Michael Egan vs Bryan Singer

April 19th, 2014

News of Michael Egan’s law suit alleging that X-Men and Superman Returns director Bryan Singer of sexual abuse against him at the age of 17 at several locations and times is all over the Internet. Many people have been quick to take one of several positions on the matter from which to comment on the matter. Some believe Egan’s suit is baseless and its timing in light of the upcoming X-Men movie release is simply suspicious and 15 years after the alleged abuse is seen as a red flag by many, leading to the conclusion that Egan is out for big money. Others side with Egan. stating that sexually abused people do not always come forward in the days or even weeks following such acts. Another group, who may or may not think Egan’s suit is legitimate, point out Singer’s obsession with young twink as evidence possibly damning the director. Looking at the same articles about and photos of Singer and twinks, some people think Egan should’ve known better. How could Egan let himself be abused more than once? Why didn’t his parents stop the abuse from continuing? That Egan was a plaintiff in a similar suit over 10 years ago against an associate of Singer, which led to the man’s incarceration, seems to be interpreted in the court of public opinion more or less equally as circumstantial evidence of Singer’s guilt and Egan as gold digger. Even the cancellation of Singer’s Wonder Con events and the revelation of Egan’s involvement in a documentary on sexual abuse victims are subject of speculation.

Three things I know. We don’t yet know the truth of what did or did not happen. We may never know the complete truth. As readers of comics and fiction in general we seem to have been trained by both writers and ourselves to solve a mystery before the writer decides to tell us or to fill in the gaps of plots and character motivation. Is the latter affecting the former for some of us? Maybe it’s the case with myself. Lastly, Hollywood scandals and the attempts to cover them up are nothing new. Cartoonist Rick Geary did an interesting story about the death of actor/ director William Desmond Taylor in his Famous Players graphic novel.
Famous Players: The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor (Treasury of XXth Century Murder)

If Singer is guilty of the suit’s allegations then Singer should pay the consequences for reprehensible actions. If Egan’s claim is based on manufactured lies then he should be held accountable as well. Let’s hope justice prevails in either case.
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Cosplay Changes Lives

April 18th, 2014

Thanks to David Goodwin for bringing this clip of PBS’ “Off Book” web series to my attention.

Fearful Hunter: The Complete Epic

April 5th, 2014

fearfulhunterHCsmallJon Macy brings his Fearful Hunter graphic novel series to its epic conclusion! A young Druid on the eve of his initiation meets a troubled wolf and falls in love. The star crossed lovers don’t have a chance when lascivious Druid masters and savage elder gods threaten their fragile new relationship. Punk music, pick up trucks and psychedelic earth magic add an urban spin to this captivating queer Celtic fantasy world.

Macy describes Fearful Hunter as “…a bit hard to classify as it doesn’t neatly fit into any one genre. It’s got fantasy, erotica, psychedelic imagery, but for me, it’s always been a romance. I’ve done my share of dark and provocative work in the past, but now I think the really brave writing is daring to show the sweet side. It’s scary to put yourself out there, but I really believe it’s what people really want. I’ve read the previous volumes and agree that the story and characters Macy has created really is all these things and makes an intensely vivid reading experience!

The 320 paged hardback book collects the previous three paperback volumes and also features backup stories from LGBT comics luminaries Dave Davenport, Sean Z, Steve MacIsaac, Agnes Czaja, Sina Sparrow, Rene Capone, and Justin Hall. Look for this book from Northwest Press in May 2014.

Please check out the Kickstarter campaign! And like Macy’s previous work, this is for mature readers! Scroll down to enjoy the page of art Jon was kind enough to share to entice you!

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Gay Previews For May 2014

March 26th, 2014

Late again! Where the heck did I put my motivation? It’s so well hid!

Cousins Jillian and Mariko Tamaki will have their second graphic novel, This One Summer, released in May. Please insert your own winter weather related joke here since it’s probably funnier than mine would be. Their debut Skim was a very engaging lesbian coming of age story. Northwest Press returns with two offerings: the first issue of a Legends of Bold Riley mini and Jon Macy’s evocative and sensuous Fearful Hunter is collected and brought to its conclusion.

This time out Gail Simone’s The Movement reaches its final issue and most of the characters will likely be sent to limbo. Simone brought back Rainmaker from the old Gen-13 at least. Last month Stormwatch and Teen Titans fell off the list. More of a mercy killing with both, I think. Scott Lobdell’s writing, if not his characterization, is stuck in the 1990s and making Bunker a believable and likeable character was beyond his ability and maybe his interest. Jim Starlin’s name is practically synonymous with cosmic type characters that getting him to write Stormwatch must’ve seemed like a no brainer. Nothing could’ve been farther from the truth because like Lobdell, Starlin’s writing seems stuck somewhere in the past. Apparently writing the series was an excuse to resurrect The Weird, some cosmic character he did a four part mini series back in the mid 80s for DC and only Starlin is the only one who cares about him. What’s the reason for my rant? DC may have other plans for Stormwatch. It’s releasing two trades this time out, and the solicitation for Futures End #4 asks “And whatever happened to Stormwatch?” So, here’s the reason: maybe Stormwatch will be featured in Futures End. You might want to look in issues as they come out. The series will be added to the list only if there’s relevant proof. Yes, I’m a little cranky at the moment.

You’ll notice looking over the list is that Gayleague is once again an Amazon associate! Several books include handy dandy links to buy or pre-order books. Your orders through these links will provide a slight commission to Gayleague without increasing your cost one little cent. There’s also an Amazon widget over in the sidebar to the right or if you prefer, just click and bookmark the text link right below if you like. That said, please consider supporting your local comic shop and book store first.

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Credit for inspiration where it’s due to Andy Mangels who compiled many such lists before me. People’s names listed in bold are LGBT and or supportive.

ARCHIE

AFTERLIE WITH ARCHIE #7 $2.99 Page 272
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francisco Francavilla
“Betty, R.I.P.” Part 1 of 6. “Thanksgiving.” 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!
Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE TP $17.99 Page 272
Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla
When Jughead’s beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his canine companion, Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he’s not the same and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie and the gang to try to escape Riverdale! Collects issues #1-5.

kevinkeller14KEVIN KELLER #14 $2.99 Page 274
Dan Parent
“That’s Really Super, Kevin!” Kevin’s world takes a surprising new twist when he becomes the masked crime fighter called “The Equalizer!” Of course, this doesn’t just happen overnight. When he saves someone’s life and becomes a media sensation, Veronica’s wheels start turning and with her drive, determination (and unlimited cash!) she molds a new career for Kevin! Somewhat apprehensive, will Kevin move forward as a superhero? And what will happen to his everyday teenage life? Find out in the first part of this exciting new storyline!

BOOM

ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #5 $3.99 Page 310
Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
Ooo is in chaos, everything is up in smoke and the only way to set it all back to normal is to get Monkey Wizard to FINALLY kidnap Painting Princess — Finn and Jake have even done all the work for him!! It looks like the simpler the task, the harder it’s going be for our heroes!

CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT Vol 1 TP $ $14.99 Page 300
Clive Barker, Mark Miller, and Haemi Jang
Clive Barker has re-imagined the HELLRAISER mythos since 2011 with BOOM! Studios, creating one of the most successful horror comics on the stands. Now, he’s created and written an all-new original comic book series, and his vision again proves why he is the Master of Horror. Named the “Best Mini-Series of 2013″ by Bloody Disgusting, this trade paperback collects the first arc of Clive Barker’s original comic book creation, with collaborators Mark Miller and Haemi Jang. Julian Demond, captain of industry, leaves his life behind to begin a walkabout. While wandering the desert, he comes across a unique figure, who calls himself Wick…and claims to be God. Together, they begin a terrifying journey across the Earth, as neither man merely wants to merely make a mark on the world. Instead, they intend to leave a scar.
Clive Barker’s Next Testament Vol. 1
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Kickstarters, Book Burning, & More

March 20th, 2014

Belated congratulations to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on his new position as Chief Creative Officer for Archie Comics! Publisher Jon Goldwater has given Aguirre-Sacasa a blank canvas so What the future holds in print and other media for properties from Archie and the Riverdale gang to the company’s Red Circle superheroes remains to be seen. Read more in this New York Times piece.

Various sites reported that the Flash TV series in development had cast actor Patrick Sabongui (Stargate: Atlantis, Fringe) in the role of Central City Police Captain David Singh. Singh is a character that occasionally appears in the current Flash comic though as the crime lab director and not Police Captain. Hartley Rathaway has been confirmed as a cast member though no actor has been announced to play him. In the comics Rathaway came out as gay some years ago, and in the New 52 Rathaway and Singh are lovers. This has me wondering and hoping that the relationship will translate to the show! How great would that be?

Art by Francis Manapul

Art by Francis Manapul

Hat tip to Johanna Draper Carlson for mentioning Melanie Gillman’s Smbitten, a graphic novel in a historical setting about a mismatched lesbian couple. And vampires. Gillman wrote and drew (using colored pencils) this story as part of her master’s thesis, and has decided to offer the work again as “pay as you want” PDF. You can find out more here!

Are you a creative person? Artist? Writer? Something else that evokes passion for you? Are you tired of being taken advantage of and want to protect your rights? Katie Lane just may be the person to help you. Lane is a lawyer who helps freelancers and businesses with legal matters. Put away any concerns you might have about hiring a person who isn’t empathetic to the LGBT community. Lane is married to artist Dylan Meconis. Head over to Lane’s Work Made For Hire. Hat tip to Fleen where I learned about Lane.
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Grant Gustin As Flash Video

March 12th, 2014

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Five seconds worth of footage to base opinions on! Hurry!

Unless Google has trouble loading the clip. Happened several times to me. Has Flash broken Google?

Lambda Literary Awards Graphic Novels Finalists

March 6th, 2014

Lambda Literary Awards has announced its finalists for the 26th annual awards to be held June 2 at Cooper Union’s Great Hall in New York City. This year the Lammys sees the addition of the LGBT Graphic Novel category! Gay League sends best wishes to all of the people involved for their hard work to create each of the four graphic novels listed below.

  • Artifice, Alex Woolfson (author), Winona Nelson (Illustrator), AMW Comics
  • Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir, Nicole J. Georges, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Duck! Second Chances, Tana Ford, Bang A Left
  • The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, Kyle Baker, Steve Dutro, M Press

Tickets for the event go on sale today at a special purchase price during the month of March. Please visit the Lambda Literary site for the complete finalist list and event details.

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Gay Previews April 2014

February 28th, 2014

Here it is the end of February and I’m barely getting this up under the wire. A few things stand out to me this time around. Bohemians is a graphic novel that focuses on the culturla movement that influenced the US and France. It comes from boutique publisher Verso. Kieron Gillen’s Three (from Image) telling the story of three escaped ancient Greek slaves finds itself collected. I mention this because Gillen consulted a professor of history to ensure accuracy and I believe it touches on ancient Greek male sexuality in ways that Frank Miller chose not to do in his 300. DC’s Stormwatch series ends in April (it’s almost a mercy killing after letting Starlin write the comic) and the solicitation for Warren Ellis’ 12 issue run tells me the characters aren’t going to be in limbo for long. Just keep Starlin away from them! Sina Grace gets Self-Obsessed in a one shot. Oh, yeah, that second Aquaman series (right, I know!) joins the list for now because Ya’wara was in love with the other woman on the team. Let’s see if and how well Dan Jurgens addresses that in his stories.

You’ll notice looking over the list is that Gayleague is once again an Amazon associate! Several books include handy dandy links to buy or pre-order books. Your orders through these links will provide a slight commission to Gayleague without increasing your cost one little cent. There’s also an Amazon widget over in the sidebar to the right or if you prefer, just click and bookmark the text link right below if you like. That said, please consider supporting your local comic shop and book store first.
Amazon & Gay League

Credit for inspiration where it’s due to Andy Mangels who compiled many such lists before me. People’s names listed in bold are LGBT and or supportive.

ABSTRACT STUDIOS

RACHEL RISING #25 $3.99 Page 254
Terry Moore
Spring has come to Manson and the thoughts of men turn to love, but Rachel doesn’t know who to trust until she finds the man who murdered her and left her in a shallow grave. Unfortunately, in a town like Manson, she finds more suspects than allies. This issue begins a new story arc in Terry Moore’s critically acclaimed series.

RACHEL RISING: WINTER GRAVES TP VOL 4 $16.99 Page 254
Terry Moore
Aunt Johnny lies dead in a mortuary, Manson is buried under the snowstorm of the century and Jet is possessed by a 15-year-old boy from the 1600s. Rachel can save them all, if she can find the spell chest she buried 300 years ago. But first, she must learn the truth about her troubled past. This new volume collects issues #19-24 of Terry Moore’s critically acclaimed series.

ARCHIE

afterlifearchie6AFTERLIE WITH ARCHIE #6 $2.99 Page 264
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francisco Francavilla
“The Nether-Realm.” The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become Ground Zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they’ve been much worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches’ purgatory after using the dreaded Necronomicon, she’s now fighting for her immortal soul! A perfect entry-point for new readers as the smash horror TEEN+ hit continues! Definitely not for all ages! (

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #1 & 2  $2.99 Page 264
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla
Shocking Second Printing — with a new Francesco Francavilla Cover! A horrific accident sets off a series of grim events and Sabrina the Teenage Witch must try to repair the unspeakable evil her spell has unleashed. Gasp in horror as Riverdale faces an impending zombie Arch-pocalypse in this brand-new, spine-tingling ongoing series — but be warned, kiddies, this one’s not for the faint of heart! [Second prints!]

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE TP ESCAPE FROM RIVERDALE Vol 1 $17.99 Page 262
Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla
A Previews exclusive! When Jughead’s beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his canine companion Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he’s not the same and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie and the gang to try to escape Riverdale! Collects issues 1-5 featuring the first storyline “Escape from Riverdale” from the new ongoing TEEN+ comic book horror series Afterlife with Archie. Features a limited run comic shop-exclusive cover.
Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #35 $3.99 Page 265
Paul Kupperberg and Bob Smith
Archie Marries Veronica: Big things are about to happen to some of our favorite pals ‘n’ gals, but it seems as though everyone’s own personal problems might cause them to neglect the ones they love. Will Veronica’s legal issues continue to pull her away from her friends and family, or will super-detective Sam Hill save the day and allow her to be free from the shackles of house arrest? Can Archie finally put an end to his unemployment streak? Archie Marries Betty: After a long and stressful nine months (for Jughead, at least!), could Midge finally be ready to bring the newest member of the Jones family to Riverdale? Meanwhile, Archie and Betty haven’t been on the best of terms lately; will they be together to celebrate this happy occasion?

BOOM

ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #4 $3.99 Page 300
Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
Everything is messed up and it’s only getting messier! Finn and Jake find themselves in the middle of a war with no way out, they have to face the battle head on…but what about the FLANKS?! Things are backwards and it looks like it’s just going get more twisted as our heroes try to finish the adventure they started.

NEXT TESTAMENT #12 $3.99 Page 291
Clive Barker, Mark Miller, and Haemi Jang
The finale of Clive Barker’s original series is upon us! All the pain and suffering Tristan and Elspeth have gone through has led them to Providence, where they are reunited with Julian…but that’s not the only family reunion taking place, as Wick finally faces his jailers. Clive Barker, Mark Miller, and Haemi Jang bring this epic to a shocking conclusion!
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Northwest Press Sale!

February 12th, 2014

From now through February 15th, all original graphic novels and comics in print from Northwest Press are on sale for 25% off the cover price, direct from the publisher at northwestpress.com.

The sale includes the most recent releases, QU33R and Anything That Loves, both of which have gotten rave reviews and have been the company’s best-selling books.

The print versions will still be accompanied by a free digital version, as usual, in customers’ choice of PDF, CBZ, or iPad EPUB.

Northwest Press publishes graphic novels and comics collections by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender comics creators. Their books are available in print through bookstores and directly, as well as digitally through ComiXology, Apple’s iBooks and Gumroad.com. Northwest Press books are also available to retailers direct from the publisher and through distributors Diamond, Prerogatives/Pride Catalog, Last Gasp, Shenton4Sales, and Bulldog Books (Australia).

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Tony Breed’s Finn & Charlie Kickstarter!

February 10th, 2014

Please check out Tony Breed’s Kickstarter campaign to print a collection in full color of his wonderful Finn & Charlie Are Hitched.