GLAAD announced its annual media awards this past weekend. The awards are given to a diverse range of sources to “…recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives.” As a fan of Kurtis J. Wiebe’s Rat Queens, I am proud to say it won for Best Comic Book.
It was up against a tough field, Hawkeye, Lumberjanes, Memetic, and Saga, all of which are fantastic books but Rat Queens definitely deserves this award. Not just for its brilliant standalone issue on transgendered character, Braga but for its everyday depictions of a variety of sexualities as completely average and unworthy of noting as anything odd.
The women of Rat Queens are what drew me to the book but in truth all the characters are well-rounded and three-dimensional. Everyone has multiple personality traits and quirks and can express them freely. Recently Wiebe tweeted that he was astounded and touched by the support of his female readership and how much he owes the book’s success to them…
2 years ago I thought Rat Queens wouldn’t succeed. I genuinely didn’t understand how huge female readership was. Holy shit they educated me.
— Kurtis Wiebe (@kurtisjwiebe) March 10, 2015
…but if you write it, we will come, and so we have.
Congratulations to the entire creative team of Rat Queens on this award, as well as to Image which allows them the freedom to tell the stories they want and the ones we want to read. May they continue to for many years to come.
You can find a list of GLAAD Award recipients here.