Midnighter #11 courtesy DC Comics
Midnighter #11 courtesy DC Comics

Congratulations to the creative teams behind Midnighter, Harley Quinn (DC Comics) The Wicked & Divine (Image Comics), Lumberjanes (Boom! Studios) and Angela, Queen of Hel (Marvel) for being nominated for Outstanding Comic Book in this year’s GLAAD Media Awards.

Midnighter written by Steve Orlando stars an openly gay super hero/spy.

Harley Quinn from Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti is the fan-favorite bad girl turned anti-hero.

The Wicked and Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie features ancient deities reincarnated as modern day pop idols and rock gods. Continue reading GLAAD MEDIA AWARD NOMINEES for OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK

GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Comic Books

Young Avengers #1 courtesy Marvel
Young Avengers #1 courtesy Marvel

Congratulations to the creators and publishers nominated Outstanding Comic Book in the GLAAD Media Awards:


Batwoman H. Haden Blackman, Marc Andreyko  (DC)

Fearless Defenders Cullen Bunn (Marvel)

Husbands Jane Espenson, Brad Bell (Dark Horse)

Life with Archie Paul Kupperberg (Archie)

Young Avengers Kieron Gillen (Marvel)


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GLAAD Media Award Nominees for Outstanding Comic Book

Astonishing X-Men #51 variant courtesy Marvel
Astonishing X-Men #51 variant courtesy Marvel

2012 was a big year for GLBT comic book characters. X-Man Northstar got married. New Mutant Karma became the star of a major storyline. The Buffyverse welcomed Billy the Vampire Slayer. Batwoman kept kicking butt and teamed up with Wonder Woman. Green Lantern Alan Scott is gay on a reborn Earth 2. Archie Comics star Kevin Keller met George Takei.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their portrayal of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Here are the GLAAD Media Award Nominees for Outstanding Comic Book:

Astonishing X-Men by Marjorie Liu (Marvel)

Batwoman by W. Haden Blackman and J.H. Williams III (DC)

Kevin Keller by Dan Parent (Archie)

Earth 2 by James Robinson (DC)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Andrew Chambliss, Jane Espensen, Drew Z. Greenberg and Scott Allie (Dark Horse)

Congratulations to all the nominees!

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Batwoman Wins GLAAD Award

Batwoman #8 preview courtesy DC Comics

  Congratulations to the team behind Batwoman for winning the 2012 GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book Series. JH Williams III, W Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder are the creators on the DC Comics title.

  “This is extremely gratifying, because we’ve been working very hard to make this character multifaceted and someone to believe in, while showing her develop realistic personal relationships over time,” Williams wrote on his blog.

 “So the recognition from the GLAAD awards bolsters us greatly. And thank you for all of the support the series has been getting from you all, the comics readership community.”

Batwoman #6 courtesy DC Comics

  Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, Secret Six, Veronica Presents: Kevin Keller and X-Factor were also nominated.

This is the second win for the Kate Kane aka Batwoman, whose run in Detective Comics received the same award two years ago.

Thanks to Digital Spy.

Here are my predictions for characters to watch for next year’s awards published by Marvel and by DC.

Astonishing X-Men’s New Writer, New Controversy

Astonishing X-Men #48 interior art courtesy

  One of the most anticipated X change is Marjorie Liu and Mike Perkins taking on Astonishing X-Men with issue #48. The unique line-up includes Wolverine, Iceman, Gambit, Warbird, Karma and Northstar. The writer says she will show the characters lives away from the X-Men. Today Liu told how this cast of characters came together.

  “They’re all in the wrong place at the wrong time, basically, but being X-Men, they’re not the types to turn away from a dangerous situation. What none of them realize, of course, is that working together will lead them into some very unfamiliar—and uncomfortable—situations

  I’m excited Northstar found a home with the X-Men after Alpha Flight’s cancellation. Liu expanded on why she brought Jean-Paul back with the mutants:

Astonishing X-Men #49 preview art courtesy

  “Northstar has so much to offer in terms of character; not just his personality, but where he is now, where he wants to be, who he might become under certain circumstances. All of which will be addressed in these first two arcs. Also, despite being a powerhouse of experience when it comes to this super hero gig, he’s also a bit unpredictable; his emotions get the better of him, sometimes, and that’s very interesting to play with when he’s under pressure.”

   Marvel said the arc will be the most controversial story of the year. Liu said one character will be changed forever but she has a long-term plan in mind.

 “There’s a long-term mystery playing out over the first two arcs that establishes these individual X-Men as a real team. We have fights, deaths [and] explosions, but in many ways it’s a very intimate story, and by that, I mean these characters will literally live and die based on the strength of their relationships to one another. There’s an enemy, of course, but the battle against this individual’s machinations will force the X-Men to look inward, and at each other, in ways that may be very uncomfortable, and illuminating.”

 For the entire interview and more of Mike Perkins preview art here’s the link.

Archie Comics Targeted By Christian Convervative Group

Life With Archie #16 courtesy Archie Comics

   Archie Comics has been praised for the introduction of gay character Kevin Keller. A Christian conservative group is targeting the all-ages publisher for their depiction of gay marriage according to Digital Spy. In Life with Archie #16 a look into Kevin’s future features his wedding to his African-American boyfriend.

 The American Family Association is campaigning against Toys ‘R’ Us to stop the retailer from pulling any Archie titles with the subject matter from their shelves. Select stores are now selling the issue seen to the right.

The publisher’s CEO Jon Goldwater responded to Comic Book Resources:

“We stand by Life with Archie #16. As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone. It’s an idealised version of America that will hopefully become reality someday,” he wrote.

“We’re sorry the American Family Association/ feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours.

“Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.”

For the entire story here’s the Digital Spy link.

Archie Comics was nnominated for Outstanding Comic Book by GLAAD Media Awards. Kevin Keller now has his own series.

A Geek’s Opinion:

 I think parents have a right to control what their children read or watch. Consumers can decide where or where not to shop. I’m always shocked at how conservative groups can be so upset over the most non-threatening portrayal of gay people in movies, television and now comic books but not the violence in video games and comics.

 Archie Comics should be praised for depicting real life including the hopes and dreams of gay characters. Comic books always reflect real life. Seeing this issue may lead to an uncomfortable conversation with a parent and kid but more importantly, it may inspire dialogue that could prevent a gay youth from taking their own life or becoming a bully.

Astonishing GLBT X-Men In Action

Astonishing X-Men #50 courtesy

  Marjorie Liu and Mike Perkins are the new team on Astonishing X-Men. The lineup includes Wolverine, Iceman, Gambit, Warbird, Karma and Northstar. With the cancellation of Alpha Flight I had hoped Marvel would bring Jean Paul back to the X-Men. Northstar is at the Jean Grey School and he’s continuing his relationship with boyfriend Kyle.

  I call Astonishing X-Men the title to watch for next year’s GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Comic Book. In the solicit for May’s issue Liu is keeping Karma and Northstar pivotal to the first arc.

  The mutant with mind possession power is losing control over her own. How will the X-Men stop Karma from taking control over her teammates. Northstar’s boyfriend Kyle is in danger. Will Jean Paul be forced to choose between him or his team. Plus Marvel promises that his issue’s ending will “be the most talked about moment of the year!”