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Introducing ‘SheZow,’ The ‘Transgender’ Superhero Cartoon That Will Destroy America And/Or Entertain Some Children

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The United States of America was expected to meet its sad end this past weekend when The Hub network debuted its new animated children's series SheZow. The Australian/Canadian cartoon, which already debuted in other, less delicate countries without causing social disorder, is about a boy with a superhero secret identity. The shocking twist that almost brought America to its knees is that his superhero secret identity is female.

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Parting Shot: Batwoman & The Question and Other Geeky Marriage Equality Memes

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This week, as the Supreme Court of the United States deliberates on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act -- which defines marriage for federal purposes as between a man and a woman -- Americans and friends from around the world have been expressing their support for marriage equality by adopting the Human Rights Campaign's logo as their temporary social media icons. It didn't take long for people to get creative with the highly Photoshoppable image, and what's resulted is an endless s

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Parting Shot: George Takei Talks ‘Archie’s Pal Kevin Keller’

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Today's closing missive comes from this great CBR interview with George Takei, the legendary Star Trek actor, gay rights activist, and now Archie Comics guest-star. Conducted by Kiel Phegley, the interview focuses on Takei's history as a gay Asian-American in Hollywood and how he

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Jane Espenson & Brad Bell’s ‘Husbands’ Sends Same-Sex Heroes Through Time and Space

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Created by former Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Battlestar Galactica writer Jane Espenson and actor Brad Bell, Husbands is a live-action internet sitcom that stars Bell and Sean Hemeon as gay celebrity couple Cheeks and Brady, a scandal

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Rediscovering Comics’ Queer History: An Interview with ‘No Straight Lines’ Editor Justin Hall

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Earlier this year Fantagraphics published an extraordinary collection of LGBT comics from the past four decades. No Straight Lines brings together comics from the early days of the alternative and underground press, stories from the era of the AIDS crisis, contemporary webcomics dealing with identity and gender issues and much more in one volume. The result is

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Everybody In Spandex: On Diversity And Superhero Comics

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I recently attended a talk with Archie Comics writer Dan Parent at Toronto's Glad Day Bookshop. Parent was there to talk about Kevin Keller, the gay teenager whose arrival in the fictional town of Riverdale pr

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Comics Pride: 50 Comics and Characters That Resonate with LGBT Readers

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We are not the mainstream.

That's a truth understood by anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or in any other way queer. We are not the audience. We are not the market. We are not the

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Proud Kids, Proud Books: Little Island Picks Kids’ Comics for LGBT Pride

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Toronto's Little Island Comics is a very special place. As the world's first comic shop aimed exclusively at kids 12 and under it plays host to some of the most infectiously enthusiastic comic fans you'll meet in any store -- not just the children who love to visit, but the parents, teachers and librarians who are thrilled to take their kids there. Little Island is a very inclusive place, and last week they put up the

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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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