We all want to be able to identify with a hero. This week, create a post about a hero who speaks to you.

"The Man of Yesterday" by JD Hancock (CC BY-2.0).

Last week, we published a roundtable with writers from The Nerds of Color, a pop-culture blog whose writers turn their critical eyes on film, TV, comics, and games, and how people of color are represented — or not.

An element that runs through all the forms of entertainment they critique is the superhero. Superheroes are aspirational figures, in whom noble characteristics are exaggerated to outsized proportions. The Nerds understand how important it is to be able to identify with a superhero — to be able to see yourself in an inspiring figure — and that’s why they push the entertainment industry to give us a more diverse range of heroes:

One of my favorite comics growing up was G.I. Joe. As much as I loved the cartoon and toys, I loved the comics more. My favorite characters were Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, rival ninjas who were former friends. I didn’t know it at the time, but I subconsciously gravitated to those characters because of their Asianness.

When we’re able to associate with a hero, especially as children, it helps us to believe that we could also be this better, nobler, more powerful version of ourselves.

For this week’s challenge, write a superhero story. Share an inspiring figure that speaks to you. You could:

  • Invent a totally new superhero.*
  • Take a photo of a personal hero, and tell us why they’re so important to you.
  • Draw a version of your favorite character in a new situation.
  • Write about a moment of everyday heroism you’ve witnessed.

You never know who will see themselves in your post — you might just give someone the superhero they need.

*Mine would be Outspoken Fat Lady! Able to silence body-shamers with a single well-timed barb. Oh, and she’d also be able to fly, because that’s just cool.

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  1. I write about people with superpowers every week, because my blog is fiction about superheroes. So this challenge seemed pretty easy.

    Until I thought it over.

    My main characters are five young women who live in Scotland, three are white, one is Middle eastern, one is Asian. One is Muslim, one is normal Christian, one had a horrid right wing extreme Christian upbringing. One is agnostic and the last is an atheist. One of them is gay, one of them is bi, two are straight, and the last is confused.

    There, I thought I had quite a wide spread. But these five superpowered women bonded because each of them got rejected from superhero training, and my superheroes so far have all been white.

    And I never sat down and thought about that until I read this post. Thank you for helping me realize this.

    I’m going to design a new hero later, that should be fun.

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  2. One of the big problems is that two publishers have a monopoly on superheroes and most of them have been around since the 60’s. Very recently they have made greater efforts toward diversity.

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    1. Greater efforts are better than no effort at all! Also maybe it is about time people start creating their own superheroes, the ones they would like to see on screen or read about than wait for Hollywood to create one for them? Just thinking 🙂

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  3. I often refer to my son as a ‘superhero.’ I have a story in my head ready to write but haven’t had the opportunity to write it so this might be the prompt I need. We lost our 20 year old beautiful brown eyed boy Jacob last year to Ewing’s Sarcoma a rare form of youth & young adolescent cancer. His will and fight to live throughout his ordeal makes him worthy of recognition of being a superhero. He’s my ‘superhero’ x

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  4. I believe we are all super heroes in our own way.A hero takes care of family.A hero goes to work a hero helps others.A hero sacrifices in times of war.Sometimes people need too stop being a villian and be that super hero and help change lives.


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