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Comic book hero digs into soil

The Alberta sleuth teaches students about agriculture

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The Chase “Superman” Duffy comics chronicle the adventures of an upper elementary track and field athlete as he navigates his way around his grandfather’s farm in central Alberta to learn about food, agriculture, and the only ‘Made in Canada’ crop — canola.

Written for eight- to 11-year-olds, the graphic novel series was developed to help parents and teachers introduce children to local agriculture, food production, and science. The novels may also be used by teachers as English-writing tools.

In honour of the International Year of Soils, the latest book in the series, Beneath the Soil, is a thriller that sees Chase learn about the importance of soil and the many living organisms that exist in it.

This book was launched at Aggie Days on Calgary Stampede grounds April 9. Aggie Days welcomes elementary-age students from Calgary and area schools to learn about agriculture and food in a hands-on, educational way.

Author Dawn Ius and illustrator James Grasdal, are both local Albertans and will be available at the book launch for interview and signings.

A complete listing of the Chase “Superman” Duffy adventure books may be viewed at and are available for schools and educational purposes at no cost.

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