Real Life Super Heroes Get Organized

While comic book fandom loves to read the occasional news item about real people putting on costumes and fighting crime, the reality is that the movement is growing (and getting organized). The Real Life Super Heroes Project offers news, community and products geared to the needs of street vigilantes.

Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, a group calling themselves The New York Initiative spend their free time fighting crime dressed in cool costumes.

NEW YORK PRESS is reporting:

The New York Initiative is a splinter group from a worldwide movement of people calling themselves Real Life Superheroes (RLSHs), who adopt costumed personas of their own invention and take a number of approaches to the concept. It may seem like mere role-playing or a cheap copy of the popular The Watchmen comic and recent movie, but this growing cohort take their responsibility to do good seriously.

Some conduct charity fundraisers or visit children’s hospitals. others do civic duties like picking up litter or handing out food, water and supplies to the homeless. many do “safety patrols,” much like a concerned citizens’ walking group might. A few of the superheroes, like the NYI, actively fight crime. This anonymous, leaderless Justice League has been estimated to be anywhere from 100 to 400 members strong in cities from coast to coast, as well as around the world. They convene online in chatrooms and message boards or form groups on Facebook.

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