We’re all about comics here at Panels on Pages, but a geek cannot live on comics alone. Outside the Longbox is our chance to spotlight something outside our typical four-color realm – be it movies, music, TV or whatever.
This one’s gonna be short and sweet, but that’s appropriate in its own way.
Six years ago I joined the Wizard Universe Message Boards and met one of the greatest groups of people on the web. It was from that community that PoP! and our own PoP!ulation evolved. Thanks to Facebook, even those that have drifted out of our circle of nerd-dom still manage to keep in touch; including Father.
Father, of course, was just his WUMB handle. His real name is Shawn Colton, but in choosing an online persona for himself, no name made more sense than the title that best defined him. Nothing in life, you see, is more important to Shawn than being the best father possible to his son. And, while many may be able to make the same claim, Shawn’s role is a little more challenging than most; his son David lives with the reality of low functioning autism. Shawn’s world revolves around making life as rich and fulfilling as possible for his son; it is to that end that Shawn created the world of the Boo-Monster for David.
“Legends of the Boo-Monster” is the fantasy story of a little monster who has a developmental disability known as the “Distance”
Now, this father needs OUR help to realize his dream, and not only make Legends of the Boo-Monster a reality for David, but a touchstone for other children and parents faced with the same obstacles. Shawn wants them to know that they’re not alone; that there will always be people there who will understand, people who will help.
The Kickstarter campaign for Legends of the Boo-Monster comes to a close on July 1st – Shawn and David are less than a thousand dollars away from their goal. This Father’s Day weekend, help a Father give his son the greatest gift imaginable.