HeroMachine and Michael Freaking Chabon

How utterly cool! In this New York Times "Style" section article, Michael Chabon (author of 2001's Pulitzer-winning “Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” which is a fictionalized account of the start of the super-hero comic business and a fantastic read) is described thusly:

On a recent day, Mr. Chabon scrambled to depart for the airport while the two youngest children busied themselves on HeroMachine, a software program that lets users build their own superheroes. Abe triumphantly held up a printout of a muscled hero who borrows superpowers from animals. “Look,” he said, “Animal man can take power from a seagull and fly.”

How cool is that?! Wow. I might've gotten slaughtered in my fantasy football league today, but this helps make up for it. I loved that book and to know the guy's kids are out there having fun with something I created ... wow. That's a pretty good feeling.

14 Responses to HeroMachine and Michael Freaking Chabon

  1. Hammerknight says:

    Just goes to show that you have design something wonderful.

  2. neon_n64 says:

    Nice, but you shouldn’t be so surprised Jeff. HeroMachine is truly an awesome thing and many people out there are having fun with it 🙂

  3. remy says:

    I just bought “Kavalier and Clay” yesterday. I’m really enjoying it so far

  4. Worf says:

    Congrats Jeff. You deserve it!

  5. Tim K. says:

    Awesome to hear. I read that novel years ago and even picked up the “comic” of the characters mentioned.

  6. Tim says:

    Aye, great news, Jeff. Congrats 🙂

  7. Hakoon1 says:

    Well done Jeff!
    He stole one of my character’s powers though 😉

  8. Niall Mor says:

    Mega-ultra huge congratulations, Jeff. Reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay was what got me interested in comic books and superheroes in the first place. It totally changed the way I thought about comics. Before that, I had just dismissed them as silly kid stuff. And then, when I found HM 2.5, a way to design my own characters? Well, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Thanks for bringing a heck of a lot of fun into my life, Jeff.

  9. Niall Mor says:

    Ooops, forgot to turn off the bold in the right place, but you get the idea 🙂

  10. Brad says:

    Hey, I couldn’t agree more, buddy! ^_^ Sharing Hero Machine with my nieces is one of the highlights of my bonding with the little angels, to be quite honest. I get to see them creating strong females that don’t look like bimbos, and they really enjoy coloring the printouts afterward!

  11. Fishpants says:

    Very cool. Does UGO give you any kind of user stats? I would imagine a ton of people use it.

  12. The Imp says:

    Your power is spreading, Jeff. Soon – SOON! – you will be invincible.


  13. TheNate says:

    Here’s a heavy thought: Do you think he clicks through and reads this blog?

    I’m just saying, maybe he did once or twice.

  14. Joshua says:

    Jeff, a hearty congratulations! That is the kind of affirmation and publicity that you are well deserving of.