Previously On Comics: Comics Are Gay and Also Political

There’s been mostly good news this past week, including some long overdue announcements and some reminders to keep fighting the good fight. 

Let There be Gay

History of the Marvel Universe #2 will feature Destiny and Mystique and and and THEY KISS! While it’s no secret that Destiny and Mystique are a couple, Marvel has never explicitly stated or depicted this until now.

Mystique and Destiny share a kiss

Remember Kids, Comics Are Apolitical!

Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer-prize winning creator of Maus, tells the Guardian that he was asked by The Folio Society to write an introduction to Marvel: The Golden Age 1939–1949, however, when Marvel asked him to change a line in his essay that alluded Trump, he decided to take the essay elsewhere. Spiegelman says he was informed by The Folio Society that Marvel “is not allowing its publications to take a political stance.” Meanwhile, Marvel Entertainment’s chairman, Ike Perelmuter, continues to be Trump’s close advisor and largest financial contributor. The Marvel collection — which features that Nazi-punching Captain America — will be available in September with an introduction by Marvel editor Roy Thomas instead, while Spiegelman has given his essay to the Guardian for publication.

Far Sector is Near

There’s now a release date for N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell’s Green Lantern Far Sector series from DC’s Young Animal imprint. This is pretty darn exciting, but comes with the reminder that the direct market relies on pre-orders for a comic like this to thrive, which is not necessarily something Jemisin or her book readers are aware of. And why is Jemisin out there explaining this to people? Where is DC’s marketing team…?

Reclaiming Pepe

Anti-extradition bill protesters in Hong Kong are using Pepe the Frog as a symbol of their resistance, after the sad frog meme had been co-opted by the alt-right. Pepe-creator Matt Furie has been busy taking legal action to halt the use of his creation by fascist groups.

Quick Hits

Comixology will apparently return as a sponsor for SPX 2019.

Jewish political cartoonist Eli Valley was arrested, among others, while protesting the ICE raids and border concentration camps.

Steenz tweeted that her Publisher’s Weekly nomination for the PW Starwatch was rescinded because she was not employed by a publishing company at the time of selection.

Nasquatch is on hold after reports of concerns with CW Cooke’s behaviour.

Wendy Browne

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2 thoughts on “Previously On Comics: Comics Are Gay and Also Political

  1. There’s a typo in the paragraph about Far Sector. In the last sentence it should be "DC’s" not "Marvel’s".

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