BOOM! Studios and GLAAD honored writer James Tynion IV and artist Michael Dialynas' original comic book series THE WOODS in Los Angeles last Friday as the winner of the 2017 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book. The announcement was first made at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremony on April 1st.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and the issues that affect their lives. The Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories from the LGBTQ community that build support for equality. The Outstanding Comic Book award was officially presented to James Tynion IV, representing the series’ creative team, at the BOOM! Studios office in Los Angeles.
"Honestly, this award means the world,” says Tynion IV. “When I was reading comics in high school, it felt like I couldn't find any stories that represented my life or my struggles. I was a young man, looking to fiction to find a path for myself and queerness was always just subtext, punchline, or fleeting. I made a promise to myself then that when I become a comic book writer, I wouldn't do that. I would put the queer characters up front and center with the rest. Not necessarily to tell stories about their queerness, but to show that I existed as a part of the same world as my straight peers. To make sure that the high school James of today can find stories that speak to him on the comic shelf.
"To win this award for the series that I believe is the purest expression of myself is one of the greatest honors of my young life."
"This award means everything to me and I'm very honored to have our colorful space adventure recognized among the other amazing and high-caliber titles in the Outstanding Comic Book category," adds Dialynas.
Debuting in 2014, The Woods follows the journey of 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI who vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine. The series wraps up its ambitious three-year storyline in full this October with the release of The Woods #36. The series has consistently received critical acclaim for its diverse representation of LGBTQ youth among its core lead characters—including Ben, Isaac, Sander, and Sanani—and an equally vibrant supporting cast.
The Woods is in development with Universal Cable Productions at the Syfy Network as an hour-long drama with Michael Armbruster writing the pilot and Executive Producing. Brad Peyton (San Andreas) is set to direct and Executive Produce, alongside his producing partner Jeff Fierson, Ross Richie (BOOM! Studios Founder & CEO), and Stephen Christy (BOOM! Studios President of Development), with Josh Levy (BOOM! Studios, Senior Vice President, Television) as Co-Executive Producer.