Kahari Franklin is a 12 year old artist with a passion for drawing. He loves to draw comic book and video game characters, which inspired him to start creating his own. He later turned his own original ideas into comic book and story book characters. He’s been drawing since the age of 2. His gift of drawing was noticed very early on by his family and peers. He’s always trying to perfect his drawing skills every chance he gets. When he’s not working on books, he’s learning to create video games, filming and editing videos, or surfing the web.
Kahari also has type 1 juvenile diabetes. He was diagnosed at age 2. Although this diagnosis was life-changing for him and his family, he never let it hinder him. As he became school-aged things started to become a bit more challenging. As he grew up, in school he noticed how cruel some kids could be. He started getting bullied and picked on because of his diabetes. The bullying motivated him to find an outlet to talk about his experiences. He wanted to do this in a creative and entertaining way, combining the use of his drawing talent and his need to share his experiences with others. This became the fuel for his very first comic book series idea, “Swoosh”. With the support of his family he was able to accomplish this goal. His graphic novel, “Swoosh Chapters: The Beginning”, is the first of many books to come
Keyon Franklin has also published "Antava and Anteena and The Hair Queen". He is a current Bennet Academy 6th grader. Keyon Franklin is an 11 year old with a creative mind. He likes to draw and create. His inspiration comes from his love for animals and nature as a toddler. This love inspired him to start writing children's books. He's been writing books since the age of 7. He's constantly being inspired by all things around him. He's always wanted to share his unique characters with the world. He has two older brothers who are just as creative as he. When he isn't writing and illustrating, he's playing with toys, surfing the web, or playing video games.
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