A new graphic novel by Dennis Liu, Raising Dion, features an African American mother raising her super son. The mother’s point of view encompasses the regularities of child rearing with a twist – he has superpowers. In her attempt to create familiar spaces for her child, mom creates a children’s story where the supernatural and natural are meshed into the normality of everyday life. Below is a video introduction to Raising Dion.
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RAISING DION (COMIC BOOK) written by Dennis Liu, illustrated by Jason Piperberg Imagine Superman, but from Martha Kent’s point of view. Or imagine Spiderman, but from Aunt May’s point of view. This is a superhero story, but from the parent’s point of view. But unlike her son, she doesn’t have any powers.
PREMISE: Nicole, raises her 7 year old son, Dion, who has superpowers. Life was hard enough keeping up with the bills, let alone trying to keep track of her son’s invisibility, plasma powers, and telekinesis. In order to study his progress, Nicole films her son 24/7 with the help of her friend, Pat, who is an aspiring filmmaker. But when Nicole starts to notice mysterious men tailing her, and with Dion’s developing abilities constantly changing and becoming more powerful, she must find the courage deep within herself that she can raise Dion on her own.
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