Hello there, my lovely Love in Panels reader! My name is Zora Gilbert, and I would like to preach to your wonderful choir. I’m one of the editors of Dates! An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction (Volume 3 now on Kickstarter!), which means I’ve been living and breathing queer comics in various forms for the time it takes to self-publish three volumes of an anthology while being a young adult with a day job, which it turns out is about four years (and, of course, for some time before that, but that’s harder to count).
In one sentence: This book should be in every library, school, and Human Resources office. If you care about creating an inclusive space for your students, employees, and/or customers but don't know where to start with understanding all of the terms and definitions used by the queer community, this is the book for you. It is exactly what it says on the cover.
Sometimes Comixology tags things as romance and I get the idea that I should buy them. And then they sit on my iPad for a year. And then when I finally read the thing... I wonder why I did.
Quick! Back these projects for all the romancey queer goodness you need in your life! Okay, it's optional... but one of them ends tonight, so get it while you can.
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.
Little Moments of Love is a collection of Chetwynd’s popular webcomic, based on her relationship with her boyfriend. I’ve followed Catana Comics for a while on Instagram after my partner sent me a particular cute comic that reminded him of us. Her work is relatable and witty, and I always read her work when it appears on my feed.
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!