I am a Queer artist of color (Gay and Filipino if you want to be more specific), and I love comics! I grew up reading the adventures of the X-Men, Avengers, Justice League and all those other great team books. I especially related to the X-Men, the story of these heroes who didn’t want to be heroes, but stood up to their oppressors and fought for not only their personal rights but for the rights of their entire species, got me hooked. Because growing up gay I related so much to their life of isolation and wanting so much to be accepted, I secretly wished that I was born a mutant so that I could be accepted into Xavier’s prestigious academy.
I always waited and hoped that they would mention “gay” or even have a gay character, but in my early childhood that never happened. Now we have gay characters coming out of nowhere, and the closet too! I enjoy reading about this new (and sometimes older) generation of heroes but I wanted more.
The “Big Two”, have many LGBTQ characters but none in my opinion, have been given enough attention in the spotlight that they deserve (or haven’t been allowed to, whether through the constant change of creators, who always have different ideas for the characters or what).
Because of this, I started following independent creators of LGBTQ content, especially superheroes. Surprisingly enough, this genre seemed lacking as well. You would think that sexy people in spandex would be a no-brainer (for anyone, not just the LGBTQ community). But I’ve been following series’ like Spandex by Martin Eden and The Pride by Joe Glass, which are really great, but they both had the same problem, they aren’t ongoing! I really don’t want to get invested into a series only to have it end or only to be released occasionally. I understand this is fiscally difficult, which is why I had to keep looking for my “gay superheroes”. Then I re-discovered the Webcomic. I used to read webcomics when they first started cropping up on the internet but for some reason fell out of it. I found some great Webcomics, such as The Young Protectors by Alex Woolfson, and YForce by Hirojo, they are still ongoing so at least I can get my fix. But reading these stories have inspired me to create my own heroes! Why wait around for gay superheroes when I can create them myself?
When I was younger I always dreamed about becoming a comic book artist, and was even bold enough to submit some sample pages to Marvel (I was gracefully rejected btw). I even made a webcomic myself back in the day (which was so terrible). I figured what the heck, let me try this thing again! So here I am giving it another whirl (with a lot more years of practice and better technology)!
I still have lots to learn and I’m constantly working to improve my skills, as both an artist and a writer. But I will continue to create art, and stories with my characters for as long as I’m able!