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I'm quite sure Norm Nobre was the first character I created for Ferda Boys, to be one of the main trio, together with Shawn Ohara and Curt Evans.

Nobre is a 16-year-old ice hockey centre for the Greenville Flying Squirrels. His name, "Norm" (from Norman), I think it's pretty obvious, was chosen to show he's just a regular, normal kid. A "normie" — and he's often called like that. That's shown on his average vital stats — he's 5'8" tall and weights 175 lb (173cm tall, weights 79kg). Average for regular people, but maybe a little bit short for hockey.

But the name wasn't picked on random. "Nobre" is also Portuguese-language for "noble." Of course, it's a contraposition with his given name. How can anyone be "normal" and "noble" at the same time? Nobre is just another Ontario Roman Catholic working class average kid. There's nothing... noble about it. At the same point, his name reflects a little bit from his personality — his nobleness can be shown on some of his behaviour and character profile. The fact that "Nobre" is a short word, only 5 letters, was another good reason for picking it. It's easier to fit it in speech bubbles.

Besides his Portuguese heritage, Norm Nobre is also of Irish descent from his mother side and that's why his eyes are green, for being a colour related to both Portugal and Ireland.

As of his personal tastes, Nobre is fond of comic books, punk rock and video games. This shows him as a regular kid with regular tastes not only in Canada, but all over the world, and how the fantastic and the fiction have a role in his life, his thoughts and his doings.

Also, his taste for comic books allows me to use metalanguage and to reference a lot of authors, characters and stuff that inspire me to do my job. Punk rock and hardcore punk represents the juvenile energy of the character and of junior hockey in general. In addition, punk rock songs' lyrics are based on feelings familiar to every kid.

For vidya, the idea is that Nobre goes from retro (you can see him playing a Game Boy here) to current games. It's a good way to, both, I reference video games I like and video games that contemporary audiences will relate more.