Just funded on Kickstarter, The Stripling Warrior is a new superhero character created by Brian Andersen and James Neish. A gay Mormon hero, the character is a personal project for Andersen, who is himself gay and a Mormon --- and also, perhaps, a hero. The series follows Sam Shepherd, who is approached on his wedding night by the Angel Abish --- one of the few named female characters in the Book of Mormon --- and asked to become the Hand of God on Earth.
The Mormon Church has a reputation for not being accepting of homosexuality, making this a comic that directly addresses some quite powerful taboos within the religion. Coming from Brian's own personal experiences, this seemed like a project well worth exploring further, so we spoke to him about how it came together, and why he wanted to tell this story.
They say two things you should never discuss in polite conversation are religion and politics. It used to be sex, religion, and politics, but we all have raging porn addictions now, so, realistically, that topic is no longer off limits...
Another day, another religiously persecuted comic. Following last week's outcry over the Islam-inspired superhero cartoon "The 99" and numerous incidents of violence against cartoonists critical of Muslim extremists, a Spanish magazine has been (perhaps unlawfully) shelved by its printer for its unfavorable comment about a state visit by the Pope Benedict XVI...
Generally you don't hear much about comic book characters' religions, unless it's a holiday special or they're making the sign of the cross over a man they just killed. Which makes sense. Religion can be a divisive issue, and listening to a sermon doesn't rank high on what we like to see comic book characters doing
The hooded Jedi look made popular by the late Alec Guinness in "Star Wars: A New Hope" may meld into the scenery of a comic book convention, but its decidedly less popular with Welsh grocery store management...
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