Joe Corallo: Comics’ Queer Year?

Joe Corallo

Joe Corallo

Joe Corallo is a queer cisgender white guy who tries to keep his privilege in check while residing in Queens, NY. He's been an active participant in life for three decades, has been reading comics for over two of those decades, and has dabbled in writing comics for over half a decade. He's self published four issues of a cyberpunk comic titled Electronic, has work published in Geeks OUT Presents: Power Anthology, Margins Publishing's Our Hearts Still Beat zine, and Grayhaven's The Gathering: Music anthology. He's currently back at self publishing with a new series, Saturn's Call, alongside co-creator and illustrator Robby Barrett with issue #2 ready for release later this year. A couple of other projects are going on currently that can't be announced yet. Joe also contributes at Geeks OUT and [insertgeekhere].

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3 Responses

  1. Andrew L. says:

    “One of the more interesting phenomena towards the end of this year has been fans projecting queer relationships into franchises where they just don’t exist.”

    Not that this is particularly new. I first became aware of it with STAR TREK fan-fiction, specifically the Kirk/Spock slash fiction. And Tolkien’s readers speculated about Gimli and Legolas, as well as Frodo and Samwise, long before Peter Jackson started making movies.

    • Joe Corallo says:

      True. I do mention that it isn’t new and address slash fiction in particular, with the Kirk/Spock slash fiction in mind.

      “Sure, we can point to slash fiction as the start, or one of the starts, of the contemporary push for this. However, slash fiction was never the topic of discussion in the same way as the examples I’ve just mentioned.”

  2. Mindy Newell says:

    Slash fiction always makes me think of the Mary Sue fiction.

    As for the representation of gay relationships, well, I’m noticing more and more in TV commercials that the couple is often of mixed ethnicity…so hang in there, Joe. Queer representation will happen on a much wider basis than WILL & GRACE, the that really put the cracks in the same-sex couples relationship glass ceiling), and much, much faster than black representation on television.

    Regarding STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE did a wonderful episode in which Jadzia Dax, the symbiotic Trill, met one of her previous incarnation’s significant other (I use that term because I don’t remember which one was male and which was female in the marriage), and the two women broke Trill society laws to be together again…it didn’t have anything to do with the gender, but it was an excellent effort by the writers to just address the nature of love.

    Also–AND HOW COULD I HAVE NOT MENTIONED THIS IMMEDIATELY!–there was Willow and Tara’s relationship on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, which I think was so beautifully and realistically portrayed.

    The one science fiction book that sticks out in my mind regarding gender issues is Ursula LeGuinn’s THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS.