MERRILLVILLE | De-Vante Mosby can be quiet at times, but that doesn't mean he has a lack of ideas.
The 21-year-old Merrillville man often spends hours drawing pictures and creating comic books.
He dreams of own a publishing company to print the comics he has developed.
Diagnosed with autism, De-Vante has faced challenges with his speech and occasionally his memory, his mother Tracy Mosby said.
But he won't let the disorder prevent him from pursuing his goals.
"I just love comics," De-Vante said.
"Merrillville 14" is among the comics De-Vante has created.
The superheros in the comic book are students who slowly develop their powers throughout high school, said Curtis Mosby, De-Vante's uncle.
The characters fight evil in Merrillville and do good deeds in the community.
Curtis Mosby is planning to visit New York City with De-Vante this year.
While there, they plan to visit the headquarters of major comic book companies with the intent of getting De-Vante involved in the comic book profession.
"Who knows" what will happen, Curtis Mosby said.
He said autism hasn't affected his nephew's imagination.
When it comes to choosing something to draw, De-Vante said he gets his inspiration from many areas.
It can be something he sees while watching television. Several of his drawings have been of rooms in his uncle's house. The rooms are drawn as if they are cities.
De-Vante recently participated in Merrillville's recognition of municipal government day and sat with Town Attorney John Bushemi during a council meeting.
After the experience, De-Vante decided he would create a portrait of the Town Council and draw the inside of Town Hall. He attended last week's council meeting with his family to take pictures that he will use to create the artwork.
De-Vante will provide Merrillville with the pieces, which will be displayed at Town Hall, said Carol Miano, council president.
De-Vante started drawing when he was 3 years old, Curtis Mosby said.
His first drawings were basic figures. Over time, his skills developed.
Tracy Mosby said her son hasn't had professional training. She can't explain how De-Vante became a talented artist.
"I think he's amazing," she said.