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Thursday, July 4, 2013

My Country, 'Tis of Thee

A majority of those polled think Booster will play little or no role in "Trinity War." Prove them wrong, Geoff Johns, I dare you!

Last week's poll question: How big a part will Booster Gold play in "Trinity War"? (55 votes)

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As all Booster Gold fans know, when the New 52 launched 2 years ago, it was widely publicized that Booster Gold would be rebooted as a Canadian citizen. That information came from comic book panelists, not the writers of Booster Gold or Justice League International.

It turned out that Booster's citizenship was never mentioned in Justice League International Volume 3, so there is nothing in canon to suggest that Booster isn't an American citizen as established in the first volume of Booster Gold in the 1980s.

That lack of confirmation hasn't stopped the rumor from floating around the Internet as fact. (For example, Wikipedia still insists Booster is a Canadian citizen.)

Since today is American Independence Day, when we celebrate our citizenship and patriotism, it seems the perfect time to poll Boosterrific readers and find where they stand on Booster's much debated citizenship.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Booster Gold International

I've always viewed Booster Gold as a uniquely American character. He is an American football player who chases his dream of celebrity and wealth by stealing and lying, believing that his intentions are justification enough for his boorish behavior. That's an unflattering description, but many both inside and outside the United States might suggest that it is a true mirror of modern American culture.

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Following DC's recent declaration that Booster Gold is no longer American, I began to wonder if the character of Booster Gold could even be translated into foreign cultures. Could Michael Jon Carter be a hero anywhere outside the USA? Would other cultures respect him or despise him?

To investigate these questions, I've asked international citizens to provide a little perspective on how their culture might view Booster Gold. In future posts, I'll run their essays.

Booster-philes from Canada, Germany, and Switzerland are already working on explaining how Booster Gold relates to their cultural mores and philosophies. If you are living in a country other than the USA, and you would be interested in sharing how Booster Gold may relate to your culture, please send me an email at webmaster at Boosterrific.com. Together, let's truly take Booster Gold international.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Blame Canada

According to Rich Johnson of Bleeding Cool, it was announced at the August 26th Fan Expo Canada "Flashpoint Friday" panel that Booster Gold will be the Canadian member of the upcoming Justice League International.

Let that sink in. A Canadian. Because the first things that come to mind when you think Canada is "selfishness" and "self-promotion."

Blame Canada

Does this change anything significant about Booster's character? No, not really. It's just a little weird to think that Booster Gold, the Capitalist Crusader, will be Canadian in the DCnU, eh.

It's hard to believe that this wasn't just panelists Brian Azzarello, Eddie Berganza, Andy Kubert, Francis Manapul, and James Robinson playing up to the local crowd. We'll find out the truth soon enough: Justice League International #1 is less than 2 weeks away.

UPDATE 08/29/11: Jobu popped into the Boosterrific Forum to note the following.

One of the panelists (I was far back) replied "actually, I think you guys will be thrilled to know that in the DCnU one of heroes will now be Canadian". They batted around "can we tell them?" for a bit and then said it was Booster Gold. The crowd cheered and clapped, but I just assumed it was joke and nothing more.

The next day at the New 52 panel, I was rocking my Booster Gold fan club T-shirt when a question came up about the JLI and Dan DiDio once again said Booster would be Canadian. He said it with a totally straight face and wasn't playing for applause so maybe there's some truth to this rumour?

So they're serious then? Of all the characters to make Canadian... Booster Gold, a hero disgraced playing college football, named by Ronald Reagan, who wears a star on his chest? Thanks for the update, Jobu.

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