Representation articles

The Million Dollar Debut of Alysia Yeoh

The Million Dollar Debut of Alysia Yeoh

Okay, so this isn’t exactly about the debut of Alysia Yeoh, who actually made her first appearance in Batgirl #1 (2011). It’s more of a revelation, which is just as significant. For the longest time, people who do not fit into the binary XY-male/XX-female gender model have had no proper representation in comic books. Gender

LGBT Visibility: Evolution of the Lexicon, or I Am… Queer

What does the word “gay” mean? Is it a description of sexuality? Emotion? Sexual identity? Cultural identity? All of the above or none of the above? Labels by nature are fluid: they are created to categorize and they change over time when they are found to be false, dubious, incomplete or obsolete. Sexuality was originally

Interview: BATWOMAN and LGBT Visibility with J. H. Williams III

J. H. Williams III (Promethea, Detective Comics, Batwoman) has in essence become a comic book legend. A three-time Eisner Award winner, critics and audiences continuously praise his artwork which has been described as positively gorgeous. He is also the recipient of the 2012 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book for his work on Batwoman

LGBT Visibility: Ask Me About My Genitalia!

Take a look at the picture to the right, illustrated by Elias Ericson. As soon as I saw it, I burst into a fit of hysterics because I don’t think I’ve even seen every awkward moment I’ve ever encountered in life as a trans woman captured so brilliantly. I’ve been a public speaker on Lesbian,

Where on Earth is Renee Montoya, or Where Have All the Lesbians Gone?

I’m forced to admit, my initial reaction to the historic announcement of the comic book industry’s first lesbian engagement was “Aww, ****!” Obviously, I’m not disappointed there is going to be a lesbian wedding within DC Comics — this is, in fact, a watershed moment in the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)

LGBT Visibility: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

As the decades have worn on, the comic book industry has made a conscious effort to focus on diversity by creating, reinventing and promoting characters that defy what is considered normative. Popular fiction often represents the general mind-frame of the time in which it is written and the comic book industry is a prime example

Crisis of Epic Proportion: The Case of That (Bat)Girl

You may not know this, but I fancy myself quite the ladies’ man. In truth, I’ve always had much more of a soft spot for female super-heroes than for their male counterparts. Maybe it was because they seemed to have worked so hard to get where they were. Maybe it was the fabulous outfits (looking

Crisis of Epic Proportion: The Case of Alan Scott

As a young comic reader, I imagined that when you died, one significant perk of heaven would be the ability to read every comic book ever written — past, present or future. Who would be a member of the Justice League in 2086? (Betcha Superman’s going to be there.) Would the Teen Titans have teens

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