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This week, Dorm Dorks takes a detour from it's normal story to give you a TRIPLE SIZED (!) special installment in honor of the passing of Captain America.

It might be easy to write off this whole thing as a marketing gimmick, or to write off this week’s installment as the musing of a nerd who spends way to much time with the funny books. But before you do that, please listen. Maybe it’s just a guy thing, or a young adolescent thing, but there’s something about superheroes, when they’re done well, that goes way beyond bodybuilders in tights…

Superheroes do for us what grand Shakespearian tragedies did for that audience. They do for us what the Iliad and the Odyssey did in their time. I’m sure I’m not the only kid who noticed the parallels between what he heard in Sunday School, and what he read about the noble son of a planet called Krypton. Almost everything I know about honor, integrity, and justice, I learned from the likes of Bruce Wayne, Kal-El, Peter Parker, Diana Prince, Charles Xavier, and of course, the late Steve Rogers. What I mean is that superhero stories are like great myths—morality plays—they touch us at the core—they show us what we wish we could be, they show us what’s worth fighting for, and what’s not. They show us our faults, our glories. They catch us when we fall, and lift us on to greater heights than we ever thought possible.

The emotional ties that us “nerds” develop to these heroes isn’t a sign of social reclusion, or geekdom, or perversion… These ties we develop are the resonance of something powerful and true that we see in these stories: struggles of morality painted on a gigantic canvas of grand powers and responsibilities.

I’m sad to see Cap go, and while I figure Marvel will bring him back eventually in some form or another, this is a great reminder of what he, and those like him represent to us. A reminder of the power of mythic storytelling at it’s best. So take some time this week, and read a comic—really sit down, and lose yourself in a superhero tale, as if you were 10 years old, eating it up. Give it a try, in remembrance of Cap. We miss ya, big guy. 


Special thanks to the Marvel crew for their years of greatness. I don’t know who all was involved in Cap’s death, but special thanks are due to: Stan Lee, Ed Brubaker, Brian Bendis, Brian K. Vaughn, Warren Ellis, Joss Whedon, and of course all the artists who made the visions and stories of these men come to life. Thank you for telling your stories. And showing this boy what it means to fly.

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Day Job

Please allow me to get long-winded and philosophical for a moment... You see, the dream for any of us cartoonists is that one day, we can quit our day jobs, wake up when WE decide, and spend all day long doing the thing we really love: making comics. To be able to say that we make comics full time is the most glorious thing we can dream of achieving.

Recently, Kris Straub, the creator of one of my favorite webcomics of all time, was lamenting on his blog recently about how, after several years of being a full time cartoonist, he was having to take a day job again to keep things afloat. Now, sometimes these things just happen, and there's nothing you can do, and it doesn't mean that Kris isn't one of the top cartoonists working right now (he is in my opinion, anyway).

I just realized that a lot of my readers might be unaware of the greatness that is Starslip Crisis. So I wanted to point you guys in his direction. Head over to www.starslip.com and spend some time browsing the archives. If you're feeling especially generous, check out his store--he's got a wide variety of awesome products to check out. So help a cartoonist out. If you like his work, help him continue to live the dream.

Of course, I'd be lying if I didn't encourage you to feel free to help me out here at Dorm Dorks, if you're so inclined--that's why there's a tip jar, and of course, the first print collection. But I'd rather you get hooked on Starslip, like I am. It's one of the things I look forward to most each day. Just remember, the power you have as a reader is incredible. So use it wisely, and make Starslip Crisis a part of your day!

Rumblings of things to come...

My apologies for anyone who has had difficulty getting the site to work lately. I'm actually in the process of something very exciting (I think) and should have something to show in the next few weeks, but what I was working on caused the site to be down for a few brief periods lately. All should be good, now, though, so enjoy the comics and stay tuned for some cool developments!

Mike Hankins ||   

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