—-This post was updated and refreshed in October 2018. Happy reading!—-
When I published this post in 2014, I had room for most of my fave GLBTQ+ graphic novels and comics in one post. Now? Hahahaha! They cannot be contained!
So – after TWO key recommendations reviewed here in full – this post is now an index of queer graphic novels recommended across my blog. It’s organized by blog post, with a link to the post where you can find more info about the titles listed. Or just look them up on your book research site of choice.
Let’s get started, because I know you’re going to find something here to love.
When self-proclaimed butch dyke Teek and her partner Vee decide it’s baby-having time, they have NO idea what they’re in for. The usual pregnant-woman physical complaints, plus a whole different level of identity issues for Teek. I laughed at the comment in the Acknowledgements that “straight women want to read something other than dreck about pregnancy too.” While I’m not straight, I completely agree that even gals who have babies in the most traditional way don’t necessarily want sunshine and sparkles pregnancy tales! And this book is not sunshine or sparkles. It’s honest, raw, real, thoughtful, incredibly funny, and has a happy ending.
Fascinating, heartstring-yanking duology about a Japanese single father, Yaichi, whose estranged gay twin brother Ryoji moved to Canada and married a Canadian man named Mike. After Ryoji passes away, Mike comes to see Ryoji’s Japan for the first time and get to know his lost husband’s family. Yaichi has never confronted his own homophobia until Mike arrives. His daughter Kana bonds with Mike immediately, but Yaichi has a more difficult time though he works at questioning his own assumptions. There’s some sadness here, since Mike is grieving and Yaichi is confronting the permanent loss of his brother. There’s also a feeling of hope, though, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the second volume.
[Update: the second volume is also amazing. I cried. In a good way.]
Diversity note: Tagame is possibly the most influential out gay manga creator in Japan.
AND NOW the index! Every title indexed here has either one or more GLBTQ+ main characters OR at least one queer secondary character who gets significant screen time and delighted me. Mostly the former.
(So far this index only covers graphic novels. Next steps: including YA graphic novels, webcomics, and digital comics too!)
Mind the Gap
O Human Star
Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy Comics Anthology
Spell on Wheels
The One Hundred Nights of Hero
Agents of The Realm
Bonnie N. Collide
Love Not Found
Band vs. Band Comix
What Did You Eat Yesterday
The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal
The October Faction
Kay and P
The Legend of Bold Riley
The Old Guard
Tomboy (I don’t know how the author identifies, but this is queer-adjacent at least, questioning gender norms if not identity)
Growing Up (Fiction, not memoir, curated for adults, not kids)
And that’s the list of our best-loved graphic novels and comics with GLBTQ characters, and even some folks beyond those letters, yay! If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments – and thanks for sharing this post on social media or with friends!