The Pride Comic's Description is Beyond Cringe Worthy

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    The Pride comic's description is beyond cringe worthy. Glad others called it out in the comment section. the write up states "The Pride features superheroes who are gay, lesbian, bi, trans, non-binary, and children of gay parents." but not one Black dude though? But lets make it about an HIV+ Bear? GTFOH with this lame BS. ZERO creativity.

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    When it comes to queer representation in superhero comics, publishers all too often expect readers to be grateful for crumbs. There have been queer-led solo series (America, Batwoman, Iceman, and Midnighter) and team books with a lot of queer members (Young Avengers, The Authority in The Wild Storm), but those books are anomalies in large lineups that are packed to the brim with straight heroes. But there are alternatives outside of the Big Two for readers hungry for queer superheroes. Joe Glass’ The Prideintroduces a superhero universe built on LGBTQ+ inclusion, following a team that is explicitly created to show the range of the queer experience.

    The Pride features superheroes who are gay, lesbian, bi, trans, non-binary, and children of gay parents. Glass blends modern queer issues with classic superhero storytelling to tell narratives that classic superhero comics haven’t touched. For 2019’s Pride Month, The Pride is coming to ComiXology Originals for its second season, The Pride: Fame Monster, written by Glass with art by penciller Cem Iroz, colorist Mark Dale, and letterer Mike Stock. ComiXology is also releasing new collections of The Pride Season One and The Pride Adventures, making it easy for readers to jump into the series and learn more about these characters.

    This exclusive preview of The Pride: Fame Monster #1, available June 5 on ComiXology, catches up with the team in a moment of crisis. The Pride is waiting to hear about the recovery of their colleague, Bear, who is HIV+ and didn’t have access to his antiretrovirals when he was recently captured. It’s a scene that addresses Bear’s illness with a matter-of-fact tone and captures the gravity of the medical situation without stigmatizing his HIV+ status. The excerpt ends with FabMan realizing that there’s still more work to do in terms of representing queer people around the world, setting up a new wave of queer heroes to continue expanding the scope of the series. With new characters comes new challenges and victories, and The Pride excels at using queer struggle and joy to show a different side of the superhero genre.

    https://aux.avclub.com/the-pride-s-queer-superhero-team-returns-in-this-fame-m-1835198843

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    • [​IMG]NilusOliver Sava
      6/03/19 10:32am
      I haven’t read this and I’m all for inclusion but just by looking at the cover shot don’t these seem like the exact stereotypes a homophobic comic artist would make as LGTBQ+ characters. There is a literal bear with a leather daddy harness!

      I think my go to example of how to do inclusion well is Kamala Khans Miss Marvel. She is very much a first generation American Muslim girl. Her comics deal with her life, family and religion in a realistic and interesting way. But when it comes to being a super hero, she isn’t “Islam Girl!”. He character name, look and power set has nothing to do with her race or religion. Her costume has a slight bit of culture nods but they are subtle(the scarf and the more modest approach in general)

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      • [​IMG]ToasterladNilus
        6/03/19 11:07am
        I wouldn’t want to pass judgment without reading it first, but having an actual bear wearing a leather harness as a member of a queer superhero team is about as on the nose as one gets.

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      • [​IMG]Probably Redundant CommentToasterlad
        6/03/19 11:45am
        He’s probably the one with gay parents... always has to explain it to people.

        “No, I get that a lot... but c’mon, that would be WAY too cliche. I didn’t initially plan on the harness, I wanted more of a belt with pouches... kind of like chewbacca, but everyone told me I looked like a dorky Rob Liefeld character. Luckily there happened to be a harness around. I still want a pouch belt though.”

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      • [​IMG]ZikiethNilus
        6/03/19 2:11pm
        Its called “taking ownership”, and recognizing queer archetypes arent a bad thing just because theyre often made into stereotypes. Taking ownership of negative stereotypes and destroying the negative connotation of them to take a way the power of oppressors has a long history in pride. When someone throws an insult at the queer community, like “f** (i sensor it for other peoples sensibilities as a queer individual myself who doesnt care) or sissy or queer (which was the first big one), we take it and make it our own to remove haters power when they use it. Its true with stereotypes and imagery too, or have you never seen an image of a pride parade?

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      • [​IMG]Brainlock can NOT FKG reply on kinjaZikieth
        6/03/19 2:31pm
        He still looks like a stereotypical twink in human form. Where’s the chub? or any of them weighing more than 0% body fat?

        Wait, his “not a replacement” is going to be a surly Dyke on a bike called BrawlHer, isn’t it?







        btw, I created my own group called “The Pride” for a DW fic/story I’ve been writing, more subtle in QUILTBAG context, but blatant in Sentai-meets-Halo/Voltron in look (colored armor over black bodysuits, each with unique talent).

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    • [​IMG]Tobias Lehigh NagyOliver Sava
      6/03/19 12:30pm
      Do I even wanna know what that big F stands for?

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      • [​IMG]fabiand562Tobias Lehigh Nagy
        6/03/19 12:56pm
        FabMan(Tomorrow’s Fabulous Man, Today) I looked it up. I guess it’s a take on Superman. Seems interesting.

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      • [​IMG]Tobias Lehigh Nagyfabiand562
        6/03/19 2:09pm
        Ah, FabMan. That’s not where I thought they were going with it.

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      • [​IMG]Emoryfabiand562
        6/03/19 2:11pm
        Seems interesting.

        Does it, though? Seems unimaginative and exploitive.

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      • [​IMG]fabiand562Emory
        6/03/19 2:28pm
        Yeah, I think so. Again, I’m just speculating but maybethey’re going to do something clever with it. HIV+ bear. A Superman type dealing with the fact he can do so much but it’s never enough. Again just speculation but hopefully it’s interesting. Great, now I’m worried it sucks.

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    • [​IMG]WIYOOliver Sava
      6/03/19 2:16pm
      for what it’s worth, the BLOOD SYNDICATE was featuring a lot of these same type of characters... in the mid-1990s. Fade was gay, the shapeshifter Masquerade was transgender, i think Oro and a few supporting characters were bi and there were two lesbians in a committed relationship in the Shadow Cabinet, a team-up book set in the same universe.

      plus, BldSyn was a veritable rainbow of multicultural diversity that was an organic outgrowth of the setting/characters and not some weird attempt at PC window-dressing.

      if there was any justice in the world, Ivan Velez Jr would have a superstar career in comics to this day instead of being largely forgotten. why he isn’t a prominent part of this supposed Milestone 2.0 resurrection we keep hearing rumors about, i’ll never understand.
     
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