Okay… I admit it. That title was total clickbait to lure you in. But, I just might be onto something here. I doubt my new webcomic will CHANGE your life, but I am hoping it will ENRICH it.
What’s the title of this amazing webcomic?
What’s it about? Well, let me try out my elevator pitch on you.
“What if a 22nd century Donald Trump was suddenly possessed by the spirit of Bernie Sanders, and what if he was a person of color, and what if he used his vast fortune to champion the rights of the underclass?”
Nah — that needs work. Admittedly it’s catchy, but I’d rather not associate the Donald with anything that I’m doing. Even if all I’m doing is pitching. Not to worry, we can revisit the pitch later. Although the very mention of Trump epitomizes the kind of year many of us are having… BAD.
Let’s face it, 2016 pretty much sucks so far. And if you’re a person of color it really sucks. It appears that we’ve been infected by xenophobia and fascism from abroad, while old fashion racism continues to ravage this country like a cancer from within.
Still, there’s room for hope. In spite of all the tragedy there have been incredible instances of exceptionalism from countless people of color this year. From Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Gabby Douglas and Simone Manuel, to Jesse Williams taking a stand, to Colin Kaepernick taking a knee. Leslie Jones shows everyone you can be funny and have class, while Beyoncé serves Lemonade and Ava DuVernay directs “A Wrinkle In Time.” Aziz Ansari proved that he is a master of us all, and Riz Ahmed acted his ass off in “The Night Of”.
The gold star Khan family has shown us what it truly means to be American heroes. DeRay Mckesson makes sure we stay #woke and Shaun King reports stories of Black lives that would otherwise be left untold. From Lin-Manuel Miranda’s reimagining of “The Great White Way” into something a lot more colorful, to the MacArthur “Genius” grant winner Gene Luen Yang writing the Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Ta-Nehisi Coates shocks Blerds across the world with the news that the great nation of Wakanda isn’t as perfect as we imagined, but the Black Panther is still a king not to be trifled with, and as bad AF.
Of course I could go on… but you get the idea. Even in the worst of times there are stars.
Heroes that LOOK LIKE ME.
Heroes that LOOK LIKE YOU.
As a creative black gay man I choose to not look towards the past. The collective history of my race in this country is too painful. In many ways the present isn’t much better. Instead, since I was a child, I’ve always looked towards the future.
And that future was bright. It was shiny. It was inclusive.
Is it any wonder that I was always drawn to the 31st century? That era of DC’s LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, with its United Federation of Planets where the brightest, most powerful teenagers from each respective world joined together to defend the galaxy.
I knew diversity when I saw it. Heroes that were alien, with green skin, blue skin, orange skin… and yes… even BLACK SKIN.
That wasn’t the only bright inclusive future I was exposed to. Gene Roddenberry made sure of that. Star Trek was the lightning that struck twice. First in the seventies, as a child watching reruns of the original series, then again, reimagined and refined in the eighties, as I entered adulthood. The Star Trek universe, although rife with intergalactic struggles, was a Utopia actualized. No more racism. No more classism. No more poverty. Individual aspirations were valued, but never seemed to overshadow the greater good.
For me, the untold story behind this story, the mystery in fact, was how they achieved that idyllic existence. How did humans evolve beyond their baser instincts and create, what was for all intents and purposes, a socialistic society? The answers of course were peppered throughout the various iterations of Star Trek… but only superficially.
Fast-forward to today and my ideal of the future is somewhat tarnished. A pragmatic cynicism has seeped into my worldview. Things seem as if they will, potentially, get much worse before they get better. Therein lies a story begging to be told.
This is what the NEW DRACONIANS webcomic is about.
A 22nd century utopian fable disguised as dystopia. It’s science fiction, Afrofuturism and multi-culturalism, remixed into something new. It’s about class, race, gender, and the fluidity that exists beyond the binary. It’s about corporate subterfuge, global politics, climate chaos, and deteriorating ecosystems. It’s about blurring the distinctions between heroes, villains, anti-heroes, and ultimately exploring just what it is that defines true heroism and selflessness.
Let’s revisit that elevator pitch. It starts off with a question.
How do we go from a Dystopia to a Utopia?
The NEW DRACONIANS have the answer.
The NEW DRACONIANS are a team of multicultural insurgents posing as oligarchs hell-bent on destroying the system from within for the greater good. For some, it’s their life’s mission. For others it’s about redemption for a lifetime of sins. For the remainder, they’ve been drafted into the cause with no other recourse.
This is their story.
The NEW DRACONIANS is a webcomic created by Christopher Taylor, and presented free on Tumblr.
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Remember, it’s always darkest before the dawn…
And the future never looked brighter.
Doesn’t that sounds like a great way to enrich your life?