Comic book creator and former La Ronge resident John Fleming met with teens Thursday at the Alex Robertson Public Library to provide advice about the industry.
Fleming moved to La Ronge in 2009 and worked as a teacher at Senator Myles Venne School, before he and his wife, Collette Turner, moved to New Brunswick about two years ago. Before he left, however, the couple launched the Badassical Comic Series and have been busy with it ever since.
“We have a lot of friends in the area and we wanted to stop in,” Fleming said. “I like to talk to some of the people about the value of social networking, marketing and how funding [works]. It’s a way to get to know the community and build the community.”
Since Fleming started the first online Kickstarter campaign when he lived in La Ronge, he has raised close to $60,000 on the crowdfunding platform. That has allowed him to publish three issues in the series and he currently has the fourth issue in production. While most copies are sold at comic book conventions or in-person, Fleming said the series should be found at Chapters and Indigo soon.
Fleming believes the comic book series, which revolves around three young women who are trapped in a reality TV show, has had so much success because the illustrations are done by high-quality artists. He also added the storylines deal with deep social issues like gender roles, identity and mental health, but in a lighthearted way which readers can enjoy.
“They deal with evil ninjas, giant robots and stuff like that, but we try deal with more serious issues in a subtle way,” Fleming said. “They’re all in there, but we try not make them too in your face.”
Those interested in support Fleming and his current Kickstarter campaign can do so here.
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