While cystic fibrosis is certainly getting more attention these days than it ever has, you’d be pretty hard pressed to find the life-threatening genetic disorder in many comics or graphic novels. Raina Telgemeier’s Ghosts weaves the story of a CF family who moves to a coastal town in the middle of a Dia de Los Muertos celebration, and The Lost Boys by Tim Seeley and Scott Godlewski had one small CF nod toward the end of the book. Other than the educational materials they give CF patients at clinic, that’s about it.
Pathway co-creators Jeremiah Stemple, Donovan Petersen, and Joseph Michael wanted to change that. They wanted to create a book that would affect change in the lives of people with cystic fibrosis and bring hope.
What they say about the book:
When the villain known as The Gasp wreaks havoc across downtown Tampa, emergency responders race to assist. He streaks towards the Hartman clinic to hold the board members responsible for denying his son a life-saving treatment.
Joshua James heeds the call to action and transforms into his namesake super hero, Pathway.
He intercepts The Gasp and the two clash, interrupting the villain from blowing a giant hole in the side of the clinic.
The Gasp incapacitates Pathway and prepares to deliver the final blow.
While they received a generous grant from Colton Underwood’s Legacy Foundation to get the ball rolling, comics are expensive to produce. Ultimately, these guys really just want to put this book in the hands of the kids (and adults) who need to see it. Once printed, distribution plans include comic book stores (for a suggested donation to Colton’s Legacy Foundation), hospitals, and cystic fibrosis clinics.
Some of the cool rewards you can get for helping reach that goal are digital and physical copies of the first chapter, variant covers, trading cards, 8×10 commissioned art, and cameos in future installments. The Pathway Kickstarter runs through 07 December 2019. You can support it here.