OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Meet the world's newest action hero – Secret Agent Deep Singh aka "Super Sikh." At night, he's on undercover missions destroying the plans of evil villains. By day, he's working a mundane technology job as a cover. Quite frankly, he's exhausted. Deep Singh decides it's time to take his dream vacation to see Elvis Presley's Graceland. However, one particularly crazy gang of Taliban terrorists decides to make it their mission to follow him to the United States and get rid of him once and for all.
After asking, "Why are there no Sikh superheroes?" the creators turned to Kickstarter to bring this story to life. It's rare to see an Indian action hero in a comic book, especially one of the Sikh religion. Sikhism has 20 million followers worldwide, and is no way connected to Islamic extremism, yet Sikhs are often the subject of negative stereotyping and hate crimes. Super Sikh will fill a void by creating a new positive narrative and a modern role model for Sikh youth.
Super Sikh is a collaboration between Supreet Singh Manchanda, Silicon Valley executive and the Chairman of Sikhnet, and Bay Area comic book and screenplay writer Eileen Alden.
Manchanda saw the need for the Sikh action hero for years. "Growing up, I had great fun reading comics but there were never any examples of leading modern Sikh characters to fuel my imagination. Sikhs have always been the defenders of equality, justice and the oppressed, regardless of gender, caste, or creed."
Eileen Alden joined Manchanda to write the story because "Sikhism is often misunderstood in the West, so this comic project was a natural way for me to use my passion for writing fun unique stories. Fiction is great way to open communities and create dialogue."
Super Sikh's story is told through the award winning artwork of Indian artist Amit Tayal. He won Comic-con India awards in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
The Super Sikh Kickstarter campaign launched January 5th and was fully funded in a little over 24 hours! It will continue to run through February 4th to meet other stretch goals. Backers can receive advance copies of the comic, special editions, t-shirts, and more. Find more information here: http://bit.ly/supersikh