Thursday, January 17, 2013

Diversity, Character, Parenting and MLK

"…that my children will be judged, not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the comic book series "13" every child is guaranteed such a world. One in which the trajectory of their lives will be determined not by their skin color, race, creed, or nation of origin, but by the most equitable of criteria - a mathematical computation of their character. How can that be? Well, at the age of 13, every kid is given a power, for one year. They can do whatever they like with that power. No one will stop them. However, for that 13th year, each child's parent is given one full year of paid maternity/paternity leave to shepherd them.

If you had one year to focus exclusively on parenting and help your child determine how the world would view them for the rest of their lives, what would you tell them? If your child had the ability to run a river down Main Street, or fly, what choices would them make? What would you have told them in the twelve years prior to that all-important year about the world, the importance of education, being a good citizen, or responsibility? Would they be prepared for unfettered power and irrevocable consequences for mistakes?

If you've come up with a few answers to those questions, you've not only come upon the mere beginning of the world of "13", but you have also begun to think about raising your child as a global citizen and, hopefully, an individual that will judge others by the content of their characters rather than the color of their skin.

This guest post has been written by Dani Dixon, a comic book writer ("13", "M.I.S.//ing", "Five Nations") publisher (, filmmaker ( and blogger ( Dani speaks around the country on topics such as diversity in comics, preparing professional portfolios and women in sci-fi. She has spoken at the Writers Guild of America on the influence of comics on Hollywood and regularly consults on comic book adaptations.

To find out more about the comic book series "13" click here

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  1. What a fascinating idea for a comic book. I think I'm grateful that my kids won't be given that kind of power at 13! BUT, I do try to teach them to be kind, ethical people.

  2. this sounds so intriguing. is this the book you were telling me about?