction of the unnamed hero.
“This is not just a story that will be told in Canada, these comic books go all over, they go all over the world,” he said.
The ‘shadow of Shannen’
In two weeks, Lemire said he'll visit schools in Moosonee and Moose Factory to talk to students.
He's organizing a contest in which students will suggest new super powers for the character.