A comic book illustrator and author from Belleville recently asked a group of about 20 first- through fourth-graders to imagine their own superhero.
He started with an image of a teen boy on a projection screen. Then, he took suggestions from the children in the room.
They came up with “Scholastic Super Inventor,” a young man whose genius, inventor parents were kidnapped by a villain who planned to force them to use their talents to do his bidding.
The students told Belleville native Jeff Weigel to draw the boy with a tool belt, rocket-powered work boots, X-ray goggles and bulletproof chest armor to help him carry out his mission.
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Weigel is the creator of “The Sphinx,” “Atomic Ace,” “Dragon Girl” and “Quantum Mechanics” comics and graphic novels. He was also a special guest during this year’s Camp Lynx Tales summer reading camp at Lindenwood University-Belleville.
During his visit, Weigel talked to the students about his books and described the process of creating new characters before asking them to come up with their own, according to a news release.
For three weeks in June, the camp-goers honed their reading and writing skills.
The Camp Lynx Tales reading camp takes place each summer. Visit lindenwood.edu/belleville for information about next year’s registration. The cost is $80.
This year, students like Keowan Salmond, who recently graduated from kindergarten at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Belleville, left the camp with an autographed copy of Weigel’s “Atomic Ace” and a photograph with the author.