Sweethearts: Dominion Kid and Blue Jay Boy
I grew up as a closeted gay kid in the 70's and 80's, and as a somewhat closeted gay young adult in the 90's, which was quite a challenge to say the least. One of the things that I had always wanted back then, and that I had searched for but never truly found, was a gay role model in popular culture that I could identify with. Someone who was "just like me". Even a fictional gay character in a comic book or a TV show would have made a world of difference to help me become more comfortable with being gay. Just to see a gay character, someone like myself that I didn't feel was "too gay" or "too stereotypical", reflected in a movie or storybook would have given me the courage to come out a lot earlier in my life... which is certainly a much healthier thing to do than supressing your true identity and feelings for the sake of conforming to social "norms".
With this in mind, I decided that I wanted to write stories that included gay characters in key leading roles which would appeal to kids, teens and young adults. I can't go back in time, but I can work toward helping gay youth and young adults of today find the cultural role models that I never had. This is where Blue Jay Boy and Dominion Kid come into the picture. When Blue Jay Boy meets Dominion Kid there is instant chemistry, and the two young heroes become a couple. They're featured among the main team of superheroes in my Pythor Comics stories about Canadian Crusader and the Canuck Crusaders. I've just begun to write and publish these stories, which I also illustrate, so stay tuned for more as my book series takes shape!
Griffon Shadow, Guardian of the Underworld.
Another of my gay superheroes is Griffon Shadow, who is the main character in his own series. Griffon's boyfriend is the long haired winged warrior St. Michael the Archangel, who resides in purgatory as the Keeper of Souls. Together they battle evil forces to maintain order in Hades and prevent the earth from being overrun by evil.
I'm quite excited about making all of these stories available in full colour very soon. This page will be updated once the books are available. Until then I've published some mini-comic books online, which can be read for free on my other blog site at Mikey's Art and Puppetry Blog.
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Text and images copyright Mikey Artelle, 2017. Blue Jay Boy, Dominion Kid, Griffon Shadow and related characters names and likeness are TM and copyright, Mikey Artelle. All rights reserved.