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Posted on: May 18, 2015

Comic book heroes fight crime in COMBAT-funded art class

Student draws his comic book hero

In a classroom at MyARTS East in Independence, superheroes of the future are taking shape. A group of teens are drawing and thinking of story lines for characters like Flamo, Star, Money Breaker and Ultra Guy. But what would a superhero be without a supervillain to fight? So the evil characters Stitches, Minions and Brainiac are on the drawing boards, too.

Perhaps someday they’ll battle it out with the fate of the universe at stake on the pages of a published comic book or in an animated video.

For now, though, they are sketches created during MyARTS’ latest eight-week, after-school comic book workshop for middle schoolers.

MyARTS -- Metropolitan Youth Arts & Technology for Students -- was established in 2006 with funding from COMBAT, the Community Based Anti-Drug Tax. It’s part of COMBAT’s prevention strategy and is based on studies showing that youths who participate in structured activities like arts programs are less likely to commit a crime later in life. MyARTS offers a variety of programs, from classes such as ceramics, screen printing and computer graphics to shows where the young artists offer their works for sale. It has two buildings, one in downtown Kansas City and one in Independence.

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