The Birth of a Super Hero: Albert Pierre’s storySuper Dominica
It’s a long time coming to this day. But it does have quite a tale behind it. Growing up on the Dominican countryside was not always the easiest of things. I learned the importance of hard work and endurance very quickly. The 90s; it was in those days that we were indoctrinated with the concept that in order to succeed in life you should stay in school. And I found out later in life this concept is true for every generation. I was born on October 25th 1986 in Southeastern Dominican village of Grand Fond. My mom got more than she bargained for when she realized that I shared her womb with another little guy, who she named Arlington. We were twins, yes, but looked nothing alike and were diametrically different in several ways.
The 90s; it was in those days that we were indoctrinated with the concept that in order to succeed in life you should stay in school.
While we both sought to do creative things with our hands I chose to hold a pencil instead. My mom, who had a background in education and teaching, taught us to write at an early age of 4. As soon as we understood print, she started us of on cursive. It was at that point I believe the first fruits of this drawing craze started appearing. In my mind I wasn’t writing letters, I was drawing them. The whole idea of forming uniform curves on lines was a cool way of getting to the point where I could draw a picture following the same rules. My life from then on always involved coloring books, crayons, pencils, paint brushes etc.
As I grew I found a love and passion for creating my own worlds and characters. My imagination was bursting with new ideas every time I sat down to draw.
It was not long before I got exposed to the American culture through Saturday morning cartoons and video games. I was impressed with the art style and was drawn to it. Cartoons were simplistic but could convey powerful messages. Cartoons took less patience to do than realistic images. So I stuck with cartoons. As I grew I found a love and passion for creating my own worlds and characters. My imagination was bursting with new ideas every time I sat down to draw.
In 1998 at I was fully introduced to the anime genre. Anime is a Japanese style of cartoon. In my opinion the Japanese did a better job at highlighting various details and so I jumped ship and fell in love with Anime. Soon all my characters had a certain iconic look to them. The big eyes, small mouth, tiny nose. This was all because of the influences of anime. I was so impressed with the plot lines that I saw in anime shows that several times I decided to create my own. Throughout my entire high school life, it was a series of trial and errors. I did create several characters but I was never able to sit, attach a story to that character and follow it through without running into a wall. After graduating from highschool it was the same. I met a few friends at the Dominica State College who were also anime lovers. Those guys encouraged me to think outside of the box.
This would feature a young Kalinago woman, named Claire Valmond, who discovers an unusual ability to transform into the powerful warrior known as the Waitukubuli Warrior or Super D.
And so, in November of 2005, just a few weeks after the Independent celebrations of Dominica I saw at my desk for one more time. I came up with an idea that would change the way I viewed my talent completely. “A Dominican Super Hero,” I thought. “No one has never thought of that one, I bet.” The original intention was to create weekly comics for the local newspaper. Of course I soon dropped that idea when I found that it would be a tremendous task it was to develop this character I decided to call Super D (short for Super Dominica). Naturally when she was first created, I thought it would be a great idea to have her as a negro and female since Dominica is implied
as being a woman in it’s original name, Waitukubuli (which means Tall is her Body). However my co-writer at the time, Josanna Lockhart advised me that if we are using that name and we are presenting the story with inferences to Dominican history it would be best to change her ethnicity to Carib/ Kalinago. Remaining consistent with that idea has had it’s challenges. At times people would mistake Super Dominica for being Caucasian or Hispanic. But that’s all due to the limitations in the art style of anime. From there we began developing a story we called “The Dominican Patriot”. This would feature a young Kalinago woman, named Claire Valmond, who discovers an unusual ability to transform into the powerful warrior known as the Waitukubuli Warrior or Super D. We later changed Super D to Super Dominica and developed her side-kick Jojo. Jojo is short for Josanna Lockhart. This was my doing, making sure that name Josanna remained a part of the series. Jojo’s powers would be her brain of course. She would help Claire on her quest to save Dominica from it’s evils along with helping the 19 year-old to understand her abilities.
One of them was “The Dominica Story” by Author, Historian Lennox Honychurch. This book gave me an insight on various names, locations and events throughout the Dominica Timeline.
There have been a lot of modifications to Super Dominica’s Costume over the years. The red loin cloth combined with the modern out fit was a good mix of culture. The suit is instantly recognized as it is made from the colors of the Dominican Flag. Just about any Dominican can identify with her outfit.
But throughout the years 2005-2009 the Super Dominica Project went through several hiccups. I was making several transition in my life with going off to college and balancing work with hobbies.
In college is where a found my (now team mates) Daniel Pond and Sean Francis. They have been instrumental in adding spark to the whole idea of a Dominican Super Hero. A lot of the credit is attributed to me since I do most of the artwork but these guys are masters of story development and putting together something solid.
This project has been in development for over several years but we have yet to release a graphic novel or comic book. There is massive support for this movement of having not only a Dominican Super Hero, but a whole team of Caribbean Supers.
A lot of the credit is attributed to me since I do most of the artwork but these guys are masters of story development and putting together something solid.
In the summer of 2012 it became clear that we should expand the Super Dominica Universe if we want to have a maximum impact on the Caribbean Community. Since then we have launched a campaign to create at least one Super Hero per Caribbean island. The Super Dominica Adventure that was once meant to be exclusively for Dominicans now took on a new face. We called it Caribbean Justice Alliance.