Image Comics announces new comic with gay, indian lead
Growing up a lot of us would play with those little homo-erotic action figures. From G.I. Joe and Superman to He-Man and the Thundercats. We would craft wild and interlocking stories around these toys. But what if these hodge-podged stories took place in space… and were also extremely gay?
That’s the idea behind the upcoming Image Comics title Kaptara, a comedic space epic from creators Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod.
When asked by ComicsAlliance to describe Kaptara, Zdarsky called it, “A sci-fi story, like the planet of Dr Moreau meets your childhood action figures.”
Expanding upon his description, Zdarsky added, “’I’ve also been referring to it as Gay Saga, just to get more sales.”
Not only inspired by their childhood toys, the creators seek also to create a series that is also super gay.
Zdarsky compared writing Kaptara to working on Sex Criminals, talking about how writing straight white male characters is too easy, too comfortable, which is why Sex Criminals features a female lead.
This time around Zdarsky had no qualms over how he was going to portray Kaptara’s lead character, Keith. “I think right from the beginning, we knew he was going to be gay” said Zdarsky. “There aren’t enough gay leads, especially in something that involves romance.”
The creators promised no last minute sexuality reveals would be featured in this series, much like how the popular Nickelodeon TV series, The Legend of Korra, recently ended.
“He’s gay, he’s out” said Zdarsky. “There will be shenanigans on the planet, and there’ll be developing stories with him, in terms of romance.”
However exciting space is as a setting, vast expanses of stars and galaxies weren’t the only reason the creators chose to set it in space. “It’s almost freeing to be on an alien planet, because you don’t have to necessarily deal with social ramifications for the character on earth” said Zdarsky.
Launching this April, Kaptara promises to be something we’ve never seen before and potentially a huge step forward in terms of representation in the comic book medium. This is the first time something so bold has been attempted with gay characters and based on the creative talent alone it sounds very promising.
“Everyone. 100% of the general population should pick up this comic” said Zdarsky. “I make the joke that it’s Gay Saga, to sell books, but it is Gay Saga. If you like Saga but want it to be more gay, you should pick this up.”
Tyler Hammel is a college student who has an unhealthy obsession with comic books. He’s a proud cinephile, owning a sizable film collection that lets you know he doesn't have any friends. An aspiring filmmaker, Tyler currently works with the VCU student organization The Horn RVA, a group of like-minded video journalists with a passion for Richmond based music. When not crafting his own bio Tyler can be found misusing commas,
“I’m writing the story starting out gay, building gay romance, delivering pay-offs around that romance, not as a cheap ploy which can sometimes happen.”April 8, 2015
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