A little over a year ago, a few colleagues of mine at work were frustrated. We were all comic store employees, and some of us wanted to make comics. We felt that there was the potential for us to tell unique stories, especially given our diversity. Some of us are minorities (I am a Chinese-American myself), and some are LGBTQIA+. Our colleague Jason, who has editorial experience in comics, pitched the idea of an anthology. It would be one where we told stories in a shared universe, and we all thought it was a great idea. It is out of those early meetings that MASKED PREJUDICE was born. MASKED PREJUDICE is a superhero anthology, with multiple writers and artists from various backgrounds.

The premise of the book revolves around the tragic death of the US President, and the failure of the superhero community to save him. The newly elected president wins by running on a bigoted platform of anti-vigilantes, calls for the registration of all super-powered individuals or labeled them as Masks “with something to hide.” Each story follows a different character in the world, how they deal with prejudice, and what they do to stand up to it, as well as leading to an action-packed finale, which links everything together.

Why I Joined MASKED PREJUDICE

MASKED PREJUDICE
Art Print by Sebastián Píriz. Courtesy of Oxford Comics.

As a contributor to MASKED PREJUDICE, I am very proud to have written a short story for the book. The diversity in storytelling that comics have started to embrace is well represented here. It’s my hope that the stories in this anthology reach people who need to see them, and also open the minds of people who don’t necessarily have open minds. The creators of MASKED PREJUDICE, myself included, have tackled real-life issues in order to bring awareness to them.

Experienced comic creators are working on this anthology, but there is a new talent. New voices and voices that worked within the industry on the retail end. As a comic shop employee, my friends and I have experience seeing what stories people like and want to see. As representatives of marginalized communities, our voices, and experiences offer new dimensions of storytelling, and MASKED PREJUDICE reflects those voices and perspectives.

The book uses the metaphor of superpowers and superheroes to tell tales related to current day events and the tensions of our current political climate. MASKED PREJUDICE is political, and comics have always been political. For example, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon literally launched Captain America with a cover of him punching Adolf Hitler. Many Golden Age characters went to war or supported the war cause. MASKED PREJUDICE focuses on issues such as homophobia, Islamophobia, racism, incarceration marginalized peoples and much more!

Where Can You Find and Support MASKED PREJUDICE?

MASKED PREJUDICE needs help with funding, and that’s why we’ve put it on Kickstarter. You can check out the Kickstarter here, and you can reach the Editorial Lead, Jason, here. It’s a book that a lot of effort and love has been put toward, and all of the creators are happy and grateful for any contributions.

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