Von Allan (2017)

The odds were stacked against Von Allan. As a small child, he had to cope with poverty, bullying, loneliness and his mother's severe mental health problems. But just when it looked as though everything was lost, comic book superheroes came to the rescue.

Courageous comic characters inspired young Von to stay strong — and they’ve helped him to become the superhero of his own life. Today, Von is a self-taught professional comic artist based in Ottawa. This short film is about Von’s creative process, from how he first came to the art form to why he continues to express himself through comic illustration. It's a story about resilience, self-expression and the power of art.

This short film was presented by CBC Arts in 2017.

Megan Durnford ︎