Monday, July 26, 2010

Many Heroes, Many Missions

To better understand what it is, exactly, that Real Life Superheroes do, we should look at the two extremes of the concept.

“Crimefighters” are the guys (and girls) who go out and actively fight crime.

Some of them embrace the term “vigilante.”

They not only go out and patrol looking for crime- they sometimes invite it to come to them with “bait patrols.” Bait patrols use an unlocked car or even human bait. The bait is made to look like a vulnerable target while crimefighting colleagues lurk unseen nearby. There’s an old saying- if you don’t find trouble, it’ll find you.

I recently wrote an article on a team of crimefighters called the New York Initiative for the New York Press titled “Brooklyn’s Own Superheroes.”

On the other end of the spectrum are “costumed activists.” These colorfully clad people use their superhero personas mostly for things like charity events, visits to children’s hospitals, food drives, blood drives, litter clean ups, and “hand outs.” Hand outs consist of packages of food and supplies (socks, water, toiletries, blankets, winter clothing) handed out to the homeless on street level. Others adopt a specific cause that they try to draw attention to. Captain Ozone, for instance, is a long time renewable energy activist and is organizing a Green Power Rally for the end of this month.

I would say the majority of RLSH have found a balance of activities somewhere in between.

One of my hometown heroes, Watchman, is a perfect example of this. He does charity events and safety patrols. For the last two Christmases he and his Great Lakes Heroes Guild allies have raised money from their friends and family, used the money to buy a bounty of toys and dropped them off at charities that provide toys to needy families.

I have also been out with Watchman several times for patrol. He sometimes patrols on foot and other times in his car. He does the same thing a concerned citizen or neighborhood block watch patrol would do- observe and report any criminal activity to police, and intervene in an emergency.

Other RLSH missions vary quite a bit due to environment, the size of the city and the crime in it, and what the individual feels passionate about.

Polarman, for instance, does the simple but helpful task of shoveling snow for the elderly in his small village of Iqaluit in the Canadian province of Nunavut. The population is just over 6,000 people huddled together on Frobisher Bay. He is a RLSH unique to his environment. Blue Lightning led an anti-smoking campaign in his home state of Michigan, and Superbarrio of Mexico City used his luchador style costume to bring attention to labor and immigration issues.

Atavistik, and his associates live near a large wildlife preserve, which they patrol like costumed park rangers in Mendocino National Forest. Their mission is to “discourage poachers and illegal cultivation of marijuana.”

Scavenger dresses herself in a black spandex mask, long strands of braids exploding out of the top of her head. She has a black corset with long plastic black streamers hanging off her arms to represent wings. Although she does other RLSH activities, a main focus is picking up litter in her hometown of Waterbury, CT. She cashes in recyclable cans and bottles and donates the funds to charity.

Warp Spider exists only as an avatar on the internet. He’s located in California, but his RLSH actions are cyber based. He searches for online predators and tries to educate others on the dangers of online stalkers and was inspired to do this after a friend of his became a cyber stalking victim. “I search MySpace, Zanga and Second Life looking for cyber stalkers.” Warp Spider told me in an e-mail.

There are other ways people were able to find niche roles. Some people do detective work, build crimefighting armor, costumes, and gadgets, offer philosophy, or act as an oracle. An oracle is someone who offers tech assistance by phone during a patrol from their computers.

This, to me, is what makes the RLSH story so interesting to me- an anonymous group of worldwide people dressed as superheroes unanimous in their quest to do good, but taking a diverse amount of paths to accomplish it.


The Eye said...

Indeed, there are as many ways to fight crime as there are ideas, birthed from your imagination.

In Seeing Justice Done,
~The Eye~ said...

Yeah you forgot to point out that Captain Ozone is better known as a perverted cyber stalker who preys on women.

Anonymous said...

Circus Jaxs (Anthony M. Sarconi) felched a rooster on stage before a live audience at a fair.

Anonymous said...

Real-life super villain, Agent Beryllium (Maryann Rogers), works at Po Dog restaurant in Seattle - a great place for a real-life superhero to eat!

Anonymous said...

There is some controversy over Circus "Heart Attack" Jaxs. He fancies himself as a supervillain. The controversy is in regards to what many believe to be his secret identity. Anthony M. Sarconi. I found this page by searching for him on Google to maybe contact him instead of Circus Jaxs, to sort of probe into it a bit and see what I could find in common between the two. I can't find much on him on a cursory basis but will keep it up. If it's him, he's found, if not he deserves to know that this is happening. Obviously, if he is he'll claim not to be but, meh.

Anonymous said...

Anthony Michael Sarconi (Circus Jaxs) is a child molester who also stalks children on Facebook.

Anonymous said...

Anthony Michael Sarconi from Walkill, NY (born May 5, 1969) has been harassing women and teenage boys on Facebook since 2011. He goes by the pseudonym "Circus Jaxs" on the Internet and Facebook.

Sarconi has drawn pictures of himself raping other men on Facebook and has even depicted teenage boys who are minors as penises, which leads one to suspect Sarconi is a potential pedophile. Sarconi has also threatened some people with violence on Facebook. Women on Facebook have reported that Sarconi will make flirtatious advancements towards them and if they show no interest in Sarconi or tell him to stop, that is when he gets angry and starts to harass them. Some women and teenage boys have left Facebook entirely because of Sarconi's harassment and threats. Many of Sarconi's Facebook victims are real-life superheroes.

Sarconi is also marketing Circus Jaxs merchandise through in hopes that his alter ego will become famous and he'll get rich, which is more evidence that Sarconi is mentally disturbed. Some of Sarconi's Circus Jaxs merchandise is even geared for children.

If you are a friend or relative of Anthony Michael Sarconi, please contact his mother and father and warn them of his devious behavior, or contact Anthony himself and urge him to seek psychiatric counseling. If you are with the police or FBI, please arrest this man and bring him to justice.

People on Facebook who Sarconi has been harassing and threatening:

Amber Essa

Doctor Spazie

Malcolm Sinclair

Polarman RLSH

Qi Yin

Sen Tinel

ShadowStar RLSH

Sheer RLSH

Vaxis Illwill

Willy the Space Cowboy

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