Action figures and comic books rule my life. I wholeheartedly believe that superheroes make up our modern mythology. The ritual of finding and collecting comics and toys satisfies my hunter-gather instinct. The Flash is the fastest man alive, Han shot first, and the TARDIS is bigger on the inside! I am NERD!
In 2010 my world got a little bigger. I began volunteering at a sanctuary for neglected farm animals. The personalities there convinced me that ending another living being’s life because you thought it tasted good was wrong. The truth that eating animal products meant that a living being had to suffer and die or at the very least, live in a manner contrary to its natural life cycle, became too upsetting. It felt really good to stop eating animal products, and I wanted to do more. I wanted to share that feeling the same way that I liked to tell someone about a particularly good comic book, or to show off my toy collection. But I didn’t want to be “that guy” – I didn’t want to be preachy. What to do, what to do?
There probably aren’t two more disparate interests than toy collecting and veganism. But I thought that this odd couple – this chocolate & peanut butter – could help each other make sharing them entertaining to other people.
Jake Johnston lives in Massachusetts with his wife
and schnoodle and a dedicated staff of
tiny plastic co-writers.