A Comic Outing

A sexy and yet intellectual comic book that pulls no punches, Oliver M. Pulumbarit’s Lexy, Nance & Argus: Sex, Gods, Rock & Roll offers a delightful look into the lives and loves of three queer dorm mates. In an interview with ICON, Oliver reveals, among other things, which comic book characters and superheroes are 'on our side'.

What was your inspiration for writing LNA?
Mostly, people I know and admire. And the need to tell a story that's distinctively socially relevant and entertaining at the same time. I believed in the project, so I really pursued it.What are your upcoming projects?There are plans to do something totally different and removed from Lexy, Nance & Argus. But nothing really concrete yet, since I'm really busy doing freelance writing and art jobs just to survive. I'm about to do a few pages for the Alamat Comics anniversary special, but I've yet to really sit down and start working on it. But when everything's sure, I'll definitely announce it in my blog (saintvladymir.blogspot.com) and everywhere else.

Will you continue to have gay characters in your future works?
Oh, yes. Definitely. Although I might approach doing gay characters differently from what I did in LNA, which is, obviously, gay-centric.

Which superhero do you think is gay?
There were rumors that Storm of the X-men was gay during the eighties. She had a total makeover off-panel (she cut her long hair to sport a mohawk!) courtesy of her gal pal, Japanese ninja/ wild girl Yukio. But of course, they eventually gave her a boyfriend, so there went that.
I think Brainiac 5 of the Legion is gay. He's a genius from a super-smart race, so I would think that gender identity issues wouldn't be a problem for him. But that was never really confirmed.

Lately, superheroes have been coming out in superhero books. There are only a handful, but it's very important for young readers. In the early nineties, Canadian mutant Northstar made headlines after the character admitted that he was gay. He joined the X-Men about four years ago, but was recently killed. Other Marvel characters that have been declared gay (or bi, or lesbian) include Phat and Vivisector of X-Statix, Karma of the X-Men, and their foes Mystique and Destiny. DC's Wildstorm imprint The Authority has a married super-gay couple, Apollo and Midnighter.

There are characters that have slowly been appearing all over the international comics scene that aren't token representations of homosexuals. Again, I stress that this is important because young gay people need to be represented and feel accepted. They need every hero they can relate to, even in the two-dimensional world of comic books. It's about time.

Who do you find hotter? Superman or Batman? or Wonder Woman or Jean Grey?
Oh, I think they're all hot. They don't really age. They'll always be physically fit epitomes of perfection that will always appeal to different generations of readers.

Lexy, Nance & Argus: Sex, Gods, Rock & Roll is now available at Comic Quest branches (SM Megamall, SM City-North Edsa, Festival Mall Alabang) and at Pride Exchange, located at Orosa corner Nakpil Streets, Malate, Manila. It's right on top of Komiks Cafe. Their store hours: Mondays to Thursdays, 4 p.m.-12 midnight, and Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m.-3 a.m. (Sundays-closed).