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Marvel Wants Fans To Create Comics (But Not Gay Ones)

Marvel Comics is trying out a new way of creating content, but fans/artists are not liking the restrictions being placed on them. Some even say the rules are discriminatory.

Marvel Comics is currently going through finding work and artists for their new feature called “Create Your Own.” The idea is that fans will be able ot create their own comic strips using Marvel characters and then Marvel will pick from the liter to publish as a special feature.

The problem is the rules of what fans and artists can’t include is discouragingly long.

On that long list of prohibited themes, plots, and characters, includes notes like not adding “death,” “bad language,” “noises related to external bodily functions,” “bare midriffs,” “vitamins,” “double entendres,” “aliens,” and “politics, including alternative lifestyle advocacies.”

As you can imagine, many people are not ok with this. And as you’ve probably guessed, many shared their distaste for the limitations on Twitter.

Comic book critic Matt Santorini is one of those angry voices. Santorini not only pointed out the discrimination in the wording of the last rule, but also the fact that Marvel Comics has been extremely aggressive in this year.

Despite several being upset with these rules, Marvel Comics has yet to comment on the controversy.

h/t: The Verge

Meet The Gay Superhero Joining The Avengers

Marvel’s Avengers are getting a gay teammate, and we’re excited to see him.

The comic book company announced their upcoming plans for their most popular superhero team (besides the X-Men of course) next year.

Those plans have revealed a teammate named Miguel Santos, or more appropriately, “Living Lightning.”

And who is Living Lighting? He got his name after looking into an evil group called the Legion of Living Lighting. During that, he gained the power to control lightning and turn into it himself.

Lightning has already been a member of the team before in the 1990’s Avengers West Coast.

Now, the hero will simply be rejoining them during the “No Surrender” storyline that will take place between Avengers issues #675 and #690.

“We [were looking] for an entry-level character, a person who makes sense coming into the world of the Avengers and, to some degree, being the viewpoint of the reader,” editor Tom Breevort talked to Comic Book Resources about the upcoming “No Surrender” storyline.

“He’s suddenly been thrown into the deep end as one of the key players in trying to keep the world safe and deal with these massive crises that the Avengers deal with,” Breevort adds. “He gets to see that from a ground level and very human perspective… This isn’t a level that Miguel is used to or comfortable with having to work on.”

And if you’re wondering why we’re talking about Living Lightning here, it’s because Miguel Santos is gay.

While Santos originally dated women, one issue of the satirical series Great Lakes Avengers sees the character come out, and then comic book writers decided to keep it. This made him the first gay Avenger.

“He’s gay. Get over it,” said GLA writer Dan Slott, “Previous girlfriends? Beards. Or relationships that just didn’t work—because Miguel hadn’t come to terms yet with who he really is. Miguel is a gay superhero and a wonderful role model.”

Now the question is, how many centuries will we wait before we see him go to the big screen.

h/t: NewNowNext

DC Comics Writer Talks About Changing Hanna-Barbera's Snagglepuss Into A Gay Playwright

A childhood favorite is coming back a lot gayer.

DC Comics has gotten hold of the rights to the Hanna-Barbera character Snagglepuss and are getting ready to release an updated version of the character.

In the upcoming Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, which will be written by Mark Russell and have its art drawn by Mike Feenan, the titular character will be reimagined as a gay Southern playwright in the style of Tennessee Williams.

This reboot was announced earlier this year (along with the news that DC comics would be reimaginging several of the Hanna-Barbera characters such a Scooby Apocalypse and the already released Flinstones series).

In an interview with Heat Vision, Russell spoke about the inception of the story.

“It just kind of happened by accident. I was just tweeting funny lines I thought Snagglepuss would say if he was Tennessee Williams — some kind of Southern Gothic playwright — and Marie Javins, my editor, thought they were funny and she talked to Dan [Didio, DC co-publisher] about turning that into a comic. That's how it started. It was really just funny tweets, and it just ballooned from there.”

“The way I write him, he's kind of an avant-garde figure for the times — people kind of expect him to say things that are edgy, and witty. In a way, he's allowed to breach subjects and say things in 1953 in New York that other people simply could not.”

While the story will be a satire to modern life, it will take place in 1953.

“Snagglepuss in this story is having to live a double life as a gay playwright living in New York, and he's closeted,” Russell explains. “But he has values and integrity as an artist, and he's trying to stand up for people who otherwise would be shoved under the stairs in this time of great national paranoia in the Red Scare mentality. It's very easy in a time of national catastrophe — of perceived national catastrophe — to throw people under the sink and forget about them, and Snagglepuss is unwilling to let them do that to people he knows and loves. He's willing to stand up for people when the rest of the country is not.”

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 will go on sale this coming January in 2018.

X-Men's Iceman Had His First Gay Kiss

Iceman had his first gay kiss (again!).

The comic book hero has had interesting year or two.

The X-Men member has had to come out twice now and now even gets his first gay kiss twice too.

You see, there’s currently two canon iterations of the character right now. One that we’ve all known and loved for years and a younger version of him that’s done some time traveling into our time.

It was the younger version that came out first and then subsequently got his first gay kiss.

Then, having his younger version come out caused the closeted Iceman of our time to finally face his sexuality. Afterwards, he’s been adjusting to that, coming out to his parents, doing a little dating, and now he’s gotten to kiss a guy himself.

You can either buy the comic to read the entire scene, or you can check out some of the fated scene down below.

 

RuPaul Fans Are Praising This Drag Queen Superhero Comic

Image via Instagram

We all know that drag queens can be some of the bravest and most amazing people out there, so it’s only fitting that there be a superhero story about a drag queen.

Kickass Drag Queen is an Instagram account that’s started up its own story about a drag queen superhero.

More often than not, we here on Instinct share with you Instagram pictures of this muscular shirtless guy or that muscular shirtless guy, but we don’t as often share the creativity and diversity that can be found on Instagram.

Well, today we’ll change that a little bit by sharing this new Instagram comic series.

The series was originally created by RuPaul season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen.

 

Queens with crowns be like. . . Illustration: @matteolane

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"First, the name hit me: Kickass Drag Queen, which I just thought was a funny name for a superhero. Also, I really like on-the-nose drag names, as you can tell, because my name is Bob the Drag Queen," she told Vice, "There's just something funny about that to me. It tells you everything you're getting upfront. You know she's a drag queen. You know she kicks ass."

Bob then got comedian Matteo Lane involved to do the illustrations and the account has now started to soar.

The Instagram account now boasts over 32,000 followers with only 6 posts out so far.

Part of it may be the witty humor and the close comparisons to RuPaul’s Drag Race.

For instance, Kim Chi, one of Bob’s former fellow competitors, is in the comic as supervillian Slim Chi, who uses the power of shade to thwart Bob’s heroic plans.

Then, there’s RuPaul who cameo’s as Rude Paul and even says the line, "If you can't pull off a heist for yourself, how in the hell are you gonna pull off a heist for somebody else?" 

So far, there are only two episodes of the comic out, but with more fan support (and follows) there will surely be more to come.

 

Episode 1: Kickass Drag Queen, written by @bobthedragqueen and illustrated by @Matteolane #kickassdragqueen

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h/t: Vice

Latest Issue of Iceman Has The Gay Hero Coming Out To His Parents

Credit: Marvel Comics

The latest issue in the Iceman standalone series, Iceman #5, is out today, and it contains a momentous scene in the character’s life.

The character of Iceman has been drastically changed in the past two years to be gay. This has been a divisive act by Marvel comics that has split the fans.

Some fans celebrate the change as progressive and having been hinted at before, while others feel that the character having dating problems with women doesn’t automatically mean that he’s gay. (And a fraction of that group feel bi would have been a more suitable change).

That said, the change is here to stay and in fact it is evolving even more so.

Iceman #5 just came out today and within the comic Bobby Drake comes out to his parents… to bad results.

If you want to check out the full issue and see what happens next, click here to buy Iceman #5 for $3.99.

Upcoming Comic "Fence" Will Be A Western Sports Story With A Gay Romance

Credit: Johanna the Mad

Ladies, Gentlemen, and those in-between, I am very excited.

“Why are you so excited Devin,” you ask? Well, because of a recent announcement about a fencing comic. Yes, that’s right. I’m excited because someday in the future I’ll be able to read a fencing comic.

But let me explain further.

Fence is a new comic franchise published by BOOM! Studios that was announced recently. It’ll be the brainchild of author C.S. Pacat and artist Johanna the Mad.

Now, I was already excited for the topic of the story but when I realized that I knew Johanna the Mad, I was even more excited. See, I’ve been following Johanna the Mad on Tumblr for possibly a year now. She is a wonderful artist who creates great queer art of multiple fandoms like Harry Potter and Voltron: Legendary Defender. As such, I already know that the artwork will be beautiful and the story queer friendly.

And on that note, it’s been announced that there will be a gay storyline intermixed within the athletic/competition plot going on with the rest of the story.

If you need some further explanation to imagine how the story would work in your head, imagine a gay Rocky or imagine last year’s anime Yuri!!! On Ice. If you don’t know, Yuri!!! On Ice was an anime from last year about figure skaters and in the middle of all the competition on ice was a wonderful depiction of a gay romance.

Yuri!!! On Ice ended up celebrating as a mass hit with a large audience and fanbase and it seems that Fence’s author and creator were one of them. In fact, the genre of sports anime and manga (Japanese comic books) were what inspired this Western comic.

C.S. Pacat talked to the L.A. Times and said, “Even though it’s just an emerging genre here, it’s a super popular genre over there. Because I fell in love with sports comics in Japan, it just made sense to make the best fencer on the team Japanese.”

I hope that after reading this some of you are just as excited as me, or at least interested, and that you look forward to reading the first installment in this comic in November.

If you need more convincing, here are some images created by the wonderful Johanna the Mad (all credit belongs to her).