The Northlake library in Illinois has hatched a scheme to build a large scale— 9 foot tall—statue of The Hulk. To do so they have fashioned an Indiegogo campaign. So far they have raised only $920 of the $30,000 needed, so you better get your ass over and there and pledge because it’s pretty obvious that the world needs more giant statues of the Hulk outside libraries.
A nice librarian named Tom Mukite wrote to me with more goals for the statue:
We feel that he will attract new readers to the graphic novels as well become somewhat of an attraction bringing in people that don’t normally think of libraries as a fun place. When they come to see him they’ll find out that we have a huge graphic novel collection and many other fun things such as dvds and cds. Also, young reluctant readers will probably take a chance and pick up a Hulk book or another graphic novel when they become curious about why he’s there.
The library is also hoping to build a comics-making studio with an iMac, drawing pad, Cintiq, and a light box. If all goes well, folks will be able to draw things and then print ‘em up on a 3D printer.
Tom goes on to say that that the money will also be used to buy more graphic novels; it is—as is so often the case—the most checked out collection in the library, but they need more budget to get more graphic novels.
The campaign site does not include a mock up of what the statue might look like, but it does include the above photo of the Hulk in a window. I guess they really like the Hulk in Northlake.
When I wake up each morning, I lie in bed and think of the things I need to do that day. I had not previously thought about supporting a 9-foot-tall statue of the Hulk, but now that the idea has been raised, I doubt I will be able to think of much else.