Do you absolutely hate that I used GLAAD as a pun for the headline? You’re welcome for those groans of content.
GLAAD announced its nominees for the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Award nominations for Outstanding Comic Book today. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media that have fair and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives. Five wicked and divine comics made it into the nominee list this year and we at Fangirl are pretty stoked about them.
If my second awful pun of the day didn’t give it away, The Wicked + The Divine from Image Comics written by Kieron Gillen with art by Jamie McKelvie was definitely on that list of nominations. Wicked + Divine tells the story of gods who become incarnated as teenagers in a 90-year cycle. It features several LGBTQ+ gods and goddesses in it wacky, head-exploding adventures.
BOOM! Studios also snagged a nomination with its fun, girl-powered series Lumberjanes written by Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson with art by Brooke A. Allen.
The comic features a lesbian couple in its main line-up of characters who are all campers at an all-female summer camp. They encounter mythical gods and monsters throughout the summer and have to defend their camp from said beings on a number of occasions.
DC Comics snagged two nominations with Harley Quinn written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Chad Hardin, John Timms and Jed Dougherty and Midnighter written by Steve Orlando with art by Aco, Hugh Petrus, Alec Morgan and Stephen Mooney.
Harley Quinn tells the story of The Joker’s previous hench-woman who is now separated from The Joker and out to make a life for herself. She is famous for not taking any shit and being one of DC’s most popular female characters.
Midnighter (one of my faves) is all about gay superhero Midnighter after he splits up from longtime superhero boyfriend, Apollo and his search to replace magical artifacts in their rightful place.
Marvel was also nominated for Angela: Queen of Hel written by written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Stephanie Hans and Kim Jacinto. This comic is all about Angela, the newest addition to the Asgardian roster after appearing in Brian Michael Bendis’ run of Guardians of the Galaxy before all the Battleworld shenanigans. Angela descends into Hel looking for her companion, Sera, and kind of becomes queen of the scary place. Kind of what the title implies.
A full list of the GLAAD nominees, including movies, TV shows, documentaries and articles can be found on GLAAD’s website. The winners in each category will be announced at a ceremony in New York City on May 14.