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Send us your shelf porn!

Hello again. With Comic-Con looming mightily we opted to get Shelf Porn up a day early. Hope you don’t mind too much.

This week we’re getting a little more toy-oriented, courtesy of Jennifer Sparenberg from Greenbelt, MD. Jennifer had originally sent me pics of her “Lesbian Icon” shelf last month, but I had a backlog of photos to sift through and wasn’t able to get to her contribution until this week.

So, let’s not delay any longer! Here’s Jen:

I live in Greenbelt, MD and have been reading comics since they cost only 40 cents.  I got the idea for the LBGT portion of the collection because I was thinking about visibility in comics and how there seem to be a lot of LBGT characters “out” in comics now.  That got me thinking about the by-products of comics, like action figures.  So I searched the internet to find a list of LBGT characters in comics, then I started looking around to see what characters had been made into action figures or Heroclix and viola: the Lesbian Icons shelf was born…

It started out as a collection of lesbian and bi characters (the Question, Batwoman, Willow, Tara, Kennedy), but then it expanded to include: characters suspected of being gay (Peppermint Patty, Velma), subtexty characters (Xena, Gabrielle, the Ripley clone), characters portrayed by actresses we think are hot (Starbuck, Samantha Carter, Batgirl), and finally a few strong women (American Maid, Elizabeth Swann).

From left to right: Front row – Tasha Yar, American Maid, Lisa Simpson, Ice Maiden, Karma, Elizabeth Swann, Batwoman, Marion Ravenwood, the Question, Shrinking Violet (heroclix), the only Female Stormtrooper (who’s name I can’t remember), Scandal Savage, Moondragon, Knockout, Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Destiny, Mystique, the Question and Batwoman, Wonder Woman; Middle Row-Velma, Magical Bunny Witch, Katchoo, Jenny Sparks, Samantha Carter, Claudia Black’s character, Kat, Starbuck, Kristina Lokken terminator, Marcy, Peppermint Patty, Batwoman, Willow, Kennedy, Homotrooper; Back Row—the Question, Batwoman, Sarah Rainmaker, Bonny ??, Ripley-alien hybrid clone, Xena, Tara and Gabrielle.

If anyone knows of any lesbian or bi superheros that I missed, please let me know. Thanks for looking!

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