Awesome Con and Geeks Out have partnered up for the first ever Pride Alley at Awesome Con 2017.
The section of the convention puts a spotlight on queer creators and fans and unites the LGBTQ activities at Awesome Con. On top of a dedicated section of Artist Alley, it will include three days of panels and special events as well.
If you’re interested in taking part, Pride Alley’s table and panel submissions are open now!
The 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced this past Saturday in Los Angeles, and The Woods won in the comic book category. Receiving credit were James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas, Josan Gonzalez, Ed Dukeshire. The series is published by BOOM! Studios (with the latest issue out this week).
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that affect their lives.
There’s two events, one held in Los Angeles on April 1 and another in New York City on May 6.
This year’s nominees included:
- All-New X-Men (Marvel) – by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy, Paco Diaz, Nolan Woodard, Rachelle Rosenberg, Cory Petit
- Black Panther (Marvel) – Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Chris Sprouse, Walden Wong, Karl C. Story, Laura Martin, Matt Milla, Joe Sabino, Clayton Cowles
- DC Comics Bombshells (DC Comics) – Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, Sandy Jarrell, Maria Laura Sanapo, Mirka Andolfo, Pasquale Qualano, Marguerite Sauvage, Juan Albarran, Kelly Diane Fitzpatrick, J. Nanjan, Jeremy Lawson, Wendy Broome, Wes Abbott
- Kim & Kim (Black Mask Studios) – Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, Claudia Aguirre, Zakk Saam, Taylor Esposito
- Love is Love (IDW Publishing/DC Comics) – anthology originated by Marc Andreyko
- Lumberjanes (BOOM! Studios) – Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Carey Pietsch, Ayme Sotuyo, Carolyn Nowak, Maarta Laiho, Aubrey Aiese
- Midnighter / Midnighter and Apollo (DC Comics) – Steve Orlando, David Messina, Aco, Hugo Petrus, Fernando Blanco, Gaetano Carlucci, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Jeremy Cox, Tom Napolitano, Josh Reed
- Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat! (Marvel) – Kate Leth, Brittney L. Williams, Natasha Allegri, Megan Wilson, Rachelle Rosenberg, Clayton Cowles
- Saga (Image Comics) – Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Fonografiks
- The Woods (BOOM! Studios) – James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas, Josan Gonzalez, Ed Dukeshire
Congrats to everyone!
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
The recipient of the 2017 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant was announced at the Queers, Comics & Social Justice panel by Prism Comics Queer Press Grant chair Elizabeth Beier, at Wondercon.
This year’s winner is Tee Franklin for Bingo Love. Tee hopes her story will let Black youth know it’s okay to be queer, and strongly represent seniors.
The Queer Press Grant is awarded to assist comics creators in self-publishing comics with LGBT characters or themes. Entries are judged first and foremost by artistic merit, followed by concerns such as financial need, proposal presentation, and the project’s contribution to the LGBT community. They are reviewed by the Prism Board, past recipients of the Grant, and Prism’s Advisory Board.
Last December, IDW Publishing, with support from DC Entertainment, created Love is Love, an anthology graphic novel that united the comic book community in support of the victims and families affected by the tragedy at Pulse nightclub. It has been announced that the graphic novel has raised more than $165,000 from digital and print sales. Through Equality Florida, the proceeds have been donated to the OneOrlando Fund to assist the victims and families impacted.
Love is Love was conceived and curated by comic book writer Marc Andreyko, under the editorial guidance of IDW Publishing’s Sarah Gaydos and DC Entertainment’s Jamie S. Rich, who called upon his industry colleagues to lend their talents to a benefit comic book. The overwhelming response he received in support of the project resulted in contributions from comic and entertainment luminaries including Grant Morrison, Gail Simone, Jim Lee, Paul Dini, Amanda Conner, Scott Snyder, Tom King, Brian Michael Bendis, Steve Orlando, Cat Staggs, Kieron Gillen, Mark Millar, Marguerite Bennett, Phil Jimenez, David Mack, Brad Meltzer, Taran Killam, Patton Oswalt, Damon Lindelof, Morgan Spurlock and Matt Bomer, among many others.
The graphic novel is currently in its fourth printing, and the remaining copies will be donated to Equality Florida and sold as fundraising items.
A fifth printing is forthcoming, with all proceeds from this and future editions of Love is Love being donated to LGBTQA charities.
Archie Comics is teaming up with IDW Publishing and DC Entertainment and will be contributing to the Love is Love anthology benefiting victims of Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub tragedy.
The company will include two stories featuring Archie Comics characters designed to show support for the LGBTQ community.
Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, artist Stephen Byrne, and Archie legend Dan Parent have crafted two heartfelt and moving pieces featuring Kevin Keller, Archie, and other Archie Comics characters as they stand with the victims of this national tragedy and the entire LGBTQ community.
The Love is Love collection, curated by writer Marc Andreyko, features artwork from dozens of collaborators in the comic book industry designed to send a powerful message of support to the victims, survivors, and their families. All materials for the project have been donated and all proceeds will go directly to the families and victims via Equality Florida.
Kevin Keller, the first gay character in Archie Comics history, was introduced in 2010 by longtime Archie writer/artist Dan Parent, whose contribution to Love is Love features a one-page pinup featuring a message from Kevin Keller to the LGBTQ community about how to cope and respond to the tragic events that struck Orlando.
The Love is Love anthology graphic novel goes on sale December 21st at comic book shops.
It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What are you all excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.
Around the Tubes
Boing Boing – RIP Jack Chick, father of the Satanic Panic – Such an interesting person.
Kotaku – Watch Dogs 2 Makes Fun Of Donald Trump – And the reaction by gamers was?
Kotaku – Marvel Comics Needs to Do Way Better With Its LGBT Representation – Yes it does.
Tulsa World – Jimmie Tramel: Oklahoma once waged war on comics, but looks like comics won – Some interesting history.
The Boston Globe – To fight bullying, Watertown man pens graphic novel – That’s cool to see.
Newsarama – Spider-Man 2099 Artist Wants To Teach You How To Draw – For FREE – This is really cool to see.
The Beat – Manga About A British Explorer Wins the German Children’s Literature Award for Nonfiction! – Didn’t even know about this one. Need to check it out!
The wait for the latest installment of Kim & Kim was well worth it. Just when you thought Kim & Kim had reached maximum capacity on the story and action front the creator, Magdalene Visaggio, cranks this intergalactic bounty hunter story up to eleven.
Issue number three builds on the promise of the previous two issues. We are treated with a journey to yet another exotic and dangerous local as our transgender anti-heroes attempt to get Tom home back to his home planet and away from El Scorchos reach.
This time around our girls take a voyage to the Lost Planet and get stranded in Never-Look-Back when The Contessa gets shot down by Robot Gorillas. We get some back story on Kim’s aunt Djune and meet her old partner and rebel pilot Mina. Lucky for Kim & Kim she’s been hiding out on the same planet that they find themselves stranded on because The Contessa needs some TLC and a really good mechanic .
The rescue mission goes awry and there’s a gap in the girls memory after they get The Contessa back in working order. We get to meet some of the Kim’s friends and in a late night drink & nosh hang out, we get to see Squad Goals redefined. I hope that we get to see these four ladies take on some baddies in a future issue. There’s a lot that goes unsaid in this issue and we don’t really find out what happened to Tom or Mina after he made a run for the magic book in an attempt to get himself home. What we do know is that nothing is ever that simple in the Kim’s world and this issue ends with a Robot Gorilla showing up at Kim’s front door.
As usual Magdalene’s writing and story telling skills are on point and the ending has me sitting on my hands freaking out in the best possible way, waiting for the next installment. Magdalene creates a killer world with a nice arc, real life situations and a strong sense of self and some really relatable transgender characters.
Eva Cabrera’s artwork is clean, easy to understand, inviting and semi realistic. It adds all the necessary components to Magdalene’s great story.
Overall Kim & Kim‘s third issue is an exciting and interesting page turner that gives the readers what they want. I loved every page and panel of the story and found myself engaged even when the Kim’s were doing nothing more than hanging out. There was a lot of back story packed into this issue and it seems the creative team is giving us all the tools needed to follow along without pandering or dumbing down the story line and plot points.
Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Eva Cabrera
Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy
Black Mask provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
One of the most important, crowdfunded comics is here and Northwest Press made sure that the backers were not disappointed. If you haven’t heard of Charles “Zan” Christensen‘s new comic Mama Tits Saves the World then let me be the first to tell you that this needs to be in your collection! It is history in the making! Not only does Zan give the reader a fact-filled, informative and fun adventure and Terry Blas‘s artwork gives us something fun to look at. There’s also some fun and games thrown into the mix to educate the reader.
There aren’t a lot of comic books with LGBT characters and usually I applaud the ones where being LGBT isn’t the central issue of the characters. The difference between those and Mama Tits, is that the purpose of this comic book is to educate and entertain, so keeping the LGBT icons and drag queens in the forefront while they fight the oppression and hate is necessary to the story.
The story starts off with Mama Tits enjoying all the progress that the LGBT community has achieved. Unfortunately, she is struck with the reality that there are still bigots in the world and they will protest at any chance they get. Mama Tits calls upon the Queer Pantheon, comprised of great LGBT figures & icons and, uses her special power to unleash the truth. I really respected the fact that the protestors signs weren’t all made to say “I’m in the closet”. There was also an acknowledgment that some people are just hurt people who hurt others. It was refreshing to see that Zan didn’t go with a cop-out or a cliche when battling the bad guys.
In part two of the story, Mama Tits is dispatched to take down two super villains, who you might recognize even though they’re not named. These villains are covered in hypocrisy and within the story itself provides the reader with a glimpse of the ignorance that the LGBT community faces. Somehow in battling the bad guys Mama Tits never manages to feel like Zan is having his characters preach to the choir or convert the bigots. He manages to simply point out the flaws in the logic of most bigots and have the LGBT readers & allies cheer for the wrath of fabulousness that Mama Tits is going to unleash.
If the story isn’t enough to get you on board, Mama Tits even has some fun activity pages in it for the reader that wants to be a little more involved. From cover to cover, Zan lays his brightly colored history (and current events) lesson out in the open. The reader is made aware of the issues that the LGBT community faces. There is a message of perseverance and tolerance that is necessary in today’s political climate. I think that media especially comic books can go a long way in educating the public about important issues and the discrimination that racial and sexual minorities face. Mama Tits manages to not only tell a good story filled with fabulous fight sequences, dastardly villains (based on real life villains) and, beautiful costume changes but, it provides the reader with info that they might not have and calls them to action.
Story: Charles “Zan” Christensen Art: Terry Blas
Story: 9.1 Art: 8.7 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy
Northwest Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Flame Con 2 took place August 20 and 21 at The Marriott, Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. There was so many amazing things it’s hard to pack them into one post. Here’s an overview of the best geek con of the year!
And that explains everything…
The ReDesigning X-Women Panel is always the most fun. Check out my tumblr post of many of the costume redesigns the panel made.
Yup, that’s the Glow Cloud from Welcome to Nightvale. It actually flickered on and off!
Tiger Millionaire! Steven Universe’s wrestling alias made an appearance.
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This weekend is Flame Con, a two-day comics, arts, and entertainment expo showcasing creators and celebrities from all corners of LGBTQ geek fandom. It features thoughtful discussions, exclusive performances, screenings, costumes, and more! This week Graphic Policy Radio chatted with Rachel from Geeks Out, the amazing organization behind this new Brooklyn-based convention.
Tickets to Flame Con are on sale now at www.flamecon.org. And our own Elana Levin’s panel will be Sunday at 2pm.
Rachel Greeman is a board member for Geeksout, a Flame Con organizer, and an obsessive cosplayer. Also, she has great hair.
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