Whenever possible we will quote exactly. When paraphrasing we will advise the reader that we
are doing so. In the event that anyone ever feels misquoted, we will revise their statements in a
timely manner or remove the interview if that is their wish.
12/01/2008 Entomo Interview
How did you become aware of the RLS movement?
to happen, it was in the air. So I started my training, unaware of the making of a
new "wave" of Superheroes which was occurring underground, at least in America.
always worked to achieve equilibrium between the various factions struggling on the
chessboard of reality. I was going to become what I already was from the start.
arranged for me. I'm doing that right now, in this moment. It's my destiny.
where you don't really need to train anymore. That would be ridiculous.
stuck between Order and Chaos, and move from one pole to another.
action quite easily.
that, in the end, I will be regarded as a symbol of total justice and dangerous freedom.
Entomo: I own paranormal
faculties related to insects – that being said, “paranormal” is a word
open to various interpretations. Think of me as a post-modern shaman, whose faculties are connected to a parallel plane of consciousness.
What do you feel are the greatest challenges facing the RLS community?
01/25/2006 Terrifica Interview
(This interview was conducted by e-mail: Terrifica was sent a list of questions.)
(Nothing has been edited or removed from those questions and her replies.)
Kevlex: Greetings Terrifica!
Thank you for granting us this interview. You have a great many
admirers in the
real-life Superhero community.
? What were your motivations in becoming a real-life Superhero?
My motivations were quite simple. I saw un-superhumans
(Editorial Note: I was sure that that question would result in a negative response, but I was also sure that If I didn't ask that her fans in the real-life Super-Hero community would beat me senseless.)
Kevlex: Thank you ever so much for granting us this interview. We deeply
and hope to hear from you again.
08/23/2005 Captain Jackson Interview
(Due to recording problems, paraphrasing occurs throughout this interview. )
(Some details have been deleted to make captain's secret identity more secure.)
(Interview is also edited for length.)
Kevlex: "Hi, am I speaking to Captain Jackson?"
Captain Jackson: "Yes that's me."
Kevlex: "Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. Is it alright if I record this so that I can quote you accurately later?"
Captain Jackson: "Sure, go ahead."
Kevlex: "The first question I have is: whose idea was it for you to become a super-hero? Was it a publicity campaign started by the local police or did you start out on your own only to have them sign on to the idea later?"
Captain Jackson: "Give me a minute or two and I'll tell you how it all got started."
Captain Jackson: "I didn't start out to be a super-hero, and actually, I don't like that term: 'super-hero', I'm an 'officially sanctioned crime-fighter'. Anyway, when I moved to Jackson from Detroit (DELETED) years ago I noticed that there were no beat cops walking the streets and I felt that was important. I Called into a local radio station calling myself "Captain Jackson". Soon, other people were calling in asking when their superhero was going to call in again. I took to calling in every few days and eventually Put together a costume and introduced myself to the public through volunteering and patrolling downtown. I was surprised by the amount of support I got from the public once they got used to the idea.
By the time I ended up meeting with the chief of police some months later, public support had continued to gain momentum and I was getting signs from police officers that they approved.
The chief of police thanked me for my work and asked if there was anything he could do to help. I just asked to be officially sanctioned by the police and he was glad to do so.
Since that time we have maintained a good working relationship with our local police as well as other departments.
We have the specifications of our uniforms registered with the local police as well as related law enforcement agencies within our state, and they are uniforms, not costumes!"
Kevlex: "Do you have a secret Identity, or does pretty much everyone locally know who you are?"
Captain Jackson: "The local chief of police knows the real identity of myself, Crime-fighter Girl and The Queen Of Hearts, but respects our need for privacy and has told his men not to pry into our real names or pass that information along to anyone if they f1nd out who we are.
Of course, if any of us are involved in an arrest, the police need our names for their reports, but there is no way around that and the chief has told his department not to let it go any further than that."
Kevlex: "Do you carry any kind of special equipment?"
Captain Jackson: "No, all I carry is pepper spray. When I am on patrol, my job is to observe and report. If I run into anything that has to be taken care of, I usually just inform the police and they respond quickly."
KEVLEX: "Have you ever thought about going after major criminals directly, perhaps conducting your own investigations and moving more toward active pursuit?"
Captain Jackson: "Currently I do neighborhood patrols, check bars looking for dangerous drunks trying to get behind the wheel, and watch out for trouble at public events...... I have been shot at twice, had people come at me with knives and been beaten to within an inch of my life! I know how to take care of myself, but If I was regularly seeking out and apprehending violent career criminals instead of what I do now, I'd probably be dead in thirty minutes!"
Kevlex: "Have you thought about adding protective materials such as Kevlar to your costume?"
Captain Jackson: "If I added a Kevlar vest, all someone would have to do is shoot me in the head; besides, I mostly observe and report. If I find a business unlocked after-hours or see something that affects public safety, I let the cops know and they are there fast."
Kevlex: "What other activities are you and the other members of the Crimefighter Corps involved in?"
Captain Jackson: "we also do a lot of volunteer work, and The Queen Of Hearts is very involved with fighting domestic violence. We have also do charity fundraisers and telethons."
Kevlex: "If someone wanted to become a real-life Super Hero like yourself, what advice would you give?"
Captain Jackson: "Don't. You will probably end up in jail or dead."
(NOTE: 09/01/2005- Captain Jackson called back to relate how he was assaulted since the interview. He was sucker punched and kicked when he was down. He says the only reason he didn't have his nose crushed is that his mask was made of hard plastic, which shattered instead. He is now back on patrol. His assailant was arrested. He wants to remind any youngsters that his advice is not to become a real-life Super Hero. It is highly dangerous! (In his case, an officially sanctioned independent crime fighter.)
Kevlex: "But if they do try, what is your advice?"
Captain Jackson: "They should get involved in their local neighborhood watch or do volunteer work. You don't have to dress up in a costume to do good for the community, but if they are thinking about it, they should work up to it gradually. A lot of people don't realize how much work it really is!"
Kevlex: "What advice would you give to someone who wanted to be more of a gung-ho, Rambo type of super-hero and chase after Crime bosses and serial killers?"
Captain Jackson: "If someone actually did that, and I don't think it's realistic, they could never, ever let anyone know who they were!"
Kevlex: "So, basically, it sounds like you can either work with the police and do everything by the book, or stay entirely separate and keep your identity secret."
Captain Jackson: "That's about it."
Kevlex: "What do you think of the other Real-life Super Heroes you have heard about?"
Captain Jackson: "The only one that I respect is Terrifica, she really puts herself on the line for what she believes. Angle grinder man is just a criminal. The English Batman and Robin guys don't impress me at all! The only people I classify as real superheroes are The Crimefighter Corps and Terrifica."
Kevlex: "Do Crime Fighter Girl and The Queen Of Hearts go on patrol as well?"
Captain Jackson: "Yes, and they know how to handle themselves if they run into trouble."
Kevlex: "Any final comments?"
Captain Jackson: "I looked over your site and it has a lot of potential. It would be a good place to start if you wanted to become a crime-fighter."
Kevlex: "Thank you sir. I really appreciate you taking the time to speak with us."
Captain Jackson: "You're welcome."