Kurt Busiek injects LGBT issues into Astro City
Have I mentioned how much I love how @KurtBusiek weaves the lives of gay characters seamlessly into #AstroCity? #LGBT pic.twitter.com/6x2SgS7ho2
— Gay Comic Guy (@GayComicGuy) August 22, 2014
Now to be fair, it's Busiek's property and his prerogative to bring up whatever issues he decides. But it's still a shame he's joined the list of left-wingers who think homosexuality is so utterly important, and has to put it into such a well regarded series. What makes that so important, but not ethnic/nationality backgrounds like Portuguese, Armenian, Mongolian, Cameroonian, French, Peruvian, Macedonian, Danish and Chilean? Why not superhuman beings residing in the metropolis whose backgrounds draw from the examples I've given? Just think, there could be French and Italian with magical talents, Cameroonian and Danish with the power to fly and shoot plasma bolts, Burmese and Columbians with teleportation powers. There could even be gourmets with meals from all these different countries featured, ditto some famous proverbs. Yet Busiek chose to go a very predictable route, and based on the tweeter's comment, it's unlikely we'll be seeing homosexuality presented as a poor role model, yet if it's that important a subject, it's also unlikely we'll be seeing Busiek condemning Muslim violence against gays and lesbians, not even speaking against regimes like Brunei, which have taken their situation from bad to worse.
In fact, if Busiek and others of his standings think exploring homosexuality is that important, how come they don't think the same about overweight people? It worked for William Conrad as Cannon in the 1970s, why couldn't it work for stories like his? If I heard people of Busiek's standing defend any disinterest in overweight protagonists simply because obesity isn't healthy, I'd have to shake my head in disbelief, because homosexuality has its own health hazards too. (And if they defended disinterest in emphasis on ethnic backgrounds from abroad because it's supposedly not interesting enough, I think I'd be disgusted.)
On the plus side, IIRC, Busiek did not join the leftist bunch in comics who were demonizing Orson Scott Card and refusing to read his work. But it's still a shame he's squandering creativity over something so predictable.