Monday, April 2, 2007

He fights for... THE FUTURE!

I had to wait until today to post this, or else people might think it was an April Fools' joke.

For those of you who haven't heard of Who Wants to Be a Superhero?, the premise is simple: contestants adopt a superheroic persona, complete with costume, origin story, and powers. Then they live together in a Big Brother style house, where they are expected to be in character at all times. Every so often, they are given challenges to overcome or puzzles to solve. The trick here is that it's not about winning the challenges, it's about how closely you can adhere to the superhero ethos as judged by Stan Lee.

Yes, you heard me: Stan "The Man" Lee is the judge of this show. And sometimes, you can win a challenge by not completing the challenge at all, but by stopping to help the little girl, crying on the sidewak, find her mother. Because that's what heroes do, you see.

The winner of each season gets geek immortality: a Dark Horse comic book and a Sci-Fi channel TV movie about his character. This is, as they are known to say, "the bomb diggety."

The reason I bring all of this up is because there are three semifinalists left for the final spot in next season, and one of them -- Omnicron -- is a longtime City of Heroes player. Many of you know that I, too, am a veteran CoH'er (Guardian channel represent, yo), so I felt obliged to check out his entry.

You can see all of their audition interviews here. Omnicron has his own website which has more information about himself here.

Now, I'm not going to tell you all to vote for Omnicron, nor am I going to disparage the other contestants. What I am asking is that you look at the videos, and vote for the person you honestly feel would make a good superhero.

I further ask that others in the blogosphere make mention of this. Don't link to this blog; link to the contest page. These people are living their dream, and probably our dreams, too. Let's support them in this.


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