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Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of famous American cartoonists who could pass for gay? in the new new media capitol of the world? St. Petersburg, Florida!
By BOB ANDELMAN
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That?s one of the first impressions you get from reading through the newly collected strips in The Complete Wendel. It starts on the cover, Wendell beaming at his friends, eyes wide, mouth slightly open, bushy red hair drawing all attention to him.
Wendel was a gay character in an era when Gay Americans were increasingly stepping out of the shadows, making their voices and politics known, and demanding a share of the equality other minorities sought before them.
As time goes on, we see the almost Archie-like Wendel still have his goofy moments, but there is a genteel radicalization that gradually engulfs the strip, no doubt reflecting the times in which the strip was published.
As for the artist, Howard Cruse ? the founding editor of Gay Comix ? he?s an old friend, someone I met through Will Eisner about eight years ago when the two of them were visiting artists at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.
Howard Cruse Website ? Blog
HOWARD CRUSE audio excerpt: "I was trying to reflect the way gay life was lived by the people I knew in the 1980s. Cast members were added to reflect different types; I added some lesbians characters. Some characters were more outrageous than others. AIDS became part of the strip. The homophobia that was rife in the government and in religious organizations became part of the strip."
Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 10 books, including 'The Consulate' with Thomas Stutler, 'The Profiler' with Pat Brown, 'Built From Scratch' with the founders of The Home Depot, and 'Will Eisner: A Spirited Life.' ? Follow Bob on Twitter or Facebook.
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