THE WRATH OF CON
San Diego Comic-Con International 2011—the world’s largest comic-book, movie, TV and pop-culture gathering—wrapped up on Sunday after four days of panels, booths, previews, screenings and celebrity appearances. (Prism Comics, a nonprofit promoting LGBT comics and creators, was represented both on the show floor and at panels.)
Among the gay-interest tidbits that emerged from the convention:
- The 24th annual Gays In Comics panel featured Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Chip Kidd, Dan Parent (Archie), Jon Macy, Paul Cornell (Doctor Who, Captain Britain) and a video appearance by superstar artist J.H. Williams III. After multiple delays, Williams’ ongoing Batwoman series—which details the Gotham City adventures of lesbian crime fighter Kate Kane—will finally hit stores in the fall.
- As previously reported, Kevin Keller—the out Archie Comics character—will be getting his own solo series in 2012. At the Gays In Comics panel, creator Dan Parent announced that in “Future Archie” storylines, Keller will be depicted as married with a husband.
- Out artist Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman, X-Men) will be drawing the first six issues of Fairest, a new spin-off from DC’ Fables, which revolves around the complex modern-day adventures of popular fairytale characters. Launching early next year, the new title will focus on Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and other storybook babes.
- Jeff Krell has just published Jayson Comics #1, a new comic book detailing the adventures of a gay Everyman, which serves as a teaser for Krell’s upcoming graphic novel, Jayson Gets a Job, coming out later in 2011. Jayson originally debuted in 1983 in the Philadelphia Gay News, before going on to appear as a syndicated strip, graphic novel, comic book and even an off-Broadway musical.
- Out comic creator Eric Shanower won an Eisner Award (comicdom’s version of an Oscar) for Best Adaptation from Another Work for Marvel’s The Marvelous Land of Oz.
- At a Glee panel, series co-creator Brad Falchuk refuted earlier reports that Chris Colfer, Lea Michelle and Cory Monteith would be leaving the show after its third season. “They’re graduating. But that doesn’t mean they’re leaving the show,” Falchuk said. “It was never our intention or plan to let these people go… They are not done with the show after this season.” (Chord Overstreet—and his abs—will be departing, however.) At a special preview screening of Glee 3D: The Concert Movie, Darren Criss revealed that his character, Blaine, and Colfer’s Kurt will be “in the honeymoon phase” and about to take the next step in their relationship. Criss avoided confirming whether he would definitely be replacing Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business (Without Really Trying).
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