The 19th Annual GLAAD Awards, highlighting thew strongest portrayals of GLBT characters in all media were just announced and the comics nominees are:
American Virgin by Steven T. Seagle (Vertigo/DC Comics)
The Boys by Garth Ennis (Dynamite Entertainment)
Midnighter by Garth Ennis, Brian K. Vaughan, Christos Gage, Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti, and Keith Giffin (Wildstorm/DC Comics)
The Outsiders by Judd Winick, Greg Rucka, and Tony Bedard (DC Comics)
Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore (Abstract Studio)
Some may be surprised to see the THE BOYS on the list — it’s most notorious scene this year was a hamster crawling from a dead man’s ass — but you know sometimes shock and insight go hand in hand.
“Some may be surprised to see the THE BOYS on the list — it’s most notorious scene this year was a hamster crawling from a dead man’s ass — but you know sometimes shock and insight go hand in hand. ”
Actually, one suspects that its inclusion on this list is a result of the GET SOME arc, which spent a fair amount of time examining the well-meaning straight character Hughie’s unconscious homophobia (and his efforts to move beyond it). Some called aspects of this arc didactic and felt they distracted from the superheroics at hand, but I give Ennis credit for wanting to discuss those issues in THE BOYS (and for crafting his most realistic queer characters yet for this arc).
I’m curious why your post here focuses solely on the more sensational (and irrelevant) hamster joke, rather than what might have made any of the nominees of legitimate interest to GLAAD’s awards committee or audience.
well, sadly I haven’t read those issues. But you have come along to explain. To most people who haven’t been following the boys the hamster incident may be the most notorious thing about the book. However, there is much more to it — and much more to Garth Ennis as a writer. Definitely sounds like a story to search out .
That is one of the reasons I have comments here, BTW. I don’t know everything, or even 1% of everything. But hopefully aspects of the stories I write can be expanded upon with INTELLIGENT commentary and perspectives.
Thanks for the additonal comment David, I was concerned as well about the focus on the hamtser as I’ve seen here and on other blogs regarding this news, and am glad that GLAAD looked beyond that one moment and found the nuance and message Garth assembled in “Get Some” (which is heading to trade in about a month for anyone that wants to see what we’re talking about here)