For the love of Odd: Introducing ‘Fandemonium’
by Wendell A. Slater, Staff Writer
Tell me if you’ve heard this hero’s journey before… A kid from New York City joins the Army and learns to use their unique gifts to help bring a positive change into the world. Little did they know they would change history forever.
The gift they have isn’t something given to them; instead,
it’s a power they’ve worked on themselves.
Am I talking about comic book Iron Man? Or perhaps Captain
America? They fit the story, but I’m talking about two real-life heroes: Stan
Lee and Jack Kirby.
Under Timely Comics, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and the rest of
the avant-garde comic creators of their time, planted the seed of creativity to
grow the complex multi-universe containing creative powerhouses that would grow
into Marvel and DC Comics, respectively, creating countless stories that
personally connect with each one of us in many different ways.
What does it take to be a superhero? Fiction.
What does it take to be a hero? A vision for a better
reality and teamwork.
I’d like to introduce you to The Voyager’s newest section:
UWF’s premiere go-to geek column where we will discuss
Movies, Comics, TV shows and whatever outliers lie out there.
I can’t watch and read everything out there (I’m a busy
dude), so I’m looking to you, UWF, to come with the sauciest, geekiest opinions
and reviews you’ve got. We’ll talk about what’s going on in the streams and why
we like what we like.
Let me give you an example.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, I’ve been a big fan of Spiderman
for as long as I can remember. I used to look out the window of the bus
pretending he was swinging and running across the building while I was a kid.
At the age of 17, I enlisted in the United States Army. I
felt the fears of the 9/11 attack in person. That fear pushed me to enlist and
help protect my country and everyone in it. Cap’s Shield took on a new meaning
for me. The importance of protecting what you care about over attacking what
you don’t. Training and learning alongside America’s bravest and boldest, I
learned the power of teamwork and a dedication to your fellow battle buddy in
Now I’m 25 and in my last semester in college; I’m in Omega
Delta Phi, the only multicultural fraternity at the University of West Florida,
building a culture of healthy brotherhood for everyone to enjoy, together.
Building a kingdom is tough; Wakanda didn’t sprout overnight. It’s not like we are the only fraternity out
there, and although there is healthy competition in Greek Life, we all stand
for one thing: solidarity amongst our brothers.
I would like to extend this mindset of solidarity to
everyone out there that has a passion in fiction that drives their pursuit in
For the love of all things odd, welcome aboard Argos. Excel!