Here’s something you don’t see every day … well, maybe you do.
Kickstarter has become the obligatory way folks raise money for their dream projects. I support dreams totally, and the site (as well as IndieGoGo and others) do awesome things. I get a lot of requests to let people know about their crowdfunding campaigns. The latest to get my attention, though, is a fledgling comic book called Stripling Warrior, who its creator, Brian Andersen, touts as “the world’s first gay Mormon superhero.” I have to say, I’m not exactly a comic book expert, but I wonder how many straight Mormon superheroes populate the nerdverse. Andersen himself is a geeky, out gay Mormon married to another out gay Mormon, and so he’s serious (it seems) about exploring actual mythology in the Church of the Latter-Day Saints through a devout LDS superhero. I haven’t detected the irony in the story at all, or the camp factor. And I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
In any event, it is a thing, and so if you wan to support it (he only needs $5k, and is already a third of the way there will three weeks to go), you can click here. I’m not sure I want to read about the victories of Mormon gays over evil in the world, or any religious superhero for that matter, but the Warrior has a nice package. And that’s why comic books are all about, right?