When Wollongong's Jake Holman was bullied as a teenager, he vented his frustrations by creating a comic series.
The 24-year-old, who has submitted a cartoon to the Illawarra Mercury's competition, said he created a story about a transgender duck, which he eventually turned into a sitcom-style cartoon once the bullying stopped and his emotional well-being improved.
"Drawing is something I'm good at and it's a creative outlet, somewhere I can put all my energy whether it is driven by happiness or anger," he said.
For the Mercury's competition, the University of Wollongong student submitted a cartoon focusing on the federal government's budget last week.
"It's allegorical ... the budget is represented as a bomb, Tony Abbott as Spider-man and what happened as a result of the budget, which was Sydney's March in May," he said.
"I decided to portray the march as a spray can."
Although the competition winner will receive $1000 cash, Mr Holman was prompted to submit a cartoon while at Wollongong's recent Comic Gong Festival.
"I thought I would ride the wave of interest given all the cartooning and comics in this area," he said.
Submissions must reflect a popular news topic or personality from a Mercury news story during May.
The best entries will be printed in the Mercury and exhibited at Wollongong Art Gallery.
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