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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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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.

It's tough f

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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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