Vernon Teen Expresses Herself With Premium Cartoons – Vernon Morning Star

Hunter Caulien-Matheson, 14, has produced a series of colorful and humorous comics that signal a future in animation.  (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)Hunter Caulien-Matheson, 14, has produced a series of colorful and humorous comics that signal a future in animation. (Brendan Shykora – Morning Star)(Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)(Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)(Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

A teen of Vernon’s has a career in animation ahead of him, as evidenced by his inspired, hand-drawn comics.

Hunter Caulien-Matheson, 14, is a huge fan of Jim Davis’ Garfield comics, so much so that he mimics the American cartoonist.

“I made this comic just like Garfield,” Caulien-Matheson said, holding up his creation, a comic featuring Silly Nosy, a character he created.

Caulien-Matheson was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at the age of three. His mother, Holly Caulien, says that although he is not as verbal as other children, he has found a way to express his passion for making comics.

“Because he’s autistic, he struggles with communication, so this is his form of communication,” Caulien said. “That way he can express himself and show certain feelings or emotions.”

The colorful comics seem skillfully done and are full of Caulien-Matheson’s sense of humor.

He has been drawing and art for the past eight years, and his creations are piling up.

“There are certain characters that he really likes to draw from different artists and different comics or TV shows, but we have piles of drawings,” his mother said.

One of his comic books can be found in the library at Silver Star Elementary, where he used to go to school. Caulien-Matheson based the strip on one of his favorite TV shows, Battle for Dream Island, and took it to school. There the librarian got hold of it and copied, laminated and bound it and put a barcode on it.

“Kids still get it out,” Caulien said.

Caulien-Matheson already has big plans where his hobby will take him.

“He knew at age 12 that he wanted to go to Vancouver Film School because they teach animation and drawing and storyboard writing,” Caulien said.

After college, Caulien-Matheson hopes to one day work for Cartoon Network or Disney.

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Brendan Shykora

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