Are you interested in learning more about the LGBTQ graphic novels and comics we have available at the GLBT Library? This blog post, and the similar post on the GLBT Student Support Services at IUB Facebook page, highlights this genre and some of our most interesting items.
The first item, “No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics”, is a collection of queer comic books, strips, graphic novels, and web-comics that present LGBTQ themes from the perspective of an insider (Hall, Editor’s Note). This collection is not a complete anthology of queer comics. Instead this work provides readers with a starting point within the queer comic genre. The works included in this collection were created by diverse authors with unique perspectives. A brief history of queer comics is presented as well as a list of additional notable works for interested readers.
Another sub-genre of LGBTQ graphic novels and comics that is massively popular focuses on main characters that are superheroes. In “Northstar”, the superhero and his X-Men teammates battle an evil psychic intent on provoking disasters that will destroy humanity. This item is particularly unique because it includes the historic comic in which Northstar publicly announced he was gay, one of the first superheroes to do so.
The next item, “Are You My Mother” by Alison Bechdel, details the author’s turbulent relationship with her emotionally distant mother. What makes this item especially unique is the author’s use of characters, such as Virginia Woolf and psychoanalytic theorist D.W. Winnicott, to work through the tangles of her past. Alison Bechdel is also the author of the pivotal series “Dykes to Watch Out For” (http://dykestowatchoutfor.com/)
The last item, “A+E 4ever”, is vastly different from the previous three items and takes the reader on a journey into genderqueer life. This graphic novel explores the love and friendship between Asher (an androgynous guy) and Eulalie (a lesbian girl) as they discover that affection is sometimes ambiguous. “A+E 4ever” was also a 2012 Stonewall Honor Book in Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
Each of these items shows the diverse nature of the LGBTQ graphic novels and comics genre. Items within this genre can focus on superheroes, friendships and romantic attractions, issues with family and friends, historical perspectives of how the genre has changed over time, and a variety of other ideas. If you would like more information about how LGBTQ graphic novel and comic book characters have evolved over time, check out this blog post by Comic Book Resources: LGBT Characters, Themes Throughout Comics History
Be sure to stop by the GLBT Library and browse the 9.850-9.858 call number range for more graphic novels and comics!