Holy New Mexico gatherings, Batwoman!

Hey, peeperas y peeperos! This time next week I’ll be in New Mexico (in an undisclosed location until Saturday…MUAH HA HA!).

Hopefully, you’ll be able to join me and a few other authors outside Albuquerque for some grillin’ n’ chillin’. Here are the deets. If you go to this Facebook page, you’ll find in the Files a handy guide to lodging, eats, stuff to do around Albuquerque and you’ll also find directions to the site.

If you go, buy my books! Here’s why:

I’ll have some copies of my books on site (and I will cut you a sweet deal :D), but please bring cash. All proceeds from the sale your donations for my books at this event will go to Watermelon Mountain Ranch, New Mexico’s largest no-kill animal shelter.

source: Watermelon Mountain Ranch

I’m a sucker for no-kill shelters. They take a lot of time and energy to keep running, and they’re usually donor-funded. So I try to help out when I can. Here’s your chance, too. So please bring cash.

All right! And now, for something that seriously pissed me off in the comics world.

Ultra talented writer and artist JH Williams III and co-writer WH Blackman walked off the DC Comic Batwoman, citing “editorial differences” because said editors have “forbidden” a wedding between Batwoman and her love interest, Detective Maggie Sawyer. A quote from the Williams’ blog, from the site Bleeding Cool (Williams Tweeted that he took his blog down after high traffic crashed it):

In recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series. We were told to ditch plans for Killer Croc’s origins; forced to drastically alter the original ending of our current arc, which would have defined Batwoman’s heroic future in bold new ways; and, most crushingly, prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married. All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end.

We’ve always understood that, as much as we love the character, Batwoman ultimately belongs to DC. However, the eleventh-hour nature of these changes left us frustrated and angry — because they prevent us from telling the best stories we can. So, after a lot of soul-searching, we’ve decided to leave the book after Issue 26.

Williams clarified in a Tweet that this is not because DC Comics is anti- gay marriage, and he’s made that clear in subsequent Tweets.

I really respect Mr. Williams and Mr. Blackman. And I get that DC Comics most likely vehemently denied that this is because DC thinks gayz are icky, and I appreciate that Williams clarified that this isn’t what DC was feeding them.

But forgive me if I remain a little skeptical. I’m still raising my eyebrows about DC hiring long-time anti-gay dude Orson Scott Card to write a Superman storyline.

And I’m still wondering WTF happened with the rockin’ cool character Starling from DC’s Birds of Prey. She, too, had a relationship past that included at least one woman. And she seemed to be immensely popular with fanboys and girls.

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And now we find out the editorial team has been really messing with the Batwoman character arc and plots, and they’re not going to allow Batwoman to get gay married. Ever.

What gives? I’ll give DC props for going with art like this:

source: Capelesscrusader.org

And they seem to be okay with a trans character in Batgirl. So what exactly is the deal with Batwoman? And what, exactly, is going on over there, that they couldn’t trust Batwoman to a seriously awesome team that included JH Williams III and WH Blackman?

According to Comic Book Resources, DC has declined to make a statement.

Meanwhile, over at Marvel, Fearless Defenders has become one of my fave comics, and it includes immensely popular character Annabelle Riggs, who is a big ol’ lesbian. Here she is mackin’ on Valkyrie:

source: Fanboys of the Universe Tumblr

Marvel also had a big gay wedding last year, when Northstar hitched himself to long-time partner Kyle, in issue #51 of Astonishing X-Men.

Source: Bleeding Cool

So clearly the big gay marriage rubicon has already been crossed in comic-land. But DC appears to have missed that memo. Sure, we can chalk this up to “creative differences,” but what kind of editorial team pile drives changes at the 11th hour, as JH and WH say? And what, specifically, is the hangup with Batwoman and a lesbian marriage? Inquiring (and pissed) minds wanna know!

Oh, the drama. But pop culture can be a force for social change, friends. And that’s why this thing just makes me wonder what’s up.

Regardless, happy Friday! And hope to see you in New Mexico!

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3 comments

  1. Wow, that Valkyrie is pretty hot. That is one lucky lezzie.

    But, seriously, I think it’s really wonderful of you to donate the proceeds of your books to a no-kill shelter. I’m a big fan of those, too. I hope you sell lots of books.

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