Seattle is a city of culture, art, and science. It is a city of technological innovations and social progress.
But it is also a city of superheroes.
The Emerald City finds itself the home to a bevy of self-appointed dispensers of justice. Individuals calling them superheroes patrol the streets, righting wrongs in their own way. These are “Real Life Superheroes,” people who actually try to a superhero in the real world. Though many draw inspiration from the fictional characters of comic books, they are not the same. Though the superhero “community” in Seattle has waxed and waned over the years, there has been a continual presence for the better part of a decade.
But who watches over these self-proclaimed protectors of the streets? Is there any way to hold them accountable? How do keep track of all these superheroes out about in our fair city? Who watches…the Watchmen?
“Who watches the Watchmen?” is the tagline from, “The Watchmen,” a graphic novel published by DC Comics and later produced into a big budget movie. Written by Alan Moore, it serves as a social commentary on the state of the world and of comic books of the time, a critique on power and the fallacy of putting faith in heroes. It is a cautionary tale, not a road map.
Real-life superheroes seem to really like it, as many have a tendency to quote it a lot. It is up to debate whether or not that got the message that Alan Moore was trying to tell.
I have been following the real-life superhero movement since 2009. Since learning of them, I have befriended many of them, tagged along on more patrols than I can remember, and even participated in various outreaches and event. I have yet to “don a mask” like them and have no plans to, so in the meantime, I hope to write about them and share their stories.
My hope is that this blog shines some light on Seattle’s superhero side. From my personal thoughts and first-hand account, my goal is to bring out the truth in those that stand for truth and justice. Expect superhero-related news, commentary, police reports, information, public events, and even some satire.
So, who watches the Watchmen? Well, I do.