This Year's GLAAD Award Nominations for Outstanding Comic Prove at Least a Few Things Are Getting Better

Image Credit: Love is Love anthology cover by Elsa Charretier.
Image Credit: Love is Love anthology cover by Elsa Charretier.

The 28th annual GLAAD awards highlighting the representation of LGBTQ community in media have been announced this morning, and it’s a strong year for genre nominations, especially in comics, with 10 series from the past year earning recognition That’s five more comics nominated than last year, a welcome indication that comics are improving in this regard.

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Genre properties in other categories include Star Trek Beyond as one of the two nominees in the Outstanding Film (Wide Release) category, Supergirl, Shadowhunters, Orphan Black, The OA, and Wynonna Earp scoring nominations in Outstanding Drama, and Steven Universe landing a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series.

But it’s comics where LGBTQ representation is truly shining this year, with a total of 10 books from across the industry scoring nods. Here’s the full list:

  • All-New X-Men, by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy, Paco Diaz, Nolan Woodard, Rachelle Rosenberg, Cory Petit (Marvel Comics)
  • Black Panther, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Chris Sprouse, Walden Wong, Karl C. Story, Laura Martin, Matt Milla, Joe Sabino, Clayton Cowles (Marvel Comics)
  • DC Comics Bombshells, by Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, Sandy Jarrell, Maria Laura Sanapo, Mirka Andolfo, Pasquale Qualano, Marguerite Sauvage, Juan Albarran, Kelly Diane Fitzpatrick, J. Nanjan, Jeremy Lawson, Wendy Broome, Wes Abbott (DC Comics)
  • Kim & Kim, by Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, Claudia Aguirre, Zakk Saam, Taylor Esposito (Black Mask Studios)
  • Love is Love, anthology originated by Marc Andreyko (IDW Publishing, DC Comics)
  • Lumberjanes, by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Carey Pietsch, Ayme Sotuyo, Carolyn Nowak, Maarta Laiho, Aubrey Aiese (BOOM! Studios)
  • Midnighter and Midnighter and Apollo, by Steve Orlando, David Messina, Aco, Hugo Petrus, Fernando Blanco, Gaetano Carlucci, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Jeremy Cox, Tom Napolitano, Josh Reed (DC Comics)
  • Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat!, by Kate Leth, Brittney L. Williams, Natasha Allegri, Megan Wilson, Rachelle Rosenberg, Clayton Cowles (Marvel Comics)
  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Fonografiks (Image Comics)
  • The Woods, by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas, Josan Gonzalez, Ed Dukeshire (BOOM! Studios)
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It’s a fantastic list, covering LGBTQ characters across the spectrum, and made up of some damn fine comics to boot. As the comics industry continues to slowly but surely improve its LGBTQ representation, it’s great to see excellent series like these leading the charge and getting recognized for it.

You can see the full list of GLAAD award nominees over at GLAAD’s website.

James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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Spaceman_99
Spaceman_99

Excellent. Bookmarking this to read/view many of these later.

One thing I really wish that this list did was WHY they felt each item won the award. Something that other creatives could latch onto or take inspiration from to do better.

Not looking for some official statement from the organization comparing that media against others, but a more personal take (like how Audible does their awards and nominations). Pick one editor to tell their story why they voted for that individual piece of media. It could give some much needed context to each item being on that list.