(KAKE) He’d always been a fan of superheroes. Now, a Wichita dad has turned his son into one too.
Chip Reece’s boy, Ollie, was born in June 2010. He had several health complications, including congenital heart defects. Reece wasn’t sure if his boy would make it.
Yet, little Ollie has pushed through. Reece wanted to create something special for his boy, who has Down syndrome. He took his passion for comics and created one for Ollie: Metaphase.
Comic books lack diversity for characters with disabilities, Reece said. He wanted to change that.
Metaphase stars a young boy, named Ollie, who has Down syndrome. It focuses on topics that families, like Reece’s, might experience.
“Ollie, a boy with Down syndrome, wants to have powers just like his superhero dad,” as described on the comic’s page on Amazon.com. “But with congenital heart defects, his father has no intention of letting his son get in harm's way. Enter Meta-Makers, a company run by an egomaniac that promises to give Ollie the super powers he so desires – but at what cost?“
Though the comic was intended for close friends and family, the comic caught on with the community. Alterna Comics wanted to see more from Reece. He launched a Kickstarter campaign. Metaphase was published in summer 2015.
The story keeps selling out online, especially as people continue to share the message behind it.
Now, Reece is preparing to work the next stories for Metaphase. He said he couldn’t be more proud of his son and what Metaphase teaches those who’ve read it.