Heroes in the Night in Seattle

On a whim last week, I felt like checking out the Seattle Northgate Barnes & Noble to see if they had a copy of my favorite book, “Heroes in the Night,” in stock.

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“Heroes in the Night” is a book by Milwaukee-based writer Tea Krulos about the movement of real-life superheroes. Krulos traveled all over the country and even internationally, chronicling the adventures of real-life superheroes and delving into the history, ramifications, and influence of the subculture.

The Pacific Northwest got quite a bit of ink in the book, Seattle especially. Two whole chapters focus on Seattle’s own Phoenix Jones. By chance, Krulos was present for the infamous “Pepper Spray incident” which lead the arrest of Jones and his eventual public unmasking.

The Seattle Northgate Barnes & Noble had one copy of the book, just one, on the shelf. However it should be duly noted that they no longer have that one copy on the shelf because I bought it.

It’s a great book and I can not recommend it enough. Krulos has a wonderful narrative style and he really opens a window into the lives of various superheroes. Even if you are not into superheroes, it’s a good read.

In full disclosure, one of my favorite things about the book is that I am in it, which, admittedly, is one of the coolest things to happen to ever to me. My expertise on superhero dining habits is utilized in the book. No, seriously, it is.

If you would like a copy, you can order it online here or here. However, I highly recommend going to your local bookstore and requesting it.

On another note, there is a special copy of the book currently being offered via eBay. It has been signed by 45 superheroes and the proceeds of this copy of the book go to support HOPE, a charitable endeavor lead by superhero Razorhawk that helps the homeless. The eBay action can be found here.

The eBay auction ends on September 14th at 5:45 pm. More information of “Heroes in the Night” can be found at the blog Heroes in the Night.

Who watches the Watchmen?

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.