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We are a superhero family… If you follow my posts that’s no surprise. We have had hero birthday parties, attended comic book day, made superhero mugs for father’s day, and so much more. One thing that constantly tugs at me is that there is a GIANT lack of strong female characters that (E) can relate and look up to.
As if he read my mind, a friend and comic book aficionado, Gary Bloom, has started a campaign to release the perfect comic book series. There are strong female LEADS, no SEXY outfits, and zero gender LIMITATIONS. Heroes are heroes, female and male as equal counterparts, as it should be!
We adore Natasha Romanov (Black Widow) and can’t believe this campaign hasn’t already raised the money that it needs to get going. Who wouldn’t want that for their daughter? Who wouldn’t want their little girl learning to DEFEND herself, feeling STRONG, PROUD, SMART, and RESOURCEFUL?! I look forward to the opportunity to explain to my daughter that you don’t need a man to save you; you are capable! Men & women are partners in crime (or heroism); no gender superiority.
When Frozen was released, the parental boards overflowed with love for sisters who saved themselves. Anna wasn’t saved by a kiss; it was true love of a sibling! Here’s a chance to take that idea and magnify it tenfold! I’m a HUGE Disney fan (as are my children). I’d love to see them behind this, from the GROUND up! I mean, who better than the company who now owns both the MARVEL and STAR WARS franchises? Girls don’t have to be princesses… they have options, why not show them some?
Oh, right: they’re the ones who left Black Widow toys out of the plan.
While I’m not an aficionado of obscure comics, we do watch some offbeat titles, and I still can’t find many strong females. Sadly, the popular heroines are regularly scantily clad. While I like Wonder Woman, I’d never let my daughter walk out of the house like that. I can think of few that are strong AND dressed conservatively.
Gary (the man behind the comic) intends to change. He wrote HEROES and then chose genders. They won’t be named “-girl” or “-woman”, much like Black Widow and Firestar; they became Cinderhawk and Stonefish. Bricker and Raceway have no gender identifiers, why should the women?
Why is Gary so intent on doing this? He’s a good guy, but more so, he’s a dedicated, loving husband and dad. An avid reader of comics, and follower of heroes, he was bothered at the consistent portrayal of the females in such works. He’s creating characters that he would want his daughter to emulate… that I want my daughter to emulate….
Gary snuggling with daughter (V) the inspiration behind his comics.
To get this endeavor off of the ground Gary has a Kickstarter campaign and is SO close to his goal. He has 11 more days to achieve it so that the first comic can be printed and released. I’ve already made a donation, and put in my request for t-shirts for the whole family. That’s how certain I am that this will be AMAZING.
For more information you can check out his Facebook Page (click Here) where he posts information including other interviews and articles about him and his amazing fight for GENDER EQUALITY in the SUPERHERO world. There are also some descriptions and exclusive pictures of the characters themselves. To contribute to his kickstarter campaign ( every donation of even a dollar is helpful, and receives an incentive) please click here. I will of course keep you updated, I hope to someday be purchasing tickets to the Red Lance Movie, and a Halloween costume for (E) to be Cinderhawk.