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The Straightwashing of Hercules and How Marvel Keeps Failing LGBTQ Readers

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The mythological demigod Hercules is bisexual. How you feel about that fact doesn't change the fact; the myths of antiquity have told us that Hercules loved women and men alike. Lustfulness is at the core of his character, and Hercules' appetites aren't limited by gender.

Like many ancient myths, and like much of history, Hercules' stories have been bowdlerized by those who think same-sex relationships are sinful. Audiences introduced to the character through the Disney cartoon, the Kevin Sorbo TV show, the Dwayne Johnson movie, or the Marvel comics have good reason to think the character is heterosexual, because that's all they've ever seen. But that doesn't make it true. Hercules is bisexual. To deny that fact is to participate in the erasure of same-sex relationships on the grounds of a narrow and prescriptive morality.

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Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa Announce ‘Kaiju Clubhouse’ as a Stretch Goal for ‘ABC Disgusting’

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Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa's Kickstarter campaign for ABC Disgusting has been pretty steady with providing stretch goals ever since they made their initial funding a while back, including the very tempting offer to get Pak himself to eat and drink super-gross stuff inspired by the book. Very, very tempting. Look into it.

If, however, you're not into seeing the writer of Action Comics make himself sick with a mayonnaise milkshake, there's another goal they announced today that might be a little more palatable: An illustrated chapter book about the stars of ABC Disgusting going on a hunt for giant monsters called Kaiju Clubhouse.

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Get Gross With A Preview Of Pak And Miyazawa’s ‘ABCDisgusting’

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It wasn't that long ago that we brought you the announcement of ABC Disgusting, a new alphabetical picture book from Action Comics writer Greg Pak and artist Takeshi Miyazawa that's currently being funded on Kickstarter. This week, the project met its goal, and in celebration of that fact, Pak sent us a set of preview pages featuring lettering by comics veteran Simon Bowland!

Check them out below --- along with the announcement of stretch goals for the project --- but be warned that there is so much farting. So much farting.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2015: What We Saw On Sunday

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Not everyone can make it to San Diego Comic-Con to see what's happening in person, but ComicsAlliance has you covered! We know that it's not just about the news that comes out of the biggest con of the year --- it's also about seeing the booths, checking out new collectibles, and putting faces to names of your favorite creators. Thankfully talented photographer Pat Loika is on hand to document as much as he can for your enjoyment.

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There Is Quite A Lot Of Farting: Greg Pak On His New Children’s Book, ‘ABC Disgusting’

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Comics readers are probably most familiar with Greg Pak as the writer of DC's Action Comics and Batman/Superman, but over the past year, he's been making an interesting move into an entirely new field: Children's books. After launching a Kickstarter for a picture book version of The Princess Who Saved Herself, based on the Jonathan Coulton song of the same name, Pak and artist Takeshi Miyazawa are teaming up once again for a new project: ABC Disgusting, an alphabetical chronicle of a young boy trying his best to gross out his sister.

This week, Pak and Miyazawa launched a new Kickstarter to fund ABC Disgusting, and I talked to him about why he wanted to take on a different medium, his thoughts on the grossest elements of the book, and how many farts readers can expect. And in case you can't wait for the answer to that last one, I can assure you: So many farts.

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The Age Old Story Of Princess Vs. Giant Bee Is Told Again In Pak, Coulton And Miyazawa’s ‘Princess Who Saved Herself’ [Preview]

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Last week, we interviewed Greg Pak and Jonathan Coulton about their new Kickstarter with artist Takeshi Miyazawa. A spin-off of sorts of their 2013 campaign for Code Monkey Save World, this one was meant to bring a children's book adaptation of Coulton's The Princess Who Saved Herself into print.

If you remember how that original campaign ended with them reaching almost ten times their original goal --- or if you remember that Coulton is one of the most successful independent musicians around thanks to his extremely loyal fan-base --- it won't surprise you to learn that the campaign already soared $45,000 past its initial goal in its first week; but there's another reason that people are jumping on. The book is already done, and as the eight-page preview we've got below shows, it looks awesome.

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Greg Pak and Jonathan Coulton on the Kickstarter for ‘The Princess Who Saved Herself’ [Interview]

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Back in 2013, comic book writer Greg Pak, musician Jonathan Coulton and artist Takeshi Miyazawa launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a comic book adaptation of Coulton's songs called Code Monkey Save World. If you're familiar with Coulton, it probably won't surprise you to learn that the campaign blew through its $39,000 goal in less than twelve hours, and went on to blow through a bunch of stretch goals --- one of which included Pak and Miyazawa producing a children's book based on Coulton's "The Princess Who Saved Herself."

If you were a backer (and I was), then you got that children's book today in a digital format, but the team isn't quite done with it yet. They've launched a new Kickstarter with a goal of producing a physical copy of the book, and to find out why, I spoke to Pak and Coulton about the response to their initial campaign, the origin of the project, and what they hope to get out of it.

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Batman And Lois Lane Are Sitting In A Tree, F-I-G-H-T-I-N-G-C-R-I-M-E (And Kissing) In ‘Batman/Superman’ #15 [Preview]

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In case you've forgotten their current status in the New 52 version of the DC Universe (which at this point is old enough that we can probably stop referring to it as New), Superman and Lois Lane are no longer romantically entangled.

Superman is, of course, currently dating Wonder Woman, while Lois is with... Jonathan Carroll? Remember that dude? Is he still around? Well, trust me on this one, he doesn't matter, because as of this week's Batman/Superman #15, Lois is going to be dating Batman -- or at least, she's going to be going on a date with him.

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Gail Simone’s ‘Comics Survival Kit’ Tumblr Is Full Of Great Advice For Aspiring Creators

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Writer Gail Simone, who is getting ready to wrap up a sometimes-tumultuous run on Batgirl, has started a new Tumblr called Comics Survival Kit that aims to help up-and-coming or aspiring comic creators navigate the tricky landscape that is professional comics work.

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Wolverine’s Dead, Angela’s Asgardian, and Daredevil’s Mom: Marvel News From C2E2 2014

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Marvel went to C2E2 armed with a plethora of publishing announcements for the Chicago crowd, focusing largely on special projects like miniseries and some pretty cool-sounding Original Sin tie-ins, but with a couple auspicious new series as well. In an inspired bit of comic book casting, Our Love Is Real and Avengers A.I. writer Sam Humphries will write the The Legendary Star-Lord, a new series drawn by Paco Medina starring the Guardians of the Galaxy leader. In similarly agreeable news, fan favorite X-Men leader Storm will star in a new ongoing series, this one courtesy of Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez.

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