Mike Hawthorne's Official Marvel Heroes Tribute Thanks to His Sister

San Diego news station CBC8 has run a piece on Marvel Comics deciding to dedicate National Superheroes Day (and yes that is a real thing) to real-life heroes. With comic book creators from the US and Mexico teamed up to honour essential workers.

Mike Hawthorne's Official Marvel Heroes Tribute Thanks to His Sister.
Mike Hawthorne's Official Marvel Heroes Tribute Thanks to His Sister.

They profiled Deadpool artist Mike Hawthorne of Central Pennsylvania, who took inspiration for this piece from his sister in New York City. "She's been a social worker but she ran, like, mobile medical units and stuff like that. I would hear her stories and just be sort of in shock how different our jobs were. She was literally going under bridges and finding homeless folks to try to get them check-ups and I'm sitting at home in an air-conditioned room drawing pictures."

He also talked about the reach of the piece after it went out on Marvel's social media and PR channels. "It's humbling to see the people that were directly touched," said Hawthorne. "I had people sending me emails saying 'hey, my sister's a nurse and this literally brought a tear to my eye' which I'm not used to making people cry with comic book art. That's pretty inspirational. This is kind of the crowd we don't normally hear from directly, so it's really a special treat for me."

They also talked to colourist Edgar Delgado in Mexico who told them "I hope this piece serves as a humble tribute to the incredible hard work that they do on a daily basis and sometimes with unfair payment. I hope we come out of this as a better society in general."

The embedded video is below, but it is a little on the geolocked side. This is the actual thing that VPNs are best used for, right?

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