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Clay Walker and Kevin Keller's wedding

Minorities in cartoons: Clay Walker

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Clay Walker, a character in Archie Comics. (SPOILERS aplenty about the “Life With Archie” series below…) Clay exists in Archie’s “Life With Archie” series, which has just concluded as of this writing. The series presented the Archie gang as twentysomethings. Each issue featured two different alternate futures: one in which Archie married Betty, another where Archie married Veronica. Both futures had similar events. For instance, both futures saw Moose finally dumped by Midge due to his violent temper, which…

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Life With Archie #16

Archie banned in Singapore over gay marriage storyline

One Million Moms isn’t the only entity whose ire Archie has raised with the storyline where the adult Kevin Keller gets married. It looks like they’ve also ticked off the country of Singapore, or at least its censors, per this Comics Alliance article: Singapore Bans Archie’s Kevin Keller Gay Marriage Comic. I’m pretty sure they felt the story fell under “deviant sexual practices” and “alternative lifestyles,” per the article’s listing of their censorship board’s rules. Singapore’s been recently debating censorship of media, one of the various…

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Minorities in cartoons: Jason (“Love and Capes”)

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Jason, a supporting character in the comic series “Love and Capes” by Thom Zahler. Jason’s first appearance is in “Love and Capes” (first series) #8 in 2008. Jason is an employee at the bookstore owned by Abby; he was hired to replace the then-departed Charlotte, Abby’s sister and former employee. A film school student, Jason’s previous job was at a video rental store, where he didn’t manage to save much money due to buying too many DVDs. Unlike…

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Anthony’s Archie Comics picks for July 2014

Here’s what’s of interest from Archie for July 2014. Full solicitations are available here. Comics Archie #658, on sale July 30, $3 Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #225, on sale July 23, $7 Jughead and Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #5, on sale Aug. 13, $7 Kevin Keller #15, on sale July 15, $3 (Final issue) Life With Archie #36, on sale July 23, $10 (Final issue) Trade paperbacks The Death of Archie, on sale Aug. 6, $15 Comments As I’ve noted earlier, Kevin Keller’s…

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“Kevin Keller” to be cancelled in July

Yet another bit of cancellation news about a comic I’ve enjoyed: “Kevin Keller,” the comic about Archie’s openly gay character, will be cancelled in July with issue #15. Kevin’s creator and main writer/artist, Dan Parent, gave some remarks on Kevin’s history and Archie’s future plans for the character in an interview. I’m sorry to see Kevin’s title being axed, but I presume sales must’ve declined. Archie’s sales on their “floppy” comics have usually been much lower than those for their digests, which usually rival what…

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Minorities in cartoons: Thunder and Lightning

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is a double one this week: Thunder and Lightning, a pair of superheroine sisters who’re the daughters of superhero Black Lightning. Thunder Thunder (real name: Anissa Pierce) is the older of the Pierce siblings. Thunder possesses the ability of increasing her body’s mass while keeping her size the same, thus increasing her density. This allows her to become immovable and invulnerable, as well as generate shock waves by stomping her foot. Anissa promised her father she’d wait until she…

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Minorities in cartoons: “Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World.” “Rick & Steve” is an animated series about the misadventures of the show’s stars Rick and Steve, a gay thirtysomething couple, and their extremely dysfunctional group of friends. The series is set in the fictional town of “West Lahunga Beach” in California. (The town seems to resemble the most stereotypical aspects of various famous gay neighborhoods, including West Hollywood, California and San Francisco’s Castro.) As the bad-pun…

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Minorities in cartoons: Asok

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Asok, a supporting character in Scott Adams’ newspaper comic strip “Dilbert.” Asok was first introduced in 1996 as an intern for “Dilbert”‘s nameless corporation, providing the strip with material based on Asok being an idealistic intern thrust into “Dilbert”‘s completely dysfunctional, soul-crushing workplace. As such, Asok will sometimes have higher-minded/more idealistic expectations than Dilbert, Wally, and company. Asok also is shown being stuck in his position as an intern despite his qualifications (so the company can exploit his…

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2014 GLAAD Media Awards nominees for outstanding comic book announced

This year’s GLAAD media award nominees have been announced. The awards are given annually to mainstream media productions that depict gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals or issues in a positive light. For outstanding comic book, the nominees are: Batwoman (DC Comics) Life With Archie (Archie) Young Avengers (Marvel) Husbands (Dark Horse) Fearless Defenders (Marvel) Going over each nominee… “Batwoman” got nominated this year, in spite of DC’s idiotic antics over the past year regarding not allowing the characters to get married…and, well, driving said…

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The Disney Channel finally introduces LGBT characters

While LGBT characters have made inroads into various other areas of media as characters, children’s media seem to be the one area where gays have long been deemed off-limits. This is particularly so for children’s television. Basically, it’s OK for kids to see book-dumb kids with fairy godparents but said kid still subject to child abuse/neglect, and kids making strange creatures that can only say their own name engage in (basically) cockfighting, but a story about Uncles Roger and Bob stopping by for a visit…

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