“Rat Queens” wins 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards’ comic category

Rat Queens

This weekend, the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards were held. The awards showcase and highlight positive treatments of LGBT characters in mainstream media. This year’s winner for outstanding comic is “Rat Queens” (Image) by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch. The other nominees it beat: Hawkeye (Marvel) Lumberjanes (Boom! Studios) Memetic (Boom! Studios) Saga (Image) The … Read more

Catwoman comes out as bisexual

Selina and Eiko

This week’s “Catwoman” #39 sees a big revelation on the part of its writer, Genevieve Valentine, and DC Comics overall. The story revealed that Selina “Catwoman” Kyle is bisexual. The storyline of “Catwoman” recently has been about Selina becoming the head of a crime family and dealing with its repercussions, including becoming close to a … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Lumberjanes”

Lumberjanes #2

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Lumberjanes,” a comic published by Boom! Studios.  The first issue of “Lumberjanes” was published in April 2014. The comic was created by Boom! Studios editor Shannon Watters, writers Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson, and artist Brooke Allen. “Lumberjanes” is about a group of girls who attend an all-girl … Read more

Apple to introduce more diverse emoji

Facebook emoji

For the unaware, emoji are graphic icons often used in text messages, social media, etc. that are meant to serve as a replacement for the more traditional emoticons. First catching on in Japan, they’ve since become wildly popular. As an example, if you want to type a “smiley face,” there’s the traditional emoticon: :-) With emoji, … Read more

26th annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees for comics announced

Lumberjanes #2

This year’s GLAAD Media Awards have been announced, which includes comics from mainstream publishers that are deemed to best depict LGBT people. The nominees for comics this year include: Hawkeye (Marvel) Lumberjanes (Boom! Studios) Memetic (Boom! Studios) Rat Queens (Image) Saga (Image) That’s two nominees from Image, two from Boom!, and one from Marvel. DC … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Tasmanian Devil (DC Comics)

Tasmanian Devil

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Tasmanian Devil (real name Hugh Dawkins), a DC Comics superhero and member of the team the Global Guardians. Tasmanian Devil first appeared in “Super Friends” #7 (October 1977), and was created by E. Nelson Bridwell and Ramona Fradon. Dawkins’ backstory doesn’t give the origin of his powers (besides … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Girls With Slingshots”

Girls With Slingshots

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Girls With Slingshots,” a webcomic that’s been running since 2004. “Girls” is created by Danielle Corsetto, and runs on weekdays. The strip revolves around its two main characters, Jamie McJack (pictured above, left) and Hazel Tellington (pictured above, right), two friends who deal with various slice-of-life situations, including … Read more

Cartoon Network’s “Clarence” to feature (sort of) same-sex kiss


While there are still no openly LGBT supporting characters on an American children’s TV series, some progress has been made in recent years. Disney Channel’s now-canceled “Good Luck Charlie” featured a pair of lesbian parents in its next-to-final episode. And now, we have news of a (sort of) same-sex kiss between a pair of non-recurring … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Madame Xanadu

Madame Xanadu

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Madame Xanadu, a DC Comics/Vertigo character. Madame Xanadu first appeared in “Doorway to Nightmare” #1 in 1978, and was created by David Michelinie, Val Mayerik, and Michael William Kaluta. A mystic, Madame Xanadu is sensitive to supernatural phenomena, and often uses tarot cards to interpret what she senses, including forecasting the … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Unshelved”

Too Much Information

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the webcomic “Unshelved.” The strip’s written by Gene Ambaum and drawn by Bill Barnes, and debuted in 2002. “Unshelved” features the daily goings-on at the “Mallville Public Library” and its staff of librarians. (Wikipedia claims the library’s name is a play on “Smallville” of Superman fame.) The strip makes fun of … Read more