Given all the controversy about diversity lately, I don’t want you to see this as an attack on your or your staff, this is just genuine curiosity on my part. A while back I asked why Marvel don’t have any LGBT solo titles and you have a very thoughtful response as to how it didn’t seem the right time, the creators didn’t fit etc & how you wanted to do it justice. My question is, given the success of Midnighter at DC & the other lgbt books, what is it that makes you feel the time isn’t r

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I need the story and the creative team to show up, and feel legitimate. I don’t just want to do it because somebody else has done it, and in doing so, do it badly.

So is this Brevoort saying that no-one has pitched a “legitimate” story yet, or that one hasn’t come from a “legitimate” creative team?

This weekend, I had a dream in which Paul Weller had broken his leg, and as a result had to stay with us until he healed. It was a strange dream, not least of all because imaginary Paul Weller was the grumpiest bastard imaginable.

Loki seems to have lost his solo title in the Secret Wars upheaval. Angela may be bisexual, but I don’t think it’s been established. Some readers insist that Deadpool is bisexual, but he’s only ever made jokes about it. There’s a rumor that a long overdue Northstar series may be announced soon; that might have felt like a gain if we hadn’t lost Loki and Hercules. Right now, Marvel’s best days as a publisher of queer-friendly comics are definitely in the past.

None of which is to imply that Marvel hates LGBTQ people, or that Alonso is any kind of bigot. It would be easy to characterize my comments that way in order to dismiss them, so let me be clear: I know there are LGBTQ people at Marvel, including at an editorial level. Neither the company nor the editor-in-chief dislikes gay people.

But I don’t believe the company is sensitive or receptive to the issues or the audience. Marvel is too quick to dismiss critics with derision and contempt, even when those critics are queer comic fans with a legitimate complaint, and that makes the company look hostile. Combine that hostility with a lackluster publishing slate and a track record of marginalizing LGBTQ characters, and Marvel’s failures come into sharp relief. The straightwashing of Hercules just draws attention to it all.

Meanwhile, DC is courting queer fans with books like Midnighter, Catwoman, Constantine, Harley Quinn, Bombshells, and Secret Six. So if you want to know which major superhero publisher is listening to you, and if you want to know which publisher treats its LGBTQ readers with respect, the answer to that is straighter than Hercules ever was.“

Movement Conservatives now bank on the idea that any media other than Fox is biased toward an un-American point of view. In 2012, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich summarized the argument. He called out the media for ignoring the Americans who “so deeply want their country to get back on the right track,” and who were tired of “elites who have been trying for a half century to force us to quit being American and to become some kind of other system.” But mainstream news channels do not seem to understand the history of the Movement Conservatives’ political attack on impartial media. For Movement Conservatives, any news coverage that does not explicitly endorse their viewpoint is biased and un-American by definition, no matter how well sourced or argued it is.

In their attempt to honor the American tradition of impartial and fair media, mainstream news channels have worked to give more and more airtime to the Movement Conservative worldview, until we have reached a point where the first Republican presidential debate will allow only a minute for responses to how a candidate would deal with the most pressing questions in the world, and where the leading candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for president—for the most powerful office in the world—is the ultimate salesman.

Actions speak louder than words. We are experiencing a lull in African-American writers at this moment, but it is temporary. We will be announcing new series very soon that will prove that. I’m talking about new voices, familiar voices and one writer whose voice is heard round the world. [Laughs]

Since you mention, Dwayne, Reggie and Kevin… Comics lost a major talent when it lost Dwayne McDuffie. I’ve got to wonder how he – who had a close relationship with [SVP for Publishing] Tom Brevoort – might have contributed to Marvel. The same thing is true of the late Robert Morales, with whom I was very close. I edited his brilliant “Truth: Red, White and Black” limited series and his run on “Captain America,” and looked forward to working with him again before he passed.

Never forget that proud moment when Marvel’s editor-in-chief seemed to suggest that his company would have more black writers if they hadn’t died on him. (From here.)

At a succession of campaign stops this week, the former Arkansas governor said he would violate a landmark supreme court ruling to accomplish his goal of ending abortion.

“I will not pretend there is nothing we can do to stop this,” Huckabee said at one stop in Iowa.

The Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi pressed Huckabee at the next campaign stop, asking if he would use the national guard or the FBI to stop abortions. Huckabee responded: “We’ll see, if I get to be president.“