As readers, we use stories as mirrors (seeing ourselves) and windows (seeing others), but often forget about how the act of creating those stories can impact the artist. This is especially true of underrepresented creators, who may uncover pieces of their identity while writing about someone else. In today's post, we're highlighting graphic novelist Alison Wilgus, creator of a new graphic novel duology, Chronin.
The Prince & The Swan is a gay retelling of The Swan Princess, complete with two princes and a curse. As I write this, the story is just starting Chapter 10, at a rate of 1 page per week. That means it's been several years in the making, and it shows.
Sincerely, Harriet is the sort of book I would have loved to read as a teen. The story follows Harriet Flores, a thirteen year old white Latinx girl who begins the book by writing postcards to her friends at camp. She isn't at camp, for reasons that become clear as the story progresses. Instead, she's essentially trapped in the two-family home her family shares with an older Black woman, who lives on the first floor. Harriet's journey is subtle but nuanced, and I adored this book. (Even though it made me cry.)
The post title pretty much says it all, but yeah! We're on Patreon!
Last year, I decided to list off my five favorite queer/romance comics of the year, and people had reactions. So let's do it again!
Did I read everything that came out this year? Nope. Are these totally subjective? Yep.
That said, I'd love to hear your faves from 2018!
Queer. Robin. Hood.
Unnatural is an erotic dystopian mystery comic with anthropomorphized animals and more than one sinister organization. There's a lot going on in the four issues that comprise this first volume, out November 21st.
This comic is trying to kill me, I swear. In the best way, of course.
Norroway is a retelling of the Scottish folktale, The Black Bull of Norroway, and it's thoroughly entrancing. This series has changed a few details and expanded the story, but you can read the original here.
Reviewing is subjective and I'm not exactly shy with my opinions on this here site, so I'll just say it: Twisted Romance was not for me. I didn't like the format, which mainly consisted of one longer comic, one short comic, and one piece of prose per issue. Each piece is not connected by artist, writer, or topic. This combined with the fact that there were four issues in the volume made for a very fractured reading experience. I couldn't settle into any of the stories, and several of them didn't feel like romance at all. I'm sure that a large part of this is because I read genre romance and expect that happily-ever-after, but I was only satisfied with maybe two of the stories in this entire collection.