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Rise of the Anti-hero

People have been fascinated with heroes since the dawn of time. The Greeks and Romans had their pantheon of heroes, as did the Celts and Native Americans (among others). Often those heroes represented a perfect ideal, the ultimate vision of our human potential. Usually this meant a hero free of flaws–a one dimensional 1950’s boy scout who loves his mother, is ind to animals, and helps old ladies across the street. A worthy image yes, but terribly boring and unrealistic.

Enter the Anti-hero.

The anti-hero often lacks grace along with a few other desirable qualities (like tact or sobriety). They represent a less than perfect ideal, a more realistic picture of a hero who may not do everything right–despite their good intentions, who may not have a handle on his personal life, and who deals with other issues such as unemployment. The anti-hero finds a soft spot in heart because even though they screw up most of the time they come through when it matters most. They are also more interesting to watch (because you really aren’t sure if they’re going to come through) and are more dynamic than the perfect superman, which means they can actually grow and change.

I’m sure we all have our favorite anti-hero. McClane from Die Hard, Tony Stark as Iron Man, Hellboy–the list goes on and on. I fall into this category. I know I’m not perfect. I’m a little messy, have a temper, and I don’t always react the way I should in certain situations, but I like to think that when it matters most I come through. So I may not be a 1950’s Girl Scout–at least I’m not boring!

So here’s to the anti-hero. May you not destroy more than you create, may yo always come through in a crunch, and may you please work on the relationships that matter most

Being the super-geek that I am, and because of the major hint dropped at the end of Iron Man 2, I can not stop thinking about the Avengers and Thor.

My love for comic books started at a very early age. Not in 1960 when the first Thor comic hit the stands, but in 1984 when I purchased Clash of the Titans at the ripe old age of 5. I soon discovered X-Men, Wonder Woman, the Avengers, The Justice League, and well I can’t get enough of the classics or the new emerging characters.

Why comic books?

I get asked this all the time, especially because I am a woman (for those of you who weren’t already aware of that fact). The answer:

Comic Books and the characters in them show me what can be. They represent endless possibilities while also communicating the relate-able, heart warming and often tragic facets of the human condition. They talk about love, hate, family, government, fear, want, need, mercy, greed, and occasionally an unhealthy addiction to candy bars (HellBoy). We all can relate to that one!

I love comic books so much I even started out my higher education career pursuing an art degree hoping to go work for an Indie studio and creating some new beloved character. I got pregnant instead, and went after a real degree. Now I’m back to my obsession, writing about superheroes and signing up for art classes.

Side note–follow your passion. There is no such thing as a real job. Sorry mom.

Back to comic books–you can imagine how incredibly nuts I have been going over the resurgence of comic books and the many amazing movies coming out. I’ve been watching the many attempts to translate comic books to the big screen. I felt terribly deflated after HeMan, and the X Men: Generation X pilot was so cheesy it made me cry. Even though X Men 3 totally pissed me off (along with anyone who actually read the comic books), they cannot extinguish my love for the printed comic book and I will still go and see every comic based movie they put out.  Which reminds me, where is my Wonder Woman they’ve been promising me?