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February 16, 2013

DC Comics Hiring Homophobe to Write Superman Near Sighted or Not sighted At all

by Jason St. Amand
Web Producer / Staff Writer
Superman: Truth, Justice, and Traditional Marriage?

DC Comics has come under fire this week for hiring an author who opposes marriage equality to write the new Superman comic, the British newspaper the Guardian reports.
Those who oppose DC Comics’ decision to hire Orson Scott Card have launched a petition, which has currently has more than 11,000 signatures, that urges the company to drop the controversial author. The outrage came soon after the publisher announced that Card would be penning the first issue of the new "Adventures of Superman."
Card, who wrote the bestseller sci-fi classic "Ender’s Game," is a Mormon and is no stranger to spewing anti-gay comments. He once said that "the dark secret of homosexual society is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally", and that same sex marriages are "the end of democracy in America."
Over 11,000 people have signed the petition, which was posted on All Out and calls for DC Comics to "stand up for equality."
"By hiring Orson Scott Card despite his anti-gay efforts you are giving him a new platform and supporting his hate. Make sure your brand stands for equality and drop Orson Scott Card now," the petition reads.
Zeus Comics, a comic store in Dallas, is also taking a stand against DC Comics as its storeowner Richard Neal took to his Facebook and wrote that he would not stock the comic.
"Card sits on the board of the National Organization of Marriage which fights against marriage equality," Neal wrote. "His essays advocate the destruction of my relationship, that I am born of rape or abuse and that I am equated with pedophilia. These themes appear in his fiction as well. It is shocking DC Comics would hire him to write Superman, a character whose ideals represent all of us."
Neal goes on to say that "if you replaced the word ’homosexuals’ in his essays with the words ’women’ or ’Jews,’" Card would not have been hired, asking "why it’s still okay to ’have an opinion’ about gays?"
DC Comics has responded to the outcry in a statement and said "as content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that - personal views - and not those of the company itself."
Some fans, however, have launched another petition to counter All Out’s efforts.
"Card has been the subject of a number of attacks by those who want him to think like them, and are trying to force DC to fire Card simply for standing up for what he believes," the rival petition oniPetitions reads. "Superman stands for truth, justice, and the American Way. Superman would stand up for Card’s right to free thought and free speech, even when it isn’t popular. We think DC Comics should do the same."
Some may find it odd that DC Comics hired Card since the company made headlines last May when it was revealed that one of its major superhero’s would come out of the closet. A few weeks later the publisher announced that the superhero in question was the Green Lantern.
DC Comics isn’t the only comic publisher to have gay superheroes. Marvel Comic’s X-Men series saw Northstar tie the knot with his boyfriend Kyle in June issue of "Astonishing X-Men." Additionally, Archie Comics published an issue centered around a same-sex marriage as well. In January of last year, Kevin Keller married his partner Clay Walker in "Life with Archie #16.”
pic credit byGay Nerds

June 21, 2012

George Take Joins in The Cover his Brother in Orientation Archie


This sounds like a lot of fun!
Star Trek icon George Takeiwill make a guest appearance in issue #6 of the Archie Comics title,Buzzfeed has confirmed.
Takei agreed to appear in the series after meeting artist and writer Dan Parent, a life-long fan of the science fiction star, during a comic convention.
When Parent pitched the idea of gay character Kevin Keller meeting his dream idol by chance in a future issue, he said Takei was ‘thrilled’.
Read more about this over atGay Star News

June 8, 2012

Comics Flock to Gay Characters in Efforts to be "Current"

x-men marvel gay
While political pressure steadily mounts on the issue of gay marriage – President Obama was in Hollywood Wednesday night for two LGBT fundraisers – comic books, that canary in the mine of popular culture, are pushing the envelope on depictions of gay life further this summer.
Marvel Comics offers the first gay super-hero marriage proposal in its June issue of the “Astonishing X-Men.” A character known as Northstar, aka Jean-Paul Beaubier, a Canadian with silver-streaked black hair, piercing blue eyes, and the ability to fly and move at superhuman speeds, asks his long-time boyfriend Kyle Jinadu to tie the knot. DC comics also did a June reboot of the Green Lantern character, introducing a gay version from an alternate universe.
Comics put a toe in this water earlier this year when Archie comicsfeatured Kevin Keller ­– merely a US soldier with no super powers – marrying his African-American boyfriend in an issue that sold out by March.
“We were trying to be current,” says Paul Kupperberg, the artist who drew the Archie issue. “This is what our society looks like, andRiverdale [Archie’s fictional hometown] is an inclusive place.”
Comic books have long been a mirror for society, points out comic book historian Julian Chambliss, who just presented a paper on teaching with comics at a conference on that topic at Juniata Collegein Huntington, Pa.
Mr. Chambliss, a history professor at Rollins College in Winter ParkFla., says comic books reflect societal concerns, despite being characterized as juvenile escapism.
“Superheroes in particular are iconic symbols that mirror values, beliefs, and anxieties tightly linked to national circumstances,” he says via e-mail. These characters “can embody identity and patriotism (Superman), reflect disquiet about community stability (Batman), or explore struggles over gender roles (Wonder Woman).”
Superhero comic books have a history of creating characters and featuring stories that balance established values while acknowledging changing reader expectations, points out Chambliss.
In 1966, he notes, Marvel introduced the first black character, a decade after civil rights protest began but one year after landmark antidiscrimination legislation passed Congress. In 1971, just two months after President Richard Nixon declared the first “War on Drugs,” DC shed light on the dangers of drug abuse by having an established teen sidekick become a drug addict.
“In both cases,” he says, “non-comic readers met these changes with a mix of curiosity and protest, but most comic fans embraced the actions.”
This latest foray into changing social mores is being met with a similar mix of acceptance and apprehension.
"I’m totally open to it, we’ve got all kinds on this earth, why not in comic books?" says Arthur Magdaleno, custodian at Dixie Canyon Elementary school in Sherman Oaks, Calif., who has two children, ages 26 and 27. "We raised them to have an open mind about relationships and this seems the moment to stand by that training."
Krista McCauley, a 29-year-old nurse, sitting at a Sherman Oaks cafe with her 2-year old daughter, expresses reservations.
"I'm not against the gay lifestyle, but … I don't think it's appropriate to be dangling something in front of kids that they might think the adult world is telling them, ‘this is something you could or should be aspiring to ... Like fight crime and be gay.’ I think it sends a confused message."
Dan Gainor, vice president for business and culture at the conservative Culture and Media Institute, is flatly opposed, saying via e-mail, “comics join movies, TV, music, and news media as part of the barrage of pro-gay propaganda that targets our nation every day.” The goal of the media industry, he says, “is to overwhelm American morality and bully opponents into complete acceptance of the gay subculture.”
However, the economics of a faltering comic book industry are perhaps an equally significant factor, says Brad Ricca, author of the upcoming book on comic book superheroes, “Super boys.”
Mr. Ricca, who teaches classes on popular culture and superheroes at Case Western Reserve University in ClevelandOhio, says that while the new population of gay superheroes in comics is being accepted by many readers, it is proving to be divisive among the usual political suspects on both sides.
But, he says, this divisiveness is exactly what the comics companies are going for, “because this outcry results in media coverage. Parents have always been leery of comics, mostly because of their crazy physical violence and vigilante justice. Not to mention the fear of 10-year-olds attaching blankets to their backs and trying to jump off the roof, which, very sadly, has happened.”
But, adds Ricca, if parents are against something, it usually means kids will flock to it, “which is what the companies are hoping for.”

June 1, 2012

Relaunch of Green Lantern, All Mighty and Very Gay


This combo made from images provided by DC Entertainment shows pages from the second issue of the company s "Earth 2" comic book series featuring Alan Scott, the alter ego of its Green Lantern character, who is revealed to be gay. The reveal is the latest example of how comics publishers big and small are making their characters just as diverse as the people who read their books. The issue will be available on June 6, 2012 (AP Photo/DC Entertainment)
This combo made from images provided by DC Entertainment shows pages from the second issue of the company's "Earth 2" comic book series featuring Alan Scott, the alter ego of its Green Lantern character, who is revealed to be gay. The reveal is the latest example of how comics publishers big and small are making their characters just as diverse as the people who read their books. The issue will be available on June 6, 2012 (AP Photo/DC Entertainment)
 Green Lantern, one of DC Comics' oldest and most enduring heroes, is serving as a beacon for the publisher again, this time as a proud, mighty and openly gay hero.

The change is revealed in the pages of the second issue of "Earth 2" out next week, and comes on the heels of what has been an expansive year for gay and lesbian characters in the pages of comic books from Archie to Marvel and others.

But purists and fans note: This Green Lantern is not the emerald galactic space cop Hal Jordan who was, and is, part of the Justice League and has had a history rich in triumph and tragedy.

Instead, he's a parallel earth Green Lantern. James Robinson, who writes the new series, said Alan Scott is the retooled version of the classic Lantern whose first appearance came in the pages of "All-American Comics" No. 16 in July 1940.

And his being gay is not part of some wider story line meant to be exploited or undone down the road, either.

"This was my idea," Robinson explained this week, noting that before DC relaunched all its titles last summer, Alan Scott had a son who was gay.

But given "Earth 2" features retooled and rebooted characters, Scott is not old enough to have a grown son.

"By making him younger, that son was not going to exist anymore," Robinson said.

"He doesn't come out. He's gay when we see him in issue two," which is due out Wednesday. "He's fearless and he's honest to the point where he realized he was gay and he said 'I'm gay.'"

It's another example of gay and lesbian characters taking more prominent roles in the medium.

In May, Marvel Entertainment said super speedster Northstar will marry his longtime boyfriend in the pages of "Astonishing X-Men." DC comics has other gay characters, too, including Kate Kane, the current Batwoman, The Question, and married characters Apollo and the Midnighter.

And in the pages of Archie Comics, Kevin Keller is one of the gang at Riverdale High School and gay, too.

DC has been a leader in incorporating gay characters into its comics — they had one of the first male gay kisses back in 1988.

Since then, numerous comic book heroes and villains have been written as gay, lesbian or transgender — from Batwoman to Hulkling and Wiccan in the pages of "Young Avengers."

Green Lantern would be the highest-profile openly gay hero — even the parallel earth version.

"It was just meant to be — Alan Scott being a gay member of the team, the Justice Society, that I'll be forming in the pages of 'Earth 2,'" Robinson said. "He's just meant to be part of this big tapestry of characters."

Some groups have protested the inclusion of gay characters, but Robinson isn't discouraged, noting that being gay is just one aspect to Scott.

"This guy, he's a media mogul, a hero, a dynamic type-A personality and he's gay," Robinson said. "He's a complex character.”
by MATT MOORE,Associated Press  

May 28, 2012

Conan O’Brien on DC Comics Gay Controversy

In his monologue last week (May 24th), Conan O’Brien took a moment to acknowledge DC Comics’ recent revelation that one of their long-standing “iconic” characters would be revealed as gay during a storyline next month. 
“Not only that, but the Justice League will be composed of a cop, a construction worker and an Indian chief,” joked O’Brien, whose genrestreet cred consists of a new alien invasioncomedy coming to TBS next season as well as a superhero based on him that was designed by DC Animated Universe guru Bruce Timm.
 You gotta take a look at the  monologue below:

May 22, 2012

Same Sex Wedding On Comics Astonishing X-Men

Image: "Astonishing X-Men," No 51 from Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics  
The cover of Marvel Comics' “Astonishing X-Men,” No 51., due out June.

Marvel comic book crime fighters X-Men have put down their weapons and picked up wedding rings for the first same-sex marriage in the superhero world, set for June.
Gay characters take center stage in comic books
Marvel on Tuesday said Jean-Paul Beaubier, aka Northstar, a Canadian with piercing blue eyes and silver-streaked black hair who can move and fly at superhuman speeds, will propose to his longtime boyfriend Kyle Jinadu in the issue, "Astonishing X-Men #50," due on sale May 23.
"The Marvel Universe has always reflected the world outside your window, so we strive to make sure our characters, relationships and stories are grounded in that reality," Marvel editor-in-chief, Axel Alonso said in a statement. "We've been working on this story for over a year to ensure Northstar and Kyle's wedding reflects Marvel's 'world outside your window' tradition."
Archie Comics unveils gay character
The pair will marry in the next issue of "Astonishing X-Men #51," on sale June 20, and some comic book retailers will be hosting wedding parties on that day, Marvel said.

Northstar and Kyle have been a couple since 2009, but Marvel is not promising the pair will live happily ever after. In fact, Marvel asks in its wedding announcement: "Will their path to wedded matrimony in New York City be smooth or are there hidden dangers around the corner?"
As if battling evildoers and saving the world weren't enough.

May 21, 2012

DC Comics is Changing Sexual Orientation to a Super Hero

One question asked at the DC panel today at the Kapow comic convention in London, was about DC co-publisher Dan DiDio’s interview with The Advocate. Specifically over the decision not to change any character’s sexual orientation when relaunching the DC Universe. At the time Dan stated they would introduce new LGBT characters rather than switch orientation, but the question asked why DC would switch race, size, age, all sorts of identifying features, but not orientation.
Surprisingly, Dan stated that they had changed DC’s policy in this regard. And they ae about to reintroduce a previously existing DC character who was previously straight and now will be “one of our most prominent gay characters.”
As Senior VP Sales Bob Wayne explained, just like the President of the United States, the co-publisher’s policy on this “has evolved.”
And despite his best efforts to stem Dan’s wandering mouth, we also got the very strong impression that the death of Superman of Earth Two many not have been as final as portrayed…
For your files, the first openly gay mainstream superhero was Northstar, reinterpreted as gay by his creator John Byrne in the eighties, but only officially stated as gay by writer Scott Lobdell in the nineties, and Marvel is expected to announce Northstar’s engagement to his boyfriend, Kyle,on ABC’s The View tomorrow. Lobdell recently created a new gay DC character in the recent relaunched comic Teen Titans. Image Comics and Wildstorm published comics in the noughties featuring gay couple Midnighter and Apollo, based on Batman and Superman, something that was played down and censored when DC bought Wildstorm, though eventually the pair were allowed to marry in the comics, in a ceremony conducted by a fictitious version of Ellen DeGeneres. Of late both Marvel and DC have significantly increased the number of LGBT characters, prominently in books such as Young Avengers, Batwoman, 52 and Astonishing X-Men, and even Archie Comics has featured prominent gay characters and earlier this year a mixed-race military gay wedding. And then there is the British superhero comic Spandex, featuring noting but gay characters!
Things have come a long way since the only gay people in mainstream superhero comics were the bad men who tried to sexually assault Bruce Banner.

March 2, 2012

Archie "Just Married” Edition SOLD OUT } Mothers Out of Luck

 Photo: Archie Comics 

The issue was released Jan. 4. It chronicled the marriage of Kevin Keller, the series' first openly gay character, to his African-American partner Clay Walker. The cover showed Keller, dressed in his U.S. military uniform, standing with a tuxedoed Walker beneath a "Just Married" banner.
In tying their fictional knot, Kevin and Clay elicited the ire of a group called One Million Moms, a division of the American Family Association. "These comic books are sold at the front checkout counters, so they are highly visible to employees, managers, customers and children," said a statement on the OMM website. "Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in a toy store. This is the last place a parent would expect to be confronted with questions from their children on topics that are too complicated for them to understand. Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, which is becoming extremely common and unnecessary.”

The group urged concerned mothers to email top executives at Toys 'R' Us. The text of the message supplied by OMM reads: "Please remove all the same-sex 'Just Married - Archie' comic books immediately from your shelves. My decision to shop in your stores depends on it."

Toys 'R' Us did not issue a public response. Nor did they have to remove the comics from their shelves; paying customers did it for them.
"Our fans have come out in full force to support Kevin," said Archie Comics co-CEO Jon Goldwater in a press release. "He is, without a doubt, the most important new character in Archie history. He's here to stay."
Neither Toys 'R' Us nor OMM representatives responded to requests for comment.
This is the second defeat for One Million Moms in as many months. In January, the group encouraged a boycott against JC Penney when the department store hired gay talk show host Ellen DeGeneres as a spokeswoman. OMM posted a note on its website saying that the comedian was "not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store. The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there."

  • (Photo: Archie Comics)<br>Archie Comics announced in a Thursday press release that the controversial 16th issue of “Life With Archie” had completely sold out.

March 1, 2012

“Archie" A Comic Character Brings Out Bigotry-Homophobia

When the so Called one million Moms declare war on Toy-r-us for selling Archie comics in which a fictional character got married,  you can sense and weight the stupidity, bigotry of some people. Nothing better to do with their time and money than go to war against a company for selling a comic and for the comic maker for making a comic fictional character.

It could be called a comedy, funny, distracting and  so on and such would be true in all counts but we will be leaving out, ignorant-homophobia-bigotry. 
The same type that would have appeared in 1952 if Archie was straight and getting married to a black girl instead.
I’ll give you the quote below of Archie Comics CEO John Goldwater:

Archie Comics co-CEO John Goldwater has a typically classy response to the kerfuffle. He says: “We stand by Life with Archie #16. As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone. It’s an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday. We’re sorry the American Family Association/ feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours. Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.“

February 23, 2012

Santorum & The Pope Making Sure only They Get in Bed with Couples}Art Clip

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Tebow and Jesus } Comic Strip

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