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Heroism - The Taste of Freedom

Ask The Superhero - Save the Cheerleader, Save the World?

The good people of Medium at Large graciously published this pressing question about cheerleaders.
Is ‘Save the Cheerleader, Save the World’ Always True?
T. Kring,

I’m guessing that you’re asking about this specific plot resolution offered by the hit television show Heroes. Because I’m feeling as magnanimous as Doctor Magma is hot, I will answer this question […]

How to Choose a Secret Identity

The goodly people at Broken Frontier published my suggestions on how to choose a secret identity. It begins thusly:
One of the first tasks handed down to a new Hero is the construction of an alter ego. If you already have an Also Known As before you become super, and you’re satisfied with the alias of […]

Freedom’s Library in McSweeney’s

You cannot fight evil without a solid library, and fortunately some person named Timothy McSweeney was kind enough to post excerpts from some of my favorites, including:

Let’s Go—Evil!
Battling Recently Reawakened Ancient Evils for Dummies
Rand McNally’s Atlas of Pirate Getaways
Flash Gordon’s Superhero Handbook
Clandestine: Its People, Culture, and Folkways

You can read more from each title in […]

Measuring Windows Vista’s Impact on the Superhero world

Conventional reporters have covered the myriad failures of the initial release of Microsoft Vista, which has more bugs than the Watergate hotel during the primary season. Few have realized the crippling effects that this half-baked operating system has had on those mighty early adopters who protect us all, the superheroes, and their enemies.
Antivirus Software Causes […]

Five Conceptual Abilities that Are Almost Superpowers

1. Knowing the right wine at the right time
If you understand the difficult pairings of wine and food you understand basically everything about human nature, physics and the astral plane. Should you be able to boldly and correctly combine a wine with fiery Indian food (hint: not Cabernet Sauvignon), a victual most often combined with […]

The Superhero Lifestyle

Author G. Xavier Robillard speaks about whatever he thinks he knows about the soi-disant Superhero Lifestyle, in a taped speech from Oakland’s Northern California Independent Booksellers Association meeting. He does have heroic sideburns, I’ll give him that.

What Kind of Super Person Are You?

There are four separate parts to the Myers-Briggs Super Personality Test, determining what kind of hero, villain, or average schmo you are. Super Personality factors your origin, means of conveyance, your main super-power, and those non-super background characteristics that might explain how you would act around others while, say, robbing a bank of […]