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2011 3rd Ave Festival by emilydickinsonridesabmx via Flickr.

Taken at 2011 3rd Ave Festival by emilydickinsonridesabmx via Flickr.

Bay Ridge, the home of Captain Brooklyn, can now add a superheroine to its growing pantheon of comic book characters.

When Brooklyn high school student Aliera Carstairs isn’t practicing for nationals with her school’s fencing team, she’s learning the ropes of her new-found role as the “sword-wielding defender of the Fairies” in artist Mike Cavallaro and author Jane Yolen’s new kid-friendly Curses! Foiled again, writes Brooklyn Paper’s Chuck O’Donnell.

Cavallaro drew inspiration for various locations in Aliera’s comic book world from real-life Brooklyn places.

From Park Slope brownstones to the architectural diversity of Bay Ridge, Cavallaro knew he couldn’t get way with anything less than faithful renderings of the originals.

“Brooklyn really had to look like Brooklyn,” Cavallaro told O’Donnell. “[It’s] harder to draw the real stuff. The fantasy characters just have to look cool and be fun to draw. Most of them are just background characters, so no one can tell me that I drew that tentacle wrong, it’s whatever I want it to be — but you know, a car is a car, and we all know when it doesn’t look right.”

Curses! Foiled Again is the sequel to Yolen and Cavallaro’s award-winning 2009 graphic novel Foiled.

While an employee at Galaxy Comics [6823 5th Ave] told Bay Ridge Odyssey via phone that they are not yet carrying it, you should be able to pick up a copy of “Curses! Foiled Again” at Bergen Street Comics [470 Bergen Street] in Park Slope.