Monday, January 28, 2008

Torchwood

I LOVE Torchwood! It features a team of alien hunters that monitor a rift in space/time that runs through Cardiff, Wales. With the incredible lack of prominent LGBT characters in Sci-Fi, Torchwood defies expectations with the lead male character, Captain Jack Harkness, a swashbuckling, openly bisexual man from the future.



A spin-off (and anagram) of the popular Brit series, Doctor Who, Torchwood is also the only Sci-Fi show that I can think of where m/m slash has made the leap from subtext to canon! I just got my DVDs of the first season on Friday, and I've already gone through them all.



Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Cloverfield

I can't wait to see this on Friday!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Dawson's Creek

So I stopped watching Dawson's Creek long before the finale where they jumped 5 years into the future. So I had no clue that THIS happened!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Perry Moore Interview

A coming of age tale with a super-powered gay teen protagonist, "Hero" is young adult novel for a new generation!  A bout of bronchitis couldn't keep author Perry down and he graciously got on the phone to chat about "Hero," comics, Vietnam veterans, growing up gay in the Eighties, and the young people affected by his book.  A bout of bronchitis couldn't keep Perry down and he graciously got on the phone to chat about "Hero," comics, Vietnam veterans, growing up gay in the Eighties, and the young people affected by his book.  

Listen to the interview here.

For more information on Hero, visit Perry Moore's website, www.perrymoorestories.com.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

From a Blind Fan

I received the following this morning regarding the text adaptations of Pride High 1-3. A big thanks to John Taylor for helping to make the comic available to the blind & visually impaired!

The story "Pride High" is a very exciting story. It is packed with lots of action and has a captivating storyline. The characters are very well developed and it seems that if such things were possible they would be the kind of people that you would want on your side. At the end of each episode I can't wait for the next one to come out.

It is great that one of the main characters is both blind and LGBT. I feel that it brings the fact that not all LGBT people fit a certain mold. It also is cool that she is a super hero.

In my own experience there is very little support for the blind community in the LGBT community. It is almost like we are the "red headed step-child" of the group. If you are not meeting someone face to face for the first time and just talking on the phone and they hear the word "blind" they find some reason to get off the phone quickly and you never hear from them again. It is nice that one of the national blind organizations has a group of LGBT members that meet once a year to fight for our rights, but the more visibility we get the better.

The short story adaptation of the comic version of "Pride High" is very good. It compares very well with other adaptations that I have read. The descriptions are vivid enough that even without seeing the pictures you can see them in your head. The characters and the settings are described in detail which helps the blind reader to picture in their head what the visual reader is seeing.

Mel

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

A Day at the Beach

Here's another sneak peak from Issue 7, "Spring Forward."

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Hero

Perry Moore, the man behind the recent screen adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, is a huge comic book fan. Love of the superhero genre suffuses his book "Hero," a coming of age tale of a young gay teen with powers. After reading through his blog post "Who cares about the death of a gay superhero anyway?" I knew I had to pick up this book!



I started reading "Hero" at 2am thinking I'd go through maybe a chapter or two before bed. I didn't even notice the sun rise until I had finished one of the best novels I've ever read. I can't praise Perry Moore's story enough. So often when diversity is touted as a worthwhile value, the LGBT community is completely left out of the equation. Not so with this book.

Hero shows that the story of a young gay hero can explore universal themes that will resonate with anyone with an open mind. I'm reminded of a favorite film of mine, "Bend it Like Beckham" by Gurinder Chadha. Much of the film revolves around the Punjabi Sikh community of the UK, but the story's depiction of generation clash and youthful ambition reached a wide audience. It looks like Hero is doing the same in the book world, and deservedly so.

I quickly grew fond of the main character Thom, a healer, and his ragtag team of D-List heroes. I wanted to give germ-bomb Typhoid Larry a big hug. Miss Scarlet the caustic firestarter and Golden Boy the stuck-up speedster I loved to hate (at least at first). And Ruth... that chainsmoking seer just totally kicked butt. She was my second favorite supporting character. But my favorite was Hal, Thom's father. Despite his homophobia, the love for his son was still there. Their troubled relationship rang true and elevated the book from good to exceptional. The superhero vs supervillain battles, twists and turns nearly every chapter, and two parallel love stories were icing on the cake. I especially loved all the homages that tweaked with my expectations.

My only regret with Hero is that I didn't have this book when I was growing up. As a gay kid, I believed that I could never truly be a good person, that I would never make a positive impact in anyone's life. It was a tough journey to weed out all the negative messages and recognize my worth as a decent human being, regardless of sexual orientation. Also, as an adopted, multiracial individual, it was heartening to see those parts of myself reflected in Thom's teammate, Golden Boy, despite him being such a prick. Reading Hero as a teen would've helped on several fronts. I have little doubt that Perry Moore would agree with the following words of Georgina Beyer, the world's first openly transsexual mayor:

"It is important to allow people who want to be positive contributors of our society regardless of sex, race, creed and gender to reach their human potential. We need all human potential to make our communities thrive, to make them more vital, the very centre of our reason for being and living. The most important thing at the end of the day is about people, people and people!"

The fact that Hero manages to convey a similar message with a spandex-clad adventure story rocks. I'm really looking forward to more of Moore's writing!

For a more in-depth summary of the book's plot, check out the review from my friend, Brian Andersen:

A gay, teenage Superhero? What a novel idea!