LGBTQ+ Pride Month is upon us, and I’m in the mood for a graphic novel. Here are a few titles that caught my eye:
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The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver.
Cover Blurb (from Amazon): “E.K. Weaver’s critically-acclaimed road trip romance comic is collected here in this award-winning, commercially-successful omnibus edition. Less Than Epic tells the story of Amal (just out of the closet and freshly disowned by his parents) and TJ (a mysterious and eccentric vagrant) and their journey across the continental United States.”
Thoughts: I have a weakness for travel writing in general, but road-trip stories are my favorite. You know that saying “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”? I freaking hate that saying. However, for road-trip stories, I’ll make an exception.
Kim & Kim Vol 1 by Magdalene Visaggio
Cover Blurb (from Amazon): “Kim & Kim are twentysomething besties out to make a name for themselves in the wild world of inter-dimensional cowboy law enforcement. In a massive “screw you” to their parents and the authorities, they decide to hijack some high stakes bounty ― and end up in way over their heads. A day-glo action adventure that’s bursting with energy and enthusiasm, it puts queer women and trans women front and center, with a story that embraces the absurd alongside realistic pathos.”
Thoughts: Inter-dimensional cowboy law enforcement already has me thinking about ‘Firefly,’ which I absolutely love. Add in diverse characters and an 80’s pop-punk vibe, and I absolutely can’t say no.
Intro to Alien Invasion by Owen King
Cover blurb (from Amazon): “Stacey, a brilliant, overachieving astrobiology major at Fenton College, had planned on just another lonely Spring Break on campus. But when a hurricane batters the small college town, downing power lines and knocking out cell phone reception, Stacey and her friends are stranded with no way to communicate with the outside world at the worst possible moment: in the midst of an alien invasion.
As space insects begin to burrow into students and staff, transforming them into slobbering, babbling monsters, a conglomeration of misfits must band together to prevent the infestation from spreading. Meanwhile, Stacey’s long-stifled romantic feelings for her friend Charlotte begin to surface, while the professor she had admired and respected becomes the students’ worst enemy.”
Thoughts: The world needs more college fiction, and science fiction needs more LGBTQ+ representation. Win-win. Plus, how freaking cute are those illustrations?
Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce
Cover Blurb (from Amazon): “Wuvable Oaf is the first-ever collection of the acclaimed self-published comic book series by cartoonist Ed Luce. Oaf is a large, hirsute, scary-looking ex-wrestler who lives in San Francisco with his adorable kitties and listens to a lot of Morrissey. The book follows Oaf ’s search for love in the big city, especially his pursuit of Eiffel, the lead singer of the black metal/queercore/ progressive disco grindcore band Ejaculoid. Luce weaves between the friends, associates, enemies, ex-lovers and pasts of both men into the story of their courtship. A romantic comedy at its core, Wuvable Oaf recalls elements of comics as diverse as Scott Pilgrim, Love and Rockets, and Archie, set against the background of San Francisco’s queer community and music scene.”
Thoughts: Gay ex-wrestler with kittens. Need I say more?
Looking for more resources?
Relevant LiteratureLynx reviews:
a + e 4ever– a graphic novel that tackles sex, friendship and gender labels
Blood, Marriage, Wine & Glitter– a collection of essays about what it means to be a family
The Thieves of Nottica– a steampunk sci-fi featuring an array of LGBTQ+ characters and themes
If you’re looking for fiction or poetry, Wikipedia’s list of LGBT writers is actually pretty extensive.
If you’re looking for more graphic novel suggestions, try one of these lists:
Have any other suggestions for me? Leave them in the comments!