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February 4, 2014

Missed It: Your 2014 GLAAD Media Award Nominees In Their Comic Book Category

imageEvery year for the last several GLAAD -- which just goes by that name now, the way some corporations have gone, but used to be the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation -- has included a comic-book category in its media awards and did so again this year. This is a list that tends to heavily favor superhero or genre comics that have one or more gay character involved in their core plot lines. This is either appropriate -- as the awards are said to interested in depictions of gay and lesbian characters and issues in a context of mainstream entertainment -- or a dim reading of comics that only includes its mainstream expressions as legitimate. I don't think anyone has ever gotten so worked up about the awards to have this argument once and for all, and I'm actually not sure it matters.

The nominees in the category were:

* Batwoman, W. Haden Blackman And J.H. Williams III And Marc Andreyko And Jeremy Haun (DC Comics)
* Fearless Defenders, Cullen Bunn And Will Sliney (Marvel Comics)
* Husbands, Jane Espenson And Brad Bell And Ron Chan And Natalie Nourigat And MS Corley And Ben Dewey And Tania del Rio (Dark Horse Comics)
* Life with Archie, Paul Kupperberg And A Variety Of Artists Including Fernando Ruiz (Archie Comics)
* Young Avengers, Kieron Gillen And Jamie McKelvie (Marvel Comics)

It might be worth noting that the controversial graphic novel to film adaptation Blue Is The Warmest Color is also nominated in its category.

There will be a ceremony on April 12 in LA and one on May 3 in New York City; not sure how that works, but I love a party, too.
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