So I had a little rant on Twitter about comics and how very often, comics like Spandex, The Lengths or even my own Elemental Micah is always mentioned with the notorious “gay comic” blurb beforehand.
"Gay comic Spandex…"
"Gay comic The Lengths…"
"Gay comic Elemental Micah…"
Every time I see this, I can’t help but think this is a warning. A warning to all the normal, straight people that this… THIS is a gay comic. You need to know this. This is important. WE WARNED YOU!
So I put the word out for comic reviewers to reference ALL comics by their sexual orientation.
"Straight comic Spider-man…"
"Straight comic Batman…"
"Bisexual comic Constantine…"
That way, someone who is gay walks into a comic book shop doesn’t have to live in fear of being exposed to a man and a woman having a relationship, flirting or even holding hands.
But wait, it’s not pornographic? But it’s a straight comic! Well that’s another assumption people often have when they read the “Gay comic” blurb before the title. It’s not the intention of these comics to make straight people horny or turn them gay. The intention is to tell a story with writing, art and body language.
My final words on the matter? Sure, you can judge a comic, or even a person, by their sexual orientation, but simplified labels often dismiss something important. An actual living person with a deep pool of emotions, opinions and character traits.
These are things that I value in people and they’re things that I value in comics. That and explosions. Explosions are cool. But not people exploding though. Unless it’s fiction. I’ll stop now.