GLAAD has announced the winners of 24 of its 32 categories of awards, with the last eight awaiting the Los Angeles ceremony. And the winners are:

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) - 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards - New York:

Awards Presented on Stage
Outstanding Drama Series: Brothers and Sisters (ABC)
Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series: Prayers for Bobby (Lifetime)
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: "Why Will Won't Pledge Allegiance", American Morning (CNN)
Outstanding Digital Journalism Article - Two-Way Tie:
- "'We Love You, This Won't Change a Thing'" by John Buccigross (
- "Why Can't You Just Butch Up? Gay Men, Effeminacy, and Our War with Ourselves" by Brent Hartinger (

Hartinger's article is a fascinating exploration of the love/hate relationship gay men have with visible effeminacy. Buccigross' story is very touching, and also a little heartbreaking; Brendan Burke died in a car accident about a month or so after the story was published.

Other English-Language Awards Announced in New York

* Outstanding Film-Limited Release: Little Ashes (Regent Releasing)
* Outstanding Individual Episode: "Pawnee Zoo" Parks and Recreation (NBC)
* Outstanding Daily Drama: One Life to Live (ABC)
* Outstanding Talk Show Episode: "Ellen DeGeneres and Her Wife, Portia de Rossi" The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
* Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: "Uganda Be Kidding Me" (series) The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)
* Outstanding Newspaper Article: "Kept From a Dying Partner's Bedside" by Tara Parker-Pope (The New York Times)
* Outstanding Newspaper Columnist: Frank Rich (The New York Times)
* Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage: The New York Times
* Outstanding Magazine Article: "Coming Out in Middle School" by Benoit Denizet-Lewis (The New York Times Magazine)
* Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: The Advocate
* Outstanding Comic Book: Detective Comics by Greg Rucka (DC Comics)
* Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off–Broadway: A Boy and His Soul by Colman Domingo
* Outstanding New York Theater: Off–Off Broadway: She Like Girls by Chisa Hutchinson

Benoit Denizet-Lewis' story was fascinating, if vaguely inconceivable back in my day. And, in one of those moments of clanging irony, One Life to Live had its award announced a couple of days after the producers announced that the gay storyline for which it won was being phased out. Apparently, they thought that the storyline had harmed the ratings. (The fact that they also dragged out the wretched and annoying Mitch Laurence storyline from mothballs at exactly the same time somehow doesn't get blamed. Only the gay guys in what was clearly a subsidiary storyline. Yes. Quite.)

And you know what? I'm not even going to snark about that comics award. Yes, Detective Comics comes from one of their beloved four mainstream publishers (DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse). Yes, Greg Rucka is, you know, a straight guy. It's also a superhero comic starring two lesbian leads, with gripping storylines. And it's bloody flippin' gorgeous to look at. (It's a bit of a pity that this seems to be only a writers award; I think that artist JH Williams III has had as much to do with the series' success as Rucka, frankly.) Doesn't mean that I don't think there were other titles out there worthy of consideration; just that, even allowing for GLAAD's relentlessly narrow parameters for consideration, this is a pretty good choice.

Spanish-Language Awards Announced in New York

* Outstanding Novela: Más Sabe el Diablo (Telemundo)
* Outstanding Daytime Talk Show Episode: "Adopción gay: un tema muy controversial" Paparazzi TV Sensacional (MegaTV)
* Outstanding Talk Show Interview: "Realidades de ser gay en la tercera edad" El Show de Cristina (Univision)
* Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: TIE: "En el cuerpo equivocado" Primer Impacto (Univision) & "Damas gracias: Entrevista con Eva Leivas-Andino" Al Rojo Vivo (Telemundo)
* Outstanding Newspaper Article: "Mas familias de dos papás o dos mamas" by Pilar Marrero (La Opinión)
* Outstanding Magazine Article: "Del odio a la justicia" by Lena Hansen (People en Español)
* Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: "Saliendo del clóset: Cómo enfrentarlo en familia" by Fernanda Martínez (
So. GLAAD announced its media awards nominations for 2009 today, including, of course, the nominations for outstanding comic book. Let's remind everyone of the requirements for nomination, shall we? Let's shall?

GLAAD Media Awards Categories
Comic Book
Given to a comic book published by the four mainstream publishers and their subsidiary labels: Dark Horse, DC, Image, and Marvel. At GLAAD's discretion, a comic book from another publisher may be nominated if the book achieves a level of visibility and impact similar to a mainstream publisher. The comic book may be nominated for an individual issue, a story arc or a recurring LGBT character. Receives Award: Award is given to the comic book. Writer, artist and/or editor may accept.

Insert teeth-grinding at GLAAD's stupid limitations here. And ... OK, we're done. Moving on.

Actually, allowing for GLAAD's corporatist bent and the actual purpose of the awards ... I don't hate these nominations. In fact, it's really a pretty good lot. (I know! I'd never have thought I'd say that either!)

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) - 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards - English-Language Nominees: Outstanding Comic Book
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, Drew Z. Greenberg, Jim Krueger, Doug Petrie, Joss Whedon (Dark Horse Comics)
Detective Comics by Greg Rucka (DC Comics)
Madame Xanadu by Matt Wagner (Vertigo/DC Comics)
Secret Six by Gail Simone (DC Comics)
X-Factor by Peter David (Marvel Comics)

Given that particular group of nominees, I suspect it will come down to Detective vs X-Factor. And I can't say as I'd argue with that, either. (I think the Rucka/Williams run on Detective was perhaps the best thing I read in comics last year, period. It certainly was the most gorgeous.) Mind, that does have one caveat: I don't read Marvel, so I don't read X-Factor. That said, its nomination makes perfectly good sense; the reason it might beat out Detective is because Rob Liefeld, the creator of the characters, who hasn't written them in several years, had a very public hissyfit at the very notion that the character could be gay. If GLAAD can't resist the opportunity to thumb their nose at him while rewarding what seems to have been good writing ... well, I certainly couldn't blame them. (For what it's worth, Peter David and Rob Liefeld have an ... interesting back and forth in the comments thread in the latter article.) Detective is the only comic from any of the Big Four featuring two lesbian lead characters, Kate Kane's Batwoman in the main story and Renee Montoya's The Question in the backup. I only read Secret Six in trade, so I'm not sure what the storylines there were -- although reading Blackest Night: Suicide Squad, which involves the Secret Six, certainly lets one know that Scandal is still most definitely interested in the women -- and Madame Xanadu had one arc featuring a lesbian relationship (granted, involving the main character). And Buffy had Willow, whose relationship with Kennedy became more prominent this year; I don't remember if the whole "Buffy having a lesbian moment" thing was this year or last.

As for the other categories ... well, it's an interesting batch. I didn't see or even hear of a lot of the films that were nominated in the small film category. The television categories are pretty standard, on the whole, with not that much unexpected. I do hope "One Life to Live" wins the daytime drama award. (...Oh, hush already! It's fun! And the Oliver/Kyle/Kris storyline was actually surprisingly well handled -- by which I mean that the coming-out part was really well done, and the romance part was treated pretty much exactly like they treated the straight romances that were going on at the same time. Though I do think Kyle's candle thing was a little ... odd. And that's independent of Amelia's storyline, which was brief but weirdly awesome. But I digress.) The startling thing is that "RuPaul's Drag Race" actually made it for Outstanding Reality Program; a gay program on a gay network nominated for a GLAAD award! Imagine that! (...OK, I'll stop now. Maybe.) And I somehow thought that ABC Family's "Greek" was a drama, and not a comedy. (And look! "Beautiful People" from Logo! Another gay show from a gay network! Good heavens! ... OK, now I'll stop.) In any event, I don't expect that the rest of the category has much chance against "Glee", which seems to have all sorts of momentum these days.

The journalism nominations look very solid. I've actually read or seen most of the stuff nominated -- how on earth did that happen? -- and I can't really argue with much of it.

I do wish that the nominations page had more (or, well, any) links to the nominated items or websites, where possible. But that's a technical quibble.
Information about the New York ceremonies (first of three -- insert eyeroll ... here) can be found at at the bottom of this post on the GLAAD website. I'm glad to see that Suze Orman, Noah's Arc and LZ Granderson won awards. Most of the film and television awards still remain to be announced. The Los Angeles ceremonies promise to be positively littered with celebrities. I will admit that I'll be astonished if anything but Milk wins the best film award. I'm also a bit puzzled at East Side Story being in this year's television awards, since I first saw it in a theater -- admittedly, at a film festival -- two years ago, in a slightly different form.

Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources - Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment » Buffy the Vampire Slayer wins GLAAD award:
Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer has received a GLAAD Media Award honoring its representation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The 20th annual Media Awards were presented Sunday at a ceremony in New York City.

The award lists Drew Goddard, Jeph Loeb and Joss Whedon, who wrote the 2008 stories “Anywhere But Here,” “A Beautiful Sunset,” “Wolves at the Gate,” “Time of Your Life,” and “After These Messages … We’ll Be Right Back.” The artists were Georges Jeanty, Karl Moline, Cliff Richards and Eric Wight.

Other nominees in the comic-book category were: The Alcoholic (DC Comics/Vertigo), Final Crisis: Revelations (DC Comics), Secret Six (DC Comics), and Young Avengers Presents (Marvel).

Given the nominees, probably the best of the choices for this category. Which reminds me...
20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Nominees



Annual rant scheduled for later, I suspect.

Very short version:
1) True Blood. Really? No, really? I mean, I get it, but ... REALLY?
2) "Becoming a Black Man" in the Magazine article shortlist! My goodness!

And then, of course, there's:

The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames (Vertigo/DC Comics)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Drew Goddard, Jeph Loeb and Joss Whedon (Dark Horse Comics)
Final Crisis: Revelations by Greg Rucka (DC Comics)
Secret Six by Gail Simone (DC Comics)
Young Avengers Presents by Ed Brubaker, Brian Reed, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Paul Cornell, Kevin Grevioux and Matt Fraction (Marvel Comics)

Given those nominees, I'd probably just give it to Buffy. Of course, those probably wouldn't be my nominees. (Also, haven't read The Alcoholic yet.)
[NB: This is the weirdest fun thought exercise I've indulged in for quite some time. If only it weren't so exhausting to the fingers... And yes, I know this has gone on far too long. I just want to get this done so I can get it OUT OF MY HEAD! OUT DAMNED SPOT, OUT! Seriously, if you could figure out a way to control the stuff your mind frets away at in the background, imagine how much more stuff you could actually get done.]

Previously in this series:
- glaad and the media
- glaad media awards and the comics

So here's the thing. It seems to me that the GLAAD Media Awards are in the category of "by us, for you", where "you" is the broader mainstream. (Here initially followed several descriptions that were unnecessarily inflammatory. We'll just leave it at "for the broader mainstream", shall we? Let's shall.) By contrast, the Lambda Literary Awards are in the "by us, for us" category, where they hope the mainstream notices these works of merit, but that's not really the point. The original idea of the Lammys was to focus on works in the area or by people that the mainstream serenely ignored and/or discounted. But either way, over here on the comics side, something gets ignored by both parties. GLAAD focuses on mainstream companies and publishers, ignoring everyone else except when they decide not to. By contrast Lambda Literary doesn't entirely ignore comics, but they don't really recognize it as a field, and for the most part, they completely ignore mainstream comics, regardless of merit.

Previous comic works nominated for Lammys include:
1989 - Gay Comics edited by Robert Triptow (New American Library) [winner for Humor]

1990 - New, Improved Dykes To Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (Firebrand) [winner for HUMOR]; Meatmen Vol. 8 edited by Terry Woodrow (Tough Dove) [nominee for HUMOR -- which strikes me as entirely the wrong category, but no erotica categories existed at the time]

1992 - Dykes to Watch Out For: The Sequel by Alison Bechdel (Firebrand) [winner for HUMOR]; The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green by Eric Orner (St. Martin’s) [humor nominee]; BB and the Diva by Rupert Kinnard (Alyson) [humor nominee]

1993 - Spawn of Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (Firebrand) [HUMOR winner]; Hothead Paisan by Diane DiMassa (Cleis) [humor nominee]

1995 - Revenge of HotHead Paisan by Diane Dimassa (Cleis) and Unnatural Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (Firebrand) [HUMOR nominees]; Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse (Paradox) [nominee, Photography and Visual arts -- I'd have put this in Gay Men's Fiction, myself]

1996 - Kurt Cobain & Mozart are Both Dead by Tim Barela (Palliard) [humor nominee]

1997 - Hot, Throbbing Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (Firebrand) [humor nominee]

1998 - Split-Level Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (Firebrand) [humor nominee]

1999 - Ethan Exposed by Eric Orner (humor nominee); Subgurlz by Jennifer Camper (humor nominee); [NOTE the complete absence of Bread and Wine by Samuel Delany from any category. I'd have put it in Autobiography/Memoir, myself, but again, I think the "floods of semen" did it in.]

2000 - Post-Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (Firebrand) [humor nominee]

2003 - Dykes and Sundry Other Carbon-Based Life-Forms to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (Alyson) [Humor WINNER]; Chelsea Boys by Glen Hanson and Allan Neuwirth (Alyson) [humor nominee]

2004 - Rent Girl by Michelle Tea (Last Gasp) [Autobiography/memoir nominee, Photography and Visual arts nominee); Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast by Greg Fox (Kenisington) [humor nominee]

2005 - Invasion of Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (Alyson) [humor nominee]; Juicy Mother by Jennifer Camper (Soft Skull) [humor nominee -- and that seems like the wrong category, since it's not all ha-ha-funny; Anthologies, where the second volume was nominated, seems like the best match]

2006 - Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin) [Arts and Culture nominee, Lesbian Biography/Memoir WINNER]; Roy & Al by Ralf Konig (Arsenal Pulp Press) (humor nominee)

2007 - Juicy Mother 2, Jennifer Camper (Manic D Press) [LGBT Anthology nominee]

So, looking at the above list, three things stand out. First, all but six of 28 nominations are in the humor category, despite the breadth of material out there. Second -- with the exception of the very first Humor award, which went to Gay Comics -- if you're not Alison Bechdel, you don't win, and even she doesn't win all that often; she's also the only person to win outside the Humor category. Third, with only a couple of exceptions, we're talking about some wee tiny publishers, and that's fine, that's great, but it does miss one or two possibly worthwhile works.

To be sure, some of the nominees in Humor and other categories may be comics that I just never heard of. I was kind of shocked at how many of the nominees and winners in all the categories I've actually read, both comics and other works, but I haven't read everything.
(Purely a side note: unlike GLAAD, the Lammys actually have all of the previous nominees and winners for all categories of their awards available online at their site ... I know! How radical! How useful! How amazing! How ... OK, I'll stop now.)

So if one were to develop one's own awards, or to approach, say, Prism Comics or or even the Lambda Literary Awards and suggest that they do it instead, what sorts of awards might one give? (Note: One is doing no such thing in either case. This is merely a very long rumination on the topic. Further development is left as an exercise for the reader.)

Looking at, say, the Eisners for guidance, one gets the following:
"...categories include best single issue, best short story, best continuing comic book series (at least two issues must have been published in 2007), best limited comic book series (at least half of the series must have been published in 2007), best new series, best title aimed at a younger audience, best humor publication, best anthology, best graphic album-new material, best graphic album-reprint, best reality-based work, best archival collection, best U.S. edition of foreign material, best writer, best writer/artist, best penciler/inker (individual or team), best painter (interior art), best lettering, best coloring, best comics-related book, best comics journalism periodical or website, and best publication design. The judges may add, delete, or combine categories at their discretion."

Yeah, OK, that's so not happening.

Looking at the Harvey Awards, we get:
best writer, best letterer, best cartoonist, artist, inker, colorist, cover artist, new talent (writer or artist), new series, continuing or limited series, syndicated strip or panel, anthology (3 or more authors, 50% must be new), graphic album - original, graphic album - previously published (a compilation), single issue or story, domestic reprint (original at least 10 years old), American edition of foreign material, online comics, excellence in presentation (art direction), humor, and best biographical or historical presentation (relating to comics as an art form).

Pretty sure that's not happening either. What we're aiming for here is a few concrete categories that recognizes the field at large without being this whole huge ... thing. Maybe five, six categories. So what would this brave new section of the Lammys, or the Prismatics, or the Gayleaguers or whatever, what would a serious awards section look like?

...No, no, no, I said a SERIOUS award. (Apart from anything else, Grant Morrison is nominated as best out queer creator, and I'm kind of sure that he isn't. Out or queer, I mean. Depending on how you define queer, I suppose, but he's most definitely on the record as saying that he's not gay, if nothing else. And as much as I really really like Greg Rucka's writing, I can't say as I've devoted even a quarter of a brain cell to contemplating whether or not he has a "manly but alluring scent". [I just have this horrible vision of some guy going up to Rucka at a signing, late in the day, and taking a big sniff to determine whether or not he smells manly or alluring. I suspect that might not go terribly well, somehow.])
previously in "glaad and the media":

GLAAD has announced the nominees for its 19th Annual Media Awards. [...] [In the category for Comic Book of the Year 2007, the nominees are:]
American Virgin by Steven T. Seagle (Vertigo/DC Comics)
The Boys by Garth Ennis (Dynamite Entertainment)
Midnighter by Garth Ennis, Brian K. Vaughan, Christos Gage, Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti, and Keith Giffin (Wildstorm/DC Comics)
The Outsiders by Judd Winick, Greg Rucka, and Tony Bedard (DC Comics)
Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore (Abstract Studio)

You know, I actually understand why they nominated all of those series. American Virgin has both a lesbian and a transgender character; Strangers in Paradise has a lead lesbian and bisexual character, The Outsiders has two lesbian characters, Midnighter has ... well, Midnighter, and is the only one of the series listed with a gay or lesbian lead character; The Boys ... well, it's not an unreasonable nomination, put it that way. It's because of one specific story arc, and I get why they did that. Mind, it's not at all what I'd have done, but then, I don't read anything on that list but Strangers in Paradise (which should win, easily, and which won't win because the title isn't high profile enough)....

And the winner is ... (drumroll, please)
- Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore (Abstract Studio)

(Partial List of winners; some of the category winners will be announced at later ceremonies -- there are another three to go, because GLAAD insists on doing each year's awards as a four-part Rainbow Tour -- dressed up, somewhere to go, they'll put on a show EVERYWHERE.)

I have to admit, I am shocked, and pleased. GLAAD's corporatist bent is clearly present in the list of nominees, and of winners announced to date, and it's a bit unusual for them that the little guy beats the big guys. (I also just realized that I maligned Strangers in the other piece; Katchoo is a lesbian and would certainly be considered one of the two leads in that series.)

I will say now, allowing that I don't know or understand what GLAAD's comic book nominators' criteria is, the only ones of the works listed above that I might have listed would have been Strangers in Paradise and Midnighter. It always seemed to me that if you're going to list something for being the best, and you're not talking about the sexual orientation of the creator but of the content, then the queer characters or content ought to be pretty much front and center. The queerness doesn't have to be the main issue, although that's more or less the case in Strangers, but it does seem to me that the character(s) ought to be. This isn't to say that the characters or depictions in American Virgin, the Boys or The Outsiders aren't good, or interesting, or that they weren't well-done, just that they're not necessarily central to the ongoing title.

It is kind of interesting to go back and look at a few recent nominees and winners in the category. Or, as I might otherwise call it, "My biases and prejudices and why I think that way". (winners in bold) [NOTE: You'd think that there would be comprehensive lists at GLAAD of their own award. But no, not so much. I hoped that there'd be comprehensive lists of this particular category somewhere on the net. But again, not so much. One of the reasons for listing so many of them is purely so's that I can get the damn list all in one place. And if anyone has corrections, comment away, and we'll see what's up.]

19th (2008 NY ceremony, for books published 2007)
- American Virgin by Steven T. Seagle (Vertigo/DC Comics)
- The Boys by Garth Ennis (Dynamite Entertainment)
- Midnighter by Garth Ennis, Brian K. Vaughan, Christos Gage, Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti, and Keith Giffin (Wildstorm/DC Comics)
- The Outsiders by Judd Winick, Greg Rucka, and Tony Bedard (DC Comics)
- Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore (Abstract Studio)

Just to put everything in the list section.

18th (2007 ceremony, for books published in 2006)
- 52 by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid (DC Comics)
- American Virgin by Steven T. Seagle (Vertigo/DC Comics)
- Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin) (...I think. See below.)
- Manhunter by Marc Andreyko (DC Comics)
- Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn (Vertigo/DC Comics)

According to the GLAAD website, for the 18th annual awards, the Best Comic Book award was not given on stage. More precisely, it's not listed among the awards given out on stage, which may or may not be an error. You can therefore find no record on the GLAAD website itself of who won this award. There are, in fact, precisely two mentions of "Fun Home" on the GLAAD website, one in the announcement of the nominees, and one in a PDF reprint of the "Out 100" article from OUT magazine. In fact, because most websites that mention the award simply repeat the GLAAD press releases -- which also omit the category -- you pretty much can't find out who won the 18th annual award for comic books anywhere on the net without some serious digging. Really, that's some damn impressive incompetence.

But you'd think the winner would be obvious, right? After all, to quote Wikipedia: "Fun Home was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award, in the memoir/autobiography category [...] In 2007, Fun Home won the Stonewall Book Award for non-fiction, the Publishing Triangle-Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award, and the Lambda Literary Award in the "Lesbian Memoir and Biography" category. Fun Home was nominated for the 2007 Eisner Awards in two categories, Best Reality-Based Work and Best Graphic Album, and Bechdel was nominated as Best Writer/Artist. Fun Home won the Eisner for Best Reality-Based Work." Note, however, that Wikipedia does not say that it won the award. Note also that in Bechdel's own list of honors for Fun Home, the GLAAD Media nomination isn't even mentioned, let alone the award. The one and only mention that I could find anywhere at all that it might have won was in a PR notice at The Beat. So honestly, I don't know if Fun Home really did win the award or not.

One might also note that Manhunter was barely published in 2006; only a few issues appeared before it went on a breathtakingly long hiatus.

17th (for books published in 2005)
- Gotham Central by Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker (DC Comics)
- Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore (Abstract Studio)
- Top Ten: The Forty-Niners by Alan Moore (ABC Comics/Wildstorm)
- Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn (Vertigo/DC Comics)
- Young Avengers by Allan Heinberg (Marvel)

And again, not that it's bad or that I don't like it, but ... well. I would have picked probably any of the other titles over Young Avengers. It is well written, well done; I just think that the others were better. (I have a love that is pure for "The Forty Niners", but I'm not sure that it should win here.) That said, a gay creator writing gay characters at an age where even acknowledging that gay teens exist would have people in fits ... well, that would be well-nigh irresistable, and honestly, I can't say that it's an unreasonable award.

16th (2004)
* Ex Machina (Wildstorm/DC Comics)
* Hard Time (DC Comics)
* Luba (Fantagraphics Books)
* My Faith in Frankie (Vertigo/DC Comics)
* Strangers in Paradise (Abstract Studio)

And another upset, and the only small press title in the list of recent winners until either last year or this. (It can also be argued that perhaps "Luba" should not have won that year.) I also don't think "My Faith in Frankie" should have been nominated, not because the lesbian character isn't front and center -- she's in fact a major supporting character and plays a key role in the outcome -- but unless there's something I missed, you don't actually know that she's a lesbian until the last 5-10 pages of the story, producing an ending that is spectacularly unearned and completely out of left field. I actually do like that story a lot -- I think it was seriously mishandled by DC/Vertigo, despite ultimately doing OK -- but the ending is just wrong.

15th (2003)
* The Authority (Wildstorm/DC Comics)
* Catwoman (DC Comics) (winner)
* Gotham Central (DC Comics)
* How Loathsome (NBM Publishing)
* Strangers in Paradise (Abstract Studio)

In what is very very traditional regarding me and awards, the only one I haven't read at all is the one that wins. Of the four I have read, I think I'd have picked "How Loathsome", but I'd be willing to be persuaded about the others.

It's also worth nothing that this year, GLAAD changed to a shockingly narrow list of qualifications. To quote the linked article:
...At about the same time that this year's awards were being handed out, GLAAD made an unpublicized, but significant, change to the eligibility criteria for its Best Comic Book award. The previous criteria stated that the award would be "[g]iven to a comic book targeted to a general audience and sold in comic retail stores nationwide." The new criteria, though, are far narrower: they specify that the award will be "[g]iven to a comic book published by the four mainstream publishers and their subsidiary labels: Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, and Marvel Comics."

The new criteria do contain what GLAAD Media Awards Communications Manager Nick Adams refers to as a "caveat": they allow a comic book from another publisher to be nominated, "at GLAAD's discretion," if the book achieves "a level of visibility and impact comparable to that of a book published by one of the mainstream publishers." In essence, therefore, the new criteria send the following message to all other comics companies (and the creators who work for and with them): "Your books aren't eligible — except when they are."

One wonders if those criteria were ever formally revised.

14th (2002)
* The Authority (Wildstorm/DC Comics)
* Green Lantern (DC Comics) (winner) (for this storyline)
* Murder Mysteries (Dark Horse Comics)
* Strangers in Paradise (Abstract Studio)
* X-Statix (Marvel Comics)

Well, this time I haven't read two of five. Despite understanding why GLAAD included "Murder Mysteries" -- it had to do with the art and the fact that all the angels were drawn as male -- I really think that it shouldn't be in that category, since the angels are more or less represented as nongendered within the text. Of the ones I have read, I'd have picked "Strangers".

13th annual (for works published in 2001)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse Comics -- for, as I recall, a 2-3 issue story arc featuring Willow and Tara)
- Green Lantern (DC Comics) (gaybashing storyline by Judd Winick, which apparently continued into the next year)
- Strangers in Paradise (Abstract Studio)
- Top 10 (America's Best Comics/WildStorm)
- User (Vertigo/DC Comics)

I'm ... kind of baffled as to why Devin Grayson's "User" was nominated. It's been a while since I read it, but I don't really remember anything like gay content; it may be that I'm forgetting something important about it. The only thing I can think is that it was because Grayson herself is bisexual, and maybe because there's some transgenderish content, with the main character being a woman, but appearing in her RPG as a man.

12th (2000)
- The Authority (DC/Wildstorm)
- Jenny Sparks: The Secret History of the Authority (DC/Wildstorm - and unfair, to be including the Authority twice in the same list)
- Pedro & Me (Henry Holt) by Judd Winick
- Promethea, by Alan Moore et al (America's Best Comics/Wildstorm)
- Top Ten, by Alan Moore et al (America's Best/Wildstorm)

In this case ... well, I started "Pedro and Me" and realized that there was just no way I was going to be able to get through it at that point, not because it was bad, but because I just wasn't ready to deal with an AIDS book, no matter how inspirational it might be, and then I just never went back to it. I would certainly pick either Top Ten or Promethea above either Authority book, but I don't really have an informed opinion on the list.

(NOTE: according to the August 2000 PRIDE: Out in Comics PDF archived at "GLAAD gives two Media Awards to comics, one to Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise and one to Gary Trudeau’s strip Doonesbury." Given apparent multiple awards given in earlier years -- see below -- there would seem to be, to put it mildly, some confusion about what GLAAD was going with the comics section of its awards for a while. It would be lovely if there were, oh, an authoritative list of all this somewhere, wouldn't there?)

11th (1999)
- The Authority (DC Comics/WildStorm)
- The Girl Who Would Be Death (DC Comics/Vertigo)
- Strangers in Paradise (Abstract Studio)
- Supergirl (DC Comics)
- Top 10 (America's Best Comics)

And, again, the only ones I read were Strangers in Paradise and Top 10, so I'll not offer an opinion.

10th (1999 ceremony for works published in 1998)
- The Books of Magic (DC Comics/Vertigo)
- Starman (DC Comics)
- Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (Paramount/Marvel Comics)
- Supergirl (DC Comics)
- Young Heroes in Love (DC Comics)

from "Peter David adds ANDY JONES to the Supergirl supporting cast in SUPERGIRL (v.4) 10 (DC, June 1997). An angel composed of both a man and a woman who, in both her female (Andy) and male (Comet) forms, pursues Supergirl. Based on Andy’s continuing appearances GLAAD names SUPERGIRL its Outstanding Comic, 1999."

For what it's worth, my pick for that year would have been he unnominated Bread and Wine: An Erotic Tale of New York by Samuel Delany, a biographical story of how he met his then-partner. (They may still be together, actually; I have no idea.) However, I'm pretty sure the "floods of semen" depicted in a couple of places would have turned the nominating committee right off including it.

9th (1998, for comics published in 1997): from from the August 2000 PRIDE PDF at -
"GLAAD’s Media Award for Comics goes to Lynn Johnson’s syndicated strip For Better or For Worse, for it’s depiction of Laurence, a friend of a main cast member who comes out as gay. (NOTE: You know what? For all that I rag on FBOFW elsewhere for how the storylines are being handled now, I will not argue with that award.)

8th (1997 for works from 1996): from the August 2000 PRIDE PDF -
GLAAD’s Media Award for Comic Books given to Vertigo title Death: The Time of Your Life (NOTE: I have this book. I think I don't remember it well, because I have not the slightest idea why it would have even been nominated, let alone won.)

7th (1996, for works from 1995): from the August 2000 PRIDE PDF -
GLAAD gives a Media Award to DC title Metropolis: S.C.U. for its depiction of Maggie Sawyer, a lesbian cop, marking the first time the award was given to a comic. (NOTE: this would seem to conflict with GLAAD giving an award to the Flash in 1992, so I'm not sure what is meant here. I think they may mean, given the actual award name, that it was the first time it went to a comic book rather than a newspaper strip. It may be that whatever happened with the Flash, the 1992 thing was a special award, rather than what became a regular award.)


A four-part series, Maggie Sawyer is the first by a major comic book
publisher (DC Comics) to feature a heroine who is an out lesbian. The
series follows Sawyer's exploits as Captain of the Metropolitan Special
Crimes Unit as well as her personal life with her lover and her son.

...they didn't get the title right when announcing the award itself. OK, then.

6th (1995, for works from 1994): via QRD

Outstanding Print Media
"Doonesbury: Same-Sex Unions" by Garry Trudeau
Garry Trudeau turns a comic eye towards the controversy over John Boswell's book about same-sex marriages, exploring the subject with characteristic intelligence and wit.

1992 - GLAAD awards THE FLASH its first Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book

You know, it would be fascinating to, say, get all the gay comics bloggers -- or, heck, maybe even just anyone who wanted to give it a shot -- together over at Prism or Gayleague after GLAAD announces their group and say, "OK, now that they've stroked the egos of DC and Marvel, here's who they really should have nominated." No doubt the arguments would be ferocious, and I don't have the slightest idea how you could run it -- maybe as a series of public forums or email discussions the way that Slate does some of their stuff -- and see what we'd come up with. You never know; it might be that in a given year, we'd say, "Why, yes, you should nominate The Authority or Midnighter" or whatever it is that the big two are doing. But I'd also bet that the small press stuff that never gets a look in would be better represented, and maybe even some of the manga might make periodic startling appearances.

At one point, I was going to do a series of "best of 2007(ish)" entries, all in areas other than the one I did for Strange Horizons. Probably too late for it now, but maybe I'll dig that particular section out...

EDIT: and just to note one possible direction - the Lambda Literary Awards have nominated JUICY MOTHER 2 as best anthology. Not best comic book anthology, but best anthology, period. Ponder that, if you will.

Wow. I thought this would be a one, two-paragraph short entry. Kind of ... not so much, really.


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