The Week’s Most Popular Posts: June 13 – 17, 2016

This post originally appeared on Panels, which is now Book Riot Comics

Let’s take a look back at the week that was, right here on Panels:

Librarians hear all kinds of responses to LGBTQ+ materials in the collection, especially any time they are on display to celebrate Pride Week or Pride Month. Some of the most memorable responses consist of barely-veiled hostility toward the LGBT community in general. “Why would you want to encourage gay people?” “Do you think parents are okay with this?”

Then there are the infinitely more rewarding positive responses. “I’m always searching for positive representation for people like me, and I find it here.” “No one knows I’m gay, but I can take refuge here.” “I wish these collections existed when I was young and questioning.” “I’m afraid to come out to my parents, but I can read stories with gay characters while I’m here.” The public library should be a refuge for all kinds of people. Sadly, there are many stories from members of marginalized groups of feeling safer at the library than elsewhere in their communities.

from “Why Would You Want To Encourage Gay People?”: LGBTQ+ Representation in Libraries by Thomas Maluck

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You all know the feeling: you’ve just found a new comic, gotten completely hooked, and eagerly gobbled up every issue and update until you’re caught up to the most recent installment. And it’s only then, with your heroes dangling from a cliff and a thousand questions left unanswered, that you realize this most recent update is over a year old. There’s nothing more. The comic’s been abandoned by its creators, for reasons beyond your knowledge or control, and this story you’ve fallen head over heels for has ended without an ending.

from Endings and Non-endings: The Frustration of Reading Abandoned Comics by Charlotte Reber

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When DC announced the creative teams for Rebirth, Greg Rucka’s return to Wonder Woman may have been the biggest surprise (Rucka famously split from DC after losing Wonder Woman: Earth One to Grant Morrison). After a critically-acclaimed first run, there very high expectations, and I, for one, was looking forward to reading an in-continuity Wonder Woman series that genuinely lived up to Diana’s potential.

But, then came the shock reveal of DC Universe: Rebirth #1.

from WONDER WOMAN: Rebirth #1 Raises Questions, Offers Few Answers by Charles Paul Hoffman

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The attack on an LGBTQ nightclub targeting primarily Latinx people within the family is beyond heartbreaking, as it was a visceral manifestation of the fear LGBTQ people live with on a day to day basis. What is also heartbreaking is that many people, including news outlets, tried to erase the importance of the context of the lost lives of LGBTQ people of color. Within days both DC and Marvel tweeted pictures in ‘solidarity’: Superman with a rainbow shield, and the Avengers with a rainbow flag behind them. These actions, in the context of both of these companies’ attitude toward queer people and readers, spoke to me in a manner which reminded me of their role in representation of queer people, especially people of color, and how these characters are often rendered invisible. In a way, DC and Marvel both contributed to the erasure of Latinx and other LGBTQ people of color, especially considering they are the home to two important characters.

from America, Bunker, and LGBTQ+/Latinx Visibility: Affirmation in Tragedy by Allen Thomas

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Being a fangirl is often a mixed bag, but the last month in comics has been a rough one. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember why you love something when creators and other “fans” are trying to make it very clear how very much they don’t care about you, your opinions, or your feelings.

Whenever I feel down about a medium I like, I try to revisit things that brought me joy the first time I read them. These five great reads are renewing my love of comics. Hopefully you’ll love them, too.

from Refusing to Quit: 5 Rereads Renewing My Love of Comics by Kay Taylor Rea

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