BEHIND THE SCENES
Ramzi Fawaz, a professor of queer studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in an interview with Tech Insider, once noted,
“When you associate characters with a heroic action, it shows that everyone has the power to make an impact in some way. It trains readers to see our differences as sources of strength and that we can use them to transform the world for the better.”
The interview is based out of the fact comics, as a visual medium, is responsible for both seeing progress as well as creating it. While mainstream comics has had its fair share of LGBT heroes since the mid-1950’s, the rise of indie (or independent) comics has helped that number only skyrocket, and ultimately spark a revolution.
As the political landscape changed in favor of the LGBTQIA community over the last decade, so did too the comic landscape, igniting movements such as the formation of independent comics. Reminiscent of its predecessor in its infancy, common themes such as fighting against the establishment, evil-doers, social and political injustices, and more grew at an exponential rate. Common themes such as LGBTQIA bullying and struggling for self-identity also became commonplace, if not more well known.
I too, as a (later in developed life) bisexual male, experienced such bullying and identity crises as a kid growing up in a more conservative-styled home and region.
Fast forward a decade and a half, three suicide attempts later, I rediscovered my love for comics via independent comics. Through the time the political landscape began changing in favor for the LGBTQIA community, become exposed to more LGBTQIA-centrally themed comics and their ideas of acceptance and representation. Television as well played an integral role for positive representation – breaking away from its predecessor’s stereotypical fashion. With comic book based television shows like Supergirl, and independent comics combined...
it’s created a therapeutic world in which
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