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Longtime Chicago Bear Israel Idonije Comic Book Signing at Barnes and Noble Geneva Commons

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  • Cover of The ProtectorsAthlitacomics

    Cover of The ProtectorsAthlitacomics

Teresa Myers

Longtime Chicago Bear and comic book creator will be at the Barnes and Noble Geneva Commons Saturday, August 2 from 2-3:30 pm for the national "Get Pop-Cultured Event." Idonije will be signing The Protectors and taking pictures.

NFL Defensive End Idonije has been a fan of comic books since he was a child. He started Athlitacomics, a boutique publishing company, in 2007 during the Chicago Bears training camp when he had an idea for a superhero story he felt would appeal to both die-hard sports fans and comic book enthusiasts. The story of "The Protectors" was conceived at that time.

He brought on the acclaimed creative team of writer Ron Marz and artist Bart Sears to help him bring the comic project to the finish line. The Protectors story combines sports action and superhero spectacle as never seen before.

In the story, pro football superstar Isaac Chike seems to have the perfect life of success, wealth and fame. But his perfect life is turned upside down when he discovers his true purpose in life. Isaac learns he is destined to be one of The Protectors, a small group of gifted heroes blessed with miraculous powers. Now Isaac and a handful of other star athletes must choose between the lives they know, and the greater good of protecting mankind from enemies intent on enslaving the world. Are Isaac and his friends worthy of becoming The Protectors?

The Protectors has debuted with a limited edition issue #0 and issue #1. The narrative of this epic series of cosmic proportions, with the world at stake, will soon unfold in earnest with more issues. 
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