Martha Cornog has included Charles “Zan” Christensen and Mark Brill’s anti-bullying comic The Power Within on Library Journal’s list of 26 LGBT comics and graphic novels recommended for library collections in recognition of the upcoming LGBT Pride Month in June.
This is a story created to address teen bullying and suicide. Thirteen-year-old Shannon just doesn’t fit in and gets picked on. When advice from parents and teachers seems irrelevant, he creates a superpowered alter ego to rely on whenever he’s threatened. Despite his fantasies and support from a few other students, Shannon remains a target. He considers jumping off a bridge until he finds a notice about a gay youth group with the message “You are not alone,” and he realizes that it gets better. With discussion questions and resources at the end, plus bonus pages from comics industry superstars, including Gail Simone, Phil Jimenez, Greg Rucka, and Dan Parent.
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The book is in great company; the list also features contributions from Power Within contributors Greg Rucka (Batwoman: Elegy) and Dan Parent (Kevin Keller), as well as Northwest Press talents like Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny creator Justin Hall (No Straight Lines) and From Headrack to Claude creator Howard Cruse (The Complete Wendel).