Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

Wanted: A European Superhero

Superhero tights
Photo: Geoffrey Fairchild (Flickr); Licence: CC BY 2.0

What form would the ideal European superhero take?

For a Diaphragm feature in Issue 28 of E&M, we're going to be creating European superheroes and need your help in coming up with the designs.

Many of you will by now have probably seen Matt Shearman's interview with Nicolas De Santis, creator of Captain Euro, but we're not convinced that the high-kicking hunk offers everything that Europe needs in a superhero and want you to help us come up with some alternatives.

What would your European superhero look like? Would he or she have a day job? Maybe a side-kick too? What kind of superpowers would come in handy? And what about the all-important outfit? Would it be blue and star-spangled like the flag of Europe or a hotchpotch of all the colours of countries in the continent?

If you've got an idea for the perfect European superhero, please send your written suggestions (max. 250 words) by email to the Diaphragm team, who can be contacted via frances [at] europeandme.eu and rike [at] europeandme.eu.

The best entries will be turned into cartoons drawn by the wonderfully talented Laura Hempel and published in the April edition of the magazine.

Deadline for entries: 2 February 2015

Thursday, 29 November 2012 19:46

Captain Europe to the rescue

"Mild mannered European civil servant by day, superhero, erm, at weekends and at other times on request..." He is Captain Europe, an anonymous employee of the European institutions whose mission is to lift European citizens' spirits during these hard times, while fighting the mortal enemies that are eurosceptics.

It all began back in 2008, when this civil servant assembled all the pieces of a suit that would become his part-time uniform for the next four years… and those to come. Carrying a European flag as his cape and the 12 golden stars of the European flag glued on the torso of a tight blue suit, he went to a costume party. It was the first day of many as a superhero.

"A colleague was particularly pleased with some work I did, so I sent him a picture of myself in costume and told him to think of me as his superhero. The upshot was that I was invited to take part in Europe Day," he explains. A successful experiment, Captain Europe became a fixed attraction in these celebrations, and his phenomenon went viral after, of course, coming up on Facebook and Twitter. "I got so many appearances that I have just had to order a new suit," he says.

Superpowers and Twitter

On the day that the EU won the Nobel Peace Prize, Captain Europe appeared on the Place du Luxembourg, the favourite square for celebrations in the bubble, passing on his enthusiasm to fellow eurofans as well as passers-by.

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