Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Gay & Lesbian COMICS SPECIAL for the New Millennium

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Gay & Lesbian COMICS SPECIAL for the New Millennium

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Readers pick up their local gay and lesbian publications for lots of reasons--community news, arts coverage, those saucy personals--but the comics rank among the most appealing draws. How are the "Dykes to Watch Out For" doing? Are "Leonard & Larry" still fighting? What bad hair day or date from hell has befallen "The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green"? Characters in gay comics make us laugh, but their stories keep us hooked--because they parallel our own stories of being out in the workplace, in our families, among our friends, and in society in general.

The underground comics of the '60s led to Gay Comix in the '80s, and now the influences of queer characters--and creators--are felt throughout the medium, in magazines and newspapers, in self-published 'zines, in comic books, and throughout cyberspace.

Hetero cartoonists Garry Trudeau ("Doonesbury") and Lynn Johnston ("For Better or for Worse") have plopped openly gay men into one of the last bastions of traditional family values, the daily newspaper comics page. …

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