“Under The Gunn” Channels Marvel Comics, The Riddler Joins Fox’s “Gotham”: Geek Like Me

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Tim Gunn is not-so-secretly a comic-book fan. The Project Runway mentor has critiqued super-hero costumes and even donned Iron Man’s armor in an issue of Models, Inc. Now Gunn is bringing it home with the latest challenge on tonight’s episode of Project Runway: Under the Gunn.
The four remaining designers face a ready-to-wear challenge that ask them to create a look inspired by some of Marvel Comics’ most iconic heroes, including Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Falcon, Hawkeye, and The Guardians of the Galaxy. And this week’s guest judge is none other than Jaimie Alexander, who plays the Lady Sif in the Thor movies and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

“Our characters are dramatic, visually exciting and rich with story – and isn’t high fashion all of those things?” said Cort Lane, MArvel’s VP for Animation Development and Production. “I got to spend so much time explaining the Marvel characters to the designers – each one of them found something really relatable and inspiring.”

Project Runway: Under the Gunn airs Thursdays at 9pm on Lifetime.

Despite a growing number of gay gamers, the video-game industry still falls short when it comes to LGBT inclusion—be that in the games themselves, or the environment fostered online, where out avatars can face heaps of abuse.

mass effect 3Manveer Heir of Bioware, the company responsible for hits like Dragon Age and Mass Effect, told GayGamer it’s time to correct that:

We’ve got to start acknowledging that [gays, women, minorities] are underrepresented groups, and that we don’t really know if the sales are good or bad, and just be willing to try. I think to go like “oh women in games don’t sell well…” but we don’t even see budgets; it’s kind of a terrible argument. We as developers, and people in marketing, and people in the business side of things need to come together to understand the problem and work together to solve it.

Bioware has made some strides, including adding a same-sex-romance option to Mass Effect 3

mighty-moxy-final-comic-p2-normalBob Vander Plaats is one of the worst homophobes in Iowa politics—so bad, in fact, that he’s been turned into a comic-book supervillain.

Find Your Voice features Mighty Moxy, a plucky young superheroine with two moms, fighting against “Bull Von Ploots” and a his gang of anti-equality bullies. Von Ploots is a dead ringer for Vander Plaats, who has called homosexuals “a public health risk,” praised Russia’s anti-gay laws, and said giving same-sex couples the right to marry is akin to treating black people like property.
“Extreme conservatives like Bob Vander Plaats use their influence to marginalize the people they don’t agree with, and that creates an environment for even more bullying to occur both in and out of the classroom,” said Matt Sinovic of Progress Iowa, who commissioned the comic. “Mighty Moxy teaches us all that we can use our voice to stand up to bullies at school, and in the political world.”
Progress Iowa is selling copies of Find Your Voice for $12, with proceeds benefiting Iowa Safe Schools.


More casting news for the upcoming Fox series Gotham: Cory Michael Smith joins the cast of the Batman prequel series as Edward Nygma, a.k.a. the Riddler. The character is  described as a “brilliant but socially awkward forensic scientist who’s eccentric and outgoing and desperate to be liked.”

For now, Nygma is slated as a guest spot in the pilot, but there’s an option to expand the role into a series regular. Taking a look at Smith (above) we wouldn’t be opposed to that.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.