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Discovering the Hero Within: The Character Profile of Austin 'Steel' Hartley

Updated: May 8

Meet Austin 'Steel' Hartley, the embodiment of strength and determination in the world of "Steel and Nova." As Steel, Austin's unwavering resolve and heroic spirit shine through, inspiring readers to embrace their inner power and stand tall in the face of adversity.

In the bustling world of comic conventions, where fantasy meets reality and heroes walk among us, there exists a realm where creativity knows no bounds and imagination reigns supreme. This is the world that Austin, a 27-year-old graphic designer hailing from Maryland, discovered a couple of years earlier. His journey into the vibrant and exhilarating world of cosplay has been nothing short of transformative, shaping his identity and igniting his passion for creativity in ways he never thought possible. 

Born with an innate love for superheroes and all things nerdy, Austin found solace and inspiration in the colorful pages of comic books and the thrilling adventures of caped crusaders. But as adulthood beckoned and the responsibilities of life began to weigh heavily upon his shoulders, Austin sought refuge in a world where he could remain forever young at heart, where imagination knew no bounds, and where he could express himself freely without fear of judgment.

Austin Hartley


For Austin, cosplay became more than just a hobby—it became a lifeline, a creative outlet through which he could channel his boundless imagination and bring his favorite characters to life in stunning detail. Armed with his skills as a graphic designer and a knack for craftsmanship, Austin threw himself headfirst into the world of cosplay, crafting elaborate costumes and perfecting his portrayals of iconic heroes and villains alike.


Steel and Nova
Artwork by @emqsart

But beneath the surface of his meticulously crafted costumes and dazzling performances lies a young man grappling with his own sense of identity and belonging. Despite his outward confidence and flair for creativity, Austin struggles to find his place in the bustling cosplay community, plagued by feelings of self-doubt and a longing for genuine connection.


For Austin, cosplay is more than just dressing up—it's a journey of self-discovery, a quest to uncover the hero within himself and to forge meaningful connections with others who share his passion and enthusiasm. With each convention he attends and each character he embodies, Austin takes another step closer to finding acceptance and companionship, slowly but surely realizing that true heroism lies not in superhuman strength or extraordinary abilities, but in the courage to be oneself and to embrace the power of imagination.


As he dons the mantle of Steel, a symbol of strength and resilience in the face of adversity, Austin embarks on a journey of self-discovery and transformation, finding strength in his vulnerabilities and courage in his convictions. And though his path may be fraught with challenges and obstacles, Austin remains undaunted, for he knows that the greatest adventure of all is the journey to becoming the hero of his own story.


In the end, Austin's story serves as a reminder that within each of us lies the potential for greatness, that heroes can come from all walks of life, and that the power of imagination knows no bounds.



Age: 27

Day Job: Graphic Designer

Lives in Maryland, USA









Are you ready to experience the power of Steel and Nova? Read the comic now and unlock a universe of excitement, inspiration, and endless possibilities. Embrace the spirit of cosplay and join the adventure today!

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