A Very Merry Sidekick Year in Review

December 29, 2014

Dear Sidekicks,

How is it possible that we launched The Sidekick Collective a full one year ago this New Year’s Day? It seems like yesterday and forever ago all at the same time. (I’m hoping my first book of the New Year, Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, will be able to explain this phenomenon to me.)

Theoretical . . .

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If Superheroes Existed to Solve Problems

December 06, 2014

In Superheroes don't exist to solve problems, they exist to punch bad guys, Vlad Savov lays out an interesting critique of the blockbuster superhero. He writes:

In the real world, we celebrate the disruptors, the innovators, the paradigm shifters, and the crazy inventors — the people who bring about change and make things better . . .

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You're Invited to Our World Premiere at Gig Harbor Film Festival!

See the film that started it all.

September 28, 2014

Do you believe in superheroes? Reinventing the Patriot is a hybrid documentary and spoken-word superhero story, based upon Paige Edmiston’s award-winning essay. This film, and the story of civic heroism that it tells, became a pivotal moment in the The Sidekick Collective's origin story.

Watch the preview.

To celebrate . . .

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Cheer Major

A Cosmic Hero Goes Comic Book

August 29, 2014

The high school students we dub Cosmic Heroes are real-world superheroes. But who says they can't also become comic book superheroes?

It's time for a second installment of "A Cosmic Hero goes Comic Book."

Inspired by our 2014 Cosmic Hero Mikala Davis and her real world superpowers, Israel Jones, a student . . .

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Star-Lord to Receive Honorary Cosmic Hero Award

August 14, 2014

Warning: Spoiler alert for Guardians of the Galaxy.

At The Sidekick Collective, we use superheroes as a metaphor* to better explain the kind of young people we’re searching for - the amazing human beings we want to celebrate and invest in. With its latest blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel unknowingly delivered the ultimate . . .

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Black Rosy

A Superhero for the 21st Century

July 30, 2014

The high school students we dub Cosmic Heroes are real-world superheroes. But who says they can't also become comic book superheroes?

After hearing 2014 Cosmic Hero winner Emily Carlson's story, Israel Jones, a student at Timberline High School in Lacey, Washington and promising, young graphic artist, was inspired to create a . . .

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A Soliloquy by Executive Director Paige Edmiston

June 21, 2014

In the last few weeks, Sidekick staffers have stepped back from their day-to-day tasks to think more deeply. We wanted to move beyond our everyday, on-your-feet thinking and engage in the deliberate, soul-searching kind of thinking that Superman returns to the Fortress of Solitude for - the thinking necessary for big ideas.*

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