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Selina Kyle, DC's Original Catwoman, Comes Out As Bisexual

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Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn aren’t the only queer ladies prowling the streets of Gotham anymore, folks. After decades of flirtation and fervent fan speculation, Catwoman is now a canon bisexual according to current Catwoman head writer Genevieve Valentine.

“She’s flirted around it – often quite literally – for years now; for me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation,” said Valentine. “The more we talked about it, the more it was something I wanted to make happen.”

In the 54 years since she first appeared in the pages of DC Comics Selina Kyle has lived many different lives. As the most iconic Catwoman, she’s been written as a jewel thief, a sex worker, as a recurring love interest to Bruce Wayne’s Batman.

Though sensuality and allure have always been hallmarks of Catwoman’s character, her sexuality has mostly been characterized as another weapon she used to befuddle her male foes. Recent events in Selina’s life, Valentine explains, presented the perfect opportunity to change that.

“And as Mark Doyle and I were first hashing out the relationships in this arc, Eiko seemed like the right person: intelligent, driven, in that uncanny valley of Almost Catwoman, and knows enough about Selina that their honesty has become something of a shelter in a situation that’s getting increasingly dishonest for everybody involved.”

Eiko, for the unfamiliar, is a companion of Kyle’s with a similarly dubious past crime. In addition to being Selina’s newfound love interest, Eiko recently donned a Catwoman mask of her own in hopes of combating her Yakuza crime family.

“Was it a surprise for them? In terms of their sexualities, not particularly; certainly it’s no surprise to Selina that she has an attraction to a woman.” Valentine elaborated. “Is this particular kiss a surprise? It’s definitely surprising; this is the very last thing you’re supposed to be getting into on the brink of war, and they both know it.”

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Stan Lee Won't Be Creating A Gay Superhero

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And the rationale is actually pretty sensible. In an interview with SheKnows, Lee said,

That's something that I can't write about that much because I don't know that much about it. You know what I mean? I can write about things I know about.

It's important to note that this explanation is for why Lee himself will not be creating a gay superhero and is not an indictment against creating gay superheroes at all, even within his Marvel universe. With a laundry list of out gay heroes already in existence in the Marvel realm, including the best versions of Beast and Colossus, and every version of Northstar, trying to put the kibosh on them would be a fruitless endeavor in the first place.

Still, Lee suggests he could be open to creating a gay superhero should there be enough demand: 

It never occurred to me, frankly. If there's suddenly an overwhelming desire on the part of public to have a gay hero, then I would probably try to write one. But, until you mentioned it now, it never occurred to me.

Cue the flood of Drax/Rocket requests.


Tickets for Flame Con, NYC's First LGBTQ Comic Convention, Are On Sale Now

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Last fall we told you about Flame Con, NYC's first GLBTQ comic convention that's the brainchild of Geeks OUT, a group dedicated to promoting LGBT inclusiveness in the geek community. The project exceeded their Kickstarter goal by almost 33% more than what they asked for, so needless to say the project is well underway. In fact, according to the event's Facebook page, you can now buy tickets through TicketBud.

Tickets range from $10-25 for the June 13th event, so get your "flame on" and spend a summer day at Flame Con.


First Trailer for Re-Booted 'Fantastic Four' Is Here: VIDEO

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20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for the rebooted Fantastic Four film slated for release later this year. Though the film isn’t being produced by Marvel Studios, director Josh Trank’s vision of the superpowered foursome follows in the recent trend of reimagining classic comic book origin stories through a darker, grittier lens.

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Unfortunately, The Rumored 'Marvel Swimsuit' Revival Isn't Happening (Yet)

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For five years in the early 90s, Marvel Comics got into tradition of releasing a special ‘Marvel Swimsuit’ edition that featured some of the the publisher’s most popular characters stylized as cheesecake pinups. Marvel stopped publishing the issues in 1995, but recent rumors suggested that the company was in talks with California-based illustrators Kevin Wada and and Kris Anka to bring back the fan favorite.

Anka took to his Tumblr blog this week with bittersweet news. While he and Wada had, in fact, been collaborating on a swimsuit project featuring Marvel characters, chances of it coming to fruition were thin.

“I write to you today with the somber news that after a few months back and forth with the powers-that-be, circumstances have arisen that have forced us to stop production on this project,” he wrote. “Kevin and I are currently looking into some way to salvage some of the pieces to do something with, but in the mean time, we thought we’d treat you all to the pieces we had finished so far.”

As word of the canceled project spread through the comic book press, fans began rallying in hopes that Marvel might consider reviving it. Anka, responding to fan interest took to his blog once again to clarify exactly what the situation was:

“The sketches I posted were not for an official project to be published by Marvel. They were for an artists’ sketchbook that Kevin Wada and myself were going to pitch to Marvel for approval.  

Kevin and I decided to pull the plug on this project, not Marvel.  We were proud of our work so far, so we wanted to share what we had done. The wording of my previous post painted a false picture of the situation.”

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Texas' First LGBTQA Geek Convention, HavenCon, Is Coming To Austin in 2015: VIDEO

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Next spring Texas is getting its first geek convention geared towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender gamers, nerds, and comic book enthusiasts. HavenCon, as its name suggests, is meant to be equal parts geek gathering and safe space for queer-identified people of all ages. HavenCon founder Shane Brown first began organizing Texas-based LGBTQA fantasy and sci-fi enthusiasts in 2012 when he founded Gay Austin Geeks, an online social network.

“Even within the gay community, we often exist within our smaller segmented groups,” Brown explained in a press release. “But comic and gaming conventions are all about the melding of geeks, gamers and nerds of every size, race, age and gender identity.”

“With HavenCon, we’re creating a safe, entertaining and diversity-welcoming environment for people that enjoy comic books, video games, science fiction and more,” said HavenCon founder Shane Brown. “We’ll have a cosplay contest, gaming tournaments, industry panelists, local artists and writers—all of it while celebrating what makes us both different and special.”

Money raised from HavenCon ticket sales will go to OutYouth, an Austin-based outreach center for LGBT youth. HavenCon is set to begin the weekend of April 4 at the Holiday Inn Midtown in Austin, Texas. Tickets for the convention are on sale at HavenCon’s website.

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