Justice League Arizona: Real Life Superheroes
Most of us like super heroes and super villains, Superman fights Lex Luthor, Batman has the Joker, Spiderman protects innocents from the Green Goblin etc. We have all seen the cartoons, the movies, the comic books etc. If you ever go to a a comic convention like the one in San Diego or other small ones, you will see people dressed up as their favorite character. You might know them as “Cosplayers” .
Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure?), short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Characters are often drawn from popular fiction in Japan, but recent trends have included American cartoons and Sci-Fi. Favourite sources include manga, anime, tokusatsu, comic books, graphic novels, video games, hentai and fantasy movies.
I am fortunate enough to know some very cool people that are into the whole cosplay scene. But they do not just dress up as their favorite character for the heck of it, they do it for something else, and no it is not to fight crime (although there is one of them that does that cause, well it is his job hehehe), or to just show off. They do it because they believe in something, they believe in putting a big smile in those who need it the most.
Mark McLemore from the Arizona Public Media has posted an article about the Justice League Arizona and a very special visit that they just had. I was fortunate to be invited to this event and to take some pictures about this fantastic event. Check it out:
What truly qualifies someone to be called a superhero?
For Justice League Arizona, being “super” is about more than having powers or wearing a cape — it’s about helping those in need.
Producer Mark McLemore and videographer Bob Lindberg spent the day with Justice League Arizona as they performed a goodwill mission to Diamond Children’s Medical Center in Tucson, to visit some of the youths who were convalescing there.
When not wearing the mystical helmet of Earth’s sorcerer supreme Dr. Fate, JLAz lead organizer Dustin Dial helps to patrol the streets of Tucson and keep its citizens safe as a member of the Tucson Police Department.
He is quick to cite his life-long fascination with DC Comics as a main reason why he pursued a career in law enforcement–and his work with Justice League Arizona as a continuing inspiration.