Ming Na Is….

October 1st, 2014

Ming Na is a total bad ass! Found via Bevis Musson’ tumblr.

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Gays In Comics

September 29th, 2014

Sometimes LGBT characters pop up when you least expect it! That’s what happened last week in not one or two, but three comics from different publishers.

Gail Simone has put Red Sonja on a quest to gather up the six greatest artisans to meet the demand of Emperor Samala, who wants their services on display for his “going away” party. Samala is dying and want to go out in grand style on his terms, which includes the deaths a thousand slaves to attend him in the afterlife, per royal custom. The emperor will allow them to live only if Red Sonja brings all six to his court. The renowned dancer Rakaua is the last of the six Sonja must fetch. Sonja attacks a pair of guards and busts down a door in a show of bravada and determination to make her goal and leave it to Gail to surprise Sonja and readers alike with a twist on the damsel in distress trope! Meet Rakaua who’s “always dreamed of being rescued by a strong warrior”.

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Jill Lepore’s Secret History Of Wonder Woman

September 27th, 2014

History was a subject that didn’t excite me a lot in school. It just seemed to be memorizing dates, names, and battles strung together by a cause here and a reason there. Two college instructors, one for 19th century American culture and the other for American history to the Civil War, changed all that for me though. The second teacher also having been in theater helped some as well. Jill Lepore’s enthusiasm has me wanting to read this book! Lepore’s New Yorker article can be read here.

“The Secret History of Wonder Woman is as racy, as improbable, as awesomely righteous, and as filled with curious devices as an episode of the comic book itself. In the nexus of feminism and popular culture, Jill Lepore has found a revelatory chapter of American history. I will never look at Wonder Woman’s bracelets the same way again.” – Alison Bechdel

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

Found via The Comics Reporter.

Exiles: Trans Stories Kickstart

September 25th, 2014

Cultural Watch Dogs & Captain America

September 25th, 2014

captainamerica385Writers tackling social issues in comics have good intentions though the products of those intentions range the gamut from outstanding to just plain bad. The two part story in Captain America #385 and 386 from 1991 falls closer to the bad side than not. It came to my attention in an Ebay search because of the seller’s description: “Cap rescues pornographers, gay rights activists, rappers and others from the right wing Watchdogs who are out to enforce their brand of All-American morality with the unwanted “help” of US Agent who is out for revenge”. Captain America rescuing gay rights activists? How did I not know about this story?

It turns out  gay activists are never mentioned as I discovered while recently reading the pot boiler two parter with the titles “Going to the Dogs” and “For Righteousness’s Sake”. However, including the LGBT community as targets by  the right wing group Watch Dogs, who are the villains in this tale from Mark Gruenwald and Ron Lim, isn’t a difficult stretch of imagination. They have more back story than seen in this story including a connection with USAgent, which you can read here and here. The Watch Dogs are ostensibly stand ins for the Ku Klux Klan. White robes were swapped out for purple spandex uniforms and orange metal vests emblazoned with a snarling dog face symbol and topped off with visor helmets. The color scheme practically shouts comic book villain though who can imagine macho, right wing villains actually choosing purple and orange as uniform colors? Their mission statement is spelled out in their initiation vow:

“I solemny vow to walk the virtuous path, to safeguard society from the forces that would corrupt it, and destroy the enemies of decency, of morality,and of the values upon which our country was founded”.

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Gay Previews November 2014

September 22nd, 2014

Goodbye summer! Hello autumnal equinox and everything bloody pumpkin flavored! By Thanksgiving time the thought of another pumpkin pie has me asking people if they’ve ever tried a sweet potato pie. Sorry, that’s enough ranting about pumpkin!

Look for a couple of Oz books with Oz afficiando Eric Shanower attached to them. Vertigo releases a new edition of Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo’s Enigma! That story had a huge impact on me when it came out. Sina Grace draws the new all ages Image series Penny Dora. Drawn & Quarterly gives Moomin the deluxe treatment and Fantagraphics offers up again the searing and haunting 7 Miles A Second. Also, there are several new or reissued trades from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and Image, like the second trade of Rat Queens and the last half of Gail Simone’s short lived The Movement.

So hey, a few words about being an Amazon affiliate again. Sure, there’s a small commission on each purchase you make if you make purchases by clicking any of the links in this list or through that widget thing in the sidebar or if you bookmark the link below. Supporting your local comic shop and bookstore is really important too. Being an Amazon affiliate isn’t just about commissions on specifically linked books and DVDs though, so don’t be shy about using these links to make your other non-book related purchases!

Amazon & Gay League

Credit to Andy Mangels who compiled many such lists before me. People’s names listed in bold are either LGBT or supportive.

ABSTRACT STUDIOS

RACHEL RISING #30 $3.99 each Page 250
Terry Moore
In a dramatic showdown, Rachel’s killer is revealed! But the truth may be the final nail in Ra-chel’s casket when she finally confronts her killer. Will she survive or is this really the end of an extraordinary woman? Find out in this powerful issue!

STRANGERS IN PARADISE SC OMNIBUS $100.00 Page 250
Terry Moore
The greatest love story ever told is finally available in an affordable softcover omnibus edition! This two book package contains all 2,128 pages of Terry Moore’s epic tale featuring Katchoo, Francine, David, and Casey as they face life’s biggest challenges by facing them together. All 107 issues of the series are here, including the spin-offs Molly & Poo, Princess Warrior, When World’s Collide, and David’s Story.
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ARCHIE

sabrina3AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #8 $3.99 Page 260
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francisco Francavilla
“Ghosts of Christmas Past.” Contrary to popular belief, the current zombie outbreak is not the first time a shadow fell across Riverdale and its citizens. As the survivors hunker down in a hotel to wait out a snowstorm, Hiram Lodge and Mary Andrews relive the darkest chapter of their town’s history. Ten years ago, the adults of Riverdale struck a terrible bargain with the witches of Greendale, setting the stage for the present-day apocalypse. With a regular cover by Francisco Francavilla and a “Cheerleader” variant by Andrew Pepoy.

SABRINA #3 $3.99 Page 260
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
Rejected by the Council, Sabrina takes matters into her own hands to find Harvey’s missing soul. Recruiting two other young witches (from a neighboring coven), Sabrina holds a seance to locate her missing friend, but as ever, Madame Satan is pulling the strings behind the scenes, and what Sabrina taps into is much more dangerous-and diabolical. And will send our beloved teen witch on an epic quest.
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Artist Call For Tom Of Finland Art Fair

September 20th, 2014

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Dear Artist,

This year, the Tom of Finland Art Fair returns to TOM House, the iconic property where it has been held in earlier years. We invite you to become a part of this event to be held on October 4-5, 2014.

We are reviewing applications and sending confirmations via email. This allows us to tailor the event to the space available and to better serve the desires of the buying public as well as the artists. This will insure the greatest possible mix of established artists and exciting new ones as well as a variety of media (sculpture, photography, drawings, etc).

The Foundation is making an extra effort in advertising aimed at attracting collectors of art as well as the general public.

The registration fee for this year’s event is $100.00, and a limited number of grants from our Marcello Lupetti Artists Fund are available to offset the booth cost in whole or in part.

The Foundation receives 25% of all art sales at the Fair to cover processing and administrative costs. Each artist will appear in the printed program using your artist name, a brief description of your work, and contact information.

If you are interested in being a part of this classic event click here to apply! 9Note: This link will load an Adobe Central form.)

Receive the latest Art Fair updates by Liking and Sharing the Facebook Event and please invite all your friends!

Sincerely,

Toni Rodriguez (office AT tomoffinlandfoundation DOT org)

Event Coordinator
Tom of Finland Art Fair

Tom Of Finland Art Fair

September 18th, 2014

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Anyone living in or near Los Angeles or visiting the area may want to mark October 4th and 5th on their calendars. Those are the dates for this year’s Tom of Finland Art Fair being held at the TOM House on a quiet street in the Echo Park area. Admission is $10 for the general public and $8 for members and participating Fair artists. For more information go here.
Check out some of the mostly NSFW art and photos taken of work from the Tom of Finland collection over at the Gay Manga blog!

Bechdel Awarded MacArthur Genius Grant

September 17th, 2014

Gayleague congratulates Alison Bechdel on the news of her being awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant! It’s a well deserved award for a cartoonist who’s given decades of stories with Dykes to Watch Out For and shared secrets with the world in Fun Home and Are You My Mother.

Zombie Boy Kickstarter

September 15th, 2014

DALLAS – Mark Stokes launched his Kickstarter on September 15, 2014, with a goal to raise funds to help him publish the first-ever collected volume of his online comic strips in book form. Zombie Boy Vol. 1: Some Kind of Horrible will print the first 200 Zombie Boy comic strips, along with some additional material never before published.

The popular comic book character is actually well into his third decade, now, having originally sprung from Stokes’ pen in the late 1980s. “Zombie Boy, as a character, celebrates his 27th birthday this year,” said Stokes. “His first appearance was in print in 1987, as a comic book, with subsequent issues throughout the next decade. I made the transition from a comic book into a online comic in 2010, with the first strip posting on Aug. 2, 2010.”

“I’m excited about this opportunity for the Ju-Juvenile to rise again in print!” said Stokes. “I just can’t seem to keep the kid in his crypt!”

Follow the latest installment at Zombie Boy Comics!