We recently reported on the fact that GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) would be honoring two DC comic books -- BATWOMAN and SECRET SIX. DC aren't the only ones being recognized by the organization, however. Marvel recently announced that two of their titles are also being nominated for GLAAD awards.
The publisher recently announced that both AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE as well as X-FACTOR were both nominated for "ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through media," in this case, comic books.
Both series featured romantic relationships of gay superheroes. In THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE Allan Heinberg developed a lovely romantic relationship between Hulkling and Wiccan and in X-FACTOR writer Peter David explored the relationship between Rictor and Shatterstar.== TEASER ==
X-FACTOR -- which won the award last year -- is receiving a second nomination, and one that writer David is "genuinely" honored to be nominated.
it genuinely is an honor considering that X-FACTOR was nominated and won last year. Not a convention goes by where a fan or fans comes up to me to tell me how much Rictor and Shatterstar's relationship means to them, and that always fills me with a sense of pride; and also a feeling of—to borrow a page from Spidey—great responsibility. I'm just glad that Marvel has consistently allowed me the latitude to explore these kinds of topics.”
It's great to see these books receive this kind of recognition from an organization like GLAAD. Which book is your favorite? Who would you like to see win?