Bluewater Productions introduces a new biography comic featuring British diver Tom Daley who made quite a splash in his speedos at the 2012 Olympic Games with his winning personality and boyish good looks. (And quite the booty too!)
Writer Michael Troy and artist Alex Schumacher tell the inspiring young swimmer’s tale of triumph and tragedy from his Olympic success to the loss of his father and his rise as a celebrity.
DC Comic’s artist Brett Booth has announced that an openly gay superpowered teen is joining DC Comics’ flagship team of teenage heroes in the relaunch of Tean Titans.
The newest hero known as Bunker will debut in November’s Teen Titans #3. Bunker will apparently come from an accepting background that’s contributed to a slightly more flamboyant attitude than fans might have seen from other gay and lesbian characters in the DC Universe so far., According to writer Scott Lobdell “He (his character)was born out of the closet and so he has a very refreshing outlook on life.” Bunker’s powers, as described by Booth, include the ability to create small force fields that look like bricks (As in making a Stonewall?)
We wanted to show an interesting character whose homosexuality is part of him, not something that’s hidden. Sure they are gay people who you wouldn’t know are gay right off the bat, but there are others who are a more flamboyant, and we thought it would be nice to actually see them portrayed in comics. Did we go over the top, I don’t think so. I wanted you to know he might be gay as soon as you see him. Our Teen Titan is partly about diversity of ANY kind, its about all kinds of teens getting together to help each other. It is a very difficult line to walk, will he be as I’ve read in some of the comments ‘fruity’? Not that I’m aware of. Will he be more effeminate than what we’ve seen before, the ‘typical’ gay male comic character, yes. Does it scare the sh*t out of me that I might inadvertently piss off the group I want to reflect in a positive way, you’re damn straight (pun intended!)
Well personally I am thankful for the diversity but I do hope that DC Comics is very careful and aware of what they do with Bunker’s character and hopefully writer Lobdell’s work has grown a bit. I believe he also wrote Alpha Flight back in the early 90s when Northstar came out of the closet which really wasn’t handeled all that well. But we’ll see in Novemember
Wired.com is reporting (via Boing Boing) that the Army actually issued a comic book in 2001 about the right ways to proceed with an inquiry about homosexual conduct. (probably for thier upper brass who needed pictures on how to conduct a witch hunt.)
The comic titled “Dignity & Respect”, (Right!) is about the TRIALS and tribulations of Private First Class Howard. He has the misfortune of being observed in a homosexual act by two of his fellow soldiers. That triggers a tiptoe through a thicket of regulations and bureacrat-speak. Like: “What is a ‘reliable person?’
You’re certain about [his] sincerity?” Williams’ first sergeant asks his commander. “I think so,” she answers. Then she recommends Williams for a discharge.
Finally, there’s a Q&A. “Wouldn’t admitting to being a homosexual be an easy way for soldiers to get out of the Army?” one Q goes.