‘Crush & Lobo,’ ‘Cheer Up!’ win at the 2022 GLAAD Media Awards

GLAAD expands to two comics-related categories this year — comics and graphic novels — recognizing titles from DC Comics and Oni Press.

Crush & Lobo from DC Comics and Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms from Oni Press both took home awards in the 33rd annual GLAAD Media Awards, which recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ+ community and the issues that affect their lives.

This year GLAAD doubled their recognition of the comic industry by expanding to two categories — one for comics books and one for graphic novels.

Crush & Lobo by Mariko Tamaki, Amancay Nahuelpan, Tamra Bonvillain, Nick Filardi and Ariana Maher won the outstanding comic book category. The miniseries featured the former Teen Titan confronting her incarcerated Czarnian father — and dealing with her own feelings about her girlfriend.

Cheer Up! Love and Pom Poms by Crystal Frasier, Val Wise and Oscar O. Jupiter won the award for outstanding original graphic novel. (It’s also up for a Lambda Literary Award this year). It’s about a smart but antisocial lesbian who joins the cheer squad in order to boost the extracurriculars on her college applications, and while there rekindles her friendship with a trans girl named BeBe.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD, annually recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives. 10 comics and 10 graphic novels were nominated in the “Outstanding Comic Book” and ‘Outstanding Original Graphic Novel/Anthology” categories this year; you can see all the nominees here. And you can view all the winners from this year’s GLAAD Media Awards here.

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