Florissant teen creates comics to increase Black representation

Written by on November 28, 2023

St. Louis University High School freshman DeJuan Strickland says he always wanted to create his own comic book hero.

He was finally able to do just that in 2021, when he self-published the comic book Tech Boy. Strickland has since published the second in the series — Science Girl — with a goal of furthering Black representation in comics.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Kellogg spoke with the 15-year-old about not only his comics, but also his efforts to eliminate school lunch debt.

This interview was edited and condensed for clarity . . .

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