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ANDERSON — Deon Parsons has a message to communicate: Be positive. And the
 2013
 graduate of Anderson High School and cartoonist plans to do that with his art.
Not too long after meeting Deon, it is clear that positivity is more than something he 
preaches. 
His bright smile and welcoming air give way to meet a passionate and driven personality.
Although Deon has been doodling for fun since the age of 5, his serious career goals
 began 
taking off throughout his junior year with the creation of his most well-known cartoon. 
Deon 
explains that he was in the Anderson Public Library browsing "How-to-Draw Manga" 
books
when he came across an interesting character and sat down to draw her with his own
 artistic
 spin. This was the birth of Kurami, a 3-year-old blind British girl and Deon’s prized
 cartoon 
strip.
From there, he began to develop Kurami, and by his senior year at Anderson, he was 
drawing
 three-panel cartoons, featuring his creation, for the school paper. The X-Ray, however,
was only
 the beginning.
Kurami has more than 3,300 fans, or “friends,” as Deon refers to them, on her Facebook
 page and
 is known around Anderson High School as the “Blind Maiden." Kraig Binkerd, a geometry
 and trigonometry teacher at Anderson, grinned as he reminisced about Parsons drawing
 Kurami for an assignment in his geometry class.
“Most people start with something simple,” Binkerd said of the tessellation project.
 "But Deon
 had an idea.”
Deon used one of his own drawings and digitally copied it to make a picture of Kurami 
playing the 
piano. Binkerd said the photo serves as the wallpaper on his school computer to this day.
Kurami has reached more than the high school, however. At the marketplace at
 Anderson University, Kurami is known as the “Head Chef,” and doodles of her can be 
found at Nicholson Library on the AU campus.
Levi Rinker, the executive director of “The Walking Man Project” in Anderson, 
said that as he looks through the Kurami Facebook page he sees the development 
of the character that Deon has created. 
The page features sketches that depict Kurami’s personality and her vision through 
the imagery of the background.
Rinker said, “Anything this focused shows the determination and thought process of a 
long-range goal in mind.”
When asked about this long-range goal, Deon’s eyes lit up. He gushed about his 
desire to eventually create Kurami as an animated Web series. This way, the inspiration
 that Kurami was created to give will be accessible across the globe, and Deon will
 keep control of the themes and art that he has such passion for.
What is this inspiration that Kurami gives?
“Live life, be happy,” Deon says. “If a 3-year-old blind girl with a rough life behind her 
can 
learn to smile every day, I think we all can too. Be yourself and work toward your goals. 
Do whatever you can to have a positive outlook.”
Not only does Deon have a passion for positivity, but for the city of Anderson. 
Rinker describes Parsons as a “co-creator” of Anderson, and explains that people
 like him are the reason for the city’s unique personality. Of Deon’s passion for life, 
Rinker said, “Finding people with that much passion is rare. Even rarer is finding 
someone willing to go the extra mile to turn that idea into reality.”
So what’s next for Deon and Kurami? He and his family are moving to Georgia
 where Deon hopes to enroll in an art school to advance his drawing talent.
 Parsons said, “Although I am moving and the setting of Kurami is
 in Georgia,
 Kurami’s heart is here in Anderson; as is mine.”