I was thinking about our world lockdown over the next several weeks here, and also that something we’ll need is more books, comics, fun things to read and occupy ourselves so we’re not perpetually sitting here panicking at the news.
It means culture’s more important than ever. We need uplifting, real heroes, ones who are going to put themselves at risk on behalf of others, are going to follow strong moral codes, be real leaders, fathers, men of action.
What we aren’t going to need is a billion pandemic clones with panic and outrage about viruses — which is really tempting to do as a writer right now, since it’s topical and on all of our minds.
Science Fiction has a real test right now, to restore the sense of wonder, to create a hopeful future, to be bold visionaries as it hasn’t been in decades.
This is where I hope to go, and where I hope you’ll join along with me. As writers and readers and as a culture. Let’s push for what’s important and move people.
There’s only 2 days left on my Dynamite Thor campaign. This is it for what’s going to be one fun superhero ride. It’s got everything folk asked for when they demanded comics culture change 2 years ago. Check it out here.