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Jason ConoverBy Jason Conover
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Jason ConoverBy Jason Conover
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$5,592
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, April 7 2019 4:01 AM UTC +00:00.

About

"If you smiled, you'd look less threatening. Even with those fangs." 

"His eyes started glowing, so we jumped him!" "Bro, he cried sparkles!"

"They're ruining the resale value of the whole neighborhood with their scaled skin."


MASKED PREJUDICE is a shared-universe, narrative anthology detailing the lives and trials of marginalized individuals and communities through the action-packed lens of superheroes. The book is 160 pages long, in full-color, and features 13 stories by 27 incredibly talented writers and artists.

Hatred is a formidable emotion. Anyone from a marginalized community has experienced the palpable fear of directed hate. Shouted at on the street, confronted in the subway, undermined in our jobs, or even belittled by our families. MASKED PREJUDICE spotlights characters who experience hate and fear even before they put on a cape. They can't simply remove their spandex and walk casually away from racism, prejudice, or homophobia.

The stories in MASKED PREJUDICE take place in a society where hate-fueled abuse is normalized; a place where it's socially accepted to lash out in fear towards anyone displaying super powers. The government has outlawed unsanctioned powers, labeling any non-registered superhuman as a Mask with "something to hide," and conscripting them into the army or intelligence agencies. Some heroes resign to political pressure while others flee from persecution, and many civilians fear the day their powers manifest.

When we drop into our characters' lives, they've survived the 2 years in a radicalized country full of distrust and paranoia. Some superhuman thrive in the new world order, working for the Bureau of Superhuman Affairs to uncover unregistered Masks, or as bounty hunters to pursue them. A few former heroes work within the system, using their powers to defend their country or help marginalized Masks assimilate into the government. Still, most Masks live isolated and alone, going to school, working in their corner deli, or cooped up at home in daily fear of being outed.


A little over a year ago, five of my friends and coworkers came together to brainstorm and collaborate on a superhero universe. All of us had been long-time comic book readers, as well as, coworkers at one of the biggest comic book retailers in the U.S., Midtown Comics. Most of the original characters we developed, unintentionally, were queer characters. As a gay man myself, I realized superpowered characters at their least powerful could serve as a strong metaphor for the experiences of the LGBT and marginalized communities. A resurgence of bigotry and hatred seems to be spreading after the previous presidential election. Each day seemed to bring another news story that filled me with anxiety: tiki torch rallies, school shootings, and a rise in suicide among young people. We wanted to take all that raw emotion, all that pent up frustration, and express it into this anthology. 

Our story and our message wouldn't be possible without this amazing team!

Miguel MoralesDana OsburnJoe GlassCameron KerkauJames StreckerMatthew KleinAnthony GambinoJoshua DavisonKaitlin ThaggardMike GarleyJonathan SchwochertLuke TroveseRich WojcickiMatthew PummellFelipe Cunha •  Raphael SoohooAlyssa SpectorJosh ShockeySueli OliveiraTyler AnkenmanJosh FreesRebecca FioreRodrigo UrbanoSebastián PirizBernardo BriceEllie Wright

Each and every cent you pledge will go towards paying our artists and creators, producing our story, and shipping thing finished books to you!

 The rewards you don't want to miss out on include:

  • Digital art by Rodrigo Urbano
  • Physical copy of our trade paperback
  • 9"x12" art print by Sebastián Piriz
  • 1.5" enamel pin designed by Christopher Waugh
  • 4"x6" sketch card drawn on by our artists
  • A cosplay-level domino mask

$30,000: Artist pay increase!

We all know how starving artists are, so help us push past our goal and can get some rice and beans on their table.

Thanks

Masked Prejudice and this Kickstarter wouldn't have been possible without the collaboration, hard-work, and support of some incredibly talented people. Unending gratitude go to:

  •  Tim Daniel, for designing the amazing logo and book treatment
  • Chris London and Miles Neuvirth, for recording the video
  • Tyler Ankenman, for editing the video
  • Wyatt Cohen, for backup and side-kicking
  •  Joe Corallo, for support and a million questions answered
  • Zora Gilbert, for support and a million more questions answered
  • Gamal Hennessy, for legal advise

Risks and challenges

While this is my first Kickstarter, I have worked in comic book retail and within a publisher for the last 4 years. Most of our stories are written and complete, which will expedite our schedule. Like any anthology, there is the risk of delay from the printer and during shipping. But my priority will always be to keep all donors informed and up to date with our process!

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