Thursday, January 20, 2011

GLAAD Announces Nominees for Media Awards

GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has announced its nominees for its 2011 Media Awards. Every year a series of comic books gets nominated for their presentation of queer issues, characters, and storylines. The following are the nominees:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Scott Allie, Brad Meltzer, Joss Whedon (Dark Horse Comics)
Fogtown by Andersen Gabrych (Vertigo/DC Comics)
Veronica by Dan Parent (Archie Comics)
X-Factor by Peter David (Marvel Comics)
Young Avengers: Children's Crusade by Allan Heinberg (Marvel)

I am legitimately excited about these nominees, and I'm actually stumped as to who to vote for! My unending love for Billy and Teddy has me yearning to support Young Avengers: Children's Crusade... but the bi-monthly publication has me less than thrilled. On the other hand, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has taken some pretty incredible loops and featured not only long-time lesbian Willow, but had Buffy take a sapphic swing as well. Not enough can be said about Peter David's writing on X-Factor. Rictor went from being a character on the fringes on my radar to being one of the marvel heroes I'm most invested... not just because of his relationship with Shatterstar, but the fact that he doesn't have powers. Veronica definitely deserves a nod for its introduction of Kevin Keller (who'da thunk I'd be excited about an Archie book?) and I can't wait for the Kevin Keller mini-series out later this year. I'm unfamiliar with Fogtown... but now I have one more book to start reading!

Who are you hoping wins?

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Christopher said...

Of that group, I've only read Young Avengers but I kept thinking the entire time I read it that there's no way someone could do better than what Heinburg has been doing when it comes to having a gay romance in the story (at least in the confines of a superhero comic). He's done an excellent job both with the story and with including them. It stars Billy so this is their time in the limelight. On the other hand, they've only had four issues and Billy/Teddy really only did anything together in two of them which isn't much for an entire year.

I kind of want X-Factor to win though because it hasn't ever whereas Buffy and Young Avengers have previously. Plus, I have read some of the early X-Factor issues and there have been some gay-inclusive moments long before Shatterstar and Rictor ever joined the crew so I just kind of feel like it should be their turn.

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