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A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns Cover
Title: A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns
Creators: Format: Print
Color: Black and White
Romanciness: LGBTQ+ Elements
Heat: PG13
Tags: queer nonbinary character educational
Where to Buy or Read:

Amazon (Pre-order! Comes out Jun 18, 2018)

Barnes & Noble

Synopsis from the Creator:

Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender neutral pronouns. Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace. The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and-tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world. A quick and easy resource for people who use they/them pronouns, and people who want to learn more!

Love In Panels' Review:

I've been waiting for this since Limerence announced it, and I'm super pleased with the result!

The first 25 pages is set-up: what are pronouns and why is it important to use the correct pronouns when referring to or talking to a person.

The middle section is the how-to portion of the book. How to use gender neutral pronouns in a professional setting, when you don't know a person's pronouns, etc. How to correct yourself if you accidentally misgender someone (hint: don't make it a huge thing all about YOU). How to stand up for a non-binary friend OR let them stand up for themselves, and how to know the difference.

There are a few pages aimed toward non-binary folks, directly from Archie (the non-binary half of the creative team) about navigating the process of coming out, figuring out when to pick your battles, etc. It's written for non-binary folks, but that portion is also useful for cisgender (your pronouns match what you were assigned at birth, usually your sex) people as it gives you a source of understanding and empathy.

The book wraps up with a few handy pages that are sort of like cheat-sheets. You could even photocopy them to hang in your work cubicle! (We do not condone copying pages and distributing them without written consent from Limerence because that's illegal and not cool.)

In all - this is a great book and, at 70 pages, a handy reference to leave in the breakroom, your local library, etc. I really appreciate that the creative team put it together specifically to be readable and affordable, and that they made it clear that this is the start of a conversation and the start of the work we all need to do to make our society more inclusive and welcoming.


Adustrio and Lunam Cover
Title: Adustrio and Lunam
Creators: Format: Webcomic
Color: Color
Romanciness: Definitely a Romance
Tags: queer fantasy
Where to Buy or Read:

Read the Webcomic (Webtoon)

Or on Tapas

Synopsis from the Creator:

Lunam is in love with the guardian of the sun, the girl she's known since middle school, but she doesn't know how to tell her! ...That doesn't mean she won't still try! A story about Lunam and the other guardians of the moon and the stars living their life while dealing with their problems


Alex Priest Cover
Title: Alex Priest
Creators: Format: EBook
Color: Color
Romanciness: LGBTQ+ Elements
Heat: PG13
Tags: fantasy horror paranormal queer vampires lesbian
Where to Buy or Read:

Buy It From ComixCentral

Issue #1 is out now, with Issue #2 looking to Kickstart in Nov 2017

Synopsis from the Creator:

In a world where vampires and demon ilk are very, very real, two agencies work to keep the world safe from the forces of darkness. Demon Eradication And Denial (DEAD LLC) is a corporate entity that charges itself with the training and employment of demon slayers – specialists in combating magical beings. Living Corpses that Bite (LC & B) is a tax exempt public entity that relies on time proven traditions to keep humanity safe from vampires. When hunting evil evolved into blue collar work, the evil had to evolve.

Recent evidence suggests vampires have learned to use magic, meaning they’re more than just a nightly threat. For the first time since their inception, DEAD LLC and LC & B will have to join forces. Which means, for the first time since their bitter break up, Alexandra Priest and Janelle Garcia will have to face one another – or risk an apocalypse. No pressure.


Bear Company Cover
Title: Bear Company
Creators: Format: EBook Print
Color: Black and White
Romanciness: LGBTQ+ Elements
Heat: PG13
Tags: queer gay
Where to Buy or Read:

Buy it Digital at Gumroad

Buy it in Print at Gumroad

Soon to be on Comixology!

More info here at Pat Myers' Website

Synopsis from the Creator:

Four transgender and non-binary inclusive stories about big fat gay men hanging out.

Read more and see some preview pages at the Kickstarter page!


Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy Comic Anthology Cover
Title: Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy Comic Anthology
Creators: Format: EBook Print
Color: Black and White
Romanciness: LGBTQ+ Elements
Tags: sci-fi fantasy anthology gay lesbian character of color creator of color queer
Where to Buy or Read:

Buy it here!

Synopsis from the Creator:

In both sci-fi and fantasy and comics there is a long history of allegorical and implied queerness—using the trappings of genre to code characters and themes as queer while keeping them superficially straight enough to not make waves, or queering them in ways tied to their general otherness (like gender-flexible shapeshifters or gay aliens from single-sex species). Queer representation is better now than it was in even the recent past, but we want more. We want to see people like us as heroes—slaying dragons, piloting spaceships, getting into trouble, and saving the day—without having to read their queerness from between the lines. We want to see beautifully crafted stories in the mediums and genres we love, that reflect and celebrate our own experiences of gender and sexuality. So we’ve decided to do it ourselves. We’re assembling, crowdfunding, and publishing an anthology of the comics we want to read: science fiction and fantasy exploring and showcasing queer characters, themes, and relationships, from a broad spectrum of world-class creators. Beyond is a black-and-white comic anthology of 18 original science fiction and fantasy comics. The first volume was successfully crowdfunded through Kickstarter and completed in 2015, and the second volume: post-apocalypse and urban fantasy edition is taking shape in 2016. -Sfé Monster, Editor

(Volume 2 reached funding today, 5/11/17!)


Blessings Cover
Title: Blessings
Creators: Format: Webcomic
Color: Color
Romanciness: LGBTQ+ Elements
Tags: character of color queer fantasy adventure nonbinary character trans character
Where to Buy or Read:

Read the Webcomic!

Synopsis from the Creator:

Wynn is struggling to survive when the Immortal Swigne gives Wynn their Blessing. The only explanation Swigne gives is that Wynn now has “Power”.
Wynn meets people Blessed by other Immortals that can help guide them. In searching for knowledge of their new gift Wynn finds love, friendship and a more full sense of self identity. Wynn learns that being Blessed is a gift with a price tag of responsibilities and constant hunger attached, but the pay off is fantastic strength and the resources they’ll need to thrive in the world they live in. As long as Wynn keeps overcoming the challenges their new status brings them. 


Blue is the Warmest Color Cover
Title: Blue is the Warmest Color
Creators: Format: EBook Print
Color: Color
Romanciness: Romantic Elements
Heat: R
Tags: queer lesbian coming of age graphic novel
Where to Buy or Read:

Amazon

Arsenal Pulp Press

Buy it at your local comic shop or bookstore!

Synopsis from the Creator:

Originally published in French as Le bleu est une couleur chaude, Blue is the Warmest Color is a graphic novel about growing up, falling in love, and coming out. Clementine is a junior in high school who seems average enough: she has friends, family, and the romantic attention of the boys in her school. When her openly gay best friend takes her out on the town, she wanders into a lesbian bar where she encounters Emma: a punkish, confident girl with blue hair. Their attraction is instant and electric, and Clementine find herself in a relationship that will test her friends, parents, and her own ideas about herself and her identity.

Vividly illustrated and beautifully told, Blue Is the Warmest Color is a brilliant, bittersweet, full-color graphic novel about the elusive, reckless magic of love. It is a lesbian love story that crackles with the energy of youth, rebellion, and desire.

First published in French by Glenat, the book has won several awards, including the Audience Prize at the Angouleme International Comics Festival, Europe's largest.

Love In Panels' Review:

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR was recommended to me by an instructor as a masterwork of sequential art, so when I picked it up, I had high expectations. It's also won several awards and been made into a movie, which is rare for non-cape graphic novels.

It's a lesbian coming-of-age story that starts and ends with pain, but the romance is beautiful and immensely moving. I was reminded of the work queer communities have done to get us to this place of openness. Yes, there's much work to be done, particularly with and for the trans community and for PoC in queer spaces. But to be taken back to the not-so-distant past as we follow Clementine through her journey of self-awareness and self-acceptance in the 90's? Oof. Spoiler: Clem's parents kick her out at age 17 when they find out her best friend is really her lover. I know that still happens today, but maybe a little less frequently? I can't speak to gay culture in France today, but in the US it's improved.

This is one of those stories in which one of the queer protagonists dies, but it's not because she's queer. This isn't a spoiler - the book opens with Emma visiting Clem's estranged parents following the funeral for Clem. Most of the narrative is told as written in Clem's handwritten journal, giving Emma and the reader a look at Clem's emotional journey. I was weeping at the end of the book, but I'm not sorry to have read it. It's not going to give you the feeling of Brokeback Mountain or other stories that mine gay pain for emotional power.

As for the art, Julie Maroh makes interesting and successful choices throughout. The only pop of color in the book is blue. Several pages have no written dialogue, giving facial expressions and action more weight. Maroh gives readers close-ups of Clem's smile after her first positive sexual interaction. We can feel the joy with her, just as we later feel her intense sadness. Emma is best depicted in the opening and closing scenes of the book, after Clem has passed on. Only then is Emma given the freedom to have her own story told, which makes sense considering that the entire middle is from Clem's POV.

TL;DR - this is an excellent book. I'm glad I read it. It's not a traditional romance, since there isn't a Happily Ever After, but considering that the two protagonists have a solid 13 happy years together? I'm willing to bend my definition.


BSandL Cover
Title: BSandL
Creators: Format: Webcomic
Color: Black and White
Romanciness: Romantic Elements
Tags: queer sci-fi fantasy
Where to Buy or Read:

Read the Webcomic!

Synopsis from the Creator:

An alien crashes on Earth with a mighty bang. He's alone on this strange planet, unable to communicate or ask for help. If only there was someone who could help him understand this new planet..!


But I'm a Cat Person Cover
Title: But I'm a Cat Person
Creators: Format: Webcomic
Color: Color
Romanciness: LGBTQ+ Elements
Tags: queer fantasy lesbian
Where to Buy or Read:

Read the Webcomic

Synopsis from the Creator:

Two ordinary graduates adopt a puppy…which turns out to be a magical shapeshifting battle monster. Now one of them is involved in a soul-binding ownership contract, rich and powerful people are lurking around looking to challenge them, and they still can’t find any companies that are hiring.

None of this would have happened if they’d gone for a kitten instead.

A webcomic about adventure, politics, magic, and lesbians. Combines the struggle of modern-day underemployed geeky twentysomethings with the ethical dilemmas of ownership and interspecies relations that you normally try not to think about while playing Pokémon.


Cindersong Cover
Title: Cindersong
Creators: Format: Webcomic
Color: Color
Romanciness: Romantic Elements
Tags: gay fantasy queer lesbian
Where to Buy or Read:

Read the Webcomic

Synopsis from the Creator:

Cindersong is the tale of a misanthropic healer and her mild-mannered dragon as they search for her girlfriend's murderers. Unfortunately, her quest for bloody vengeance is frustrated by a series of increasingly cordial and well-meaning companions who insist on helping one another, learning new things, and exploring their feelings. Their travels take them through a wild and unexplored world- making friends, dodging foes, and skirting a deadly war.

Cindersong will contain mild language, mild romance, LGBTQ themes, lush food drawings, and genre-typical violence. It is not recommended for readers who are emotionally unprepared for any of those things.


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