Gan Golan, 37, co-author of the 2010 graphic novel The Adventures of Unemployed Man staged a Superheroes versus Economic Super-villains smack down last October. Golan, who co-wrote the comic with Erich Origen, dressed as Unemployed Man in a custom orange-and-blue costume for the event, and joined others dressed as economic warriors from the book: undocumented worker Fantasma, student-debt-burdened Master of Degrees, Captain Generica and Wonder Mother.
This feature of art literally coming to life in order to promote occupy is greatly on target with the 1% vs 99% rhetoric, the story of an unemployed man who gathers a team of misfit superheroes to fight the self-interested villains from the “Hall of Just Us”, is a beautifully drawn satire of the realistic problems that millions of American, and others around the world face. The reason Golan created this work was in order to encourage others to take a stand and hang in there, even when times are tough. “Stories are a powerful way to guide us and keep us strong,” said Golan.
So far Orgin has regarded the project as a labor of love, “We really haven’t seen any money from it.” Said Orgin. But of course profit margins are not what inspired this movement, combating economic inequality was the motive. The art featured in the comic book, as well as the dramatic public reenactment last October, are extremely spot on with current events relating to Occupy, so there for this form of art has been incredibly effective in promoting occupy. I mean who would walk through downtown New York, see a hand-full of full grown adults in neon spandex and not ask questions? Even those who aren’t in support of the occupy movement have to admit that this is a pretty entertaining and ingenious way to gain support for a cause.