Orange County

Brothers use creative superpowers to publish comic book to raise money, awareness for bionic arm

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Peter Parker. Steve Rogers. A superhero’s true identity is often kept secret in the movies and comic books.

But for this story, we will unmask the superhero The Bionic Kid, better known as Zachary Pamboukas.

He’s a 12-year-old from Seattle who was born without his right arm.

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He’s also one of 40 patients who has received a bionic arm from Limbitless Solutions, a local nonprofit started by a group of the University of Central Florida students in 2014.

The company is most known for 3D-printed bionic arms that are expressive and can be themed like superheroes, warriors and everything in between.

Pamboukas’ Spider-Man bionic arm allowed him to join his brother Christo in riding bikes and playing sports. Together, they created the comic book “Bionic Kid.”

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“We wrote this really big manifesto,” Pamboukas said. “And then eventually, it turned into this, which is really cool. Because like, we wrote this. It is beautiful.”

The first issue was a hit. Pamboukas and his family even appeared at MegaCon Orlando.

All proceeds from the comic go to Limbitless Solutions in the hopes of providing a bionic arm for another child like Pamboukas.

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This month, the authors released a second issue that features the Pamboukas brothers delivering an important message about disability and representation.

Adam Poulisse,

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.