Local comic artist Jason Loo is in the final stages of creating a new series, set in Toronto, that features an underdog superhero who has no superpowers - the Pitiful Human-Lizard.
"The superhero I'm trying to promote here, he's not like your conventional heroic superhero like Captain America or Iron Man," Mr. Loo says.
"He has a lot of flaws and limitations, which makes him relatable to the audience. He's just this average guy who's just a thrill-seeker after his 9-to-5 day job." (Read the full Q&A.)
When he first created the pitiful hero, Mr. Loo didn't expect the overwhelming support he's received. During a 30-day crowd-funding campaign in March, Mr. Loo received more than $6,000, surpassing his goal by $1,500. The money will pay for the production of a 52-page first issue due to come out this spring.
Here are six of the characters from the world of the Pitiful Human-Lizard. One of the villains is even a familiar face.