12-year-old Vernal girl creates comic book based on personal experience with bullying and loss

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VERNAL, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- After dealing with bullying and the loss of a family friend, 12-year-old Shelbi Webb of Vernal channeled her feelings into writing a comic book to help others cope similar experiences. With the help of her dad, Jason Webb, she created Sugar Glider– a “comic with a cause.”

The comic follows a high school track and field star and adrenaline junkie named Jordyn. Like every true superhero, she has an origin story. When a meteor crashes to earth, Jordyn gains the powers of super speed, agility, and healing, taking on the alias Sugar Glider. 

There’s more going on beneath the surface of this superhero story, however. Jordyn isn’t the only teenager in town to get powers.  She encounters other super-powered kids who each embody different struggles young readers will relate to– such as bullying, body image, mental illness, peer pressure, or sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Shelbi and Jason enlisted the help of the band X Ambassadors to promote the book. The band is also featured in the story, assisting Jordyn in her mission to help others overcome their challenges and heal. 

SUGAR GLIDER featuring X AMBASSADORS will officially launch on May 12, 2018. A launch party at The Club and Café at 50 West in Salt Lake City from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Tickets are available at glidercomix.com

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