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Comic Book Green Lantern to Be Reconceived as a Gay Man

Green Lantern

DC Comics’ original Green Lantern Alan Scott will be returning to the mainstream comics as a gay man with two children. The Golden Age Green Lantern – aka Alan Scott – was first introduced by DC in the 1940s and eventually married a woman named Rose Canton. But the latest reboot will see Scott reimagined as gay, with the loss of his boyfriend serving as one of the catalysts for his transformation into the Green Lantern. The retcon takes place in Infinite Frontier #0 in a touching scene where Scott comes out to his twin children Jade and Obsidian. Full … Read more

FOR READERS: Fave Queer Comics

Empyre #4

FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Scott: In keeping with today’s Captain America news, what are your favorite queer spec fic comics and characters (print or web), and why? Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks! Join the chat: FB:

FOR READERS & WRITERS: Should Graphic Novels & Audio Books “Count”?

FOR WRITERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Denise Dechene: There was a twitter post about a teacher sending home notices about reading material for kids for credit. The notice specifically said that audible books, comics or picture books were not counted. What do you think – should comics, picture books and/or audible books be counted in reading challenges or credits? Writers: This is a reader & writer chat – you are welcome to share your own book/link, as long as it fits the chat, but please do so as part of a discussion about the topic. Join the chat

When Dark Shadows Got Graphic – Boogieman In Lavender

“The fools! Of course there is no book! It is but a shabby lie to hide the truth; that I sleep with the dead during the day and spend my nights prowling for blood!”—-Barnabas Collins, Dark Shadows, issue # 35. I’ve written here before about “Dark Shadows,” the Gothic T.V. soap opera with supernatural themes and a large following in the LGBT community. Those who were around in the early 1970s may remember that there was a comic book version as well. Produced by Gold Key Comics the comic book (we’d call them “Graphic Novels” now) lasted an amazing 35 … Read more

Body Diversity in Comics

DJ Kirkland

A San Francisco-based comic book artist is building a following with his diverse range of cartoon characters. DJ Kirkland, 31, was born and raised in North Carolina but has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past six years. ‘I knew I wanted to be a professional comic book artist and illustrator when I was around 8 years old,’ he tells GSN. ‘I was watching Sailor Moon and I pointed to the television and I said “I want to do that!” At the time, I think my mother thought that by “that”, it meant be a beautiful … Read more

FOR READERS: Fave Comics

Young Protectors

FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Kari Trenten: Do you like comics? What are some of your favorites? Favorite comic characters? For the sake of argument, we’ll include traditional comics, graphic novels, anime, and web comics in the discussion. Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks! Pictred: “The Young Protectors,” by Alex Woolfson and Adam DeKraker. Join the chat

HISTORY: Comic Book Authority Kept Gays Out Of Comics

X-Men Wedding

A nonprofit organization ominously operating under the monicker the Comics Code Authority was responsible for preventing openly LGBT characters from appearing in comic books until the late 1980s, according to a report on by comic book historian Alan Kistler. From 1954 to 1989, the Code, as Kistler calls it, enforced rules against portraying LGBT characters in comic books, Kistler wrote. Likened to the MPAA, the Code Authority had no governmental authority, but retailers were very hesitant to carry comics that lacked the Code’s seal of approval. The Code came about after psychiatrist Dr. Frederic Wertham published his book “Seduction … Read more

FOR READERS: Pairing Deadpool

Deadpool and the Beast

FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Kari Trenten: “What comic character did you really want to see paired up with someone of the same gender?” I’m gonna broaden this out a little – we’ll take comics (funny pages) or comic book/graphic novel characters for this one. :) Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks! Join the chat

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy Officially a Couple!

Poison Ivy Harley Quinn

DC Comics has announced a new same-sex power couple in its super/anti-hero ranks. Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn are officially a couple, as revealed in the Advocate. The couple previously shared a kiss in the 1940s-style Bombshell series, but have now made it official. The anti-heroes began their friendship in Batman: The Animated Series in the 90s. It has long believed that they had more than just a simple friendship. The writers of Quinn’s solo series Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner have also said that the pair are in an open relationship in their versions. By Joseph Patrick McCormick – … Read more