In celebrating being a Black Geek for Black History month, I take a moment to remember and thank the extraordinary souls who have helped me on my journey. There have been more than a few.
One soul in particular who played a role in me becoming the man I am today is none other than my good friend, the late Perry Moore, executive producer of the Chronicle of Narnia films and the author of the critically acclaimed YA novel Hero.
While writing for Drops of Crimson, I did a review for Hero. Perry saw it and was so impressed that he sent a note to the editor Ms. Moffatt to pass along to me, thanking me for the eloquent analysis. Shortly there after, Ms. Moffatt emailed me stating that because he was so impressed, Perry was interested in seeing if I wanted to do a one-on-one interview. I won’t go so far as to say that I jumped up and down and shrieked like a prebubescent female at a pop boyband concert, but I’m fairly certain the fine folks at Kinkos are convinced that I had lost my ever loving mind.
Prior to the interview, Perry and I chatted for hours on everything ranging from comic books, our favorite characters, personal background stories, to music to travel, to even our experiences body surfing. We were both convinced that we got separated at birth. Speaking as a former pro journalist, this is hands down the most enjoyable interview I ever gave.
One of the most extraordinary souls you’ll ever meet, Perry’s story is a powerful one. But more than that, after chatting with him, I felt inspired and I felt like I was 7 years old again when I thought anything was possible. Life was golden. I was on the world’s biggest high. He reminded me that my purpose was to be a storyteller and to be a kid and to inspire others and bring about change through our works, the way comics inspired us. And for that alone, I will always be indebted to him. For that alone, he will always have my thanks.
Moore was one of the most beautiful men I’ve ever encountered, inside and out. He had no qualms about calling out homophobia or any other forms of bigotry and injustice, but he still had a genuine warmth and compassion that is rare in this world.
While he’s no longer with us, Perry’s legacy lives on. Among them a determined geek who is hellbent on continuing his work.
Perry, keep flying. Know that you are missed and know you’ll always be that hero of mine.