Thursday, April 22, 2010
Think of portrayals of LGBT characters in media, and images of Glee and Grey's Anatomy come to mind.
Another type of portrayal - LGBT comic book superheroes - is featured in this week's New York Times in the story Out of the Closet and Up, Up and Away. Read all about, and see an interactive feature on gay and lesbian superheroes. The story includes a rather comprehensive overview of gay and lesbian characters and themes in comics throughout the years, as well as information about Prism Comics, the organization for and about LGBT comics, creators and readers. (Note their name, which sounds surprisingly similar to another LGBT organization on our campus!)
Even Archie Comics, who have brought us the characters of Archie, Jughead, and Veronica since the 1940's is introducing it's first out gay character, Kevin. In an announcement about this new development, the company's CEO said simply "The introduction of Kevin is just about keeping the world of Archie Comics current and inclusive. Archie's hometown of Riverdale has always been a safe world for everyone. It just makes sense to have an openly gay character in Archie comic books."
For those of you who want to get your inner superhero on, Ithacon, a comic convention, is downtown this Saturday. It's sponsored by the Comic Book Club of Ithaca - the oldest active comic book fan club in the United States. The group has held comic book conventions since 1975. The event will feature guest writers, artists, editors, and more.
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