GLAAD, a high profile media advocacy group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, has announced the nominees for its 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards, including five nominees for Outstanding Comic Book. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize high quality productions that represents LGBT people in fair, inclusive, original, and impactful ways.
Fearless Defenders #12 arrived in stores this week, the final issue of a series that in a short amount of time gained a cult following unlike any other in mainstream comics. Upon close examination, it's easy to understand why -- it was not only the rare team title that featured an all female cast, but it was easily one of, if not the, most diverse and progressive titles on the stands. With Fearless Defenders, writer Culllen Bunn and artist Will Sliney fully embraced the notion that women of color and queer women are just as qualified to be heroic as anyone else.
So when it was announced that Marvel was ending the title at issue #12, it was disappointing news for many, including the title's creative team. As one last gift to fans, Bunn took to his website to bid a final farewell to the title, while also sharing some background information, including various lineups considered for the team and notes on where the book may have gone next.
Last week, I wrote about beginnings, something comics as a medium has a lot of. Setting aside all the business reasons for new starts, the preponderance of beginnings might be because comics are often pretty good at them. Consider all the knockout first issues you have read, only to drop the book before it hits number 10. It happens a lot.
This week, I want to talk about something Big Two comics don't quite do so well: end things.
Creators Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney confirmed yesterday what some readers feared after Fearless Defenders did not show up in Marvel's January solicitations this week -- the title will be concluding with issue #12.
Italian artist Milo Manara is a true master of the comics form, and has for decades now created enduringly beautiful works like Indian Summer, Click and El Guacho, just to name a few. I love to read his comics because Manara's delicate figures, luscious backgrounds and ultra-crisp layouts demonstrate an uncommonly careful consideration of how every line serves to build immersive worlds, create believable characters, and tell compelling stories -- stories which are more often than not decidedly sexual...
This week on the War Rocket Ajax podcast, writer Cullen Bunn joins us to talk about his just-announced project with Will Sliney, Fearless Defenders! We discuss why Valkyrie and Misty Knight are awesome and whether his work will be Roy Thomas-approved, and you can hear the whole show right here at ComicsAlliance...