The Northlake library in Illinois has hatched a scheme to build a large scale— 9 foot tall—statue of The Hulk. To do so they have fashioned an Indiegogo campaign. So far they have raised only $920 of the $30,000 needed, so you better get your ass over and there and pledge because it’s pretty obvious that the world needs more giant statues of the Hulk outside libraries.
A nice librarian named Tom Mukite wrote to me with more goals for the statue:
We feel that he will attract new readers to the graphic novels as well become somewhat of an attraction bringing in people that don’t normally think of libraries as a fun place. When they come to see him they’ll find out that we have a huge graphic novel collection and many other fun things such as dvds and cds. Also, young reluctant readers will probably take a chance and pick up a Hulk book or another graphic novel when they become curious about why he’s there.
The library is also hoping to build a comics-making studio with an iMac, drawing pad, Cintiq, and a light box. If all goes well, folks will be able to draw things and then print ’em up on a 3D printer.
Tom goes on to say that that the money will also be used to buy more graphic novels; it is—as is so often the case—the most checked out collection in the library, but they need more budget to get more graphic novels.
The campaign site does not include a mock up of what the statue might look like, but it does include the above photo of the Hulk in a window. I guess they really like the Hulk in Northlake.
When I wake up each morning, I lie in bed and think of the things I need to do that day. I had not previously thought about supporting a 9-foot-tall statue of the Hulk, but now that the idea has been raised, I doubt I will be able to think of much else.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.