The LGBT Community was well represented at Comic-Con New York this week by the folks from Prism Comics a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) creators, stories, characters, in the comics industry who were representing LOUD and PROUD not only with a booth on the main exhibition floor but also by hosting a Gay Marriage in Comics panel which was packed to overflowing!
The panel, expertly moderated by Chance Whitmire, and featuring panelists Joan Hilty, Phil Jimenez, Paul Kupperberg and Dan Parent, and covered not only gay marriage in comics, but also gay character portrayals in comics in general.
Starved in previous years for any gay characters in mainstream comics, suddenly everyone was getting gay-married in high profile, very marketed and news-covered ways. Although as pointed out in the panel, nobody much cared when Apollo and Midnighter were married a decade ago. Phil Jimenez said the change has come down to money. He knows the intentions of the creative forces behind these marriages is sincere, but says that the mainstream companies have realized there is money to be made in storylines that can break through as news. And events such as the Superman-Wonder Woman coupling and the Death of Captain America have broken beyond comics news into the mainstream news. Basically, if the mainstream companies think they can make money, they will make it happen, even transgender characters.
Phil made a point to say that he did not think gay marriage was a bad thing, but he just objected to the characterization that gay people wanted to be just like straight people. He thinks characters are very individual as are their relationships. Paul Kupperberg who pens “Life With Archie”, concurred, saying that Kevin and his husband are different from Archie and Betty or Veronica. Each couple is different. He noted that after a lifetime of writing superhero comics, he was very happy to be writing stories based on relationships and not punches.
It’s great that Comic-Con presented a venue for this panel. And lets hope that the mainstream comic such as DC and marvel evolve even more. Perhaps soon we’ll have a mainstream gay character that doesn’t live in an “alternate universe” *cough* GREEN LANTERN *cough*that
You can read the entire detailed article about the event over at the Prism Comics website.