Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement

Heroes in the Night Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement Tracing the author s journey into the strange subculture of Real Life Superheroes RLSHs this book examines citizens who have adopted comicbook style personas and have hit the streets to fight injust

  • Title: Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement
  • Author: Tea Krulos
  • ISBN: 9781613747759
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tracing the author s journey into the strange subculture of Real Life Superheroes RLSHs , this book examines citizens who have adopted comicbook style personas and have hit the streets to fight injustice in a variety of ways Some RLSHs concentrate on humanitarian or activist missions helping the homeless, gathering donations for food banks, or delivering toys to childrenTracing the author s journey into the strange subculture of Real Life Superheroes RLSHs , this book examines citizens who have adopted comicbook style personas and have hit the streets to fight injustice in a variety of ways Some RLSHs concentrate on humanitarian or activist missions helping the homeless, gathering donations for food banks, or delivering toys to children while others actively patrol their neighborhoods looking for crime to fight By day, these modern Clark Kents work as dishwashers, pencil pushers, and executives in Fortune 500 companies, but by night they become heroes for the people Through historic research and extensive interviews, this work shares not only their shining, triumphant moments, but also some of their ill advised, terrifying disasters as well.

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    • Carmen says:

      We've all seen Batman. Or Kickass. Or Watchmen. Or Mystery Men. What happens when real life people - with no super powers - decide to take justice into their own hands and help their city become a better place?This book is surely a thrilling, exciting ride. It tackles the complicated and growing question of Real Life Superheroes - men and women who don masks and spandex outfits and patrol the streets of cities at night looking for crime.Some are benign: they feed the homeless and volunteer to do [...]

    • Christopher Roth says:

      I expected that this book--which is about the subculture of people who dress up like superheroes and/or fancy themselves to be superheroes, including vigilantes--might be depressing, which it is in places, but what makes it worthwhile is the thoroughness of its reportage. Krulos has chased down his subject matter with a dogged earnestness, and creates a genuine feel for the personalities and mood of this strange world. It's an excellent example, along with, say, Hunter S. Thompson's "Hell's Ange [...]

    • Matt Hlinak says:

      ‘Heroes in the Night’ is a deftly written, entertaining book that sheds light on the strange but timely, understandable and relevant subculture that is the RLSH movement.Read my full review at popmythology/heroes-in.

    • Aaron Dietz says:

      Journalist Tea Krulos accurately captures both the optimistic joy and the disappointments and heartbreak involving this fascinating movement. Superheroes among us in real life! I suppose this book couldn't help but be entertaining but Krulos' style adds plenty to the book. His voice is trustworthy and engaging. The reader can easily share in the optimistic potential of this movement (people doing good, in costume--both good for the planet and fun!) as well as the parallel disappointments (superh [...]

    • Susie says:

      I admit it, I picked this up expecting to find it hilarious. Kenley and I used to share articles about real-life superheroes and laugh about their antics. This book made me look at them in a different light. It helped me to understand what motivates these people, shows a little of their methods, and made me realize that the ones who truly believe they have superpowers are actually in the minority. It's a thoughtful glimpse into a community of people who want to make a positive difference in the [...]

    • Patrick Scattergood says:

      The Real Life Superhero Movement has been a constant of mockery but at the same time, people want to see just why the people who don the costumes do exactly that.Well, now is your chance in this intelligent and easy to follow book by the journalist Tea Krulos.For the full review please click the following linkriosityofasocialmisfits

    • Treesong says:

      This well-written and compelling narrative explores the author's journey into the world of Real Life Superheroes. The stories range from bizarre to inspiring, but they all do a good job of bringing out the humanity in these often-surreal characters and stories. As one of the "characters" included in this book, I can safely say that Tea Krulos has written the most accurate, well-rounded, fascinating, personal, and satisfying exploration of the movement that I've ever seen. Good times!

    • PopMythology.com says:

      ‘Heroes in the Night’ is a deftly written, entertaining book that sheds light on the strange but timely, understandable and relevant subculture that is the RLSH movement. Read the full review on PopMythology

    • Daniel says:

      How to get fired from a series of menial jobs:Based upon mainly true stories culled from my meaningless lifeMenial Job: Announcer and newscaster at the student-run college radio stationReason for dismissal: Treating classical music with irreverenceMenial Job: Wal-Mart greeterReason for dismissal: Typical conversation starter: Does anyone else remember a six-week summer series entitled The Starland Vocal Band Show that was broadcast on CBS back in 1977?Menial Job: Newspaper ReporterReason for dis [...]

    • Samantha Bustos-Hubeny says:

      I won this book in a Giveaway. The author wrote me a nice dedication in the front that was unexpected and cool. This was a great read for anyone who is a fan of Watchmen, Kick Ass, or superheroes in general. A lot of the book was about the caped crusaders but a good portion was about their charities as well and I found those parts to be the most inspiring of all. I couldn't see myself patrolling my neighborhood at night, like some of the people in this book, but I could see myself dressing up f [...]

    • Ramie says:

      Review cross-posted from: chicksgetlit/I love love love comic book superheroes. I chose this book because I was a little more “Um, huh?” about the whole “real life superhero” thing. I tend to see them as silly news stories or possibly dangerous over zealous neighborhood watch folk in masks. I figured this book would tell me if I was right. The author was clearly allowed access to the movement that the typical person would not be granted. He most certainty paints us a picture that those s [...]

    • Marie says:

      Heroes in the Night is about the Real Life Superhero (RLSH) movement. The author has a blog by the same name, where he keeps up with the activities of RLSH, especially the few in his hometown of Milwaukee, WI. The RLSH movement is mostly what you'd expect: older teens and adults who create superhero personas and outfits and spend their nights roaming city streets, looking to aid anyone in distress. This could involve assisting someone who's had a few too many into a cab for a safe journey home o [...]

    • Art says:

      Who are these people, these hundred and fifty real-life superheroes interviewed by the author? Crime fighters, whistle-blowers and do-gooders who empathize with the public good. The biggest populations appear in Ohio, Washington, Florida and Utah.The first story of a mystery man, Robin Hood, appeared in 1450. The author traces the first superhero comic book to Superman of 1938. Then, in 1969, the first modern costumed real-life superhero appeared in Aurora, Ill. The Fox worked to save the Fox Ri [...]

    • Jenny GB says:

      Krulos writes about the real men and women that dress as superheroes and assume a persona to do good in the world. Some focus on charity and other good works. Others actively patrol to try to deter crime or stop crimes in progress. There's a lot of controversy about their methods and their usefulness in a situation. Some people love them and some people hate them. Honestly, it sounded like the super villains were having the most fun of anyone. However, there's no denying that the genuine love of [...]

    • Rlsh says:

      This is the most thoroughly researched and accurate book about the Real-Life Superhero movement. The author took the time to get to know us and spent a number of years among us, meeting and patrolling with us, becoming an online fixture in our forums and online circles. If there was ever a "secret," an internal controversy or a closed group, someone would always say, "Yeah, but it's okay to tell Tea, right? 'Cause he's cool with us." For years, Tea wrote online and sporadic print articles about [...]

    • Monica says:

      I decided to read this after it came up in a conversation with a friend. As a lover of comic books from a young age, the topic seemed interesting to me. The book follows real-life superheroes (RLSH), many of whom the author interviewed, sometimes trailing them while out on missions. The missions involved things from patrolling neighborhoods in Krulos' hometown of Milwaukee to goodwill missions to the homeless, drug addicts and prostitutes of Vancouver. Krulos is a fantastic writer, occasionally [...]

    • Stephanie says:

      Sympathetic look at the Real Life Super Hero movement. The author spent months getting to know some of the individuals who take it upon themselves to dress up as superheroes and patrol the streets of their cities, sometimes looking to thwart criminals, sometimes to hand out supplies to the homeless or just to lend a helping hand. I was disappointed, though, that although he mentions several times that my home city has one of the biggest groups of RLSH, he never came here and interviewed any of o [...]

    • Ryan Olson says:

      Heroes in the Night was an interesting examination of the dark underworld of average people dressing up as super heroes to protect their communities. Who would have thought there was an actual organization for these folks to gather? Well, there is, and it's packed with strange and fascinating people, which in my opinion, for some borders on delusions. Nonetheless less, if you're curious about learning more about these people beyond the crazy news stories, check it out.

    • Warren Nast says:

      Entertaining and nicely written book about this sub-culture. Who hasn't dreamed of being a hero and patrolling the streets of their neighborhood?

    • Joe says:

      A breezy collection of stories about real-life Americans that dress up like superheroes. Some try to fight crime, others advocate for political issues. It's a nice read; the author finds the core at each of their stories, which range from charming to disturbing.

    • Abraham Ray says:

      not my cup of tea, however other people might like it

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