Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Queer Comics News Roundup

We'll get back to the history shortly, but first, here's a look at what's going on in the world of queer comic books:

Kevin Keller is...The Equalizer!

Kevin is getting the Archie superhero treatment.  He will debut as the crime- and bullying-fighting hero, The Equalizer, in issue #14 in May.  It's really unclear to me how the Archie heroes fit into the normal continuity, so I'm just going to go with it.  The whole "Equalizer" thing is a little on the nose (his costume as a big equal sign on it), but since it's Archie and meant for kids, I'll give it a pass.

Archie Hires Aguirre-Sacasa as Chief Creative Officer

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is a gay writer who did the script for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (before you think bad thoughts, remember that all the craziness was with the direction/execution, not the script), as well as a scripts for Glee and Big Love.  He's also currently writing the phenomenon that is Afterlife with Archie.  His first move at Chief Creative Officer was apparently to get Lena Dunham (Girls) to write a four-part miniseries, so I think it's safe to say he will bring some serious gay sensibility to Archie.

Lumberjanes coming in April

Boom! Box is set to release the first issue of their new series, Lumberjanes, next month.  The description on their site reads, "It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake."  I'm sold.  Artist Kate Leth tweeted out, "It's gonna be soooo queer." Pre-order here.

New Geeking Out

This week, Becca and Neil tackle queer portrayals in the Buffy comic books!  Oh Andrew...


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