About this project
We aim to produce several hundred copies of a 28-page, 8 1/2" X 7", Meet The Coot Avengers mini-comic.
The mini-comic describes how four older Americans in their sixties found America's Golden Age Dream eroding under their feet; how they responded individually to this change; how they came together and decided to pool their talents, skills and "don't tread on us" personalities to dispel myths about older people and fight for the rights of themselves and others of their generation - the leading edge of the baby boom generation.
We believe there is a real audience for this story. Some 44 million baby boomers will be eligible for Social Security between now and 2029. Many of these people are comic readers. Indeed, one recent study found that one-quarter of all comic book readers are 65 or older.
While the underlying theme of Coot Avenger adventures may be serious, our Coot's do their thing with humor. Like a great many of their peers, they can and do laugh at themselves while taking whacks at abusers of all kinds. This light-hearted (and off-beat) approach helps explain the very positive reception Coot Avengers have attracted in local Philly newspapers where they have appeared since the first of this year, and why National Public Radio chose them (and their creators) to profile recently.
You can read more about the Coot Avengers, and see samples of cartoons featuring them at http://www.cootavengers.com. To see a Public Radio-related slide show about the Coots and their creators you can visit: http://www.whyy.org/widerhorizons/comingofage.html.
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Granny Confronts A Nefarious Financial Planner
Granny lost almost all her savings and her house. She took all her remaining belongings, her faithful protector the Rottweiler, Lockjaw, and Fletcher the parrot, to move to a seedy part of town.
Listen to an interview with one of the
creative team with Mary Eileen Williams on the
Feisty Side of Fifty blog talk radio.
Coots are a common term applied to feisty and ornery older people. Avengers are people who don't take guff from others and get back at people who try to abuse them. Together, these words describe our cartoon characters perfectly.
Our Coots are angry at any group or party that doesn't do right by them and other older Americans, which these days includes groups and parties of every stripe.
Absolutely! We range in age from 60 to 71, and many of our cartoons are actually inspired by our own experiences.
Of course. Like a growing number of Americans these days, we have to keep working to live — in this case, freelance work designing, painting and writing.
To an astonishing degree. From the moment our cartoons began appearing in local newspapers, and interviews on Public Radio and elsewhere were broadcast, the creators of these cartoons were bombarded with comments from people who said things like "Right. That's me. That's what I think and that's what I do."
Is there a way to follow the ongoing adventures of these characters even beyond getting their origins mini-comic?
The best and easiest way is probably to check in regularly at their website, http://www.cootavengers.com.
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