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“I think it’s best for an artist… to express themselves in what way they want: their capabilities, their own art, their expressions, in that manner. Their own appeal comes out more. To call something art, it has to be expressed by the artists.”

– Andrew Qappik

When he was young, Derek Emmons was bullied. One day, he put on a Lone Ranger mask… and found his true self. Meet Polarman, a masked crusader for everyday justice, who spent years walking the streets of Iqaluit, shovelling walks, mediating playground fights and spreading his anti-bullying message. In a piece that combines 360° scenes of Iqaluit with comic-book style animation by top Canadian comic artists, Polarman tells us his origin story, sharing his influences and his goals for a more compassionate world.