75 Years of Marvel Comics: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen

November 26th, 2014

“The two most premier names in publishing teaming up to make a legitimate book about the popular arts of comics? Count me in. No subject has been handled until TASCHEN covers it, literally. I love their books and this Marvel book is spellbinding—or should I say, sensational?” —Kevin Smith

Marvel Comics history gets the deluxe treatment in this book written by former Marvel writer and editor and all around comics historian Roy Thomas. The book ispublished by Taschen, so you know it’s a quality book. Weighing in at 14 lbs and numbering 720 oversized pages full of merry Marvel madness. And probably not coincidentally available for holiday gift giving!

Bargain Of The Day: Artifice

November 21st, 2014

Hey! Do you like stories with gay characters? What about a gay romance with thriller elements in a sci fi setting? Do you like great prices? Check out Artifice, from Alex Woolfson and Winona Nelson! On sale today for the unbelievable price of 99 cents! True, it’s thee Kindle version. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the Kindle for your computer or tablet!

Here’s the book description from Amazon: Deacon, a prototype android soldier, was ordered by his corporate masters to eliminate a team of scientists who knew too much and he has failed spectacularly. Not only did he let one of his targets live — 19-year-old human outcast, Jeff Linnell — he attacked the team sent to retrieve him. Now the Corporation demands answers and they have employed the brilliant and ruthless robopsychologist Clarice Maven to get them.

Deacon seems desperate to conceal the shocking events that took place on Da Vinci 4, but what chance does he have fighting an adversary who can control his every move?

Gay Previews January 2015!

November 21st, 2014

Here’s the first Gay Previews listing for 2015 based on info from Diamond’s Previews cataolog. Need some teases to browse this list? How about Steven Sadowski drawing a story for a new Fables comic? Or an Angel & Faith Library Edition from Dark Horse? Gail Simone teams ups with Jim Zub to write a Red Sonja and Conan story, and more of Simone’s Secret Six. Four, count ‘em, comics from Northwest Press, including a new edition of Eric Orner’s Ethan Green work! Titan Comics republishing Roy Thomas and P Craig Russell’s Elric stories! One more book on Wonder Woman from Rutgers University Press! And more stuffs!

You’ll see Amazon links in this list for books and other items from time to time. Please consider supporting your local comic shop or bookstore though the small commissions your purchases of any items through these links, the link below, or from clicking the ad in the sidebar are very much appreciated.

Amazon & Gay League

People’s names listed in bold are either LGBT+ or supportive. Credit to Andy Mangels whose idea this is originally.

ABSTRACT STUDIOS

RACHEL RISING #31 3.99 Pagee 240
Terry Moore
There’s a rumor in town that Rachel Beck is dead and walking around Manson! While Rachel copes with small town minds, Det. Corpell enlists her help to investigate the death of a local teen.

AMAZE INK/ SLAVE LABOR

skelebunniesSKELEBUNNIES GN $10.95 Pagee 244
Tommy Kovac
Join these living-dead abominations in a playful, episodic romp through the forest. You’ll meet their adorable servants, the Woobies, who come in three distinct varieties: Devil Woobies, Bat Woobies, and Mushroom Woobies. You’ll also meet the Skellies’ faithful flying zombie steed, the dainty Pretty-Pretty Pony Macabre. Are the Skelebunnies mean-spirited? Sometimes. Does it all make sense? Not really. What’s the point? To giggle, my friends, to giggle! [Re-offering]
Skelebunnies Volume One (v. 1)

ARCHIE

ARCHIE THE MARRIED LIFE TPS Volumes 2 & 3 $19.99 each Page 250
Paul Kupperberg, Michael Uslan, Norm Breyfogle, andd Joe Rubenstein
The Eisner Award-nominated series The Married Life series is the most critically acclaimed storyline in Archie’s more than 70-year publishing history. The series explores Archie Andrews’ life down two paths if he had married girl-next-door Betty Cooper or wealthy socialite Veronica Lodge, with our favorite characters from Riverdale dealing with more realistic, mature circumstances with the humor and heart Archie fans expect. Volume 2 collects issues #7-12 of Life With Archie; Volume 3 collects issues #13-18.
Archie Married Life TPS

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE MAGAZINE #4 $4.99 Page 248
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francisco Francavilla
“Escape from Riverdale,” Part 4: With two more members of our beloved gang infected by the dreadful zombie-virus, Riverdale’s one sanctuary — Lodge Mansion — has been compromised. The kids are left to make a significant decision-do they stay and fight or flee the only town they’ve ever known? Meanwhile, Archie makes a horrific discovery in his own home, one that may cost him his life! It’s red-headed teen versus gruesomely undead canine plus sorcery stories from the vault and all new special features in this magazine-size version of the award-winning TEEN+ series. Definitely not for all ages!

SABRINA #4 $3.99 Page 248
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
Sabrina has done what few witches and no mortals have ever managed to do: She’s gone to hell and back, rescuing Harvey and confronting the darkest chapter of her past while doing so. But back in Glendale, there is one last challenge awaiting our exhausted, weakened heroine: Madame Satan, who is at the height of her powers. It’s teen-witch versus the High Priestess of Hell, winner take all!

BOOM

CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED #9 $3.99 Page 276
Marc Andreyko, and Piotr Kowalski
Everything comes down to this! After living among their people and being set up as their savior, Boone abandons everything for the one he loves most: Lori. Seeing war as an inevitability, Lylesburg must ready the Breed for the end. What becomes of monsters when there is nowhere left to hide?

LUMBERJANES #10 $3.99 Page 282
Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen
The Roanoke cabin is back and they’re ready for something crazy, but Mal wouldn’t mind something normal, soft, and maybe quiet and harmless… It’s definitely going to be another fun camp adventure between best friends and the unknown!

stevenuniverse6STEVEN UNIVERSE #6 $3.99 Page 287
Jeremy Sorese and Coleman Engle
Howard, Meg Gandy Connie and Stephen might have finally found a way to save the library, but how much is it going to cost the Gems? It’s an actual race against time to keep books for everyone. Hopefully people will still be there to read them when it’s all over. [Visit Jeremy Sorese’s site. http://jeremysorese.com/ ]

THE WOODS #9 $3.99 Page 275
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
New story arc! Having barely escaped their confrontation with the swarm, the hunters have led Adrian, Karen, Calder and company to their breathtaking home base. But just when they think they may have found answers to what brought them to this alien world, a horror from the teens’ past rears its ugly head.
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Transgender Day Of Remembrance

November 20th, 2014

Every November 20, transgender individuals and their allies around the world commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. But make no mistake: this is not a holiday, and the ceremonies we hold are certainly not celebrations. Rather, the Day of Remembrance is a solemn time when we can come together and reflect upon the battles we have fought and continue to fight and those individuals we have lost—the transgender and other gender nonconforming individuals who were innocent victims of violence because of who they were, because they had the audacity to live as their authentic selves.
I would like to say I’ve never experienced this extreme sort of prejudice before, but like most trans people, I have my stories. While thank God there have never been any attempts on my life, there have been people around me who thought I would be better off—or they would be better off—if I were dead. While I was a university student in London, another young person studying there passed away, and some of my fellow African students (I am from Nigeria) made a point of saying, loudly and closely enough that they knew I would hear, that it should have been me instead.
Besides the defeating personal implications of hearing such a thing, this incident continues to be a sad reminder to me of how deeply many people undervalue transgender lives and how at any moment, someone out there could hate us enough to kill us. That it could easily be our pictures shown at memorial services on the Transgender Day of Remembrance. However, this is part of what the day is for: to remind us that we all share this heavy burden—that we are not alone in our persecution and suffering.
Is this comforting? In some ways, yes; it’s always a comfort to know someone else feels as we do. But it’s also problematic. That we even have to have such a day is, in my opinion, shameful not for those of us who participate or those we remember but for society as a whole—for the culture of conformity and hatred that keeps us hidden within ourselves, afraid to come out for fear of rejection and outright violence. I don’t want a day of remembrance; I want a pride day, like the LGB community has, or no day at all because the murders of transgender individuals have ended in every nation around the world.

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A Chat With Yvonne Craig

November 13th, 2014

Yvonne Craig as BatgirlLarry Hart is a die hard fan of Yvonne Craig and her role as televsion’s Batgirl to the Dynamic Duo of Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin. Hart jumped at the opportunity to interview Yvonne. This interview was first published some years ago and was “lost” for a while. We’re happy to share it again!

Mention the name Yvonne Craig and chances are that people will conjure an image of Batgirl from the 1960’s Batman TV show in their minds. At the age of ten though, Yvonne expressed an interest in ballet, and convinced her parents to study at a prestigious school in Dallas where the family had moved to from Columbus, Ohio. Yvonne showed incredible talent, and soon auditioned for and was accepted by two important ballet companies. At 16, she joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as one of its youngest members.

Three years later, she broke her contract when she felt that the ballet’s principal ballerina had broken a promise and had her replaced as second lead. Yvonne moved to Los Angeles with the intention of studying dance further, but started an acting career while hoping to enter into a new ballet company. Yvonne was in a number of movies and made guest appearances in TV shows, the most remembered being Batman. Her acting career slowed when she started passing over “bikini” roles. After trying her hand at coaching and producing, she found herself working in real estate where she owned her own business.

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Secret Identities LGBT Documentary

November 13th, 2014

LGBT Documentary Explores the Secret Lives of Superheroes & Their Creators

Secret Identities launches Indigogo to Complete Film

Los Angeles (November 13, 2014) – After ten years of interviews with visionary artists and writers of the comics industry the producers of Secret Identities have launched an Indiegogo campaign to build anticipation for the release and raise a small amount of funds for post-production of the film. (https://www.indiegogo.com/…/secret-identities-lgbt-document…)

“There are so many more people we would like to interview, but we’re long overdue to release the movie,” said director Mike Phillips. “ We’ve already had a few of our artists pass on and we are eager to get this on screens small and large to recognize their talents and contributions to the art and history of comics. We’re in the process of organizing and editing the footage, but it would go a lot faster if we had just a little more resources.”

The film features interviews with Phil Jimenez, Trina Robbins, Eric Shanower, Ethan Van Sciver, Andy Mangels, Joe Phillips, Roberta Gregory, Donna Barr, Ed Luce, Dan Parent, Jeff Krell, Justin Hall, Steve Niles, Ivan Velez, & many more! The recording of the film is nearly complete, with only a few essential visionaries, such as Howard Cruse, to still be interviewed. The organization and sequencing of the draft edit has already begun. The scope of the film has covered a decade so some footage needs to be enhanced for larger screen resolutions. Motion graphics need to be designed and animated to incorporate artwork from over a century of publishing. Also the completed film needs to mastered and encoded for physical media and online streaming.

Help promote the movie by sharing links or making a donation. Any contribution is appreciated and we have many ways to express our appreciation through recognition and memorabilia. This film is as much about the love of comics fans as it is about the talent and artistry of the creators who opened the door for LGBT characters and storylines. Secret Identities is a film that belongs to you and will only happen with your support.

Become a backer of Secret Identities.
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Foundations In Comic Book Art

November 12th, 2014

Foundations In Comic Book ArtFundamental Tools & Techniques For Sequential Artists

John Paul Lowe
$24.99 US/ $28.99 CAN
Watson Guptill Publications

I believe everyone can draw. We all drew as little kids. Drawing seems quickly outgrown for most kids by the time they’ve finished grade school if not sooner in favor of video games and sports or just because drawing and coloring is for “babies”. Ask any artist what they hear people say a lot to them and chances are one answer will be “I can’t draw a straight line (or a circle)”. What those people really mean is they don’t draw as well as the artist or they can’t see themselves making photo realistic drawings. They don’t have confidence or knowledge about how to draw or even how to start. True, some artistically inclined people have more talent than others, but even those more gifted people will need to have desire and discipline if they want to do something with their abilities.

John Lowe believes everyone can draw, too and his Foundations In Comic Book Art is designed to put aspiring comic book artists on the path of making their dream into a reality. Lowe’s comics career began in 1991 with DC and he’s worked for Marvel, Image, Archie, and Dark Horse. Since 2002 Lowe has been associated with the Savannah College of Art and Design as instructor, Sequential Art Department chair, and dean of the School of Communication Arts. SCAD’s reputation speaks for itself.

Desire and discipline are keys for turning that dream into a reality. You’ve got desire. You may be lacking in discipline. You’ll need a primer to get you going. Read the rest of this entry »

Grayson Goes Gay?

November 6th, 2014

So this happened in the latest issue of Grayson this week in case you’re not following it. Dick — Grayson that is — has been working deep cover having infiltrated the ultra high tech Spyral spy network that also runs the St Hadrian Finishing School for young women as a front for recruitment and training. Being segregated from men except for instructors and staff has had quite an effect on the students as you might imagine. Shirtless pics of Grayson snapped by secretly placed cameras has a small group of students mounting a “man-ty raid” and a half naked Dick happily leads them on a chase and showing off his body by swinging through treetops and off roofs. It’s all fun and games until Dick and the women are confronted by Matron, aka Helena Bertinelli, and she’s not exactly happy about this. There must be consequences for such frolicking and teasing and this is what Spyral’s head came up with.

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Writers Tim Seeley and Tom King have just teased the hell out of a whole lot of gay readers and probably quite a few women, too, by creating this gay cover for Grayson! I can barely wait to see Mikel Janin draw scenes involving Dick’s new gay cover! Midnighter and Apollo make an appearance in this story too!

Bent Con Starts This Friday

November 5th, 2014

Bent Con celebrates its fifth annual convention starting this Friday at the Burbank Marriott Convention Center! Check out its schedule of panels (like Dirty Sexy Comics and Con Salon with Conner Habib and Phil Jimenez), movies, and events (the Dinner Party Show with Anne Rice and Christopher Rice; a pool full of mermen and sirens!) all listed here. The Live Action Figure Draw sessions look like a lot of fun even if you can’t draw!

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Flame Con!

November 5th, 2014