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TED Blog exclusive: The continuing saga of The99, superheroes inspired by Islam

Posted by: Emily McManus

Watch video >> Naif Al-Mutawa: Crossover comics: bridges or propaganda?

Exclusive video from TEDGlobal 2011! Following up on his TEDTalk last year, Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, creator of comic The99, talks about what happened after his Islam-inspired superheroes met the Justice League of America in a crossover comic. In the US, a backlash against the animated TV show kept it off the air. Critics accused The99 of radicalizing young children. Naif agrees: The99 will radicalize all children — to teach tolerance.

Watch and share and embed this talk, then plan to chat live with Dr. Naif on September 13 at 1pm Eastern time in TED Conversations. His question to you: Can fictional superheroes provide positive role models in children’s lives?

Join the conversation on September 13, 1pm Eastern >>