Multiversal Teen Sensation

August 24th, 2014

In which we look at several LGBT related scenes in comics from this past week and I reveal that I couldn’t come up with a good title.

A new issue of the new Teen Titans came out on Wednesday. Much of the focus in this second issue is on Bunker and Beast Boy. I find their relationship in and out of costume to be really appealing. There’s no ick factor from either one about sexuality because they’re simply best buds. This same accepting attitude was a value built into the core dynamics of the Young Avengers rosters, which is not to say that LGBT characters in other series from DC and Marvel have had bad experiences fitting in with other ensemble cast members. The exception that comes to mind is the friction between Warbird and Northstar in Marjorie Liu’s run of Astonishing X-Men. Even then, Warbird moved to a grudging acceptance Of Northstar and his marriage to Kyle Jinadu.


Some notice has been made regarding a change in Bunker’s personality from a happy go lucky confidant to a frustrated and angry young man. A change in attitude like this isn’t unheard of for some people and it doesn’t seem unrealistic to me for it to happen to a fictional character. For now Pfeiffer’s choice gives another layer to Bunker’s perception of the world and how he sees his place in it. Do I want this to be a long term or permanent change? No, not at all. I’ve seen enough angry characters of just about every orientation in comics and other media. My hope is that in a few months Pfeiffer makes both Miguel and Gar into the merry pranksters ready to prank each other and their teammates on the spur of the moment. Think this decade’s Blue Beetle and Booster Gold! Read the rest of this entry »

Gay Previews October 2014

August 21st, 2014

Here it is August and the dog days of summer have finally arrived here after a nice, long string of days in the 70s and low 80s. School just seemed to let out and classes are starting already for students. How’s your summer going?

A couple things make me shout “Take my money!” One is Arrow Season 2 on DVD and Bluray but I think this will go on my Christmas wish list. The other is Mike Madrid’s Vixes, Vamps & Vipers booklooking at a number of Golden Age villainesses. Look for it under Exteriminating Angel Press.

ambiguouslygayduoThe Ambiguously Gay Duo Monitor Mate on page 550 and selling for $11.99 in this month’s Previews caught my eye too. Amazon has what looks to be the same thing only branded as a San Diego Comic Con exclusive with a $50 price tag to match. Save yourself some money and order this from your comic shop! Here’s how it’s described in Previews: “That’s right, friend-of-friend! It’s Saturday Night Live’s Ambiguously Gay Duo, Ace and Gary! Straight from SNL and the hilarious Saturday Night Live cartoon that never would have passed Saturday morning censors, comes the crime fighting Ambiguously Gay Duo — Ace and Gary — saving the city from a bunch of gawkers that can’t keep their eyes off them. Bif Bang Pow! presents the Saturday Night Live: The Ambiguously Gay Duo Monitor Mate Bobble Head! The exclusive 4-inch scale mini bobble head sticks to the top of your computer monitor!”

So hey. A few words about being an Amazon affiliate again. Sure, there’s a small commission on each sale 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!

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


RACHEL RISING #29 $3.99 each Page 252
Terry Moore
Jet and Zoe team up to track down a deadly menace that lurks beneath the streets of Manson. Meanwhile, Rachel executes a daring plan to expose a wicked cult that is doing everything it can to stop her!
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Amazon Goodies!

August 7th, 2014

A few items from Amazon caught my attention in the past couple days so I thought sharing with you would be nice in case you find them tempting! Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD wandered a bit for a few episodes in the first half of the season but the story and action really took off in the last half. The five disc set includes all 22 episodes and these bonus features:

Journey Into S.D.C.C. – Hop on the bus and share the thrill of a lifetime as the series makes its first ever appearance at San Diego Comic-Con, where the cast is welcomed with open arms by a sea of enthusiastic fans
Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe TV Special
5 Behind-The-Scenes Field Reports – Get exclusive access to the show’s classified sets for the making of some of your favorite episodes
“The Malibu Jump”
“The Bridge”
“Asgardian Bar Fight”
“Cello Duet”
VFX Breakdowns – Explore the layers of effects in sequences with split-frame comparisons to the final version
Audio Commentaries with Filmmakers & Cast
Gag Reel and deleted scenes

The Batman television show remains popular decades after Adam West and Burt Ward donned colorful costumes and fought a coterie of vexing villains! Now that legal issues are resolved you’ll soon be able to watch any episode any time you want instead of catching reruns on ME TV if you’re lucky enough to get the channel. This huge box set is 18 discs with 120 episodes, a 32 paged episode guide, and more than 3 hours of new bonus features:

Hanging with Batman – A true slice of life in the words of Adam West
Holy Memorabilia Batman! – A journey into the most sought after collectables through the eyes of 3 extraordinary collectors
Batmania Born! – Building the World of Batman – Explore the art and design behind the fiction

Bats of the Round Table – A candid conversation with Adam West and his celebrity friends, chatting all things Bat ’66.
Inventing Batman in the words of Adam West (episode 1 & 2) – A rare treat for the fans as Adam discusses his script notes on bringing Batman to life in the first and second episodes
Na Na Na Batman! — Hollywood favorites stars and producers recount their favorite Batman memories

Marvel gets the Taschen treatment in 75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen! Roy Thomas meticulously researches the publisher in 720 oversized pages with sewn binding to ensure its good condition for years to come. Put this book on your holiday wishlist because it will be released on December 1st.

And last but by no means least! I’m probably one of the few people who has yet to see Guardians of the Galaxy and the total tunes deja vu of a soundtrack makes me want to watch it all the more!

Dr Annabelle Riggs

July 24th, 2014

Contributed by Mike McDermott

Annabelle Riggs is an archeologist, who was inspired as a child by the Indiana Jones movies. When mercenaries started stealing Asgardian artifacts from some of her archeological digs, Annabelle recruited the services of her friend, hero-for-hire Misty Knight. While surveying a mass Viking grave, Annabelle discovered an ancient Asgardian artifact which she unintentionally activated. The small statue began playing a strange song, which caused the Viking corpses to rise from the grave and attack Annabelle, Misty and the rest of the dig team. The song also summoned Valkyrie, the last of the Asgardian shieldmaidens, who joined in the fight. After Valkyrie saved her life from some zombie Vikings, Annabelle impulsively kissed her.

Once the battle was over, Valkyrie announced she was going to Asgard to consult the All-Mother about the incident. Annabelle declared she was going as well, since whatever was going on was connected to the raids on her museum’s artifacts. Valkyrie originally objected to the idea, but Annabelle insisted–threatening to dig up some other mystical artifact that would summon her back again if she tried to leave without her. Valkyrie was impressedwith Annabelle’s spirit, and had a mystical vision showing her that Annabelle was a potential shieldmaiden, so she agreed to take Annabelle and Misty with her.


The heroes learned from the gods that the villain Caroline Le Fey was working on a spell to revive the evil Asgardian Doom Maidens. They joined forces with several other heroes to stop Le Fey, but were unable to prevent her from raising the Doom Maidens…and unlocking Valkyrie’s repressed memories that she was also a Doom Maiden, the Maiden of Rage! The heroes managed to defeat the other Doom Maidens, but Rage-Valkyrie knocked out all of the heroes until Annabelle was the only one left standing to oppose her. Although she knew that she didn’t stand a chance against Valkyrie, Annabelle bravely confronted her anyway. She appealed to Valkyrie’s true nature, to try and break through the rage clouding her mind. It worked, but not before the Rage persona lashed out and murdered Annabelle as a final act.

Valkyrie delivered Annabelle’s soul to Valhalla as one of the honoured dead, but Annabelle did not find the Norse afterlife to her liking. She did not have to endure it long however, since Valkyrie recruited the services of the sorceress Clea to restore Annabelle to life! The spell came with a price though, and now Annabelle and Valkyrie shared the same physical body with only one of them able to exist in corporeal form at a time. Annabelle joined Valkyrie and Misty in assembling an all-female team of Defenders, and she participates in their adventures when she isn’t required to trade places with Val. When the Defenders encountered a young woman named Ren Kimura who had just developed powers and discovered she was an Inhuman, Annabelle was the one who helped Ren to adapt to the changes she was going through. Ren joined the Defenders as well, and she and Annabelle soon became a couple.

Dr. Annabelle Riggs first appeared and was outed in Fearless Defenders #1 (2013).

Please read Ren Kimura’s profile.

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Ren Kimura

July 24th, 2014

Contributed by Mike McDermott

Ren Kimura is a young Japanese-American woman who grew up with a very regimented childhood, directed by her very traditional parents who tried to shape her into their idea of a model citizen through school, studies and pre-selected hobbies. One of the hobbies they selected for her was ballet, which sparked a love of all dance in Ren. Her parents considered ballet just one more discipline for her to master as part of her well-rounded development, but Ren wanted to explore all forms of dance.  Her parents did not approve, nor did they approve of her sexuality when they learned she is a lesbian. Since she still lived in their home and they paid for her tuition, Ren followed their rules…but snuck around behind their backs to continue her study of dance.

Ren is one of millions of humans who are descendants of ancient Inhumans, a race of superhumans whose powers come from exposure to the Terrigen Mists.  During one of his invasions of Earth, the mad titan Thanos launched an attack on the home of the Inhumans, causing an explosion that spread a cloud of Terrigen all over the Earth. This Terrigen cloud activated the dormant powers of millions in Inhuman-descendants, including Ren, causing them to enter a cocooned state and emerge transformed into Inhumans.

Ren emerged from her cocoon with her hands transformed into a strange metallic substance. Ren soon found herself caught in a crossfire between troops of Thanos, who were slaughtering all of the newly powered Inhumans on sight, and Caroline Le Fey and her Doom Maidens, who were capturing the cocoons to try and recruit the new Inhumans to their cause. The Defenders arrived on the scene and defended Ren, and she soon found that she could use her new powers to join in the fight.  Afterwards Annabelle Riggs of the Defenders bonded with Ren, using her own status as a newcomer to the world of super-heroics to relate to Ren and help her cope with her unexpected changes. Ren joined the Defenders, and began a romance with Annabelle soon afterwards.
Ren’s hands and forearms are now composed of metal, and her fingers have transformed into razor blades. Her fingers can extend as long metallic strands, with the blade at the tip. She can use these as whips, or to propel herself by using them like grappling lines. Although Ren has no combat training, she has adapted her dance skills to serve as a unique and fluid fighting style, twirling her razor-sharp whips around as she dances.

Ren first appeared and was outed in Fearless Defenders #10.

Please read Dr Annabelle Rigg’s profile.

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Wuvable Oaf Goes To Comic Con!

July 22nd, 2014

There’s a bunch of new Wuvable Oaf items up at and available this week at San Diego Comic-Con!

Wuvable Oaf has made the leap to his own Comic-Con booth this year, in the Small Press #L-11! Ed and Mark will be at the show all five days with a bunch of goodies, including: Music Mini Comic

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​This collection gathers up Oaf stories from Maximum RocknRoll, the Mercyful Fate tribute comic and QU33R anthology, along with a previously unpublished “Worst Dates Ever” story! Choose from three variant cover choices!

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​Wuvable Oaf #s 0 and 1 sold out a while back, so we combined them into one handy flip-book volume! The Special Edition version comes with a new Ejaculoid Dust Jacket and three art plates featuring Smusherrrr, Goteblud and Oaf!

Classic Oaf shirts are back in stock!


Oaf Undies, Goteblud, Slumber Party and Oaf Hulk are back in limited quantities, so don’t wait too long! Sizes S-3XL on Fruit of the Loom T’s.

Finally, Ed will be signing the new Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever at the Last Gasp booth (#1614) on Thursday, July 24 from 12:00-1:30 pm!


Teen Titans #1

July 21st, 2014

teentitans1001Teen Titans has returned with a new number one courtesy of writer Will Pfeifer after the previous unreadable volume was mercifully laid to rest only a few months ago. Comparisons of the two volumes will inevitably happen, so let me offer mine. Several things in the plus column. scott Lobdell is not the writer. I repeat: Scott Lodbell is not the writer. Will Pfeifer doesn’t have as long a career in comics writing as Lobdell does, and his writing on Catwoman and HERO, his “Dial H for Hero” revival, shows to me he can deliver solid scripts not mired with derivative exposition. The team is trimmer by four, with the former Kid Flash and Solstice off in the future and Superboy and Skitter who knows where. Or possibly five if counting Danny the Alley ne Street which Lobdell used a few times. Bunker did not disappear into comics limbo as all too often happens with LGBT characters in supporting or ensemble roles, and  and he isn’t annoying because Pfeifer isn’t peppering his dialog with Spanish phrases in a lame attempt to make the character seem Mexican, just as the dialog for all the characters seeming more natural. Another positive note is that Pfeiffer also seems eager to continue the friendship between Beast Boy and Bunker.
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The Cure For What Ails You

July 16th, 2014

Are you burnt out on spandex? Need a break from the latest mutant melodrama? Are you bored to tears by slice of life comics? Has your libido flatlined and your insurance doesn’t cover the cost of that expensive blue pill? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions – and even if you didn’t – have I got the answer for your dilemma! Well, not me personally. Let me point you to a growing number of robust and soundly erotic comics by one Dale Lazarov and a bevy of artists hand chosen for their anatomical inspiration! Try one or more scintillating selection to cure what ails you! Just click the ad in the top right of the sidebar or here.  Disclaimer: Please don’t read while driving. Not responsible for chafing or repetitive motion injuries.


Gay Previews For September

July 15th, 2014

Hiya! September’s Previews has more fun and interesting surprises! A gay private eye comic from Northwest Press, another volume of Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book with P Craig Russell, a Young Avengers Omnibus hardcover, and Adrian & the Tree of Secrets all caught my attention! And then there’s this massive Taschen book about Marvel’s 75 years publishing comics that’s really tempting. Is it saying “buy me” to you too? Go check out the other stuff!DC’s presence on the list this time out is a tad messed up thanks to the Futures End event being solicited two months ago. I debated on including any DC books since you’d only be able to pick them up in store.

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

So hey. A few words about being an Amazon affiliate again. Sure, there’s a small commission on each sale you make if you make purchaes 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 books 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.


RACHEL RISING TPS Vol 1 – 4 $16.99 each Page 230
Terry Moore
Rachel Beck wakes in a shallow grave and claws her way free as a mysterious woman watches from a bluff. With no memory of the night before, Rachel enlists the help of Aunt Johnny, the town mortician, to find her killer. But when repeated attacks send her to the morgue, Rachel’s ability to wake from death again and again prove to be a blessing and a curse, and the eerie town of Manson will never be the same! Volume 1, The Shadow of Death, collects issues #1-6. Volume 2, Fear No Malus, collects issues #7-12. Volume 3: Cemetary Songs, collects issues #13-18. Volume 4: Winter Graves collects issues #19-24.


Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francisco Francavilla
“Betty, RIP,” part 1 of 6. It’s been weeks since Archie and his friends left Riverdale. Now, they are wandering the deserted highways of America, one step ahead of the ever-pursuing vicious zombie horde. When they decide to set down roots to observe their first post-apocalypse Thanksgiving, Mr. Lodge leads a team into the forests of Pennsylvania to find dinner, but the hunters soon become the hunted, and not all of the gang will make it out of the woods alive!

kevinkeller15KEVIN KELLER #15 $3.99 Page 245
Dan Parent
Kevin became a semi-celebrity after coming to the aid of a robbery victim, and it got Veronica’s wheels turning: of course, Kevin would make the perfect superhero! With her unlimited resources and limited common sense, Veronica built a secret lair into her mansion, where they could monitor crime and send Kevin out to fight it as The Equalizer! The only piece of the puzzle left is Kevin-he still has to decide if he wants anything to do with her crazy schemes! This super issue features not one, but two variant covers by superstar artist Phil Jimenez!


Hubert and Marie Caillou
The bittersweet story of Adrian, a nerdy teenaged boy who falls in love with Jeremy, the cool kid at school. Adrian isn’t very happy these days. He lives in a small town and goes to a Catholic high school. He’s dogged by a strict mother, bullied on the soccer field, and chastised by the school principal, who considers gay rumors about Adrian as a sign that he is “ill.” But Jeremy, the coolest kid at school, thinks otherwise; he takes Adrian on scooter trips, where they end up in Jeremy’s secret treehouse stealing kisses. Adrian finds himself falling in love, until Jeremy’s girlfriend rats them out, sending Jeremy into a tailspin of embarrassment for being different than the rest. What will become of him?

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Robert Rodi Essentials & A New Book

July 13th, 2014

Robert Rodi has a modest Kickstarter to reissue new editions of his out of print books along with a novella updating the stories of these characters! Check it out!