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6a00c2252476ab8fdb00c22526288d549d-500piBuffy, Angel, and the Guidebook to Growing Up, Part 1

“It’s hard and it’s painful and it’s every day.” For those of us that grew up watching these two shows, consciously or not, we learned life lessons from them. Over the course of twelve seasons… [more]

James-WhaleA Homosexual Reading of James Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein

A. Introduction Bride of Frankenstein is considered to be one of the most important horror films in the history of American cinema. It was directed by British film-maker James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as… [more]

Behind_Candelabra_itunes_Movie“Tell Me How You Talk and I Will Tell You Who You Are”: Generational Conflict Among Homosexuals in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra

A. Introduction Behind the Candelabra is a 2013 television film produced by American premium television network HBO. It was directed by Steven Soderbergh from a screenplay written by Richard LaGravenese. The film stars Michael Douglas… [more]

Bst7rv7CAAAn15W.0_standard_640.0The Good and Bad of Diversity in Comics

Diversity has always been a problem in comics. In the early days, minorities were nigh invisible, and women were usually relegated to romantic interests/damsels in distress. In the modern era, however, DC and Marvel have… [more]

CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 6

Issue #7 “Ghosts in the Machine” Writter: Jamie Delano Artist: John Ridgeway, Brett Ewins and Jim McCarthy Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski Letterer:Todd Klein At this point in Hellblazer, the series has featured many things associated with… [more]

BathroomSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 5

Hellblazer #6 “Extreme Prejudice” Written:Jamie Delano Art: John Ridgeway Colors:Lovern Kindzierski Letters: Todd Klein Cover: Dave McKean Just as when the term “magic” is presented and certain images come to mind, “skinhead” also conjures certain… [more]

turing-statueAlan Turing in Context, Part 2

Since my last writing, Tor has finished posting the graphic novel of Alan Turing’s life, The Imitation Game, by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis. You can find my comments on the first part here. What… [more]

Alan TuringAlan Turing in Context

If you are reading this on a computer, and you almost certainly are, you owe a small debt to Alan Turing. He was the genius code breaker in WWII who theorized and created the first… [more]

Legion of Super-Heroes #31On “The Elements of Heartbreak”: A Special Valentine’s Day Post

Legion of Super-Heroes #31 (July 1992), co-written by Giffen and Tom & Mary Bierbaum, would go down in history as one of the most controversial Legion stories of all time. Taking a break from the… [more]

scan1“Two Tickets for My Next Performance”: Shameless? Part 32

Continued from last week. So how did Morrison and Millar use the pages of Big Dave to express their contempt for homophobia? Starting from the premise that their readers were similarly liberal-minded, they studded the strip’s… [more]

by Steve Parkhouse, Morrison & Millar, from 1993’s 2000AD #845“We Were Just Trying to Bring Peace to the Planet”: Shameless? Part 31

Continued from last week. The urge to stereotype Millar’s beliefs in the light of his least liberal scripts is an understandable one. Yet his work is anything but consistent on matters of social justice. As I’ve… [more]

by Parkhouse, Millar and Morrison, from 1993’S 2000AD 846“Bog Off Back to Mars”: Shameless? Part 30

Continued from last week. It’s not that Big Dave is without its pleasures, although the vast majority of them are to be found in Steve Parkhouse’s boisterously dynamic artwork. Though even he couldn’t compensate for the… [more]

2000AD #843“A Few Sandwiches Short of a Picnic”: Shameless? Part 29

Continued from last week. Given the evidence, it would be hard to argue that much of Millar’s work for 2000AD wasn’t worryingly homophobic. The best that might be said of a number of his scripts is… [more]

By Millar, Curt Swan, Kim Demulder et al, from Swamp Thing #165.“He’s Camp as Christmas, but He’s Good as Gold”: Shameless? Part 28

Continued from last week. The debate about the attitudes expressed in Millar’s work towards LGBT issues is hardly a new one. Even as early as 1993, Monaghan’s pseudo-interview with Millar and Morrison in Comic World #18… [more]

The-Amazing-Spider-Man-2-Spidey-VictoryWhy Can’t Spider-Man Swing Both Ways?

Recently, Entertainment Weekly ran a piece in which Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Andrew Garfield questioned why his character, Peter Parker, couldn’t be rewritten as being gay in the upcoming film. Garfield, who last played Parker/Spidey… [more]

The cover to AARGH!, by Bill Sienkiewicz“A Worm Shouts a Magic Word”: “Shameless? Part 19

Continued from last week. Millar hardly made it easy for the reader to sympathise with his protagonist. Arthur Montgomery is as unconvincing as a type as he’s unsympathetic as a character, and it’s only in… [more]

Ender's Game posterWhy I’m (Proudly, this Time) Boycotting Orson Scott Card

Having weighed in on the Orson Scott Card controversy earlier this year, when he was hired to write Superman, I feel compelled to weigh in now that he’s issued his non-apology apology. The controversy earlier… [more]

scan1“Celibacy Being Such a Drag”: Shameless? Part 16

Continued from last week. It often appears that Millar is determined to deny any interpretation of his work that he doesn’t approve of. Yet as we’ve discussed, he repeatedly fails to produce comics whose political content… [more]

Orson Scott CardOrson Scott Card, Homophobia, and Superman

DC provoked outrage, a few days ago, by hiring Orson Scott Card, sci-fi writer and noted homophobe, to write Superman. The comic in question isn’t one of DC’s current titles. In fact, it’s a new,… [more]

coverOn Spandex: Fast and Hard by Martin Eden

If 2012′s sales figures are to be trusted, today’s hardcore super-hero fans are predominantly reactionary creatures.

Grifter_-_Midnighter_1Grifter & Midnighter #1 and 2

An Imaginary Conversation Between Chuck Dixon and Ryan Benjamin: Chuck Dixon: Hey, isn’t one of those Wildstorm characters gay? Ryan Benjamin: Yeah, I think you’re right, there is one! CD: Hey, I’ve got a ton… [more]

The most recent issue of The Authority, issue #14.Mark Millar on The Authority

The Authority, already popular, has taken off under the new team of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely. Though many doubted they could replace their popular predecessors, they have followed a revolutionary act with one that… [more]