The 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees have been announced, honoring the best in media portrayals of LGBTQ characters and themes. For the first time, 10 comics were nominated, up from 5 in other years; on the flip side only TWO wide release films were nominated, Moonlight and Star Trek Beyond. Steven Universe was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and Supergirl got a nod for Outstanding Drama Series.
As a reminder, the GLAAD Media Awards recognize mainstream media hence all the Marvel and DC comics (although happy to see Kim & Kim sneak in). Hence none of the countless indie/self published/webcomics that covered LGBTG issues in depth and with great craft.
And here are the nominees:
All-New X-Men, by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy, Paco Diaz, Nolan Woodard, Rachelle Rosenberg, Cory Petit, Marvel Comics
Black Panther, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Chris Sprouse, Walden Wong, Karl C. Story, Laura Martin, Matt Milla, Joe Sabino, Clayton Cowles, Marvel Comics
DC Comics Bombshells, by Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, Sandy Jarrell, Maria Laura Sanapo, Mirka Andolfo, Pasquale Qualano, Marguerite Sauvage, Juan Albarran, Kelly Diane Fitzpatrick, J. Nanjan, Jeremy Lawson, Wendy Broome, Wes Abbott, DC Comics
Kim & Kim, by Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, Claudia Aguirre, Zakk Saam, Taylor Esposito, Black Mask Studios
Love is Love, anthology originated by Marc Andreyko, IDW Publishing, DC Comics
Lumberjanes, by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Carey Pietsch, Ayme Sotuyo, Carolyn Nowak, Maarta Laiho, Aubrey Aiese, BOOM! Studios
Midnighter / Midnighter and Apollo, by Steve Orlando, David Messina, Aco, Hugo Petrus, Fernando Blanco, Gaetano Carlucci, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Jeremy Cox, Tom Napolitano, Josh Reed, DC Comics
Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat!, by Kate Leth, Brittney L. Williams, Natasha Allegri, Megan Wilson, Rachelle Rosenberg, Clayton Cowles, Marvel Comics
Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Fonografiks, Image Comics
The Woods, by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas, Josan Gonzalez, Ed Dukeshire, BOOM! Studios
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