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Star Wars Stands Up for Its Queer Fandom

Star Wars Pride Comic

Star Wars creators are once again facing backlash from those who think a galaxy filled with wookies, ewoks and droids couldn’t possibly include LGBTQ+ characters. The official Star Wars account spoke out after trolls complained about a Pride Month comic. Throughout June, Marvel is releasing seven special Star Wars variant covers celebrating LGBTQ+ characters. One of them, Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #24, features T’onga and Losha, two female characters from the Bounty Hunters series who are partners. Accompanying the main image is the Star Wars logo with a rainbow trail, and a small rainbow burst. When the cover was shared … Read more

FOR READERS: Favorite Comics/Graphic Novels

Empyre #4

FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Ryane: What are some of your favorite queer spec fic comics/manga/webcomics? What hooked you about them?If linking: Please provide only legal links. 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:

Batman Reboot Comic Features Gay “Alfred”

Batman reboot

A new Batman adaptation turns the superhero’s butler Alfred into his gay uncle. The new DC Ink Gotham High comic from author Melissa de la Cruz and illustrator Thomas Pitilli puts a Gossip Girl spin on the superhero – turning Bruce Wayne into a rich Hong Kong-American student trying to navigate life at an American high school. Meanwhile, Alfred is Bruce’s gay uncle, who takes custody of Bruce after his parents are – in the time-honoured Batman tradition – brutally murdered by thieves. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, de la Cruz explained: “Bruce Wayne is the billionaire. He’s the richest man … Read more

COMICS: Queer Comics in Indonesia to Be Destroyed


Indonesian authorities intercepted a shipment of ‘LGBT comics’ at a major post office hub in Indonesia. The Attorney General’s office said it found hundreds of the comic books on Tuesday. They were intercepted at the Central Post Office in the country’s capital Jakarta. M Yusuf is the director of Socio-Culture and Society of the Deputy Attorney General’s Intelligence Affairs (JAM Intel). He told media the Attorney General’s office has set up agents at post office centers around the country to monitor mail. Yusuf said investigators don’t know much about the comics, but if they had not been intercepted them they … Read more

COMICS: Make the Joker Gay Again

The Joker

DC Comics fans are calling for writers of the Batman series to make The Joker gay… again. The Joker has a long history of homosexuality but writers suppressed it in the 90s, according to some fan theories. In a petition to DC writer Geoff Johns, Elena Shestakova wrote: ‘The Joker was and always had been homosexual.’ ‘This opinion was shared by other comic books authors and artists for decades. That is why it’s so important to me and other queer readers to return his homosexuality,’ she said. By James Besanville – Full Story at Gay Star News

Review: “Providence Act 1” by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows (Illustrator)

Title: Providence Act 1 Series: Providence Authors: Alan Moore (author), Jacen Burrows (illustrator) Genre: Lovecraftian Horror comic LGBTQ+ Category: cis male, gay Publisher: Avatar Press Pages: 160 Blurb Alan Moore’s quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying reinvention of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It is being universally hailed as one of Moore’s most realized works in which the master scribe has controlled every iota of the story, art, and presentation. The result has been a masterpiece like no other and a true must-have addition to his essential works in the field. Review by Dan My warnings … Read more

INTERVIEW: Alex Wolfson

The Young Protectors

One of our favorite gay superhero comic writers has an interview over at Gay Star News: We caught up with Alex Woolfson, creator of The Young Protectors series, to share superhero fantasies and talk about how to make it as a gay comic book writer. When did you first discover your passion for comics and graphic novels? I’d always read and enjoyed comic books as a kid, but there was one story arc I read as a teenager that had a powerful effect on me – the God Loves, Man Kills arc of the X-Men. In that story, religious fundamentalists … Read more

Marvel’s New “Create Your Own” Feature Bans “Alternative Lifestyles” and “Social Issues”

Marvel Create Your Own

When Marvel asked writers to submit comics under their new Create Your Own feature, it almost became easier to list what you could write about, rather than what you couldn’t. In a bid to launch the new platform, which allows fans to create original comic strips using Marvel characters and stock background illustrations, users were given an exhaustive list of what they couldn’t write about in the programme. And in a long list of prohibited themes, plots and characters – including “noises related to external bodily functions”, “bare midriffs” and “double entendres” laid one dynamite point of controversy – any … 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