The Heart of Thomas, by Moto Hagio, was one of the first Japanese comics to deal with same-sex relationships. Fantagraphics hide caption

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A new version of Superman, penned by Orson Scott Card, has caused a stir in the comics world. AP Photo/DC Comics hide caption

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Michael Chabon is the author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and The Yiddish Policemen's Union. Ulf Andersen/Getty Images hide caption

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