Super Sikh in turban ready to bash the bad guys
There's a new superhero in town and he doesn't sport a cape, mask or wear embarrassing tights. He wears a turban and he fights the Taliban and is a huge Elvis fan.
Deep Singh or 'Super Sikh' is the brainchild of Oakland-based writer Eileen Alden and Silicon Valley executive, Supreet Singh Manchada, CBS reported. The pair launched a Kickstarter campaign early this year to "help bring the first turban Sikh super hero to life".
Deep Singh’s creators promise a new kind of hero - “a modern hero in a turban who loves Elvis and hates bad guys" (Photo: IANS)
In just 27 hours they had enough to produce the first issue.
By February, they exceeded their original goal of $5,000, raising more than $22,000.
Aldon and Manchada have brought in award-winning illustrator Amit Tayal, whose work has been published internationally.
The Kickstarter money ensures at least three issues of the series.
There are than 28 million Sikhs worldwide and about a half million living in the US.
According to comicbookreligion.com, there are already 20 turban-wearing Sikh heroes and villains in comic books.
The Kickstarter campaign says Deep Singh is a "skillful, smart and very well-trained British Special Air Service agent". That sounds a bit like James Bond. But Deep Singh’s creators promise a new kind of hero - “a modern hero in a turban who loves Elvis and hates bad guys” and “will uphold his Sikh values even while he is living in a modern world with all of its complexities”.
It is hoped that the comic will shed light on this 15th-century religion, perhaps one of the most misunderstood groups on the planet.
Machanda said he was bullied when he was a child, and that was one of the reasons he co-created this comic.
SuperSikh will be printed in English.
A digital version in Punjabi, Spanish and Mandarin will come later.
Super Sikh also has a Facebook page. - IANS