CREATORS SPEAK OUT
asked 16 of the top gay creators in the comic industry their thoughts,
and here’s what they had to say.
following comic professionals were kind enough to take the time to
answer several of our questions. Please read their books and visit
their web sites.
Phillips is a comic artist and has worked on just about every
major mainstream comic series, including Spider-man, Hulk, Silver
Surfer, Captain America, Superboy, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Body
Doubles, and Aliens. Visit Joe on-line at www.joephillips.com
Cruse is a writer and artist (some would say legendary, myself
included) who created such landmark works as WENDEL, and STUCK RUBBER
BABY as well as helping create the groundbreaking GAY COMICS in 1980.
Please visit Howard on-line at www.howardcruse.com
Villarrubia is a multi-talented digital artist who contributed
to DC/Vertigo’s VIELS and provided the art for Alan Moore’s Promethia
#7. He also works closely with Jae Lee as his colorist on projects
like HELLSHOCK and SENTRY. Jose hasn’t joined the digital age quite
yet and gotten himself a website, but you can see one of his wonderful
digitally manipulated photographs here http://www.popimage.com/gallery/mar00.jpg
Shanower is the writer and artist on Dark Horses OZ and currently
blowing Frank Millers 300 out of the water with his epic Trojan War
re-telling AGE OF BRONZE published by Image Comics. Visit him on-line
Rodi has written several novels, including WHAT THEY DID TO PRINCESS
PARAGON, which is a must read for any comics fan. He’s currently finishing
off a new novel, and is writing the new DC/Vertigo series CODENAME:
KNOCKOUT due out this winter.
Fox is the creator of KYLE'S BED & BREAKFAST, a clever comic strip
about a, what else, gay bed and breakfast. He also writes AN ANGEL’S
STORY and ROCK THE HOUSE. You can visit Greg on-line at http://members.aol.com/KylesBnB/index.html
Grayson has written BATMAN, CATWOMAN, THE TITANS, and BLACK WIDOW
as well as her creator owned RELATIVE HEROES. You can visit her on-line
Gregory is best known for NAUGHTY BITS, starring the unforgettable
Bitchy Bitch. She’s also infamous for her creation itchy Butch, the
worlds angriest dyke. You can get to know Roberta on-line at www.robertagregory.com
Rader has been a story board artist on such notable animated series’
like BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, GARGOYLES and MEN IN BLACK. His
comics work includes THE BATMAN ADVENTURES and THE MARC for dark Horse.
He was also recently nominated for an Emmy for SPAWN in the category
of Outstanding Animated Program.
L Schrag is the creator of the autobiographical comics AWKWARD,
DEFINITION, POTENTIAL, and LIKEWISE. You can find information on Ariel
and her comics at www.slavelabor.com
Kovac is the creator of STITCH from Slave Labor Graphics, and
also produces a number of ‘Zines, including LIBRARY BONNET distributed
by Tower Records. Learn more about him and STITCH at www.slavelabor.com
Cho is the co-writer and co-creator of NOBODY (recently released
as a trade paperback by AiT/Planet Lar and reviewed by us earlier
this month) She in an agent to some of the biggest and most talented
artists working in the field today. If you’d like more information
on NOBODY, go here www.Astronautsintrouble.com
You can get information on representation at www.spitfireSvcs.com
Cooper is a writer and editor for Marvel Comics. He’s edited such
books as CAGE, BLADE THE VAMPIRE HUNTER and PUNISHER. He’s written
STAR TREK: STARFLEET ACADEMY and the HULK/SUB-MARINER annuals. He’s
currently writing QUEER NATION, a gay on-line comic located at www.queernation.com
Griep, Jr., has been a published writer since 1993. His professional
credits include numerous magazine articles, short stories, radio plays,
and precisely one poem...but his most-recognized work is on DC Comics'
Scooby-Doo to which he currently contributes. Gay readers will want
to check out BLACK VESPER, a gay super-hero published by Kat Butt
Komix in the Spring of 2001. You can check out a daily Western written
by Terrance at www.giftcomics.com
Dekraker is an artist. You’d have seen is work on THE TITANS,
SUPERBOY, LEGIONNAIRES, and WILD C.A.T.S. He’s currently inking the
RUGRATS IN PARIS movie adaptation for Nickelodeon.
Musson is a writer and artist. His current project is PopImage’s
latest on-line comic GOODFELLOW located here http://www.popimage.com/goodfellow/
Marc Andreyko is the creator of the unfinished (Come on Marc, get the lead out!) cult, gay-tinged Peter-Pan-meets-Lestat, gothic horror comic THE LOST, and co-writer of last years crime noir hit TORSO with Brian Michael Bendis.
comic companies doing enough to portray gay characters in a positive
way? Do you think they have an obligation to do so?
is it that first drew you to comics, as either an occupation, or a
source of enjoyment?
you feel that YOU have a responsibility as a gay comic creator to
represent gay readers?
made you decide to 'come out' as a gay creator?
you think the majority of gay comic readers are as vocal as they should
be about what they want from their comics?
important is it for you to include gay characters in your work?
this article at the PopImage