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Batwoman wins GLAAD Media Award

Kate Kane and Maggie Sawyer, from "Batwoman" #1

Batwoman, by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, won the GLAAD Media Award for “Outstanding Comic Book.” The award was announced last night in New York.

“This is extremely gratifying, because we’ve been working very hard to make this character multifaceted and someone to believe in, while showing her develop realistic personal relationships over time,” Williams wrote on his blog. “So the recognition from the GLAAD awards bolsters us greatly. And thank you for all of the support the series has been getting from you all, the comics readership community.”

The awards honor outstanding portrayals of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities in various media. Other comics that were nominated in the category included Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, by Allan Heinberg and Jimmy Cheung; Secret Six, by Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore; Veronica Presents: Kevin Keller, by Dan Parent; and X-Factor, by Peter David, Emanuela Lupacchino, Valentine De Landro and others.

You can find the complete list of winners on the GLAAD site.

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Kinda funny that Kevin Keller still couldn’t win this despite Archie’s incessant attention whoring these days.

What you call whoring some folks call marketing. And in terms of marketing, the Archie folks are far less annoying than most marketing efforts I have dealt with in my 20+ years of being pelted by marketing pieces.

Kevin Kuczynski

March 25, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Or, maybe, Kevin Keller and Batwoman are both great books and somebody had to win. Anything Archie does for attention is only a fraction of Marvel and DC.

Unfortunately in the year 2019 DC’s latest history change will prove to be more potent than expected and the changes will actually ripple into the real world, erasing this award win from current real world continuity :)

I’m enjoying Batwoman – but after hearing the behind the scenes drama – the sudden artist change, and no one telling us till the last possible minute before the previews came out – then not telling us why, or even mentioning her when they announced the new fill in artist, after she was working on it for about a year. It leaves a sour taste in my mouth. And all this is AFTER they’d already done the same thing to Rucka – pretty much booting him off the book. It makes me think Williams (or maybe the editor) might be a bit of a trouble maker.

I would of prefered it went to Kevin Keller. Archie are making great strides. And it shows more guts have a gay male be the star of a series, than a ‘lipstick lesbian’ – as DC called her.

Faust, I agree with you–I talked about this issue with my LCS and the Manager there said to me that he does everything he can to know as little about the artists/writers as possible because their personalities often turn him off a book. I have had that experience with Fables and Willingham, and am starting to feel that way with Batwoman–though in the case of the latter I don’t have anyone to blame, yet. I didn’t like Rucka off the book, but hung in and now with Reeder’s departure–well…ticked off.

I maintain that the real problem with comic books today, and probably in years past, is editorial interference. I think editors suffer from writer/artist envy a lot of the time and just can’t keep their fingers out of the pie.

This is more a general response to Marc C’s last point and a bit off the topic of Batwoman per se.

I think the problem is more that editors don’t know how to interfere *correctly*. For all the talk about editorial interference, some books could be improved by a good editor who says, for example, “People who don’t read X-Men won’t know who this character is because you haven’t introduced them.” A good editor shouldn’t tell the writer *how* to fix sometime but *should* be able to see what doesn’t work and why.

Its great to see a book about a lesbian recognised. Sure, gay characters in general are underrepresented in comics, but lesbian characters appear much less frequently than gay male ones. Just off the top of my head, I can think of twice as many gay male comic book characters than gay female ones. I think it reflects the situation in the real world: gay males get a lot more attention, both negative and positive, but gay females don’t get much attention, but don’t really suffer as much discrimination and homophobia.

Also, its a great book. It got me into The New 52 after years of being a Marvel girl. I hope they can keep it up, despite the way things have been screwed around with the delays and the artist changes.

And a little off topic, but its been bugging me for ages! Batwoman is not a lipstick lesbian. If she was, there is no way she would wear a suit to a formal event! Just because she isn’t at the ‘super-butch’ end of the spectrum, which seems to be what most people associate with real lesbians, doesn’t mean she is a ‘lipstick lesbian’, which refers to a rather girly girl. I would say she is somewhere between the two, which is where most lesbians lie in reality. Thats what I like about the portrayal of Batwoman in this book, that it is realistic and doesn’t subscribe to lesbian cliches. Though after reading that comment DC loses points for trying (and failing) to put her in the ‘lipstick lesbian’ box.

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