The Guardian, or Paasban in Urdu, is a comic book series (available in English and Urdu) that fights terrorism and extremist ideologies. According to its creators, “Our comics do not feature spandex clad superheroes, but rather the ordinary people who live through extraordinary circumstances, make brave choices and reject extremism. These stories work to change the narrative of hate and inspire vulnerable kids who might otherwise fall victim to extremist ideologies.”
Terrorism has led to more than 50,000 civilian deaths in Pakistan over the past eight years. In December 2014, 150 Pakistani children were murdered when a school in the city of Peshawar was attacked. According to the creators of Paasban, The Guardian, “Terrorism is a blight on our world, a manifestation of hatred and bigotry. We are willing to fight this mindset with whatever we have at our disposal; great art, strong words, and a message of courage and faith.”
With the first two issues already widely praised by readers, as seen at www.cfxcomics.com, the creators of this story have launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds to expand production. Located at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-fight-terrorism-with-comic-books#/story, this campaign offers pledge levels from $5 to $10,000, with perks ranging from free digital downloads of the comic books to the chance to direct an entire issue of the series.
For more information on each pledge level and associated prizes, visit the IndieGoGo page.
About Paasban The Guardian:
The Guardian or Paasban is the story of everyday heroes making difficult choices, told in a comic strip format. Designed to help Pakistani children and teens reject extremism and terrorism, the series mirrors the experience of one of its creators who narrowly avoided recruitment by jihadist outfits when he was 13. The series has been met with critical and popular acclaim with articles about it in Fusion, The Christian Science Monitor, and AFP, amongst others. Now, the creators of the series have launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds to continue the production and distribution of this comic book series.