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ZOMG TEH GAYZZORZ!

January 16th, 2007 (07:02 pm)
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So, webcomics are being discussed on Johanna Draper Carlson's Comics Worth Reading. More specifically, it's a discussion of webcomics and their worthiness to be included in comics industry awards as a separate category from print, (or for some it seems, even considered at all.) So far, webcomics are included in a couple of established industry awards, but only marginally and from where I sit, only grudgingly. This all came up because of a discussion (debate) over the recent GLAAD award nominees, wherein I felt the need to open my yap about the lack of webcomics in their award considerations. After that, someone said they would be interested in what webcomics I would list for consideration and suddenly it felt as if all eyes in the virtual room were upon me. So here I am.

Before I get into my list however, let me say that I have no patience with the blanket argument of "most webcomics suck". Of course most of them suck, so do most print comics. When it comes right down to it, 90% of all media meant to entertain sucks out loud. The mode of delivery doesn't matter; it has little to do with quality or enjoyability. 

Print, web or osmosis-suppository, having to run through a gauntlet in order to get one's work to the public is NOT a guarantee of non-suckage, far from it. It is, in fact, little more than a measure of the editor in place at the time, her/his personal tastes and requirements, and the whims or dictates of the publisher or Powers That Be. If quality were the only requirement for getting one's comics into print, then the Big Two would be selling a lot more books by people now considered part and parcel of the Indy scene, positive attention from the "respectable" portion of the publishing industry would flow like wine and Greg Land would be asking strangers if they want fries with their order.

Besides, if webcomics were so worthless to the industry as a whole, then print companies would not now be trawling our ranks looking to stick in their thumbs and pull out our plumbs.

Now, what I was originally wistful for was a webcomics category in the GLAAD awards. Considering the wide variation in their media awards now, I don’t see that as an unrealistic request. They have different awards for different varieties of film, TV and print media, so why not comics?

One final thing before I get into my list, and that is that this is just my list. The series listed below are gleaned from my own familiar corner of the web. But there’s more out there, MUCH more. I can no more claim to speak for all of webcomics than I can claim to know all of webcomics. As Joey Manley so rightly says, 

"...there are groups of people out there who call themselves "the webcomics community" who have never heard of the groups of people you think of as "the webcomics community.""

Webcomics GLAAD Should Be Looking At

Arcana Jayne

http://www.girlamatic.com/comics/arcanajayne.php

Yes, this one is mine. I created and write it. Two of the main characters are a gay couple in a good relationship.

Bold Riley, by Leia Weathington

http://www.girlamatic.com/comics/brww.php

High fantasy and epic romance, wherein the two main characters are a lesbian couple.

Bruno, by Christopher Baldwin

http://www.brunostrip.com/bruno.html

Chasing Rainbows, by Svetlana Chmakova 
http://www.girlamatic.com//comics/svetlanaseries.php?view=toc

One of the main characters is bi-sexual and is presented with all the complexity a living, breathing character deserves.

Dicebox, by Jenn Manley Lee
http://www.dicebox.net/
A veritable cornucopia of life orientations, all presented in an honest manner with beautiful art.

L'il Mell & Sergio, by Shaenon Garrity 
http://www.girlamatic.com/comics/mell.php?view=toc

One of the main characters apparently grows up to be bi-sexual.

The Stiff by Jason Thompson 

http://www.girlamatic.com/comics/thestiff.php

Jamie, main character, lesbian and high school student who is depicted neither as a Barbie doll or as a straight man's fantasy.

Anything by Kris Dresen:

http://www.girlthrow.com/

(Note, her story "Encounter Her" was originally published on GirlAMatic.com)

Anything by Erika Moen

http://www.projectkooky.com/erika/

(Note, her series "DAR" was originally published on GirlAMatic.com)

Please note that in none of the works listed above is the sole focus on ZOMG TEH GAYZZORZ! The characters are whole people, warts and all, not token plot devices to stir up angst, not "hawt babes on babes" thrown in just to get press or to give horny hetero fanboys something else to wank over. Nor are they drawn porn; each scenario merely a flimsy platform for umpteen pages of boinking and/or yiffing. To me, that is an important point. I want to read about real characters in believable situations, not ciphers whose only purpose is to demonstrate their “gayness” in the basest terms possible. 

While I’m at it, here’s a list of other comics that I think would grace any ‘Best Of’ awards category:

First, pretty much everything at GirlAMatic is good. No kidding.

Family Man, by Dylan Meconis

http://projectkooky.com/dylan/familyman/

(Dylan’s debut series, Bite Me, is archived at GirlAMatic.)

Fetus X, by Eric Millikin http://www.fetusx.com/

(Eric is the Editor of Serializer.net, a Modern Tales family site.)

Girls with Slingshots, by Danielle Corsetto

http://www.daniellecorsetto.com/gws.html

Lackadaisey, by Tracy J. Butler

http://www.lackadaisycats.com/

No Rest for the Wicked, by Andrea L. Peterson

http://www.forthewicked.net/

Cascadia, by Clio Chiang

http://www.cascadiacomic.com/

Last Kiss, by John Lustig

http://www.lastkisscomics.com/

Templar, Arizona, by Spike

http://www.webcomicsnation.com/spike/Templar/series.php

(Spike’s earlier series, Lucas & Odessa was originally presented at GirlAMatic.)

Narbonic: Director’s Cut, by Shaenone K. Garrity http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic_plus/series.php

(Shaenon’s second series, L’il Mell & Sergio is currently running at GirlAMatic, and Shaenon is the Editor of Modern Tales.com.)

Anything by Rachel Nabors

http://www.subcultureofone.com/

Anything by Stevie Wilson

http://genkiinc.net/

(Stevie is my current artist on Arcana Jayne)

There, it’s been a looong day and that’s all my tired brain can muster at the moment. But as I said, there is more out there, much much more. Which begs the question, what are you still doing here?

Comments

Posted by: Leia Weathington (solmaru)
Posted at: January 17th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
I'm here and pretty freakin queer.
molotove

Impeccable taste miss!

Posted by: Cath (ex_cath560)
Posted at: January 17th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)

I LOVE Chasing Rainbows and am always sad to go back and not see up-dates but I can live with that *sniff* - Arcana Jayne is masses of good fun, I should probably say that more often but we don't want your head inflating thus trapping you behind a small doorframe ;)

Posted by: L. R. Jonte (arcana_j)
Posted at: January 17th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
pleased

Aww! Thank you, sweetie! Chasing Rainbows is on perpetual hiatus until Ms. Chmakova gets out from under the third Dramacon book. And there's just one more bit of fan art filler to go, and then Jayne will be updating regularly again starting the 26th.

Swelled head? Moi?

Posted by: Cath (ex_cath560)
Posted at: January 17th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)

Waheyy :)

Posted by: SW pain bringer (sw_inku)
Posted at: January 17th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
<3 - Tiki Mick

I wouldnt say we're all biased at all. ;)

Posted by: L. R. Jonte (arcana_j)
Posted at: January 17th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
majorvictory

Hey, we know what we like and we make it part of us. No half measures!

Posted by: Erika! the VIKING (erikamoen)
Posted at: January 17th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)

Aw, thanks! :)

Posted by: L. R. Jonte (arcana_j)
Posted at: January 17th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC)
lovecoffee

I meant every word!

Posted by: LurkerWithout (lurkerwithout)
Posted at: January 17th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
Shiny

Hi. Wandered by from a When Fangirls Attack link. Just thought I'd mention Venus Envy by Erin Lindsey
http://venusenvy.comicgenesis.com/
Though its going thru some kind of fantasy story arc right now, it has a varied cast of gay, bi and transgender teens. And I think some pretty good writing to go along with it...

Posted by: L. R. Jonte (arcana_j)
Posted at: January 17th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
friendly

Thanks! I'll check it out!

Posted by: crocolyle (crocolyle)
Posted at: January 18th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)

Thanks for compiling this list, Lisa. I'll be checking these out.

Posted by: Shaenon K. Garrity (shaenon)
Posted at: January 18th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Suave


Man, Li'l Mell is like my LEAST gay comic.

Posted by: L. R. Jonte (arcana_j)
Posted at: January 18th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
doubt

Look, I'm just one woman here. So help me out and tell our audience at home where they can find your gayer work, hmm?

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