With the loss of the only gay male lead in a mainstream comic book series, it leaves a hole in the social consciousness of America. If mainstream studios won't create comic books with gay leading characters, then it's up to independent authors to create them.
Early one morning I followed the blinking, grinding, lumbering school bus on its routine route to pick up students. Always the consummate people-watcher, I studied the colorful collection of gangly, boisterous pre-teens waiting at each stop. Then I saw her - the girl standing alone. She was me, fifty years ago.
When it comes to embracing pop culture and navigating your crazy ass family, only to find who you are? 20 years ago we were given that story when we met Max and followed his adventure across country, and 20 years later it remains one of the most underrated Disney movies in history.
Before Star Wars, I was just a geeky, nerdy kid who enjoyed science fiction and fantasy but didn't really connect with too many others. After Star Wars, things changed. While I was still geeky and nerdy, I found friends who didn't notice, let alone care. We got each other and that was enough.
Waiting on a line that wrapped around two or sometimes three blocks - often times - getting soaked by a cold and misty rain
"People ask me all of the time if I have a hobby. I thought I didn't, but I was wrong. I do have one and it's bathing. That's my hobby. ... And since I'm a professional daydreamer, this is practically like being on the job."