A Message for Artists

"I really connect with the project. Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the hospital both as a patient and as a visitor, so I get how special this is.  Going through a treatment is challenging for any kid - hospitals can be a scary environment.  I deeply believe these kind attitudes do help, no matter if they seem small.  I'm glad to see the project growing and glad to be part of it." (Ana Gusson, Vancouver Titmouse)

"The Superhero Project is a way to leave reality for a time and imagine another world – it is a new way of seeing things. The collaboration involves going somewhere and doing exciting things, even if you're actually sitting alone at a drawing table or lying in a hospital bed. Stories and visuals are woven together – it is a way of sharing something personal with someone – someone you may never even meet."  (Christopher C. Darling)

Are you a graphic artist, comic book creator, animator, digital illustrator or designer? Would you like to create a character that will impact a family and provide joy during a difficult time? Are you independent, responsible and creative? If so, then we’re looking for you!


Step One

Once kids are selected for the Superhero Project, a Sidekick volunteer will be dispatched for the interview.  We’ll collect a description of the child’s superhero alter-ego - what she stands for, what he wears, what tools she uses, how he travels from place to place - everything the artist needs to create a character.

Step Two

We’ll then match each child with a volunteer designer, who will be sent the child’s name, a photo, and a full description of the character. Artists will have 1-2 weeks to create their designs, which will then be submitted electronically to the Sidekicks team.  

The designs should be scaled for printing as an 11" X 17" image.

Step Three

The characters will be printed professionally and presented to the families, along with a short biography of the artist and a digital copy. (Some families may wish to print additional copies for home and hospital, relatives or fundraising efforts, etc.)  If possible, a photo of the child with the character will be taken and returned to the artist to share the joy of the experience!

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Sign up today to create a superhero character!

To volunteer as an artist, please send an e-mail to  with the following details:

Your name

A brief description of your experience

2-3 samples of your work or a link to your online portfolio or website

We will send you a calendar of open dates to find one that works with your schedule.

Call or text 440.796.1605 with questions.