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Kickstarter Spotlight – Home of the Brave: Struggle & triumph in a broken America

What if the smartest person on Earth was born into poverty & slavery? Meet Aria Monfort, from the world’s poorest nation: America

Seeing the above words for this Kickstarter project, I was drawn in. The graphic novel Home of the Brave by Spencer Toyama and Jon Lewis is an example of using entertainment, in this case comics, to help bring about positive change. Inspired by the Superman radio show’s spotlighting the evil that is the KKK, the two creators are putting the spotlight on the issue of poverty and human trafficking with this project.

Aria Monfort is a child born in a fictional America suffering from extreme poverty.  They’ve combined elements of contemporary graphic design and traditional illustration to build this world and tell Aria’s story in the form of a 135 page graphic novel.

To support this project is a no brainer. Not only is it a great idea, the issue worthy of spotlight and the public needs a greater education on it, and the art shown is top notch.

As they say on the project “pop culture can make a difference.”

Best Pledge: $20, $25 or $35 – you get a printed copy of the graphic novel or the printed copy signed.

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Author:Brett Schenker

Brett is a political consultant who resides in Arlington, VA. He grew up in Cleveland, OH and Buffalo, NY and attended the University at Buffalo, majoring in Political Science. Since then Brett has made his mark on politics working in various positions such as a Legislative Staffer for the Erie County Legislature, Special Assistant for Senator John Kerry, as the Database Administrator for Forward Together PAC, Deputy Internet Director for Chris Dodd for President, and Internet/Database Director for Virginians for Brian Moran, and Email Deliverability Czar for Salsa Labs. In 2007 Brett formed 5B Consulting providing his expertise on database solutions, new media and email strategy. He's a long time geek, reading comics since he was a child and learning to spell his name on an Atari 800. When he's not working, he's reading comics, playing video games and relaxing with a nice cup of tea. You can follow him on Twitter @bhschenker

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