Power of the pen soothes tragedy for talented student
WHEN Mikaela Butcher lost her father to lung cancer she turned to art to help her deal with the tragedy.
She has now uncovered a hidden talent and love of cartooning.
The 13-year-old James Nash State High School student draws her cartoon, called The Rivals, freehand and spends hours each day adding to the story.
It was back in 2010 her father was diagnosed with lung cancer and Mikaela took up drawing.
"It helped me get through the bad times," Mikaela said.
"Some people read and do other things, I did drawing instead."
Her father passed away in October 2011but Mikaela kept up her drawing and a cartoon strip soon emerged.
Her mother Jenny Leonardi said it was a healthy way to deal with death.
"It was her way of dealing with the loss of her dad," Jenny said.
Her cartoon deals with teenage issues like bullying and teenage crushes.
Her main characters are teenage girls who have super powers supplied to them via a necklace.
The teenage boys in the cartoon are all trained in fighting and technology and continually battle a nutty professor.