New graphic novel on teen bullying and suicide, with a superhero bent

Okay–this looks exciting to me–a graphic novel about a teen who’s being bullied, who tries to escape into a superhero alter ego, and who also contemplates suicide. I SO identify with all of those things! It’s called The Power Within, and it’s written by Charles “Zan” Christensen and drawn by Mark Brill, and published by NorthWest Press.

There are also bonus pages by some big names in the comic business: including Gail Simone (Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey), Phil Jimenez (New X-Men, Wonder Woman), Greg Rucka (Detective Comics, Gotham Central), Matthew Clark (Outsiders, Wonder Woman), Stephen Sadowski (JSA, Warlord of Mars), Dan Parent (Archie, Kevin Keller), Donna Barr (The Desert Peach), Andy Mangels (Gay Comics, Iron Man: Beneath the Armor) and Carla Speed McNeil (FINDER).

Teachers, librarians, and youth services can get copies of this by writing the publisher at this link.

I think good books and comics are needed about bullying and suicide, and I also think the superhero and comic element can help make it appealing to teens. What do you think? Would this appeal to you/have appealed to you? It would have to me.

5 Responses to “New graphic novel on teen bullying and suicide, with a superhero bent”

  1. Bojan Says:

    I just finished “Hunger Games” today and it’s life chaginng. I’m reading “Jelicoe Road” right now and finding it hard to get in to, but have heard good things, so am trying to stick with it. “Nation” by Terry Pratchett is particularly fine also.

  2. Says:

    Andrew! I remember your intro very well. From day one, I had no doubt that you would thrive. You had (and still have) the right attitude about improvement…skills and results take time, patience and discipline….as you well know with having been a college athlete. We will miss you! Don’t forget the small people in Wilmywood!

  3. Says:

    Haha – and you know, yada yada, I never saw him again."you missed the best part"no, I mentioned the bisque.That'll be a weird comment if you haven't seen Seinfeld :/

  4. Says:

    Great stuff, you helped me out so much!

  5. Says:

    wonderful post, very informative. I wonder why the other specialists of this sector don’t notice this. You must continue your writing. I’m sure, you have a huge readers’ base already!

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