Fun fact, I was never into comic books. So can one of your Comic-Con geeks please explain to me the appeal of queer comic book heroes

Queer Comic Book Heroes?

Fun fact, I was never into comic books. So can one of your Comic-Con geeks please explain to me the appeal of queer comic book heroes?

Is There A Reason We Need Queer Comic Book Heroes?

Yes, I know it would have been great to see people like me as super heroes. As a role model type. I guess. But I never really considered Batman a role model. Yes, I found a lot of super heroes sexy. And I loved questionable relationships like Batman and Robin.

But I guess I just preferred to imagine it myself.

Regardless, there is a five-book queer comic book hero series out now.

The Homo HeroesThe Homo Heroes is out now and I wonder if the GLBTQ geeks will enjoy it.

Current Knitting

There an unexpected request to be with family in Massachusetts this week and I just haven’t been focused on knitting.  I kept trying to cast on a lengthwise garter striped scarf, but kept being distracted.

I brought enough yarn and notions to keep me busy. But I’ve not been at all productive.

5 comments on “Queer Comic Book Heroes?

  1. Is there a need for homosexual heroes? My thought is Sure, and why not?

    The easy answer is that representation is important, but you already say that (though not in so many words.) I think it comes down to what people like and giving everyone more choices, more ways to identify, and more language to talk about who they are and who they’d like to be as well as more language for empathy with people who are different than the reader.

    I spent my formative years playing Batman instead of Batgirl because Batgirl was a sidekick and I wanted to be the hero. I knew I wasn’t Wonder Woman. Supergirl wasn’t really that much of a thing yet.

    I played Han(nah) Solo, Wilma Deering, Michaela Knight, and Pepper Anderson (Police Woman – gads, I’m old.) There just weren’t as many options out there. If a comic like Witchblade had existed when I was young, I’d have likely played as Sara (but with more clothing, because empowerment isn’t just the ability to be sexy, but also the ability to be practical when fighting crime.)

    I guess the comic might not be for me (though those covers are lovely), but it’s for someone and I’m glad it’s there for whoever needs it.

  2. I never got action comic books either but A LOT of people love them and anywhere we see people (even if they are mutant people) we need more diversity, right? I did read the Archie comics and they we’re definitely all straight white kids. I think that’s why. It’s not so much about seeing a role model as just seeing people
    Like you being an accepted part of whatever society you choose to read about/watch. Even “progressive” shows like Star Trek have only Just had their first openly gay characters. I’m not sure this particular comic is the absolute best thing. I mean a show about gay people as gay people is a bit cheesy but a a show with gay characters along mixed in (like modern family) is better for it. (Though even there I think they are both white men with kids to make it ever so much more palatable to American Taste). But any start is a start, right?

    You asked. lol

  3. I agree that representation is important. Not only is it important for people who identify a certain way to see themselves reflected in our culture, but it is important for people who do NOT identify that way to see people who do identify in that way as part of the greater cultural conversation. Art and life go hand in hand, and seeing diverse representation is as important to increasing acceptance of all people in the broader cultural context as it is to increasing self-acceptance. (But that is probably more an argument for including diverse characters in mainstream comics than for comics focused specifically on a subset of diverse characters, though I think there is a place for those, too.)

  4. Batman and Spider-Man are raised by their butler and aunt. There are so many of us who can relate to that kind of upbringing, not the butler, but the “different” homelife. They survive an unconventional childhood.
    For me the female characters were powerful and I wasn’t seeing that in any female character I read about. Superheroes empower the powerless, the bullied.
    I loved the book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. It is a great story and great writing. Superheroes, comic books, WWII, Brooklyn, NYC, Europe, gay, Jewish, love …. I found myself up in the middle of the night reading it — it was that good.

  5. We have the two comic books from Queer As Folk which are probably worth something by now. Hava great day Joe ☮️💖

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