Everything changed for Brant Mawdsley when he picked up a copy of Captain Underpants, setting him on a creative journey that will cross Ontario this summer
Brant Mawdsley takes his comic book series across the province.
Mawdsley, 32, goes on an adventure to take his action hero series at comic conventions in Barrie, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa and possibly Belleville and Niagara Falls this year.
The series – written, illustrated and published by Mawdsley – follows a man named Brock Barnes, who, along with his superhero friends, fights crime and corruption in Bayfield City. Comics are sold locally at MVP Cards and Collectibles, Dr. Comics, and Triple C.
Life before Mawdsley became a comic book writer was “boring,” he says.
“I go to school, I get in trouble,” he said of his youth. “I come home, I have more problems… But one day, I pick up my first copy of Captain Underpants and everything changes.
Mawdsley was only nine years old when he fell in love with comics and started writing his own. His inspiration for the star of his series, Barnes, comes from himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, James Bond and Superman.
“All the men that all men at some point in their lives have wanted to be,” he said. “Me included.”
It takes Mawdsley two to four weeks to create an entire comic, but he’s still working on it. Even when working at Giant Tiger picking up shopping carts, he’s often deep in thought about Barnes’ next adventures.
Mawdsley has already written 20 books in the series.
Park Street Collegiate Institute grad says he plans to keep writing action hero”forever”. One day, he would also like to dive into the writing of a romantic comic strip.
Mawdsley says attending comic book conventions this year is a “great” opportunity for him.
“It will allow me to reach my five-year goal of being province-wide with my comics,” he said. “I started this goal in 2019.”
Mawdsley hopes to one day pursue a career in comic book writing and illustration.
“I just have to keep finding more and more places in Ontario, Canada and maybe one day in the United States.”
Locally, Mawdsley says his comics are “selling like hot cakes.”
“People want to support local and that’s good,” he said. “Having people support me means I’m doing something right and I’m on the right track.”