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National Comic Book Contest Win Sends Student to Comic-Con
As any well-read DC Comic fan knows, Barbara Gordon is a librarian by day and Batgirl by night, and when her mobility is challenged, she becomes Oracle, using her library skills to mine data to her fellow female superheroes in the field. Meanwhile, at George Mason University’s Fenwick Library…
Libraries student assistant Elizabeth Bass entered a “create-your-own-comic-book-character” sponsored by Marvel Comics and Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and won an all-expense-paid trip to Comic-Con International: San Diego, often dubbed the largest comic book convention in the world.
Bass’s entry included a photo of herself, to be used for the look of the new character, and a concise description as pithy as any annotation in a scholarly bibliography: “Backfire stands at the ready, always prepared to fly into battle on her tricked-out Street Bob at a moment’s notice. With a custom exhaust system sporting her favorite flamethrower, her baby’s powerful and dangerous backfire has earned her the reputation as an explosive new superhero.”
“I wanted to create a hard-core female character who was empowered on a motorcycle,” says Bass, a history major interested in Greek and Roman classics. “What’s cool about Marvel comics is that many of their female characters are complicated and realistic.”
Marvel and Harley-Davidson are re-launching what they describe as “a mobile security team known as Road Force” to help Iron Man save the world. It was this return of Road Force that created the opportunity for a new team of Harley and Marvel fans to enter the action as Road Force’s Recon and Demolition, aka R.A.D.D. Inspired by her years of reading comic books, Bass, a senior, found she could quickly create a character as a stand-in for herself. Marvel has posted the comic here.