Transgender superhero created by NC comic shop to protest HB2

Transgender Superhero 'Chalice' (Photo: Ssalefish Comics)

WINSTON-SALEM – A Triad-based comic book shop will debut a new comic series that features a transgender superhero next month.

In protest of House Bill 2, Ssalefish Comics in Winston-Salem is introducing ‘Alters,’ where a costumed transgender vigilante named Chalice rips down bathroom signs in public places, replacing them with unisex signs. Chalice is the alias of Charlie Young, a male college student who is transitioning to female.

The first edition will be debuted at a special signing event at Ssalesfish Sept. 17 from noon to 3 p.m. Series writer Paul Jenkins and artist Richard Case, who designed the cover, will take questions and sign autographs. Store owner Bret Parks says his store will give 10 percent of proceeds from the sale of the book to Equality NC.

“I felt a bit helpless until Aftershock Comics and Paul Jenkins requested a conference call with me to discuss Paul’s new book Alters,” Parks said. “ I believe I can show my support for ENC and take a jab at HB2 but in a way that still allows readers to enjoy Alters as a great story with a unique cover!”

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