Why Superheroes? by Charles Payseur

November 30, 2017

Why superheroes

 

With the release of my third Spandex and Superpowers story, Comic Book Romance, it’s a question that’s been on my mind a lot recently. I mean, superheroes are hot (in more ways than one). You can’t go to the movies without tripping over a crowd of superhero properties, and television and other media have certainly followed suit. But then, as much as I love seeing superheroes on the big (and little) screen, there’s a part of me that can’t help but be a little…disappointed. Not just that these stories steer well clear of containing any M/M relationships despite dripping with attractive guys with bulging muscles and sizzling smiles. But that they are mostly rather…dark. Now, some have attempted to put a lighter side to things, even a funnier side to things, but most of them involve hundreds if not thousands of dead bodies and plotlines that rely on pain, trauma, and loss.

 

So why superheroes?

 

Well, I grew up with them. Not the current crop of films and not the older movies either. I grew up with Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. The show was delightful, fun, and full of campy storylines that involved danger and risk, yes, but that also kept things light and romantic, and never got lost in the angst or pathos. Plus, well, Dean Cain. But when I think of why I am drawn to writing superheroes, it’s to channel that sense of fun, that sense of campy adventures and over the top villains. Of daring-dos and secret identities that really don’t seem that secret. That don’t take themselves entirely seriously. And that’s why I started writing the Spandex and Superpowers series. I wanted to imagine a more modern setting, where crowd-funding and day jobs are still very much a consideration, but where the heroes and villains hadn’t taken on quite so much of an edge.

 

So I write about talking alien gorillas and ancient shark gods and volcano machines and villains who enjoy a good maniacal laugh. And, most of all, I write about heroes and villains finding some connection, finding something truly magical to keep them going (and no, I don’t mean mystic hammers). I write about superheroes because when their lives are so much larger than life, then so to must be their loves. And there’s something deeply satisfying about writing about a certain superhero reporter meeting his match in a man who doesn’t have powers, but makes up for it in will, tenacity, and an amazing ass.

 

Comic Book Romance is my third story, and the longest in the series to date (though still very much a quick read). It follows Calvin Kant as he moves to a new city and gets a new lease on life…while in the middle of a supervillain prison break. I always have lots of fun writing these stories and they can stand completely on their own, so you can start wherever you want. There’s even more on the way, with a fourth story coming out as part of the 2017 Advent Calendar. Definitely keep your eyes open for “The Werewolf Before Christmas.”

 

In the mean time, I’d love to hear your answer to “Why Superheroes?” Why do you love them, or hate them? Are you drawn to the heroic chuckle of Adam West’s Batman, or the chiseled lightning of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor? And what kinds of heroes (or villains) would you love to see get an M/M treatment?

 

Check out Comic Book Romance today!

 

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Blurb:
A maximum-security supervillain prison plus a new colleague with a reputation for attracting trouble. What could possibly go wrong?
Calvin Kant is what anyone would want in a reporter—an excellent typist, a dogged investigator, and an upstanding citizen. Oh, and a superhero. At least, his alter ego, Maxim, is. Fleeing a messy situation at his last job, Cal arrives in Capital City without much direction—until fellow reporter Liang Lu sweeps him into a dangerous assignment.
A supervillain prison break leaves them trapped and in peril, with Cal juggling his growing attraction to Liang with his need to protect his secret identity. And that mess Cal’s running from could catch up with him at exactly the wrong moment, leaving him vulnerable. Luckily Liang’s got more than good looks going for him, and together the two men might just save the day—and each other—and find their own comic book romance.

 

Author Bio:
Charles Payseur currently resides in the frozen reaches of Wisconsin, where his partner, a gaggle of pets, and more craft beer than is strictly healthy help him through the long winters. He works an incredibly boring day job so that his nights can be filled with spaceships, magic, and attractive men kissing (and maybe a bit more than kissing…). His work can also be found at Less Than Three Press, Lethe Press, Circlet Press, and in Lightspeed Magazine’s Queers Destroy Science Fiction!
When not writing fiction and poetry, he contributes to a number of blogs and review sites, and runs a home for his thoughts on short speculative fiction at Quick Sip Reviews (www.quicksipreviews.blogspot.com). On Twitter as @ClowderofTwo, he annoys the internet with far too many cat pictures and cocktail recipes.
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Twitter: @ClowderofTwo

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