Whimsical Wednesday: Real Life Superheroes

“It’s not who I am underneath… but what I do… that defines me.” –Batman

The reason I started this weekly feature was to seek out inspiration from real people who see the world from a slightly different angle.

Recently, author Tea Krulos from Milwaukee, Wisconsin came to a local bookstore and did a reading from his new nonfiction work Heroes in the Night. His book is about the Real Life Superhero (RLSH) movement. You can find his blog here. There is a wealth of superheroic information, Hero profiles, evidence of superheroisms. I had always assumed these costumed crusaders were just community ambassadors, homeless advocates, charity organizers, and public safety patrollers. And they are. But, much to my surprise, some of these Heroes actually stop crimes.

I stumbled across this video on Heroes in the Night. In it, the Seattle-based superteam the Rain City Superheroes Movement, which includes Phoenix Jones, El Caballero, Ghost, Midnight Jack, Pitch Black, Mantis, help a stabbing victim and chase down the perp. I’m not sure this kind of thing is safe, but I salute them for answering the Call to Adventure.

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