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04/19/2007


News: Andrew Garfield, Ryan Murphy, Star Wars, Helen Thomas

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Watch: The very first full-length trailer for the upcoming film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Garfield6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Yesterday, Andrew Garfield told Comic-Con attendees: "'Spiderman stands for everybody -- gay, straight, bixsexual, transexual,' Garfield said. 'To me, love between two consenting adults is love. To me, that anyone would bat an eyelash at what I said to me is interesting.'"

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Jesse and the Rippers reunite, thanks to John Stamos and Jimmy Fallon.

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Man injures only himself after setting off home-made bomb in Beijing International Airport.

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Will season three of Once Upon A Time introduce a gay character?

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Lesbian couple in Canada receives disturbing threatening letter: “We know you and have been following you for the past several weeks and we wish for you to leave this city, before it is too late, for you.”

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi An abandoned set from the original Star Wars film is in danger of being covered up by sand dunes in Tunisia.

Ryan-murphy-talks-cory-monteith-death-lea-michele-grief-future-glee-plans16a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Ryan Murphy speaks out about the death of Cory Monteith: “It’s always sad and shocking when somebody so young dies, but one of the things that made it even more upsetting is that so many of us who knew and loved him were actively involved in trying to get him better.”

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi "Out in the ‘Hood: Young, Gay and Hoping for Something Better": A photo essay about a young gay black man by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Preston Gannaway.

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi RIP: long-time White House journalist Helen Thomas.

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Prepare for Superman and Batman - in one film!

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi The anti-flash mobs: "bash mobs."

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi JK Rowling was not pleased to learn that a partner in an entertainment law firm was the one who leaked her highly secretive pen name to his wife's best friend: “To say that I am disappointed is an understatement. I had assumed that I could expect total confidentiality from Russells, a reputable professional firm and I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced.”


Archie Comics Character Kevin Keller Joins It Gets Better

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You might not know it, but today is Kevin Keller day: Archie Comics's first gay character has teamed up with the It Gets Better project to speak out against the bullying of LGBT youth.

Kevin joined the Archie universe on September 1, 2010 as the strip's first gay character.  The comics also included a storyline that featured Kevin joining the military (in his father's footsteps), being injured in Iraq and later marrying the doctor who helped him rehabilitate.  In the face of pushback from the conservative group One Million Moms, Archie Comics CEO John Goldwater said, "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."

Check out a video of Archie's involvement with It Gets Better, featuring GLAAD award-winning author and illustrator Dan Parent.... AFTER THE JUMP...

(image via It Gets Better's Twitter page)

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Anderson Cooper Comic Book Details The Rise Of The 'Silver Fox'

ANDERSONCOVERBAnderson Cooper has a long line of titles to his name.  CNN news anchor, talk show host, and most recently, Vito Russo Award honoree at the GLAAD Media Awards. He is also a bonafide gay icon and quite possibly journalism's hunkiest, and smartest specimen.  

Now, Mr. Cooper can add comic book hero to his credits.  

Released on June 6th, Political Power: Anderson Cooper finds the reporter starring in his own comic book. The 24-page chronicle, published by Bluewater Productions and written by Michael Troy, tracks the life of the Vanderbilt-bred Cooper. The iTunes description reads:

Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, the silver fox chose to follow his passion [for] journalism with a vengeance. Join writer Michael Troy...for an account of his life from decorated journalist to out and proud gay man. 

This book is one in an acclaimed series of Bluewater Productions' political comics, which include the stories of Joe Biden, George W. Bush, and Ron Paul.  

The comic book is available on iTunes for $1.99 and at Comic Flea Market for $3.99.  


Gay Superhero Comic Reaches $14,000 Kickstarter Goal In Less Than 24 Hours: VIDEO

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Less than 24 hours after launching a Kickstarter project to publish his gay superhero web comic The Young Protectors in book form, writer Alex Woolfson has reached his $14,000 goal. Back in March, we reported on Woolfson's first Kickstarter-funded comic Artifice. Both have been tremendous successes on the crowd funding website.  

Kyle"I wrote The Young Protectors because I loved action movies and superhero comics as a kid," Woolfson said. "But I never got to see what I really wanted to see and that's kick-ass genre stories with heroes who just happened to like other guys."

To foster interest in the project, Woolfson has created a variety of rewards for different levels of pledge support, including signed copies, posters, keychains, and even chances to appear in future pages of the comic. As of Tuesday afternoon, over $28,000 has been pledged to the project.

Check out Woolfson's trailer explaining the comic, AFTER THE JUMP...

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DC Comics Introduces First Transgender Character in Mainstream Superhero Comics

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DC Comics this week announced the introduction of Alysia Yeoh in Batgirl #16, who announces she is transgender in a conversation with her roommate Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl), Wired reports:

Taking care to distinguish Yeoh’s sexual orientation from her gender identity, Batgirl writer Gail Simone noted that the character is also bisexual.

Simone attributed the inspiration for the character to a conversation she had with fellow comic book writer Greg Rucka several years ago at the Wondercon convention, after a fan asked why there were fewer gay male superheroes than lesbian ones. Rucka, who co-created (and rebooted) Batwoman as a lesbian character, replied that it would be a real sign of change for a gay male character to appear on a comic book cover — and an even bigger step for a transgender character to do the same.

“I looked out into the audience, saw dozens of faces I knew well — LGBTQ folks, mostly — all avid comics readers and superhero fans and DC supporters,” said Simone. “And it just hit me: Why was this so impossible? Why in the world can we not do a better job of representation of not just humanity, but also our own loyal audience?”

More at Wired...


Apple Seen Exercising Double Standard on Gay Content in Censorship of SAGA Comic Book

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Apple is banning the sale of a popular comic book through any of its iOS devices over two "postage stamp-sized images" of gay sex, while previous issues of the comic which featured larger group scenes of heterosexual sex, sailed through, the New Statesman reports:

The comic in question is Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples' SAGA, one of the New Statesman's best graphic novels of last autumn. Issue twelve of the series opens with one of the characters, Prince Robot IV, injured on a battlefield. On his TV-screen head (look, it's a thing in the series) images of gay porn are visible, as the damage takes its toll. You can take a look at the pages in question here and here, and while the small visible images are certainly explicit, they're far from erotic. They work in humorous juxtaposition to the chaos of the battleground, and underline the artificial nature of the character in question.

The paper adds: "It's hard not to conclude that the rejection is homophobic. Even if it doesn't come from explicitly homophobic guidelines on Apple's part – and the company is notoriously opaque about how its App Store approval process works, so we can't know that for certain – the outcome must be judged on its own merits."

UPDATE: Apparently this was all nonsense:

As a partner of Apple, we have an obligation to respect its policies for apps and the books offered in apps.  Based on our understanding of those policies, we believed that Saga #12 could not be made available in our app, and so we did not release it today.

We did not interpret the content in question as involving any particular sexual orientation, and frankly that would have been a completely irrelevant consideration under any circumstance.

Given this, it should be clear that Apple did not reject Saga #12.


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