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Parting Shot: What a Gay Superhero Looks Like

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It's great to see superhero comics doing a better job of not omitting gay characters from their stories (or leaving them to idle in the background). But it's worth noting that while diverse characters make comics richer and more representative of the real world, they're also an opportunity to reflect the many ways that we are not so different from each other

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Phil Noto’s Northstar Wedding Cover: Beautiful Art, Terrible Omen

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The great Phil Noto is a master at catching those little moments of empathy. He excels at finding pathos in characters' faces, at capturing that tiny flicker of the eyes, that small turn of the mouth or tilt of the head, the moment that expresses the soul of character. He's awesome, is what we're saying. And that makes him a great choice for

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Northstar’s Nuptials: The Only Same-Sex Marriage I’m Opposed To [Opinion]

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Northstar is getting married to his boyfriend Kyle. Rumors have been circulating for a while, but yesterday Whoopi Goldberg and the ladies of The View confirmed it. Said Goldberg; "In Astonishing X-Men #50, openly gay X-Man Northstar will propose to his boyfriend Kyle, with a ga

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The Spandex Closet: 10 Superheroes Who Need To Come Out [Opinion]

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Superhero comics have a diversity problem. The leading characters are largely male, mostly white, and overwhelmingly straight. By definition, well-established characters come from an era when the culture was even straighter, whiter and more male than it is today, and as a result the characters fail to represent the diversity of their audience.

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The Gayness of Batman: A Brief History [Opinion]

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"Gayness is built into Batman. ... Batman is very, very gay. There's just no denying it. Obviously as a fictional character he's intended to be heterosexual, but the basis of the whole concept is utterly gay

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Amazon Pulls, Then Returns, Yaoi Manga Publisher To Kindle For Mysterious Reasons

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All manga is not pornography. When put like that, it just sounds like common sense, doesn't it? Sadly, it's an argument that one manga publisher had to make when Amazon suspended the entire Kindle output from Digital Manga Publishing, Inc. due to an un

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‘Little Heart’ Comics Anthology for Marriage Equality Reaches Kickstarter Goal

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Little Heart is a proposed anthology comic in support of marriage equality, presenting stories and vignettes about love by an impressive roster of cartoonists and illustrators from around the world, including Maurice Vellekoop, Emily Carroll, Michael DeForge, Noah Van Sciver and Sally Madden. Produced in partnership by Minneapolis sm

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At Last: Hulkling & Wiccan Share First Kiss in ‘Young Avengers: The Children’s Crusade’ #9

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Teddy Altman and Billy Kaplan - the Young Avengers' Hulkling and Wiccan - shared their first on-panel kiss in Young Avengers: The Children's Crusade #9 this week. It's a big moment for fans of the characters; a

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One Million Moms Threatens Anti-Gay Boycott of Toys ‘R Us Over Archie’s Kevin Keller

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A few weeks ago, One Million Moms -- a division of the American Family Association, which was named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center -- was in the news protesting the fact that JC Penney had signed talk show host Ellen DeGeneres as their spokesperson, as she is gay and thus "not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store." They were unable to bend the department store chain to their will, but this week, they're at it again with a new target: Archie Comics.

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Openly Gay Superhero To Join DC’s Relaunched ‘Teen Titans’

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Miguel Jose Barragan, an openly gay superpowered teen from Mexico is joining DC Comics' flagship team of teenage heroes. As announced online by artist Brett Booth, the hero known as Bunker will debut in November's Teen Titans #3. Bunker will apparently come from an accepting background that's contributed to a slightly

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