Shannon escapes into a superhero fantasy when things get rough. But will The Power Within be enough to save him?
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About the Project
We are looking to do a large print run of The Power Within, a comic book that tackles the subject of teen bullying and suicide. It focuses on Shannon, who gets picked on a lot at school because he is smaller, quieter and more "artistic" than the other kids. His dad and his teachers think the other kids wouldn't tease him if he just "fit in" more. Their advice is for him to hide, or he's bringing it on himself.
Faced with all this, Shannon has created a super-powered alter ego that he can escape into whenever he's in a bad situation. Pretending he's a powerful hero helps him stand up for himself. But will the power within be enough to save him?
We originally created this comic book for 24-Hour Comics Day last year, in response to the rash of teen suicides in September of 2010. We were so proud of the results that Mark went back and finished and cleaned up the art, and we released it as a "DiY" comic book and sold it at a few conventions on the west coast this spring.
Money raised through Kickstarter will be put toward the cost of printing the book, and will help us print a larger quantity. (Printing comics is much more affordable per copy with large print runs!)
In addition to sharing a great story, our goal is to get copies of the book into the hands of young people through youth centers, gay-straight alliances, and teachers' groups. Printing the book in a large print run will help us distribute free copies of the book to people who need to hear its message.
The Power Within is at the printer's now, and will be completed by the end of July, when it will make its debut at Comic-Con in San Diego. After we've gotten back from San Diego, we will pack and ship all of the rewards to our generous supporters!
Any authorized representative of a youth services organization can request free copies of The Power Within. If you know a local organization that might want copies of the book, direct them to go to http://thepowerwithin.org and click the link to send us an email request.
In addition to the main story by Charles "Zan" Christensen and Mark Brill (The Mark of Aeacus), The Power Within features contributions by Dan Parent (creator of Archie Comics' Kevin Keller) Stephen Sadowksi (JSA, Warlord of Mars), Greg Rucka (Wonder Woman, Whiteout) and Matthew Clark (Elseworlds: Supergirl and Batgirl), Andy Mangels (Gay Comics) and Donna Barr (The Desert Peach, Stinz), Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman) and Phil Jimenez (New X-Men, Wonder Woman), and Carla Speed McNeil (FINDER).
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A copy of The Power Within signed by writer Charles "Zan" Christensen and artist Mark Brill.
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An 11x17 print of the cover art to the book and a copy of The Power Within, both signed by writer Charles "Zan" Christensen and artist Mark Brill.
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A complete Northwest Press collection, including Teleny and Camille, Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny, Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven's Comics and The Mark of Aeacus, plus an 11x17 print of the cover art to the book and a copy of The Power Within, both signed by writer Charles "Zan" Christensen and artist Mark Brill.
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A ticket to the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards in New York in May, including the cocktail reception and exclusive VIP afterparty, plus a complete Northwest Press collection, including Lambda nominees Teleny and Camille and Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny, plus Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven's Comics and The Mark of Aeacus, plus an 11x17 print of the cover art to the book and a copy of The Power Within, both signed by writer Charles "Zan" Christensen and artist Mark Brill.
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