comics research bibliography: Comics and Homosexuality

Based on the comics research bibliography, copyright 2002 by John Bullough and Michael Rhode.

[Unknown.] 1997.
Honestly delightful [letter; John D. Anderon's Honestly Ethel gay strip]. Washington Blade (Dec 5): 33.

Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto. 2000.
Being Green: Eric Orner's [gay] cartoon hero is more popular than ever.
Washington Blade (March 3): 33-34

Aoyama, Tomoko. 1988.
Male homosexuality as treated by Japanese women writers.
Japanese Trajectory: Modernization and Beyond (G. McCormack).

Astor, David. 1993.
Comic with gay character is dropped by some papers: But most 'For Better or For Worse' clients decide to publish the sequence, which runs until April 24.
Editor and Publisher (April 3): 32

Astor, David. 1993.
More papers cancel controversial comic: But most clients continue to run the current 'For Better or For Worse' sequence featuring a gay teen character.
Editor and Publisher (April 10): 34

Avery, Dan. 2000.
Promethea unbound: [Gay] Artist Jose Villarrubia 'does Wonder Woman right ' [with Alan Moore, in photonovel style].
Washington Blade (March 10): 37

Bane, Colin. 1999.
Samuel R. Delany [new autobiographical graphic novel on gay relationship].
Washington City Paper (September 24): 94

Berger, Arthur. 1991.
Of mice and men: An introduction to mouseology, or, anal eroticism and Disney.
Journal of Homosexuality 21(1-2):155-165.

Blitt, Barry. 1999.
Jerry Falwell Widens His Net [editorial cartoon about gay characters].
Entertainment Weekly (March 19): 24

Bomford, Jen. 2000.
Yaoi and Shounen Ai -Or- Turnabout Is Fair Play??? [homosexual erotic manga].
Sequential Tart 3 (9; September):

Buchel, Peti. 1993.
De kop is eraf [lesbianism in comic strips; in Dutch].
Homologie 15(2; Mar/Apr):14-15.

Dawson, C and K Hartfield. 1996.
Developing a cost-effective media campaign addressing unprotected anal sex among gay men [Stella Seattle comic strip].
AIDS Education & Prevention 8 (4; Aug): 285-93

Delany, Samuel R. and Mia Wolff. 1999.
Bread and Wine : An Erotic Tale of New York City [autobiographical graphic novel on gay relationship; Introduction by Alan Moore].
Juno Books

Dinh, Viet. 1997.
Back to the drawing board: For better or for worse, a gay comic strip character returns.
Washington Blade (Aug 22):12.

Dotinga, Randy. 1997.
[Luann comic strip and homosexuality.]
North County [Escondido, CA] Times (Jul 27).

Dussere, Erik. 2000.
The queer world of the X-Men; OK, Wolverine never built a shrine to Judy Garland, but "the strangest teens" were obviously homo superior -- emphasis on the homo.
Salon (July 12):

Eck, Michael. 1993.
Artist puts pen to Sentinel [Gay Comics].
Albany Times Union (May 30).

Fitzgerald, Mark. 1994.
Judge says syndicate exclusivity is not a violation of antitrust law.
Editor and Publisher (October 15): 38

Fitzgerald, Mark. 1994.
The biggest closet in newspapering: Mainstream newspapers are not ready for openly gay cartoonists who syndicate their works about gay characters, but neither are gay cartoonists eager to draw for a mainstream audience.
Editor and Publisher (October 15): 14-5

Fowler, Jimmy. 1998.
'Toon Man: Robert Smigel is the hottest animator you've never heard of ["The Ambiguously Gay Duo"].
Dallas Observer (March 5).
online at

Fretts, Bruce. 1999
TV's most moral 'toons feature aardvarks and turtles and... gay crocodiles? Oh, my! [television children's animation]
Entertainment Weekly (June 11): 52-3

Giobbe, Dorothy. 1996.
Comic stripped [gay cartoonist Todd Camp fired].
Editor & Publisher (March 9): 14

Glam, Ernie. 1999.
Hero worship: 'Queer Nation' makes a splash in cyvberspace, where other ay comic strips find a new home.
Washington Blade (April 2): 33, 41

Harvey, J. 1997.
Design of a comic book intervention for gay male youth at risk for HIV.
Journal of Biocommunication 24(2):16-24

Hull, Dana. 1997.
Maybe just for worse [L. Johnston's For Better or For Worse and homosexuality].
Washington Post (Aug 15):G3.

Jones, Christopher. 1997.
'Gay Oscars.'
Washington Blade (Apr 4):39.

Jones, Christopher. 1997.
Ordinary heroes: Gaiman gives new twist to comics.
Washington Blade (Apr 4):39.

Kennedy, Joseph & John Canemaker. 1998.
Lucy Goes to the Country [gay-themed children's book by animation historian].
Alyson Wonderland.

Lafky, Sue A. and Bonnie Brennen. 1995.
For Better or For Worse: Coming out in the funny pages [homosexuaity].
Studies in Popular Culture 18(1; Oct):24-47.

McGinty, Stephen. 2000.
Gay superheroes come out of the comic closet [Mark Millar and The Authority].
Sunday Times of London (February 27)

McManis, Sam. 1999.
Straight or Gay, Dilbert Isn't Getting Any.
San Francisco Chronicle (February 19)

Montana Logging and Ballet Company. 1999.
Outing Cartoons [satire on gay cartoon character issue].
National Public Radio's Weekly Edition (February 27)

Murphy, Donn B. 2000.
Verbal bashing [lettter on 'Honestly Ethel' gay comic strip].
Washington Blade (June 16): 33

Newman, Jeffrey L. 1998.
Comic strip live: Jayson's cartoon world comes to the theatrical stage [Jeff Krell's gay comic strip].
Washington Blade (July 24): 35.

Newman, Kim. 2000.
Homo Superior: With Bryan Singer's X-Men, the distinctive, troubled universe of Marvel Comics superheroes has at long last hit the screen in all its complex, multi-character glory.
[England] Sight and Sound (September)

Osborne, Elmer G. 1997.
Cartoon's gay theme annoying to reader [Lynn Johnston's For Better or Worse].
Amarillo Globe-News (August 28).

Pekar, Harvey. 1996.
Slide of gay life: Alison Bechdel writes as well as she draws.
Metro (August 8-14)
online at

Reid, Calvin. 1995.
Comics: They're here and they're queer.
Entertainment Weekly 242(16; Apr 17):15.

Rosenfeld, Harry. 1993.
Comics don't escape an editor's judgment [For Better or For Worse and gay characters].
Albany Times Union (Apr 4):E2.

Roundy, Bill. 1999.
On the air [gay-friendly animated tv shows].
Washington Blade (September 17): 57

Roundy, Bill. 1999.
Television inches forward: Roles are expanding for gay characters this season ['Mission Hill' animated tv show].
Washington Blade (September 17): 52-53

Roundy, Bill. 2000.
On the air [gay-themed Mission Hill animated tv show].
Washington Blade (June 23): 39

Roundy, Bill. 2000.
On the air [gay-themed MTV animated tv show "Spy Groove" by Glen Hanson].
Washington Blade (July 28): 38

Roundy, Bill. 1999.
Cartoon closets open: Animated gay characters are coming out.
Washington Blade (June 11): 71, 75

Roundy, Bill. 1999.
GLAAD cites comic books striking a blow for Gay visibility.
Washington Blade (March 12): 37-39

Roundy, Bill. 1999.
Comings and goings: Ethan Green, movie star [gay comic strip].
Washington Blade (March 26): 41

Roundy, Bill. 1999.
On the air ['The Ambiguously Gay Duo' animated tv shorts].
Washington Blade (February 19): 52

Roundy, Bill. 2000.
TV references increase: Watchdog group decries boost in gay content ['The Simpsons' animated series].
Washington Blade (April 7): 16

Sadownick, Doug. 2000.
"Don't See, Don't Look'': Times' response to offensive gays-in-military cartoon causes more problems [Michael Ramirez political cartoon].
LA Weekly (January 28).
online at

Soergel, Matt. 1997.
Cartoon family gets real, again [Lynn Johnston's For Better or Worse's gay character].
Florida Times-Union (August 20).

Tanasychuk, J. 1993.
Comic strip takes on the issue of gay teens [For Better or For Worse].
Albany Times Union (Mar 27):D1.

Unknown. 1996.
Editor Reassigned over His Cartoons for Gay Weekly; Conservative Group Claims Responsibility.
AAEC (Association of American Editorial Cartoonists) Notebook (Winter)

Unknown. 1998.
Anti-gay news cartoon raises alarm at ASU [editorial cartoon].
Washington Blade (March 27): 16.

Unknown. 1999.
Trouble Came 3 Times [Ambiguously Gay Duo comic strip].
Playboy (December)

Unknown. 2000.
[The Authority's gay characters, Apollo and the Midnighter].
Front Page [Raleigh, NC]: (May 17)

Unknown. 1994.
'Doonesbury' series [about gays in the Catholic Church and thus religion] gets editor reaction.
Editor and Publisher (June 11): 32

Varner, Greg. 1997.
Funny business: Gay cartoonists collaborate at confernece [Alison Bechdel, Rupert Kinnard, Diane DiMassa, Howard Cruse].
Washington Blade (Nov 21):39-41.

Vogel, Mark R. 1998.
A cat and two dads: New children's book presents a very nontraditional family [animator John Canemaker gay-themed book].
Washington Blade (May 15): 39.

Weisberg, Jacob. 1999.
The Cartoon Closet: Jerry Falwell doesn't know the half of it [homosexuality].
Slate (February 20):

Weise, Elizabeth. 1993.
Gay comics strive for universal appeal.
Albany Times Union (Dec 3):C13.

Williams, Jeff. 1998.
Homosexuality and Political Activism in Latin American Culture: An Arena for Popular Culture and Comix.
Other Voices 1(2; September):