Comics · Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

No Apologies: Man of Steel, the MCU, and Flash Gordon

Today, we discuss three different kinds of comic book movies. The first kind will mostly be represented by Man of Steel, although that’s hardly the only example — there’s both Hulk movies, for instance. These are superhero movies that try to be realistic, which is cool and interesting, but these are also movies that downplay their comic book roots.…… Continue reading No Apologies: Man of Steel, the MCU, and Flash Gordon

Comics · Queer · TV & Movies

I Don’t Care About NBC’s Constantine (#queerpop)

I had thought to start #queerpop with a post on why representation matters, something “intro”-y like that… But there are so many timely topics to post about that for the moment, my assumption is that you know why representation matters. So let’s jump right in to the pop culture discussion! John Constantine is a DC…… Continue reading I Don’t Care About NBC’s Constantine (#queerpop)

Comics · Queer

Complete “A to Z of LGBT+ Comics Characters” List (with bonuses!)

A list of all this month’s A to Z of LGBT+ Comics Characters posts! I’ve got some bonus characters at the bottom who I couldn’t wedge into my 26 posts, too… I’ve included labels for your convenience, but I’ll reiterate that the whole point of this series is these characters are awesome and LGBT+ and here is…… Continue reading Complete “A to Z of LGBT+ Comics Characters” List (with bonuses!)

Comics · Queer

A to Z: Sam Zhao

For our very last A to Z post, we’re going back a little in the alphabet, because Sam Zhao was Green Lantern’s boyfriend. And I want to talk a little bit about that sentence. In comics, there are a lot of characters in supporting roles, defined only as such-and-such’s girlfriend. Especially in the early days…… Continue reading A to Z: Sam Zhao

Comics · Queer

A to Z: Alysia Yeoh

Our final transgender character of the month, Alysia Yeoh is a supporting character in the New 52 Batgirl series. Created by the wonderful Gail Simone as Barbara Gordon’s roommate, Alysia is an aspiring chef of Singaporean descent and a local activist, enlisting Barbara in efforts to create a free-to-all community garden and things of that nature. She’s fun,…… Continue reading A to Z: Alysia Yeoh

Comics · Fantasy · Queer

A to Z: Wanda from Sandman

Sandman. Neil Gaiman’s long comic series, one of the best ever written. Intense, literary, fantasy-horror from the early 90s… When I was born. Notable for so many reasons and so many characters. Today, though, we’re just talking about Wanda, a trans character from volume five, A Game of You. Opinions about Wanda are sharply divided and strongly…… Continue reading A to Z: Wanda from Sandman

Comics · Queer

A to Z: Thomas Blake (Catman)

Oh, Catman. Like Pied Piper, he has an interesting origin as a throwaway villain. He was originally set opposite Batman in 1963, something of an analogue to Catwoman (as then-Batwoman was an analogue to Batman). Like Piper — and Batman — he was a bored millionaire with an obsession. In this case, he grew bored…… Continue reading A to Z: Thomas Blake (Catman)

Comics · Queer

A to Z: The Question (Renee Montoya)

Renee Montoya’s meta-history is just as interesting as her in-character backstory. She was an original character created for the Batman: The Animated Series show in 1992 — an honest cop and a woman of color. Along with other fan-favorite TAS characters like Harley Quinn, she made the jump to DC Comics canon and has since…… Continue reading A to Z: The Question (Renee Montoya)

Comics · Queer

A to Z: Pied Piper (Hartley Rathaway)

Brace yourselves. I love a lot of the characters on this list, and I love even more characters who AREN’T on this list… But Pied Piper is my FAVORITE OF THEM ALL. I’ve read him in very few stories, and I’m not sure I can satisfactorily explain why he is my favorite above all others,…… Continue reading A to Z: Pied Piper (Hartley Rathaway)

Comics · Queer

A to Z: Obsidian

Remember that longwinded explanation of Alan Scott’s origin for the letter G? It’s relevant again! Obsidian, aka Todd Rice, was Alan Scott’s son before the New 52 reboot. His mother was the villain Thorn. He’s an often-mysterious character with shadow powers, who sometimes tips over into being a villain himself, but has thus far always…… Continue reading A to Z: Obsidian