When I was a kid, I
dreamed of being the star of
my own story. But no damsel-in-distress stories for me--I wanted to be
Wonder Woman, a pirate queen, or at least the female Sam Spade! So
I loved the idea of THE GOOD GUYS Casting Call
real kids could become comic book superheroes or heroines.
Of all the
duties I've performed here
at DEFIANT, perhaps the one O enjoyed the most was calling the eight
of THE GOOD GUYS contest and living my dream vicariously through them.
If only I had a dime for every shout of "Wow!" or "This is great!" or
can't believe it!... and that was just from our real-life Good
Believe m, it
wasn't easy for our judges
to narrow down the tidal wave of entrants down to Paul, Matt, Reggie,
Jenni, Jeff, Laura, and Zack. When Clark Smith and the rest of our
set THE GOOD GUYS Casting Call Contest in motion, we had no idea we'd
such a huge response. Thousands of entry forms accompanied by either
or artwork, poured into our post office box--to say nothing of the last
minute entries that came straight to the office via Federal Express,
Mail, and even fax.
response, we found out that
not only do we have tons of fans but also that we have tons of talented
fans with fascinating ideas! From coast to coast and even Europe and
entrants dazzled us with terrific artwork, essays both witty and
and detailed "biographies" of every kind of superhero they could dream
up. We were astonished at the number of aspiring young artists and
influenced by comic books. If even half of these budding creators are
to bring their talents into the comic book industry, the field could
a new Golden Age!
especially struck me was that
just about every entrant we received mail from, or whom I talked with,
seemed genuinely nice--goodhearted, enthusiastic, and often eager to
his or her hypothetical superpowers to make the world a better place in
some way. Many entries addressed social or environmental problems,
from substance abuse to racism to recycling. I was glad to see that the
contest encouraged people to join forces: Entries came from an entire
or high-school classes or library study groups.
thing was that entrants'
parents were often comic fans themselves, as excited about the contest
as the kids were. It was obvious that many parents were heavily
with their children, sharing and caring about their interests. That's a
far cry from the days of parents throwing away their kids' comics,
them as juvenile or plain junk. THE GOOD GUYS isn't either: Both
and kids will find themselves caught up in the complex and well-crafted
fictional adventures of our real-life Good Guys.
Paul, Matt, Reggie,
Dan, Jenni, Jeff, Laura, and Zack, welcome to the DEFIANT family--the
Universe will be safer in your hands.
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