WE'RE BIG GEEKS
It's true. We love comics, sci-fi, and fantasy stories in all different genres featuring all kinds of characters. But quality and story depth mean something to us; it's not enough to write about heroes in capes. We want stories to say something meaningful, because our brains are specifically wired to learn by absorbing stories. Stories have a direct impact on our lives. Stories impact culture.
We tell stories and we discuss the stories told by others. You should join us. Question everything in your favorite stories, and seek the Truth.
1994 was a great year to be 13-years-old (Duck Tales alone was worth it!). As a teenager, I loved stories and storytelling. I would watch Indiana Jones and Star Wars over and over again. I also watched the X-Men television series and read as much Batman as I could.
But 1994 was also a challenging year. One of my friend's moms died in a car accident, another of my friend's mom was diagnosed with cancer, and my own mother was also diagnosed with cancer (serious, Stage 3, aggressive breast cancer). This rocked my world. I'd had a great (and fairly easy) childhood, and all that was coming to an end.
What did I turn to for comfort? Stories. My favorite stories. But, while they allowed me to escape my reality (for a time) and inspired me to have courage, they ultimately left me without much hope. Sure, Batman defended the citizens of Gotham, Indiana Jones protected the world from Nazis, and Luke Skywalker and Han Solo saved the galaxy, but what hope did they give me when I thought about my mom facing death? Not much. Those stories gave me hope in a better life, but they never talked about the afterlife (except Old Ben Kenobi as a Force ghost).
At night, I would go to my room at the end of the hall, and without any stories to distract me, I would cry myself to sleep. And yet, I did have other stories from another guide. A spiritual guide that gave me hope beyond this world. And that hope sustained me. My friends, who both lost their mothers, didn't have that (and I was woefully inadequate in sharing my hope with them).
And this is why I co-founded the Reclamation Society. Because the stories that we tell explore the concept of truth. We believe that Jesus Christ is Truth, and that there's hope in Him. But let me be clear. We don't tell "Christian" stories. In fact, we don't like modern "Christian" stories. We want our stories to reflect gritty, real situations. Truth is rarely black and white. It's often embedded in shades of gray. We're also not interested in "preaching." We're passionate about stories that explore truth.
My challenge to you is to read our stories and tell us what you think. Do our stories reflect truth? What is truth? And finally, consider this with us: What are you putting your hope in?
Jay Sherer - Co-founder, Executive Director, and Chief Storyteller
His title is way too long... but, he has a background in storytelling, business strategy, and marketing, so we keep him around. Three of Jay's short film scripts have placed within the top ten in the 168 Film Project's Write of Passage screenplay competition (two of them both placed in the top ten in the same year!). He has published several short stories in different science fiction anthologies, and written three produced short films.
Jay is the head writer for Star Wars: Rivals, Lawless: The Demise, and Death of a Bounty Hunter. He is also a producer for all of those projects and the host of the Reclamation Society's Story Geeks Podcast.
Nathan Scheck - Co-founder, Art Director
Nathan draws stuff. He's also a software engineer and game designer. And he may or may not be a secret agent for a clandestine, global protection force--we're not sure. To view more of his amazing art, check out his Albino Kraken (his art blog).
Nathan is the lead artist on Lawless: The Demise, Timeslingers: Season 1 and Death of the American Dream. He's also a story consultant and producer on all Reclamation Society projects (most notably Star Wars: Rivals).
Marianne Haaland - Board Chair
Marianne is a talented actress who has appeared in multiple short films, television shows, and feature films. She produced Birdie's Song, a short film nominated for eight different awards in the 2015 168 Film Project Film Festival. She also played the lead role in Star Wars: Rivals and served as a producer. Also, also, she speaks fluent Viking (er... Norwegian).
Do you believe, like we do, that the world needs hope? Or are you interested in helping us create great stories? Consider supporting us financially!