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DATES: An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction Stories Cover
Title: DATES: An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction Stories
Creators: Format: EBook Print
Color: Black and White
Romanciness: Romantic Elements
Heat: R
Tags: queer gay lesbian historical anthology
Where to Buy or Read:

Now that the Kickstarter is over and Vol. 1 has gone to print again, you can pick up Volume 1 and 2 in both print and digital. Buy 'em all here!

Synopsis from the Creator:

Dates is an anthology of queer historical fiction comics, Kickstarted in September and October of 2015 and published by Margins Publishing in February of 2016. When we started work on Dates, we wanted to create a book that showcases queer characters and experiences throughout the ages without being constrained by what a lot of media might have us believe is “historically accurate.” Since so much of historical fiction only features queer characters in the context of tragedy–if they appear at all–we were desperate for more stories. Stories that better represented the diversity of our experiences, in all the times and places that we’ve existed. Dates is a book that doesn’t rewrite history, but instead reframes it so that the spotlight is on people who are all too often ignored.In the first volume of Dates, we had three rules:

  • Stories must feature queer characters.
  • Stories must be 5-6 pages long.
  • No one could die.

Though our length requirement has changed, rules 1 and 3 are as central to Dates as they were when we launched the first book.

(Dates 2 is now through the Kickstarter process, you can see the campaign here.)

Love In Panels' Review:

Review based on Dates 1:

Cravats. Latin. Rope-walking. Androgyny. Pirates. Girls in gowns running away together. Boys and boys and girls and girls and people who don't identify any particular way... This book is hard to review because not only is it an anthology, the stories within span thousands of years of history, continents, empires, cultures... it's impossible to pin down. This is a good thing if you want short, sweet stories of love and adventure.

As with any anthology, if you're looking for a longer, cohesive narrative, this isn't the book for you. If you want something you can pick up and read for a bit? It's perfect. With 25 tales, the art and plots are as diverse as you'd expect. You won't love every piece, but I think you'd have to be a true curmudgeon not to find a few you like. As for queer rep? Lots of relationships and orientations are represented, and some of the characters are never "defined," which is as it should be.

Short review because the title says it all: Dates is an anthology of queer historical fiction. If that sounds like something you'd like, you should pick this up.

Read about Dates II here!


Emma Cover
Title: Emma
Creators: Format: EBook Print
Color: Color
Romanciness: Definitely a Romance
Heat: PG13
Tags: regency historical straight graphic novel adaptation
Where to Buy or Read:

Amazon

Synopsis from the Creator:

Marvel continues its bestselling graphic novel adaptations of Jane Austen's classics! Award-winning author Nancy Butler, adapter of Marvel's best-selling adaptations Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, brings you another Jane Austen classic! Joined with the beautiful illustrations of Janet Lee, Butler brings to life Austen's most precocious heroine, Emma Woodhouse. Discover what has made this story so enduring, as its re-told in the Mighty Marvel manner!


Fortunate Beasts Cover
Title: Fortunate Beasts
Creators: Format: EBook Print
Color: Black and White
Romanciness: Definitely a Romance
Heat: NSFW
Tags: gay vampires historical interracial white Black
Where to Buy or Read:

Iron Circus Comics

Amazon

Synopsis from the Creator:

When the vampire Lucardo fell in love with Edmund Fiedler, a 61-year-old mortal scrivener, their passion became legendary before Lucardo’s practical father intervened. The royal Court of Night has gone back to its peaceful reign, Ed has exiled himself, and Lucardo . . . well, Lucardo is hopelessly enraged. Determined to seize control of his life again, Lucardo mounts a search for his missing lover, sparking a new flame that -- this time -- threatens to consume them both.

An erotic graphic novel that redefines a genre, Fortunate Beasts continues the immortal romance begun with Letters for Lucardo in a paranormal tale of fighting back against fear for love.


Freakshow Cover
Title: Freakshow
Creators: Format: Webcomic
Color: Color
Romanciness: LGBTQ+ Elements
Tags: historical queer mystery
Where to Buy or Read:

Read the Webcomic

Synopsis from the Creator:

"The curtain pulls back, standing in center ring is a man.Brewing inside this man is a darkness we all hold.In the center ring, stands this man.The tent becomes silent, his act has begun."

Updates Every Tuesday/ThursdayMystery/Drama/1920's/LGBT

Warning, this Comic Contains: Violence/Gore/


Future Echoes Cover
Title: Future Echoes
Creators: Format: EBook Print
Color: Color
Romanciness: Definitely a Romance
Heat: R
Tags: paranormal disabled character character of color creator of color historical
Where to Buy or Read:

Brain Mill Press (Liminal Comics)

Amazon

Individual issues (3) available on ComiXology

Synopsis from the Creator:

Harlan is a brilliant scientist who follows his own path and refuses to let anyone tell him how to live just because he's a wheelchair user. He has only one passion: to prove that there is no such thing as the supernatural. He doesn't believe in ghosts any more than he believes in love. One night in an abandoned chateau on the outskirts of Paris just might change his mind . . . if he survives.

Because even though no one's lived in the old Vine estate for over a century, Harlan's not alone there anymore.

Future Echoes: A different kind of long-distance romance.


Merry Men Cover
Title: Merry Men
Creators: Format: EBook Print
Color: Color
Romanciness: LGBTQ+ Elements
Heat: R
Tags: folktale retelling historical queer gay bisexual trans character of color
Where to Buy or Read:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Order from your Local Comic Shop!

Synopsis from the Creator:

It's Robin Hood like you've never seen him before, based on scholarly and historical speculation about what's really behind the outlaw's legend.

13th century England. Robert Godwinson, former lover of King Richard, lives with his band of Merry Men in Sherwood Forest, away from the watchful eye of Prince John, who has outlawed homosexuality. Though isolated, the men live in peace—that is, until a stranger enters their camp seeking aid for a nearby town besieged by the Sheriff of Nottingham. Robert—nicknamed Robin—is reluctant to help, but equally eager to get rid of this perplexing stranger... and to put his formidable bow-and-arrow to use. It's Robin Hood like you've never seen him before, based on scholarly speculation about what's really behind the outlaw's legend.


Nigh Heaven and Hell Cover
Title: Nigh Heaven and Hell
Creators: Format: Webcomic
Color: Black and White
Romanciness: LGBTQ+ Elements
Tags: historical medieval fantasy queer
Where to Buy or Read:

Read the Webcomic

Synopsis from the Creator:

"A grudge as old as mankind.

Three travelers entwined by fate.

This road, once traveled, can never be undone.

Between damnation and salvation,

you find the truth hidden by god

Nigh Heaven & Hell." 

Updates Every: Tuesday/Thursday

Medieval/Fantasy/Comedy/Action/LBGTQ (But not until later in the series)

Warning, this Comic Contains: Gore, Non Sexual Nudity


Pride and Prejudice Cover
Title: Pride and Prejudice
Creators: Format: EBook Print
Color: Color
Romanciness: Definitely a Romance
Heat: PG13
Tags: regency historical straight adaptation graphic novel
Where to Buy or Read:

Amazon

Synopsis from the Creator:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife...

Tailored from the adored Jane Austen classic, Marvel Comics is proud to present PRIDE AND PREJUDICE! Two-time Rita Award-Winner Nancy Butler and fan-favorite Hugo Petras faithfully adapt the whimsical tale of Lizzy Bennet and her loveable-if-eccentric family, as they navigate through tricky British social circles. Will Lizzy's father manage to marry off her five daughters, despite his wife's incessant nagging? And will Lizzy's beautiful sister Jane marry the handsome, wealthy Mr. Bingley, or will his brooding friend Mr. Darcy stand between their happiness?


Sense and Sensibility Cover
Title: Sense and Sensibility
Creators: Format: EBook Print
Color: Color
Romanciness: Definitely a Romance
Heat: PG13
Tags: regency historical straight graphic novel adaptation
Where to Buy or Read:

Amazon

Synopsis from the Creator:

Award-winning writer Nancy Butler, adapter of Marvel's best-selling adaptation of PRIDE & PREJUDICE, returns to Marvel with another Jane Austen classic: SENSE & SENSIBILITY! Alongside incredible artist Sonny Liew (My Faith in Frankie, Wonderland), Butler brings to life the world of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, two daughters without parents or means, forced to experience hardship, romance, and heartbreak, all in the hopes of achieving love and lasting happiness.


Shaderunners Cover
Title: Shaderunners
Creators: Format: Webcomic
Color: Black and White
Romanciness: Romantic Elements
Tags: historical fantasy character of color queer
Where to Buy or Read:

Read the Webcomic!

(Also, a little shop with some 18+ extras)

Synopsis from the Creator:

A thousand years ago, the last colour in the world faded to grey. Now, after the great archaeological discovery of Queen Sorizahana’s shade-stocked tomb, it stands ready to enter the world again. Ironwell City will become the birthplace of the burgeoning colour industry, where colour is pumped out of factories, poured into perfumed bottles and sold at exorbitant prices to those wealthy enough to afford the luxury.

At least, that’s the plan according to the Five Financiers of the Sorizahana excavation.

One part Prohibition fantasy, one part Robin Hood, and a whole lot of epic heist, Shaderunners follows a group of ragtag bootleggers and bohemians who band together in an effort to steal colour from the wealthy echelons of Ironwell’s high society. Among them: a philosopher, a puppeteer, a gutter rat, an opera singer, a naval officer and a hopeless romantic. Together, they run The Glass Dial, former watch shop and future night club, where all the house drinks run red.

Speak easy, pal, ‘cause the road to ruin is paved with good intentions.


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