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Singapore Bans Archie Comic Book for Depicting Gay Wedding

ArchieState media censors in Singapore have banned the sale of an 2012 Archie comic book that features the marriage of gay character Kevin Keller – part of the country’s recent crackdown on any publications discussing homosexuality.

TIME reports:

Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA) censored the comic book, first published in January 2012, earlier this year, but the ban is only just now coming to light — a week after another state agency removed three children’s books promoting tolerance of same-sex relationships from the national library’s shelves. […]

In its guidelines for imported publications, the MDA prohibits comics and other illustrated material that depict or discuss “alternative lifestyles or deviant sexual practices,” listing homosexuality as an example of such (alongside “group sex and sadomasochism”).

In other “Archie” comic news, this week’s conclusion of the “Life with Archie” series found Archie Andrews shot and killed during an assassination attempt on his gay friend Kevin Keller.  


Marvel: Thor to Undergo Gender Change

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Marvel announced today that its iconic character Thor will be relaunched in a new series, as a woman:

“The inscription on Thor's hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it's time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. “The new Thor continues Marvel's proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn't a temporary female substitute - she's now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”

Added series writer Jason Aaron: “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”


Archie Shot Saving Gay Friend Kevin Keller in Final Installment of Comic

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Archie Andrews takes a bullet during an assassination attempt on his gay friend Kevin Keller in the final installment of 'Life with Archie' which hits newsstands this week. Andrews' death was announced in April, the AP reports.

"The way in which Archie dies is everything that you would expect of Archie," said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO. "He dies heroically. He dies selflessly. He dies in the manner that epitomizes not only the best of Riverdale but the best of all of us. It's what Archie has come to represent over the past almost 75 years."

'Life with Archie' features grown-up versions of the Riverdale gang:

In "Life with Archie," Keller is a married military veteran and newly elected senator who's pushing for more gun control in Riverdale after his husband was involved in a shooting.

Writes Archie Comics of the issue:

History is in the making in this epic finale to the acclaimed series LIFE WITH ARCHIE, as America’s most beloved character makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a friend. The unthinkable happens: Archie Andrews dies! Fans will experience an epic tale of Archie’s future sure to make headlines, generate discussion and stand as one of the most-talked about Archie stories of all time. Do not miss this game-changing tale of love, friendship and true heroism. This double-sized issue combines all the material from Life with Archie comic issues #36 & #37.


Archie's Gay Pal Kevin Keller Does Not Approve Of 'Looking' Star's Indecision

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If you’ve been watching gay director Andrew Haigh’s HBO series Looking, you know that the character Patrick is having a hard time choosing between his love interests Richie and Kevin.

Well, Archie’s openly gay pal Kevin Keller has had enough! And hunky, openly gay Looking actor Russell Tovey shared the image above — brilliantly illustrated by Archie artist Dan Parent — on his Instagram.

It’s like the Archie-Betty-Veronica love triangle all over again… but gayer!


Charles Schulz's Charlie Brown And Snoopy Come Alive In 'Peanuts 3D': Video

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Good grief! Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the other characters of Charles Schulz's iconic comic strip Peanuts will make their big-screen reappearance in 3-D on November 2015. Surprisingly, it has been almost 35 years since the last Charlie Brown feature-length film, Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!!!)

The film (which seems to have retained the comic's 2-D aesthetic) will be produced by Charles' son Craig Schulz and co-written by Craig's son Bryan. "With my father's work this is three generation of Schulzes on this film,” Craig says. “Our number one goal was always to be authentic to his work and legacy."

Not only will the film finally reveal the identity of Charlie's long time crush (ie. "the Little Red-Haired Girl") but it will also feature Snoopy flying once again as the World War I flying ace — watch out Red Baron!

Craig thinks that his father "would have embraced" the 3D technology. And co-producer Paul Feig reassures us, "Snoopy will not be rapping, no one will be twerking, we're in good hands."

Check out the teaser AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Batwoman' Writers Quit as DC Comics 'Prohibits' Lesbian Marriage

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Back in February we wrote about a groundbreaking revelation in DC Comics' Batwoman — that Kate Kane, the Batwoman, asked Maggie Sawyer, her secret girlfriend, to marry her.

Now it appears that marriage is an especially ill-fated one, as in it's not going to happen, and Batwoman's co-authors J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman are taking that news public and quitting the comic, accusing DC of getting in the way.

BatwomanWrite the authors on their blog:

Unfortunately, in recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series. We were told to ditch plans for Killer Croc’s origins; forced to drastically alter the original ending of our current arc, which would have defined Batwoman’s heroic future in bold new ways; and, most crushingly, prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married. All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end.

We’ve always understood that, as much as we love the character, Batwoman ultimately belongs to DC. However, the eleventh-hour nature of these changes left us frustrated and angry — because they prevent us from telling the best stories we can. So, after a lot of soul-searching, we’ve decided to leave the book after Issue 26.

We’re both heartbroken over leaving, but we feel strongly that you all deserve stories that push the character and the series forward. We can’t reliably do our best work if our plans are scrapped at the last minute, so we’re stepping aside. We are committed to bringing our run to a satisfying conclusion and we think that Issue 26 will leave a lasting impression.

Williams later clarified via Twitter:

"Not wanting to be inflammatory, only factual- We fought to get them engaged, but were told emphatically no marriage can result...But must clarify- was never put to us as being anti-gay marriage."

Bleeding Cool notes that Batwoman has won two GLAAD awards for its portrayal of gay characters.


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