Well, here’s a new Kickstarter campaign for a comics memoir by former DC staffer Scott Young which promises some first-class lid ripping including the legendary comics scandal known as “Compgate”:
The Superhero Within is a very special memoir. It’s the story of Scott Young (me!), a long time comic book fan whose own life has featured many of the sensationalized elements of the genre he loves including betrayal, murder, scandal, love, sex, rebirth and tragedy. In each chapter of the memoir, I relate famous comic book characters and stories to specific moments of my life. Along the way readers will hear the tales of: family tragedy, my drunken past, my time serving in the United States Army, my years attending the Joe Kubert School, working for DC Comics, my first hand account of being in midtown Manhattan on 9/11, and my insider knowledge of the comic book scandal known as “Compgate” along with many other heartbreaking and thrilling moments. As a life long comic book lover I discover the lessons I learned while reading about superheroes can help impact your reality in more ways than one. It’s a unique and engrossing tale of a man who overcomes the adversity of his life to find The Superhero Within.
“Compgate” involved a DC crackdown on staffers who were turning in their comps at a local store for credit, and it certainly changed the faces of offices around the city.
Young is looking to raise $8,500 with 36 days to go.
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.