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SuperQueeroes: Our Heroes, Our Heroines
22 January 2016 – 26 June 2016| 7.50 €
BERLIN, GERMANY | SuperQueeroes: Our LGBTI Comic Book Heroes and Heroines. For the first time in Germany, and Europe, a museum devotes an exhibition to the topic of “queer” comics: comics that include LGBTI characters and tell Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Transsexual, and Intersex stories.
The exhibition focuses on “Heroes and Heroines,” covering more than just the usual X-Men, Batmen and Catwomen who have experienced coming-out stories in USA mainstream comic series in recent years.
The show also acknowledges the heroic everyday-lives of LGBTI people, as mirrored in the many underground comics, presenting their daily struggles in a hetero-normative world.
Stories of everyday heroes and heroines from Europe are juxtaposed with those from the USA, while mainstream superheroes are put in opposition to underground super-heroines such as Glamazonia.
There are also subversive anti-heroes defying comic codes and conventions with their sexuality, as well as LGBTI characters that conquered hetero-dominated bastions such as cowboy, cop and adventure strips.
A special section of the show is dedicated to the topic of AIDS, showing how superhero characters battle against HIV: from the 1980s Condom Man to 2015s Stigma Fighters.
SuperQueeroes: Heroic and Daring
Many authors of queer comics when they originally published their work did so at great risk to themselves and their reputations.
In this show these creators are portrayed as “heroes” in their own right, and as LGBTI pioneers.
Some are well known: Tom of Finland, Alison Bechdel, Ralf König, Wolfgang Müller, Gengoroh Tagameh, Nazario or Howard Cruse,
Others less familiar: Megan Rose Gedris, Erika Moen and Kylie Summer Wu.
SuperQueeroes is curated by an international team of experts who bring distinctive and individual perspectives to the superhero topic. The team includes: Michael Bregel, Kevin Clarke, Natasha Gross, Hannes Hacke, Justin Hall, Markus Pfalzgraf, Mario Russo.
Heroes and Heroines In the Exhibition:
Gwendolin Altenhöfer, Heike Anacker, Tara Avery, Alison Bechdel, Elizabeth Beier, Theo Van Den Boogaard, Simon Bosch, Craig Bostick, Tom Bouden, Tony Breed, Jennifer Camper, Colleen Coover, Howard Cruse, Jennifer Cruté, Scott Cunningham, Dave Davenport, Mike Diana, Blue Delliquanti, Diane DiMassa, Dylan Edwards, Luca Enoch, Youssef Faksh, Joyce Farmer, Naomi Fearn, Bill Ferenc, Richard Fiala, Flo, Ellen Forney, Yori Gagarim, Alexander Gellner, Nicole Georges, Melanie Gillman, Sina Grace, Diana Green, Roberta Gregory, Justin Hall, Anna Heger, Victor Hodge, Helena Janecic, Phil Jimenez, Jiraiya, Joe Johnson, Ross Johnston, G. B. Jones, Kai-Boom, Gina Kamentsky, David Kelly, Rupert Kinnard, Robert Kirby, Beata “Beatrix” Cymerman, Birgit Kiupel, Ralf König, Christian Kranich, Thilo Krapp, Katrin Kremmler, Mike Kuchar, Suskar Lötzerich, Ed Luce, Steve MacIsaac, Jon Macy, Fiona Mallratte, Mana, Swen Marcel, Lee Mars, Stefan Merkt, Erica Moen, Wolfgang Müller, Nazario, Sven Oliver, Eric Orner, Charles Ortlieb, Kevin Pyle, David Quantic, Carlo Quispe, Brad Rader, Henna Räsänen, Trina Robbins, Joey Alison Sayers, Imke Schmidt-Sári, Ka Schmitz, Martina Schradi, Bil Sherman, Jeremy Sorese, Hannes Steinert, Gengoroh Tagameh, Tom of Finland, Dax Tran-Caffee, Robert Triptow, Ivan Velez, Michael Vogt, Kirsten Walther, Mary Wings, Rick Worly, Stefan Zeh.
Three LGBTI Graphic Novels
There are also several related Events and Guided Tours at the Schwules Museum during the exhibition including:
Thursday, 24 March 2016 at 6:30 pm
Sex & Superheroes: Comic Characters in Porn Movies
From Tuesday 29 March until Friday 1 April 2016 at 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Masken, Glitzer, Kryptonit
With a pen and fantasy for a better world
Thursday, 14 April 2016 at 7:00 pm
Yuri, Girls‘ Love, Shoujo Ai?! Do we have lesbian manga?
with Dr. Verena Maser
Sunday, 17 April 2016 at 2:00 pm
Live Comics Drawing
with 123comics and Ka Schmitz
Saturday, 14 May 2016 at 7:00 pm
Ach, so ist das?!
Reading with Martina Schradi
Admission is 7.50 €
Illustration: A detail from the poster of SuperQeeroes designed by Swen Marcel.