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26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Nominees Announced

26GMA_long_r1a_0GLAAD every year hosts an award ceremony to recognize some of the best entertainment when it comes to the LGBT community with their GLAAD Media Awards, and this includes a category for comics. The awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. They also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories from the LGBT community that build support for equality.

The nominees for the 26th annual awards have been announced and those being honored are:

  • Hawkeye, written by Matt Fraction and published by Marvel
  • Lumberjanes, written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis and published by BOOM! Studios
  • Memetic, written by James Tynion IV and published by BOOM! Studios
  • Rat Queens, written by Kurtis J. Wiebe and published by Image Comics
  • Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughan and published by Image Comics

The awards ceremony will be held on each coast, March 21 in Beverly Hills, California and May 9 in New York, New York. Congrats to all of the nominees!

Young Avengers, Glaad Outstanding Comic Book

This past Saturday saw the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. While Marvel‘s Young Avengers saw it’s latest run come to an end recently the comic was honored as an “Outstanding Comic Book” by the organization. The awards honor outstanding portrayals of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities in various media. The comic’s final issue revealed the team had an almost all gay or bisexual roster.

Other nominees this year included Batwoman, The Fearless Defenders; Husbands and Life With Archie.

Hopefully we’ll see a return of Young Avengers soon to the Marvel U and it can keep up the diverse cast.

You can check out the full list of winners here.

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GLAAD Selects Kevin Keller as Spirit Day Ambassador

Archie ComicsKevin Keller has been chosen to serve as a Spirit Day Ambassador for GLAAD‘s annual anti-bullying campaign. On October 17th, Archie Comics, along with many other participating corporations, national landmarks, celebrities and schools will “go purple” in a show of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.

Kevin Keller was introduced in 2010 as the first gay character in Archie history, the same year that GLAAD initiated Spirit Day to spread awareness that LGBT youth don’t have to stand up to bullying alone. This year, the Kevin Keller ongoing series was awarded the GLAAD Media Awards for Most Outstanding Comic Book and Archie Comics is honored that Kevin will become the first ever fictional character to be selected as a Spirit Day Ambassador.

Previous Spirit Day participants include The White House, Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Shaquille O’Neal, The View, The Talk, The Tonight Show, the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, the Las Vegas Strip, and George Takei, who appeared as a special guest star in the Kevin Keller comic book. For more information, visit http://glaad.org/spiritday

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Dan Parent to Take Part in GLAAD AMA

Dan ParentArchie Comics writer/artist Dan Parent, was recently nominated for his third consecutive GLAAD Media Award, honoring his work on the Archie Comic Kevin Keller in the Outstanding Comic Book category. Parent will be taking part in Reddit’s global online audience to Ask Me Anything on Tuesday, March 19th at 2pm. The online chat will be hosted by GLAAD and social video network #waywire. #Waywire will also produce video responses to select questions that will be posted at both Reddit.com and on waywire.com.

AMA is a forum where individuals get questions from the Reddit community and have grown in popularity of the years. Everyone from Bill Gates to President Obama have participated in the past.

kevin-kellerIn addition to his success with Kevin Keller, Parent’s art was featured in the highly publicized Archie Meets Kiss, and he is currently collaborating on one of the biggest crossover events of the year, Archie Meets Glee. One of Archie Comics’ best talents, Parent recently returned from a whirlwind tour to the UK and back promoting M·A·C Cosmetic’s latest collection, Archie’s Girls, featuring the unique styles of comic book icons Betty and Veronica, showcasing Parent’s artwork in fashion magazines worldwide.

The GLAAD Media Awards will be presented in three different cities, beginning with New York City on 3/16, followed by Los Angeles on 4/20 and concluding with San Francisco on 5/11.

GLAAD Media Awards Nominees Announced

glaad media awardsThe nominees for GLAAD‘s 24th GLAAD Media Awards have been announced and a solid list for their comic book category has been announced. The GLAAD Media Awards celebrate outstanding representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and our allies on TV, in film, and in the news.

Astonishing X-Men by Marjorie Liu
Marvel

Batwoman by W. Haden Blackman, J.H. Williams III
DC Comics

Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Andrew Chambliss, Scott Allie, Jane Espenson, Drew Z. Greenberg
Dark Horse

Earth 2 by James Robinson
DC Comics

Kevin Keller by Dan Parent
Archie Comics

Congrats to all of the nominees! The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 16, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 20 at the JW Marriott; and in San Francisco on May 11 at the Hilton San Francisco – Union Square.  Special Honorees for each city will be announced in coming weeks.

Kevin Keller Nominated for GLAAD Media Award

KevinKeller#8The GLAAD Media Awards nominations have been announced and Archie Comics is proud to count Kevin Keller amongst its nominees. This is the third nomination for the Kevin title in this category since the character’s debut in 2010, earning a nod each year it was eligible.

 “We are so thrilled for Kevin to be honored this way,” said Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “Archie’s pal Kevin has been a perfect addition to the gang. It’s hard to imagine Riverdale without him.”
“Archie Comics continues to be ahead of the curve, paving the way for characters like Kevin to be represented in mainstream comics,” said Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito. “Riverdale is, and will always be, a place that embraces diversity.”
2012 was a landmark year for Kevin, which saw the character transition from a mini-series into the launch of an ongoing title as well as his highly publicized wedding in the pages of Life with Archie. The critically praised comic capped the year with a guest appearance from the legendary Star Trek actor George Takei whom Kevin idolizes.
“I applaud a forward thinking comic like Kevin Keller and am flattered to be a part of it,” said George Takei of his guest spot. “Comics play an important role in contributing to a healthy, sociable community and Kevin is a great role model for the youth of America. I am delighted to see GLAAD recognize it.”
Kevin continues to make appearances in high profile Archie projects including last year’s Archie Meets KISS and the upcoming Archie Meets GLEE crossover. This spring Kevin will also make the leap into books with a young adult novel published by Penguin Young Readers Group.
Created by Dan Parent, Kevin Keller first appeared in Veronica #202, the first comic to go to a second printing in Archie Comics history. Parent continues to write and draw the adventures of Kevin Keller into 2013.

23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards Comics Nominations Announced

The comic book nominees for the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards have been announced.  The award is for series that portray LGBT characters in a positive way.  This years nominees are:

Outstanding Comic Book
• Avengers: The Children’s Crusade by Allan Heinberg, Marvel
• Batwoman by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, DC Comics
• Secret Six by Gail Simone, DC Comics
• Veronica Presents: Kevin Keller by Dan Parent, Archie Comics
• X-Factor by Peter David, Marvel Comics

All are great examples of the progressive nature of comics and how this is being portrayed in mainstream comics.  I do also encourage folks to check out Prism Comics and Northwest Press (two examples of many) that primarily produce LGBT comics.  Congrats to all the nominees, all of which I’d be happy to win.

Peter David Among GLAAD Award Honorees


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Writer Peter David was announced as a GLAAD Award honoree for his work on Marvel comics’ X-Factor.  The organization announced 25 of this year’s total of 32 media categories.  The remaining awards will be presented at ceremonies to be held in Los Angeles and San Francisco in April and May.

Others recognized include Ricky Martin, the HBO-series True Blood and NBC’s 30 Rock, Anderson Cooper and Russell Simmons.  The prizes were presented by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on Saturday, during a New York ceremony Saturday night hosted by Bravo’s Andy Cohen.

Comic Books Nominated for 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards


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FogtownIt’s always interesting to see what gets nominated for GLAAD’s Media Awards.  Here’s the nominees for this year’s 22nd annual awards.

Outstanding Comic Book
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Scott Allie, Brad Meltzer, Joss Whedon (Dark Horse Comics)
Fogtown by Andersen Gabrych (Vertigo/DC Comics)
Veronica by Dan Parent (Archie Comics)
X-Factor by Peter David (Marvel Comics)
Young Avengers: Children’s Crusade by Allan Heinberg (Marvel)

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was also nominated for Outstanding Film: Wide Release.

I’ll let the lack of mention of the artists and the incorrect title for Avengers: Children’s Crusade slide, the awards recognize positive portrayals of gays and lesbians in the media.  I can’t speak for Veronica (which I guess is nominated for the recent inclusion of Archie’s first gay character) or Buffy, the other three I think are solid picks especially Fogtown which was under the radar for comic book fans.

Congrats to everyone nominated.

And the GLAAD Award Goes To


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The GLAAD awards celebrates gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered in popular culture.  This Saturday New York hosted the event.  Detective Comics, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Madame Xanadu, Secret Six and X-Factor were nominated in the comic book category.  And the winner was…. Detective Comics.

The series written by Greg Rucka and published by DC comics features Batwoman and her alter ego Kate Kane who is a lesbian.  Bleeding Cool has an interesting post on the history of the character and some of the controversy surrounding her.

Congrats to Rucka and DC.

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