Comic book fans get ready to meet a new super hero in an original strip called “Today’s Hero.” The creators, two Utica natives, are gearing up to show their work to the world. Our Cara Thomas takes a closer look at the new comic.
UTICA, N.Y. -- After the mysterious death of America’s superhero, General Freedom, the government is on the prowl for a new protector.
"What the U.S. government is trying to do is they're trying to replace him because they're afraid that they're going to look weak to other governments if they don't have a main protector," explained Paul LaPorte, "Today's Hero" writer.
But, that’s easier said than done. Those few people in society with super abilities aren’t willing to risk their lives. So the government gives a little incentive, fame and fortune. And they'll compete to be the next American protector through a reality television show.
"It definitely takes kind of a look on how those things influence our society and how our society views things based on what they see on the television and what they're told to view," said LaPorte.
"Today’s hero" isn’t a normal comic book. It’s not necessarily about the extraordinary battles between good and evil. Instead, writer Paul LaPorte and illustrator Steve Wameling have a deeper message to relay.
LaPorte said, "Super heroes themselves are not invincible, you know people, heroes in our every day lives, people that we see as heroes, these people are fragile and they're really putting a lot out there for not a lot of return."
"Today's Hero" Illustrator, Steve Wameling said, "I grew up with the superheroes, the superhero comics and think it's a great idea to sort of move away from the superhero stuff. Everybody can't be Batman or Spiderman or something."
So far, LaPorte and Wameling are working on their first issue, in which one of the super human characters, Jake, will be introduced. As the issues progress, readers will see both sides of the reality show. What's being shown to America and what's really happening when the cameras are turned off.
In order to get their project off the ground and into the hands of readers the creators said they need some financial support. To complete their first issue they need to raise $2,500 by the end of October. To pledge towards their original comic go to their Kickstarter page for more information.