Queer Geek News Roundup: February 5, 2017

  • Cloak and Dagger, the TV adaptation of Marvel's light-and-dark themed superpowered-teen-runaways/vigilantes has found its stars. The show will premiere on the cable network Freeform (formerly ABC Family) in 2018.

  • Speaking of Marvel TV series about teen runaways, this week also saw casting announced for Hulu's Runaways, based on the Marvel comic about a group of mismatched teens who band together after discovering their parents to be supervillains. The eventually incorporated a romance between two queer aliens (one of them a gender-fluid shapeshifter); hopefully that will survive the transition to live action intact.

  • Mark Russell—author of DC's sadly short-lived Prez series from 2015, as well as the current The Flintstones comic (check it out; it forgoes the source material for a biting, satirical look at American society, tackling issues from economics to homophobia to imperialism) has revealed plans for a Snagglepuss comic this year. Hanna-Barbera's pink cartoon cat, introduced in 1959, has always seemed a touch queer (given his effete mannerisms, theatrical flourishes... oh, and being pink). Per a recent interview, Russell's new book will turn that subtext into text, reinventing Snagglepuss as a "gay Southern gothic playwright" in the vein of Tennessee Williams:

Yeah, [Snagglepuss' sexuality is] never discussed and it’s obviously ignored in the cartoons ’cuz they were made at a time when you couldn’t even acknowledge the existence of such a thing, but it’s still so obvious; so it’s natural to present it in a context where everybody knows, but it’s still closeted. And dealing with the cultural scene of the 1950s, especially on Broadway, where everybody’s gay, or is working with someone who’s gay, but nobody can talk about it — and what it’s like to have to try to create culture out of silence.

The new Snagglepuss will debut with a backup story in next month's Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Annual (yes, that's a thing), before the full series hits shelves this fall. DC has released a one-page preview of that story; we can't wait to see more.