Wonderful Graphic Novels with GLBTQ+ Characters

—-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.

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Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag (Amazon/Kindle / Goodreads) By A.K. Summers.

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.

My Brother’s Husband (Amazon/Kindle / Goodreads) By Gengoroh Tagame.

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!)

Conspiracies

Mind the Gap
Morning Glories

Science Fiction Post #1

Dicebox
Concrete Park

Science Fiction Post #2

O Human Star
The Spire
Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy Comics Anthology
The Woods
Paper Girls

Magic

Hex11
Spell on Wheels

Myth, Literature, and History

Heathen
The One Hundred Nights of Hero

Being A Hero (Even Without Superpowers)

Agents of The Realm
Red Sonja

Love and Romance

Bonnie N. Collide
Love Not Found
Band vs. Band Comix
Breaks
Taproot
What Did You Eat Yesterday
The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal
Sunstone

Monsters and Monster-Hunters

The October Faction

Fantasy

Kay and P
Knights-Errant
The Legend of Bold Riley
The Old Guard

Just Plain Fun

Fence
Giant Days

Autobiography and Memoir

Tomboy (I don’t know how the author identifies, but this is queer-adjacent at least, questioning gender norms if not identity)
Spinning

Detectives

The Fuse
Stumptown
Gotham Central

Crime

Ringside

Growing Up (Fiction, not memoir, curated for adults, not kids)

Generations

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!

10 thoughts on “Wonderful Graphic Novels with GLBTQ+ Characters

  1. Skye

    Natalie, I hope you find something you like. :) The great thing about this set is several of them can be tried out as web comics first… or you can just keep going, if money’s tight. And then Wandering Son and Batgirl are likely to be in library collections.

    Shauna, Band vs Band sounds like it’s right up your alley then!

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  2. Anonymous

    I never even knew there was a such thing as glbtq type of comics. That is the beauty of reading blogs, you learn something new everyday!

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  3. Natalie

    I love reading about characters’ whose perspectives are different than what I know–seeing through their eyes for a little while helps me understand more about different cultures, religions, etc. Great picks–I’ll have to check out some of these!

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  4. Skye

    Andrea, I had wandered away from comics after college mostly too, and when I got back I found so much more diversity in topics than I had ever known about when I was reading the first time!

    Natalie, agree 100%!

    Nicole, I think the medium of comics doesn’t yet have its full respect yet. A lot of people aren’t aware of how many genres are represented, from history to comedy to romance to just about anything else, in addition to superheroes.

    Anonymous commenter, glad the post showed you a little something new! :)

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