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AMAZING X-MEN #13JAMES TYNION IV (W) • JORGE JIMENEZ (A)Cover by NICK BRADSHAWROCKET RACCOON & GROOT VARIANT BY TBA• Anole’s deepest fears are unleashed on the streets of New York City!• Can Nightcrawler and Northstar break through to him before they rip him apart?32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AMAZING X-MEN #13
JAMES TYNION IV (W) • JORGE JIMENEZ (A)
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT VARIANT BY TBA
• Anole’s deepest fears are unleashed on the streets of New York City!
• Can Nightcrawler and Northstar break through to him before they rip him apart?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #8AL EWING (W) • LEE GARBETT (A/C)AXIS TIE-IN!• Marvel’s most honest and upright hero — now in his own magazine!• With a quip on his lips and a song in his merry heart, Loki continues his dashing quest for truth, justice and the Asgardian Way!• Guest-starring — the Enchantress! And some other people who think Loki’s “changed” somehow. BUT MOSTLY, THE ENCHANTRESS!32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #8
AL EWING (W) • LEE GARBETT (A/C)
AXIS TIE-IN!
• Marvel’s most honest and upright hero — now in his own magazine!
• With a quip on his lips and a song in his merry heart, Loki continues his dashing quest for truth, justice and the Asgardian Way!
• Guest-starring — the Enchantress! And some other people who think Loki’s “changed” somehow. BUT MOSTLY, THE ENCHANTRESS!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #5 (OF 9)RICK REMENDER (W) • TERRY DODSON (A)Cover by JIM CHEUNGINVERSION VARIANT BY TBAYOUNG GUNS VARIANT BY SARA PICHELLIACT II: INVERSION• Steve Rogers enlists Spider-Man and Nova for an impossible fight.• The new Sorceress Supreme comes for revenge on Doom.• Iron Man vs Daredevil for the fate of an infected San Francisco.• The X-Men claim a new home.• The Axis of Evil strikes down the heroes of the Marvel Universe!32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #5 (OF 9)
RICK REMENDER (W) • TERRY DODSON (A)
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
INVERSION VARIANT BY TBA
YOUNG GUNS VARIANT BY SARA PICHELLI
ACT II: INVERSION
• Steve Rogers enlists Spider-Man and Nova for an impossible fight.
• The new Sorceress Supreme comes for revenge on Doom.
• Iron Man vs Daredevil for the fate of an infected San Francisco.
• The X-Men claim a new home.
• The Axis of Evil strikes down the heroes of the Marvel Universe!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Aug 1

CBR: SDCC: GAYS IN COMICS XXVII TAKES ON THE ISSUES

While Marvel Studios was closing out Saturday atComic-Con International in San Diego by making big noise in Hall H, another panel in a not-as-huge-but-still-huge room drew a sizable and passionate audience. The Gays In Comics panel — the 27th one to take place in the con’s history — united fans from all across the LGBT spectrum under a common love of the medium. Second time moderator Roger Klorese (Prism Comics) was joined behind the lead podium by Shannon Watters, senior editor at BOOM! Studios. The panel consisted of Graham Kolbeins(creator of MASSIVE, a line of gay manga-inspired clothing), Noelle Stevenson (creator, “Nimona”; writer, “Lumberjanes”), James Tynion IV (writer, “Batman Eternal”), Emily Carroll (creator, “Through the Woods”) and Sean Z. (founder, Bent-Con).

The panel kicked off with Klorese asking about the panelists first published work, and if they would go back and change it to include more LGBT content. “The first comic I did was an adaptation of a Grimm’s fairy tale called ‘The Hare’s Bride’ in 2010,” said Carroll. “I published it on LiveJournal, and I wouldn’t change that — I’dstill publish it on LiveJournal.”

"My first published work hasn’t been published on paper yet, but I consider it to be my webcomic ‘Nimona,’" replied Stevenson. "That will be published next year, actually, so I’m super excited about that. I think I would go back and change it if I could, because when I was writing it I had two characters that I very much thought of as gay, but I didn’t make it clear enough at the beginning of the comic. Now I’m so frustrated when people don’t notice or believe me when I tell them they’re gay. I wish I could have at least made that clear."

"My first published work was ‘The Passion of Gengorah Tagame,’ so I don’t know if there’s any way to make that any gayer than it is," replied Kolbeins, speaking of his translated collection of gay erotic manga by artist Gengorah Tagame. "Before I was doing that, I was doing an art blog that was sort of like, all-purpose. I talked about everything from sculpture to installation art, and what I was interested in most was gay manga, and I just was wondering why it wasn’t here and why no one was talking about it in English or translating it officially."

Moderator Watters posed a question to the panel, asking if they ever foresee a time when mainstream culture will be so well-versed in LGBT issues that there will no longer be a need for specifically queer comics culture. “I think it’s still necessary,” answered Sean Z. “There’s always going to be a need for anyone, regardless of what their walk of life is, they want to see themselves in the things that they love. As far as I’m concerned, as someone who also creates and is creating more, I want to make sure that the things that I enjoy are reflected in the experience of the work.”

"That was the thing I was always frustrated with," added Tynion. "I didn’t see my journey in the kinds of media that I was taking in day to day. When I did, it didn’t really relate to me because it felt like it was from a different era. Coming out was a very different experience for me in high school than I feel like it had been for the people who were writing those stories."

Stevenson wants there to be a diverse offering of LGBT comics, a goal she’s actively pursing with “Lumberjanes,” and not ones that only focus on tragedies. “I get really tired of the stories that are like, this is how hard and tragic it is. Sometimes I just want a story where some of the issues that we have to deal with in the real world, maybe these characters don’t have to deal with them. It’s a little bit of a wish fulfillment and it’s a little bit of a fantasy. I think it’s very important to see stories like that. You do have to see stories that deal with real world stuff, but it’s also fine to have like a fantasy, something that is shiny and you can escape for a little bit.”

When asked how they go about creating queer characters in their comics, Carroll admitted that she has one hard and fast rule for when and where to insert diverse characters. “It depends on whether or not I’m going to make a horror comic, like I usually do, or — I’ve done a few romances. My happy romance stories are always, always gay characters. And my horror comics… they’re always straight people.” Judging by the laughter and applause, the audience agreed with that rule.

The panelists then discussed how their sexuality works its way into the comics they create, either indirectly or directly. Tynion, who made his big breakthrough in DC Comics’ high-profile line of Batman comics, has an evolving feeling about this topic. “It’s something that I’ve been very conscious of, just the fact that I work on such a major scale in the mainstream, working on the Batman line. It’s a place where at the beginning I did feel a need to sort of repress myself, [and] pull out a more masculine character. Batman’s pure masculinity — there are moments when you want to put yourself in there, but is it appropriate for me to put myself into a licensed character who isn’t designed to be this. It’s stopped mattering, at a certain point; it stopped being something that I worried about. The more you are yourself, it bleeds into your work regardless what you’re thinking of and how many times you debate against it — I’m not sure what you could point to specifically that comes from my queerness, but my queerness affects everything I write, so it does.”

"I write about comics and I make documentaries about artists," said Kolbeins. "I feel like in the past four or five years it’s become really important for me to sort of infuse everything I do with queerness and exploration of sexuality and sexual identity, just because… you know, YOLO."

Moderator Klorese mentioned panelist Sean Z.’s Bent-Con as a place to really explore and discuss the issues touched upon during the panel in even further depth. “It’s great, because when we have the non-queer person that comes to [Bent-Con], a lot of times when they hear LGBT they assume it’s only sex. When they come to the show, nine times out of ten they’re surprised that there’s all this other stuff. There’s the funny books, the fantasy adventure, there’s the romance — it’s not all relegated to being self-defined by who we’re attracted to.”

Stevenson applauded this diverse representation of queer identity, speaking from her own experience as a child identifying most with androgynous, asexual and aromatic characters. “There are so many ways to be queer, and a lot of queer people are not necessarily sexual people. We live in a very sexualized world in a lot of ways, and that’s something I never identified with — I think it’s important to show all the different aspects of characters, a character’s life and their world and their way of just existing. Just only associating queer characters with being sexualized is not a fair or accurate representation. Everyone has more depth than that.”

Trans representation in mainstream comics came up later during the question and answer portion of the panel, with the panelists acknowledging comics’ less than stellar track record in the area. “Honestly, I think that in the last couple of decades there’s almost been a regression instead of a progression,” said Tynion. “I think the ’80s era of Vertigo, in particular, actually is very good at addressing trans issues in a way that seems way beyond what we’re seeing right now. It’s very matter of fact. These characters are part of their respective worlds, and there’s so little of that right now. Obviously ‘Batgirl’ has a key character in her cast, but I think that that’s one of the biggest issues out there right now.”

Tynion talked about how even though he was out in his personal life, he had to come out again after hitting it big as a professional comic book writer. “I’ve been open about my sexuality since I was in 8th grade,” he said. “Then I started getting into the comics industry, and the thing is, in that time I was predominantly seeing women, so when I was in these professional settings, everyone just assumed me to be straight. Because I was just getting my start and having a lot of personal paranoia about it, I let people assume that. That started weighing on me. Even though I wasn’t out there lying about it, and I had close friends in the industry who knew, but the more you allow someone to assume something about yourself, the more it feels like lying. Then they ask if you’re dating someone, and you start playing the pronoun game.”

Before he could write his Tumblr post coming out to the comic book industry, though, Tynion felt he owed it to one writer to break the news before hand. “I have an incredibly close relationship with [‘Batman’ writer] Scott Snyder, who had been my teacher about six years ago, and for whatever reason that was the one semester in college I didn’t write non-fiction about being a gay high schooler. So he was the only one of my writing teachers who I had never come out to — so I was like, I have to tell Scott before [I write the post], and Scott did not — he was like, the most, the nicest guy about it. It was just like, you have to be like, ‘I’m calling you because I need to talk to you about something.’ And it was just like, ‘okay, James, it’s two in the morning, what is it?’ ‘Scott, I’m bi.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, I kinda figured that out.’”

About his time at DC Comics since coming out, Tynion had nothing but positive things to say. “It’s nice when the prejudice you believe is out there just isn’t. That is an incredibly empowering feeling.”

AMAZING X-MEN #12CRAIG KYLE & CHRIS YOST (W) • CARLO BARBERI (A/C)• This is it! The conclusion to WORLD WAR WENDIGO!• Will the combined forces of the X-Men and Alpha Flight be enough to save an entire nation from this deadly, cannibalistic plague?• And how do the GREAT BEASTS fit into the mayhem that surrounds Canada?32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AMAZING X-MEN #12
CRAIG KYLE & CHRIS YOST (W) • CARLO BARBERI (A/C)
• This is it! The conclusion to WORLD WAR WENDIGO!
• Will the combined forces of the X-Men and Alpha Flight be enough to save an entire nation from this deadly, cannibalistic plague?
• And how do the GREAT BEASTS fit into the mayhem that surrounds Canada?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #1 (OF 7)CHARLES SOULE (W) • OLIVER NOME (A/C)VARIANT Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG• Wolverine—the greatest X-Men ever—is dead!• With this mutant powerhouse now permanently out of the picture, various factions of both good and evil are scrambling to fill the void left by Logan’s death!• Will Wolverine’s Legacy be shaped by heroes who valiantly fought alongside him …or by those villains treacherous enough to have challenged him over the many years of his long life?• The answers will be revealed in this special 7-issue limited series that spins directly out of the mega-popular DEATH OF WOLVERINE!• This series will feature unique solo adventures of several instrumental figures in shaping Logan’s Legacy: X-23, Sabretooth, Daken, Lady Deathstrike and Mystique!32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #1 (OF 7)
CHARLES SOULE (W) • OLIVER NOME (A/C)
VARIANT Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
• Wolverine—the greatest X-Men ever—is dead!
• With this mutant powerhouse now permanently out of the picture, various factions of both good and evil are scrambling to fill the void left by Logan’s death!
• Will Wolverine’s Legacy be shaped by heroes who valiantly fought alongside him …or by those villains treacherous enough to have challenged him over the many years of his long life?
• The answers will be revealed in this special 7-issue limited series that spins directly out of the mega-popular DEATH OF WOLVERINE!
• This series will feature unique solo adventures of several instrumental figures in shaping Logan’s Legacy: X-23, Sabretooth, Daken, Lady Deathstrike and Mystique!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #3 (OF 9)RICK REMENDER (W) • LEINIL FRANCIS YU (A)Cover by JIM CHEUNGYOUNG GUNS VARAINT COVER BY NICK BRADSHAWINVERSION VARIANT COVER BY TBAACT I: THE RED SUPREMACY• With the heroes lost, the world’s fate lies in the hands of the vilest syndicate known to man.• Scarlet Witch is forced to join Dr. Doom, the man who unleashed her power to cause M-Day, or she will watch those she loves most die.• The return of one of the Marvel Universe’s great villains!• An Avenger quits, a heart is broken, and the world as we know it is gone.32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #3 (OF 9)
RICK REMENDER (W) • LEINIL FRANCIS YU (A)
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
YOUNG GUNS VARAINT COVER BY NICK BRADSHAW
INVERSION VARIANT COVER BY TBA
ACT I: THE RED SUPREMACY
• With the heroes lost, the world’s fate lies in the hands of the vilest syndicate known to man.
• Scarlet Witch is forced to join Dr. Doom, the man who unleashed her power to cause M-Day, or she will watch those she loves most die.
• The return of one of the Marvel Universe’s great villains!
• An Avenger quits, a heart is broken, and the world as we know it is gone.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Karen Traviss will write G.I. Joe

People,

I’ve just known that Karen Traviss, known for her Star Wars novels, will be writing a new G.I. Joe series from IDW.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=53511

She was the first writer to included a gay couple in the Star Wars Universe, the Mandalorians Goran Beviin and Medrit Vasur and I think G.I. Joe is a franchise that really needs some diversity too.

I’ve just send her a message on her site telling her how important it was for me to see gay characters in Star Wars and asking her to include gay characters in G.I. Joe.

It would be very interesting if you could also send her a message asking the same thing. We need to tell the writers how important representation is. So, please, if you can, write her. Here is the adress:

http://www.karentraviss.com/contact-form-2/index.php

Thank you.

Have you seen the news about Karen Traviss writing for G I Joe? I have little interest in the Joes. Karen Traviss writing comics on the other hand :) awesome. Her Star Wars novels were some of the most exciting stuff happening in the Expanded Universe for a while. If Marvel got her to write a Star Wars book. o_O I'd probably do something crazy like go off anon.

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gailsimone:

That sounds interesting!

I know little to nothing about the Joes, but it’d be fun to see a great novelist tackle those characters.

I didn´t know Karen Traviss was going to write G.I. Joe!   love her Star Wars novels, specially because she was responsible for the first gay couple in the series.  Maybe she will finally bring some diversity to G.I. Joe.

Northstar by Dan Parent

Northstar by Dan Parent

Kevin Keller by Dan Parent

Kevin Keller by Dan Parent

Wiccan by Reilly Brown

Wiccan by Reilly Brown

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Wiccan by Reilly Brown

Wiccan by Reilly Brown

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May 7
- Loki: Agent of Asgard #4 (2014)
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- Loki: Agent of Asgard #4 (2014)

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New Now Next: “Kevin Keller” Comic Ending, But Archie Has Big Plans For Riverdale’s Resident Gay

  by Alex Nagorski

Kevin Keller broke new ground back in 2010 when he became the first openly gay character in the Archie Comics universe.

He was an instant fan-favorite—Kevin’s debut issue,Veronica #202,quickly sold out and became the first reprinted comic in Archie history. In 2011, Kevin landed his first miniseries and received a GLAAD Media Award.

The following year, a Kevin Keller ongoing comic debuted.

That comic is coming to an end in July with Kevin Keller #15, but creator Dan Parent tells us in an exclusive interview that it’s far from the last we’ll see of Riverdale’s #1 out teen.

“We will be making a new Kevin announcement at the end of the year,” says Parent. “It will be exciting, and I promise will be even better than the current series!”

Below, we talk with the legendary artist-writer about Kevin’s legacy, his future and his place in the larger Archie-verse.

Why is Kevin Keller being cancelled? 

To be clear, we’re not canceling the book: It’s ending so we can take a minute to plan a relaunch for the character. In the meantime, Kevin will continue to be a big part of the other Archie titles— including Afterlife with Archie.

Comics Kevin Keller.JPEG-0a7fbIt’s about direction for the character. I’ve had some ideas for Kevin that I have discussed with the powers that be at Archie, and these ideas would work better as a relaunch rather than as a continuation of the current book.

What are the advantages of taking the focus off Kevin for a beat and letting him take a supporting role in other books?

His role in Riverdale is very important—we don’t want to forget that he’s part of the gang. And his interaction with Archie, Betty, Veronica and everyone is very key. We’ll be seeing Kevin pop up more frequently across the Archie line.

Is Kevin’s love life going to continue to be explored in other titles?

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Kevin Keller #15 varient cover by Phil Jimenez

Of course! He’s a normal red-blooded teenager and that goes with the territory!

How about the supporting characters from Kevin Keller—will they find new homes within the Archie universe? 

Yes, his family always played an important role in his stories, and will continue too. And his friends—and boyfriends—will pop up here and there too.

Looking back, what was the most rewarding Kevin Keller story you’ve told?

In the second issue, Kevin had a secret admirer who was leaving him notes in his locker. But when Kevin went to meet him, the guy wasn’t ready to come out. And I think this hit a chord with young gay people who sometimes need time and space to come out.

On a larger scale, what do you think Kevin adds to the Archie mythos?

He’s added a layer of reality and diversity to Riverdale that was never there before. And I think we’ve treated the character with respect and honesty—which is why he’s become a fan favorite and permanent fixture in Riverdale.

As Kevin’s creator, have you noticed a change in the response to the character from when he was introduced in 2010?

People were surprised at first that we were introducing a gay character, but once they got to meet Kevin, they liked him and welcomed him with open arms to the Archie-verse. Gay fans tell me how much Kevin means to them, and how their lives would have been different had Kevin existed when they were growing up. And straight fans like him because he’s another cool kid in Riverdale!

Kevin Keller #15 hits stands July 16, 2014.