Finding comic section lacking, student creates comic strip

May 5, 2012 at 12:05 a.m.
Updated May 6, 2012 at 12:06 a.m.

Like lots of kids - and some adults, for that matter - comics are Kyle Weishan's favorite part of the newspaper.

He likes the old school ones, like Beetle Bailey, but as of late, Kyle has been less than impressed with the quality of entertainment coming from the comic section.

"I thought I should liven it up a bit," the seventh-grader said in a letter to the Advocate.

So Kyle, a 12-year-old who attends Howell Middle School, drew up a comic strip starring a monkey named Bobo and the adventures he gets into with a juice box named John and a cherry named Charlie. At the urging of his father, he sent in his creation to the Advocate, hoping to appeal to kids like him.

"It seems like ... a lot of people older are making comics. I think they need a kid experience," Kyle said.

Using insults like "banana-brained chimp" and "freaky fruit face," Kyle's comic has both the dialogue and the art necessary to capture a middle school mind. He said he draws pretty much each day, and kids at school often enlist him to create some custom art for them.

At first he was worried his comic wouldn't make the cut into the newspaper, but fighting his fear of rejection, he sent it in anyway.

"I started thinking of stuff, and I thought I might as well try," he said. "It turned out to be really good."

We couldn't agree more, Kyle.



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