Fight

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. Been a busy few months—new job, life changes, etc…

But, following the election, now dawns upon all of us the most unexpected change of all. Trump/Pence.

I’ve long turned to comic books as a form of escapism, a place to take my mind off the harshness of reality. When things got rough, the comics were always there, and always making me feel as though my problems weren’t as bad. After all, Gotham City was always more dangerous than the real world, even with Batman’s protection.

Now I’m not so sure that’s true anymore. Villains seem to have won in reality. I don’t feel safe in the real world anymore. And what especially pains me is that I don’t know how or when or even if I’ll be able to shake that unsafe feeling. I fear for my fellow People of Color, my fellow queer people, my fellow good and decent human beings, my transgendered friends and family, my own mother who was an immigrant to this country—ALL are now threatened by this administration.

But despite my fear, I’m going to stand up and fight for what’s right. And I’m going to fight for those who can’t fight. Comic book heroes are inspired by real life heroes. We can all be heroes if we fight. Let’s be active activists, sacrifice a little for the oppressed, donate your time and your money to just causes, combat all evils, protest as much as we can, use your loudest voice, and demand basic human equity for all. I hope the comic book industry does all these things too. Bigotry, racism, sexism, xenophobia and the like WILL NOT WIN in the end.

Be strong. Be vigilant. Be powerful.

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About Collin Colsher

Collin Colsher is a writer, filmmaker, teacher, and comic book scholar that currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He is the creator of the Real Batman Chronology Project. He also serves on the jury for the annual Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize, which is sponsored by the US Library of Congress.
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