In 2017, the No Flying, No Tights staff compiled a list of graphic novels that feature LGBTQ+ characters. Since that year, there have been more graphic novels featuring LGBTQ+ characters.  Therefore we felt it was necessary to create an update that features the best of these new queer comics! 

This list includes our original Pride suggestions list published in 2017.

Snapdragon

Kat Leyh

New to the list!

Elevator Pitch

After Snap finds some orphaned possums, she befriends Jacks, a mysterious elderly individual. As Jacks teaches her the finer points of animal anatomy, Snap discovers that she has a bit of her own magic. Snapdragon is a sweet and funny story of self-discovery and the rekindling of an old romance.

Appeals to

Fans of Raina Telgemeier and Molly Ostertag’s Witch Boy series; readers looking for a story about found family and self-discovery.

Content Notes

Implication of a bad boyfriend, but very little shown on the page.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator

Main Character Representation

  • Multiracial Characters

  • Lesbian Characters

  • Queer Characters

  • Trans Characters

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

The Tea Dragon Society

Katie O'Neill

New to the list!

Elevator Pitch

A fantasy universe where tea leaves come from adorable dragons and members of the Tea Dragon Society teaches the ancient art of tea dragon caretaking. There’s a tie-in card game!

Appeals to

Fans of Princess Princess Ever After and The Witch Boy series.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator

Main Character Representation

  • Characters Ability

    • Deaf character.

  • Black Characters

  • Lesbian Characters

  • Nonbinary Characters

Recommended by

Shira Pilarski

The Witch Boy

Molly Ostertag

New to the list!

Elevator Pitch

Aster’s family of magic users have very specific expectations: men are shapeshifters while women are witches. Aster knows he’s a witch. Throughout the series, Aster comes into his own, and his unique perspective and talents solve problems.

Appeals to

Individuals looking for a sweet story of self-discovery and empowerment.

Content Notes

A few small terrifying moments; some bullying; family who initially doesn’t understand.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
    • Lesbian Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Latinx Characters

  • Black Characters

  • Multiracial Characters

  • Lesbian Characters

  • Gay Characters

  • Gender Nonconforming Characters

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Backstagers

James Tynion IV

Rian Sygh

Elevator Pitch

Jory is the new kid in school and needs somewhere to go while his mom’s at work. He ends up joining his school’s drama department, where he discovers a hidden, magic world backstage. Putting on a great play will require strong bonds and enough bravery to dive into a fantasy portal and return unscathed.

Appeals to

Theater kids, quirky outcasts, lovers of cute and colorful art.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
    • Gay Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Gay Characters

  • Trans Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

Compass South

Hope Larson

Rebecca Mock

Elevator Pitch

A treasure hunt with multiple players, taking place in 1860 and starring 12-year-old twins Cleopatra and Alexander. They each head to San Francisco by separate means but are secretly being chased by pirates. Cleo takes on a male identity, which they prefer.

Appeals to

Fans of historical fiction, twins, high seas adventure, gender-queer identities, Amulet, and Three Thieves.

Main Character Representation

  • Nonbinary Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

Drama

Raina Telgemeier

Elevator Pitch

This bright, funny, relatable comic tells the story of Callie, a theater kid who is psyched about being the set designer for her middle school’s upcoming musical. This will give her a chance to hang out with two cute brothers who are part of the show! What could go wrong?

Appeals to

Fans of Telgemeier’s other books, theater kids.

Main Character Representation

  • Gay Characters
Recommended by

Nic Willcox

Lumberjanes

Shannon Watters

Brooklyn Allen

Elevator Pitch

Summer camp was never quite as wacky as Lumberjanes imagines it, but that’s all the better for the reader. As five girls sleuth, fight, snark, and forge friendships at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, they always have each other’s backs and prove that friendship can be the key to any mystery.

Appeals to

Lumberjanes is pretty unique on the young reader's stage for style and humor—Nimona fans will gobble the series right up and young fans of the animated series Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, and Over the Garden Wall will be delighted to find more weird happenings in the woods.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator

Main Character Representation

  • Lesbian Characters

  • Trans Characters

Recommended by

Robin Brenner

Princess Princess Ever After

Katie O'Neill

Elevator Pitch

Amira and Sadie are both princesses, who meet when Amira rescues Sadie from her tower. Adventures, friendship, and love soon follow.

Appeals to

Fans of Steven Universe, Princeless, and people who love cutesy/chibi style comics.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator

Main Character Representation

  • Black Characters

  • Lesbian Characters

Recommended by

Danielle Boyd

Goldie Vance: Larceny in La La Land

Jackie Ball

Natalia Nesterenko

New to the list!

Elevator Pitch

In an alternate version of the 1960s without segregation, racism, or homophobia, spunky teen Goldie solves mysteries with the help of her girlfriend and best friend. This is one of several stand-alone follow-ups to the award-winning Goldie Vance series created by Hope Larson.

Appeals to

Fans of retro girl-detective stories like Nancy Drew.

Main Character Representation

  • Multiracial Characters

  • Lesbian Characters

Recommended by

Nic Willcox

The Breakaways

Cathy Johnson

New to the list!

Elevator Pitch

Faith joins the soccer team in the hopes of hanging out with the most popular girl in school. While things do not play out quite as Faith imagines, she learns a lot about friendship.

Appeals to

Readers who are too young for Check Please; fans of Raina Telgemeier.

Content Notes

Brief reveal of a bra strap, but otherwise nothing serious.

Main Character Representation

  • Black Characters

  • Lesbian Characters

  • Trans Characters

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Jen Wang

New to the list!

Elevator Pitch

Prince Sebastian secretly hires Frances to make stunning outfits for him to wear out on the town in Paris' social scene. This beautifully illustrated, affirming tale of a prince and his seamstress will inspire readers to discover their true selves.

Appeals to

Fans of Pumpkinheads, Mooncakes, Witchy

Content Notes

In the initial print runs, the King was identified as King Leopold II of Belgium and the fact that he was responsible for atrocities in the Congo was not referenced or acknowledged. The publisher and creator have changed the King and country's names to be fictional and thus no longer make the association in current and future editions. Also, this storyline features a forced, nonconsensual outing of a character.

Main Character Representation

  • Gender Nonconforming Characters

Recommended by

Sara Smith

Another Castle

Andrew Wheeler

Paulina Ganucheau

Elevator Pitch

In this colorful comic, Princess Misty is kidnapped by Lord Badlug, a tyrant who rules over a land of ruin populated by monsters. He plans to marry her and use her to conquer her father’s kingdom, while Princess Misty plans to take down Badlug’s reign from the inside. Then she learns more about Badlug’s realm and realizes that overthrowing him might not lead to a simple happily ever after for anyone.

Appeals to

Fans of fantasy and cute, punchy retro art.

Content Notes

Mild violence

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
    • Gay Creator

Main Character Representation

  • Asexual Characters

Recommended by

Nic Willcox

My Brother's Husband

Gengoroh Tagame

Elevator Pitch

When a Canadian arrives at Yaichi’s door and introduces himself as the husband of Yaichi’s late brother, everyone in the household must learn to deal with this new normal. From the neighbor’s blatant prejudice, Yaichi’s own latent homophobia, and Yaichi’s young daughter’s swift acceptance of her new uncle, the book shines a spotlight on Japan’s largely closeted gay culture, the pervasive cultural discrimination of homosexuals, and the notion that one must be “taught to hate.”

Appeals to

Anyone who may be facing difficult conversations, both on the giving and receiving ends.

Content Notes

Some minor nudity (butts), but only in the bath, where it makes sense to be naked.

Creator Identities

  • Own Voices
  • Creator of Color
    • Gay Japanese Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Japanese

  • Gay Characters
Recommended by

Eva Volin

As the Crow Flies

Melanie Gilman

New to the list!

Elevator Pitch

At a feminist Christian summer camp, Charlie, who is Black, feels hurt by the predominantly white counselors’ and campers’ microaggressions. She has a crush on one of the older girls and feels left out until she befriends Sydney, a trans girl who revels in being different from the pack.

Appeals to

Fans of the webcomic, kids who are balancing being queer with being religious, outdoorsy types.

Content Notes

Racist microaggressions.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
    • Nonbinary Queer Creator

Main Character Representation

  • Black Characters

  • Queer Characters

  • Trans Characters

Recommended by

Shira Pilarski

Avant-Guards

Carly Usdin

Noah Hayes

New to the list!

Description:
Avant Guards
Elevator Pitch

A former basketball star, overwhelmed by the pressures of the sport, quits playing and transfers to a quirky arts college . . . where she is approached about joining the school’s even quirkier newly-formed basketball team. Hijinks, friendships, and romance ensue.

Appeals to

Fans of Moonstruck and other comics that combine lighthearted humor and romance in an inclusive setting.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
    • Queer Nonbinary Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Lesbian Characters

  • Bisexual Characters

  • Nonbinary Characters

Recommended by

Nic Willcox

Batwoman Rebirth

Marguerite Bennett

Steve Epting

New to the list!

Description:
Batwoman Rebirth
Elevator Pitch

Kate Kane tracks down arms dealers to the island of Coryana, where she once spent a year and had a brief relationship with a woman there. The dealers are selling a serum that transforms people into monsters, but they aren’t the only dangers that await Kate, as familiar figures from her past lie in wait to entrap her and unleash mayhem across the globe.

Appeals to

Fans of navigating one’s mysterious, seductive past with combined nostalgia and military training.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
    • Bisexual Creator

Main Character Representation

  • Lesbian Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

Bingo Love

Tee Franklin

Jenn St-Onge

New to the list!

Elevator Pitch

A wholesome love story of an older couple rekindling a love from their youth. Hazel and Mari fell in love in high school but separated because of pressure to marry men. Fifty years later, they find each other and realize they still love one another.

Appeals to

Fans of Steven Universe, readers looking for a sweet love story.

Creator Identities

  • Creator of Color
    • Black Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Black Characters

  • Lesbian Characters

Recommended by

Sara Smith

Bloom

Kevin Panetta

Savanna Ganucheau

New to the list!

Elevator Pitch

Ari’s family runs a struggling Greek bakery. Ari wants to move to the big city with his band, so he hires and trains his replacement, Hector. As yeast blooms in the bakery, romance blooms between Ari and Hector.

Appeals to

Fans of baking/romance crossovers like Jenny Han’s Laura Jean series.

Content Notes

Grief (family member death), fire.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator

Main Character Representation

  • Gay Characters

Recommended by

Shira Pilarski

Cosmoknights

Hannah Templar

New to the list!

Elevator Pitch

In a universe where princesses are handed over to the victors of mecha gladiatorial matches, Pan is frustrated with her life on a rundown planet where she fixes cars and endures bad treatment for setting her planet’s princess free. When she discovers one gladiatorial duo is setting princesses free, she runs away to help them.

Appeals to

Science fiction fans, particularly for people who like Cowboy Bebop and anyone who likes sci-fi stories that focus on underdogs and girl power.

Content Notes

Some blood and gore, some swearing.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
  • Own Voices
    • Lesbian Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Black Characters

  • Queer Characters

  • Lesbian Characters

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

DeadEndia

Hamish Steele

New to the list!

Elevator Pitch

Barney, a Jewish trans teenage boy, gets a job at Dead End, a theme park that is beset by demons and time-traveling wizards. He and his friends, including the Norma (who is neurodivergent), Badya (who is Muslim), and Logan (who is gay), have to deal with a new paranormal adventure every day due to the park’s proximity to the gates between heaven and hell. Their personal issues and relationships, however, are the real tests for how long they all work together.

Appeals to

Fans of Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona and She-Ra, as well as past decade of Cartoon Network.

Content Notes

Transphobia (Barney leaves because his parents do not accept his gender).

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
    • Trans Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Neurodivergent Characters

  • South Asian Character

  • Gay Characters

  • Trans Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

Fence

C. S. Pascat

Johanna the Mad

New to the list!

Description:
Fence
Elevator Pitch

An all-boys fencing school, full of competition and romance, sees a prodigal new arrival. When he is able to best an elite member of the fencing team, a rivalry is born that will drive them both to sharpen their game.

Appeals to

Fans of Check, Please! and Yuri On Ice, people interested in seeing fencing in action.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
    • Queer Genderqueer Creator

Main Character Representation

  • Japanese Characters

  • Black Characters

  • Gay Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

FTL, Y'ALL

C. Spike Trotman

New to the list!

Description:
FTL Y\'all
Elevator Pitch

Space travel has been made more accessible, since it now costs $200. Each of the 19 stories depicts a different experience with space travel in this near-future science fiction anthology.

Appeals to

Sci-fi lovers, fans of other Iron Circus anthologies (Smut Peddler, The Sleep of Reason, etc.).

Content Notes

Suicide attempt; death, language.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
  • Creator of Color

Main Character Representation

  • Black Characters

  • Japanese, Chinese Characters

  • Lesbian Characters

  • Nonbinary Characters

Recommended by

Shira Pilarski

Go For It, Nakamura!

Syundei

New to the list!

Description:
Go For It Nakamura
Elevator Pitch

Nakamura has a crush on a guy at his school, Hirose… but they haven’t actually met and Nakamura’s too shy to say hello! Hirose has a bright, friendly personality, which only ensures that Nakamura nearly explodes with anxiety every time he approaches the otherwise perfect object of his desire.

Appeals to

Fans of quick reads, klutzy humor.

Creator Identities

  • Creator of Color
    • Japanese Creator

Main Character Representation

  • Japanese Characters.

  • Gay Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

Heartstopper

Alice Oseman

New to the list!

Description:
Heartstopper
Elevator Pitch

Charlie is an anxious, openly gay boy; Nicholas is a sweet, sensitive rugby player. When they end up in the same class, a relationship begins to blossom. It’s an ongoing webcomic, and it is also available to read online!

Appeals to

Readers who want a sweet romance that focuses on character dynamics and cuddles rather than sex (note: this series is not complete, so this may change).

Content Notes

Eating disorder; homophobia; bullying; emotionally abusive relationship.

Main Character Representation

  • Gay Characters

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

I Hear the Sunspot

Yuki Fumino

New to the list!

Elevator Pitch

A deaf student hires another student as his note-taker in class lectures in exchange for his yummy bento lunches. As they eat their bento lunches together, they fall in love.

Appeals to

Fans of yaoi/boys love manga.

Main Character Representation

  • Characters Ability

    • Deaf Character
  • Japanese Characters

  • Gay Characters

Recommended by

Shira Pilarski

Kiss Number 8

Colleen A.F. Venable

Ellen T. Crenshaw

New to the list!

Description:
Kiss Number 8
Elevator Pitch

Amanda is trying to figure out kissing. Seven kisses were pretty bad, but Amanda is in no way ready for the fallout of kiss number eight. As she’s figuring out her sexuality, Amanda is also trying to figure out what’s going on with her dad.

Appeals to

Fans of love coming-of-age and stories of self-discovery.

Content Notes

Transphobia.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
  • Own Voices
    • Queer Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Bisexual Characters

  • Trans Characters

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

Mariko Tamaki

Rosemary Valero-O'Connell

New to the list!

Description:
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me
Elevator Pitch

Teenager Freddy will have to make a tough choice between her friends and Laura Dean, her unreliable but attractive girlfriend.

Appeals to

Fans of Tamaki’s previous works; teens and older who like Raina Telgemeier and similar writers; LGBTQ people in relationships that are not good for them.

Content Notes

Teenage drinking and partying; pregnancy/abortion; some swearing.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
  • Creator of Color
    • Lesbian Creator, Japanese-Canadian.

Main Character Representation

  • Lesbian Characters

  • Gay Characters

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Mooncakes

Suzanne Walker

Wendy Xu

New to the list!

Elevator Pitch

Nova lives with her grandmothers, and the three practice witchcraft together. Tam, Nova’s childhood friend, is a werewolf who is being manipulated by a local cult. As Nova and Tam work together to stop the cult, they fall in love.

Appeals to

Fans of Lumberjanes and Moonstruck.

Content Notes

Light violence and kidnapping.

Creator Identities

  • Creator of Color
    • Chinese-American

Main Character Representation

  • Characters Ability

    • Deaf Characters.
  • Chinese Characters

  • Lesbian Characters

  • Nonbinary Characters

Recommended by

Shira Pilarski

On a Sunbeam

Tillie Walden

New to the list!

Description:
On a Sunbeam
Elevator Pitch

Mia deeply loved her girlfriend, Grace, but, when Grace has to abruptly leave, Mia is heartbroken and directionless. After taking a job repairing reclaimed buildings, Mia finds herself a newfound family. When Mia realizes one of her new friends has a connection to Grace, Mia decides to undertake a risky mission.

Appeals to

Fans of contemplative science-fiction, surreal images, and star-crossed love.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
    • Lesbian Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Lesbian Characters

  • Nonbinary Characters

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Our Dreams at Dusk

Yuhki Kamatani

New to the list!

Elevator Pitch

A teen is outed at his school and begins to contemplate suicide, until he finds a support group for LGBTQ2IA+ people.

Appeals to

Fans of Wandering Son and My Brother’s Husband.

Content Notes

Suicidal thoughts, homophobic slurs.

Creator Identities

  • Creator of Color
    • Japanese Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Japanese Characters

  • Lesbian Characters

  • Gay Characters

  • Asexual Characters

  • Trans Characters

Recommended by

Shira Pilarski

Pumpkinheads

Rainbow Rowell

Faith Erin Hicks

New to the list!

Elevator Pitch

In his last fall working at the pumpkin patch, Josie is egged on by best friend Deja to finally ask out the Fudge Shoppe girl, so they traipse through the patch, eating all of the yummy, autumnal snacks along the way.

Appeals to

Anyone who loves food and autumnal pursuits, as well as fans of Rowell’s and Hicks’ previous work.

Creator Identities

Main Character Representation

  • Black Characters

  • Bisexual Characters

Recommended by

Shira Pilarski

Quick & Easy Guide To Queer & Trans Identities

Mady G.

J. R. Zuckerberg

New to the list!

Description:
Quick and Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities
Elevator Pitch

Anthropomorphic snails educate each other on the definitions, spectrums, and best practices around queer and trans identities, including asexuality and navigating queer relationships.

Appeals to

Anyone looking for a manual of sorts for understanding queer and trans identities (the title does not lie!).

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator

Main Character Representation

  • Queer Characters

  • Asexual Characters

  • Trans Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

Stage Dreams

Melanie Gilman

New to the list!

Elevator Pitch

In the 19th century in the New Mexico territory, a bandit teams up with a trans woman to steal Confederate secrets.

Appeals to

Historical fiction readers, fans of westerns.

Content Notes

Transphobia.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
    • Nonbinary Queer Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Latinx Characters

  • Lesbian Characters

  • Trans Characters

Recommended by

Shira Pilarski

Submerged

Vita Ayala

Lisa Sterle

New to the list!

Description:
Submerged
Elevator Pitch

Elysia Puente races into the New York subway system after her lost brother Angel during a terrible storm. Down there, she must face the ghosts of her past as well as actual monstrosities. Family history (including coming out as a lesbian and criminal ties), natural disaster, and the paranormal collide in this retelling of the Orpheus story.

Appeals to

Fans of mythology and horror.

Content Notes

Language, abusive parent.

Creator Identities

  • Creator of Color
  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
    • Afro-Puerto-Rican, Nonbinary Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Lesbian Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

Summit

Amy Chu

Jan Duuresema

New to the list!

Description:
Summit
Elevator Pitch

Valentina “Val” Resnick-Baker survived a mission to space and successfully saved the world. She should be a superstar, but instead, she is a recluse. Haunted by what happened on that mission as well as exploring cosmic powers she is only beginning to understand, Val’s scientific study has only begun. Luckily, she has a science team and a new girlfriend to help her out.

Appeals to

Fans of standalone narratives.

Main Character Representation

  • Lesbian Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

Sweet Blue Flowers

Takako Shimura

New to the list!

Description:
Sweet Blue Flowers
Elevator Pitch

Kindergarten friends Akira and Fumi reunite in high school, where they learn to lean on each other and perhaps take their friendship to the next level.

Appeals to

Readers who like gentle takes on adolescence, sweet narratives, and love triangles.

Creator Identities

  • Creator of Color
    • Japanese Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Japanese Characters

  • Lesbian Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

That Blue Sky Feeling

Okura

Coma Hashii

New to the list!

Description:
That Blue Sky Feeling
Elevator Pitch

Noshiro is a people pleaser who’s changed schools a lot and doesn’t want anyone to feel like an outsider. Sanada is a loner who wants to live his gay life without being hounded by classmates’ rumors and speculation. Their combined friendship is a slow-burn romance founded on acceptance and self-discovery.

Appeals to

Fans of sweet high school romances.

Content Notes

Sanada, 17, had a prior relationship with a 26-year-old man who comes back to meddle in his life; the meddling gives a sour taste to what is actually pretty good advice.

Creator Identities

  • Creator of Color
    • Japanese Creator

Main Character Representation

  • Japanese Characters

  • Gay Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

The Bride Was a Boy

Chii

New to the list!

Description:
Bride was a Boy
Elevator Pitch

The true story of a trans woman who found the man of her dreams. Part diary and part overview of transitioning in Japan, this cute little book focuses more on love and acceptance, with occasional explanations of social situations that can arise.

Appeals to

Those for whom My Brother’s Husband (a manga featuring gay characters and identity in Japan) was too dark..

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
  • Own Voices
  • Creator of Color
    • Trans Japanese Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Trans Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

The Forgotten Queen

Tini Howard

Amilcar Pinna

New to the list!

Description:
Forgotten Queen
Elevator Pitch

Vexana, a queer woman with the power to stir conflict between anyone wielded immense, chaotic influence… centuries ago. Today, a nautical exploration crew finds evidence of this mythical person’s history, creating a converging narrative between her rise to power in the past and return to power in the present.

Appeals to

Valiant universe readers.

Content Notes

Violence.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
  • Own Voices
    • Queer Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Queer Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

The Legend of Korra

Michael Dante DiMartino

Irene Koh

New to the list!

Elevator Pitch

Remember how in the cartoon, Korra and Asami had that kiss right before the show ended? Yeah, let’s revisit that world, there’s a lot more ground to cover. Korra and Asami take a brief vacation together in the Spirit World and return to find the same tension between humans and spirits, as well as between the powerful and powerless. Korra’s impulsiveness is balanced by Asami’s even-tempered nature. Between Korra’s element-bending powers and Asami’s inventiveness, there’s no obstacle they can’t overcome.

Appeals to

Natural extension of the Legend of Korra animated series and continued sequel to Avatar The Last Airbender.

Main Character Representation

  • Bisexual Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

You Brought Me the Ocean

Alex Sanchez

Julie Maroh

New to the list!

Description:
You Brought Me the Ocean
Elevator Pitch

Jake Hyde has spent his young life avoiding water, mainly to please his protective mother. His emotional life takes a turn, however, when he follows an attraction to the cute captain of the swim team, and he unwittingly hurts his devoted best friend. While this story includes superhero adventures, the main focus is on the characters and their relationships, and readers don't have to know any backstory to understand this stand-alone title.

Appeals to

Fans of coming out stories mixed with superpowers, similar to Young Avengers or Runaways.

Content Notes

A few intense make-out sessions that make this title expressly for teens.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
  • Own Voices
    • Gay Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Black Characters

  • Chinese American Characters

  • Gay Characters

Recommended by

Robin Brenner

DC Bombshells

Marguerite Bennett

Marguerite Sauvage

Elevator Pitch

Your favorite female DC superheroes (and villains) are reimagined and plunked into World War II to fight for truth, justice, and freedom. Based on the incredibly popular DC Bombshells Collectibles line and set in a universe where—when the world is on the brink of disaster—the Allies call in the superheroines.

Appeals to

People who like to read alternate takes on their favorite superheroes like DC Elseworlds or Marvel What If’s, also fans of WWII settings and female superheroes falling in love with each other.

Content Notes

Teen level superhero violence.

Main Character Representation

  • Lesbian Characters

Recommended by

Danielle Boyd

Nimona

Noelle Stevenson

Elevator Pitch

Lord Ballister Blackheart is, like most villains, usually unsuccessful against his heroic nemesis. But that’s before he gains an enthusiastic and incredibly powerful sidekick, the mischievous shapeshifter Nimona. How will Ballister handle actually winning, especially when it turns out the stakes are higher than he realized and Nimona may not be who he thinks she is?

Appeals to

Fans of snarky takes on fantasy and superhero stories.

Content Notes

Some violence, but nothing gory or detailed

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator

Main Character Representation

  • Gay Characters
Recommended by

Nic Willcox

SuperMutant Magic Academy

Jillian Tamaki

Elevator Pitch

Marsha is crushing on Wendy but doesn’t know how to approach her. Her predicament is the closest to “normal” among the superpowered students of this prep school that contains all the drama of a normal high school plus massive doses of non-sequitur humor.

Appeals to

Webcomic addicts (this started online), high school dramatists, existential absurdists.

Content Notes

Language, nudity (brief and non-detailed)

Creator Identities

  • Creator of Color
    • Japanese-Canadian.

Main Character Representation

  • Lesbian Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

The Heart of Thomas

Moto Hagio

Elevator Pitch

Thomas and Juli’s relationship is cut short by Thomas’s untimely death. However, a new student arrives who looks exactly like him! How will the student body react and will Juli project on the poor student to an unhealthy degree?

Appeals to

Shojo and yaoi fans, sparkles and roses, boys boarding schools featuring dramatic slaps.

Creator Identities

  • Creator of Color
    • Japanese Creator

Main Character Representation

  • Gay Characters
Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

The Last of Us: American Dreams

Neil Druckmann

Faith Erin Hicks

Elevator Pitch

Ellie and Riley have grown up in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a parasitic fungus. Military authoritarians rule inside the walls of society, while zombie-like hordes ravage outside. They cannot resist an invitation to join the insurgent “Fireflies” and live a life of free rebellion.

Appeals to

Gamers who enjoyed The Last of Us and look forward to its sequel.

Content Notes

Violence.

Main Character Representation

  • Black Characters

  • Lesbian Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

The Movement, vol. 1: Class Warfare

Gail Simone

Freddie Williams II

Elevator Pitch

A group of superpowered teens fights corruption in Coral City. Along the way, they will also confront some of their personal demons. This two volume series packs a punch—both due to its action-packed plot and the diverse cast.

Appeals to

Superhero fans.

Content Notes

Superhero violence.

Main Character Representation

  • Lesbian Characters

  • Asexual Characters

  • Gay Characters
Recommended by

Megan Rupe

The Woods

James Tynion IV

Michael Dialynas

Elevator Pitch

A high school is transported to an alien planet, and nobody knows what to do next. The teachers and faculty want everyone to stick together. The bullies want to treat their classmates like trash. A select few run off to take their chances in…the woods.

Appeals to

Fans of Kazuo Umezu’s The Drifting Classroom, high school mysteries like Morning Glories but with dangerous alien flora & fauna.

Content Notes

Some violence.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
    • Gay Creator.
Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

Wandering Son

Shimura Takako

Elevator Pitch

Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy. Both are trying to keep their identity exploration secret but are subject to prying eyes and childhood gossip. This series treats both their journeys into gender identity with sensitivity and insight rarely seen in comics.

Appeals to

Coming-of-age enthusiasts, anti-bullying narratives, compassionate trans narratives. A lot of the book’s strengths lie in fairly subtle social interactions.

Content Notes

Content-wise, this series is pretty clean in the first volume, but in subsequent volumes, the children develop a friendship with an adult trans woman, Yuki. She and her boyfriend’s scenes breach some sexual topics and use risque humor; Nic’s full review goes into detail. Also, Takako acknowledges how some of her characters look confusingly alike. While the English editions of this series have been discontinued, the eight available volumes are absolutely worth reading!

Creator Identities

  • Creator of Color
    • Japanese Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Japanese Characters

  • Trans Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

Zodiac Starforce

Kevin Panetta

Paulina Ganucheau

Elevator Pitch

A group of magical demon fighting high schoolers come together to fight mean girls and intergalactic demons set on conquering our universe.

Appeals to

Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sailor Moon.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator

Main Character Representation

  • Black Characters

  • Lesbian Characters

Recommended by

Danielle Boyd

Are You Listening?

Tillie Walden

New to the list!

Description:
Are You Listening
Elevator Pitch

Bea is running away, and Lou offers her a ride. As they drive through West Texas, they meet a cat who leads them into a surreal world.

Appeals to

Fans of Walden’s other works; fans of surreal works

Content Notes

Discussion of sexual assault.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
  • Own Voices
    • Lesbian Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Lesbian Characters

Recommended by

Shira Pilarski

Check, Please!

Ngozi Ukazu

New to the list!

Description:
Check Please
Elevator Pitch

Georgia native Eric Bittle joins the men’s hockey team. As a vlogging, baking gay man will he fit in? Things get complicated when he falls for the team captain. Check, Please! is a heartwarming coming of age story that you don’t want to miss! In addition to the print books, you can also read it online!

Appeals to

People who want a feel-good story or slice-of-life college adventure.

Content Notes

Some homophobia/discrimination; discussion of mental illness, copious alcohol consumption, drug use; college partying; language.

Creator Identities

  • Creator of Color
    • Nigerian-American Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Gay Characters

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Gender Queer

Maia Kobabe

New to the list!

Description:
Gender Queer
Elevator Pitch

Maia (e/em/eir) uses the format of comic memoir to investigate eir childhood and eir evolving sense of gender queerness, from enjoying erotic gay fanfiction to imagining a similarly genderqueer twin for emself. Eir journey of self-discovery comes with several research citations, making eir personal journey an edifying one, as well. Frequent use of visual metaphors makes eir developing self-image and path along the blurred lines between gender categories a clear and satisfying representation.

Appeals to

Anyone wanting to learn more about the genderqueer experience, whether in young people or adults.

Content Notes

There is a single, brief sex scene that edges this out of a general teen recommendation, but the information in this book is SO GOOD, please do not rule it out.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
    • Nonbinary Asexual Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Queer Characters

  • Nonbinary Characters

Recommended by

Thomas Maluck

Heavy Vinyl

Carly Usdin

Nina Vakueva

New to the list!

Description:
Heavy Vinyl
Elevator Pitch

Chris is (almost) 17, and thinks the biggest challenge in her life is figuring out who she is and wants to be. Little does she know what’s in store for her after-hours at her new job at the record store Vinyl Destination: a vigilante fight club ready to take on crime and the patriarchy as a whole. Chris’s first mission: to find and rescue the missing musician she absolutely idolizes, Rosie Riot.

Appeals to

Fans of lighthearted action and girl power, fans of early Buffy the Vampire Slayer, anyone with ‘90s nostalgia.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
    • Queer Nonbinary Creator.

Main Character Representation

  • Black Characters

  • Latinx Characters

  • Lesbian Characters

Recommended by

Sharona Ginsberg

Kim Reaper

Sarah Graley

New to the list!

Description:
Kim Reaper
Elevator Pitch

British college student Becka begins dating Kim, who has a part-time job as a grim reaper. Kim is a cutie, but is she worth getting swept up in all the drama of the grim reaper business?

Appeals to

Fans of Giant Days.

Content Notes

Death and mortality as themes, some scary moments.

Creator Identities

  • LGBTQIA+ Creator
    • Bisexual Creator

Main Character Representation

    Recommended by

    Shira Pilarski

    Midnighter & Apollo

    Steve Orlando

    Fernando Blanco

    New to the list!

    Description:
    Midnighter and Apollo
    Elevator Pitch

    Apollo is a superhero powered by sunlight. Midnighter is the love of his life and a brawler with a supercomputer in his brain that allows him to read and predict enemies’ movements in combat. When Apollo is sent to the underworld by a demon, Midnighter will have to fight through Hell and back to save his one and only.

    Appeals to

    Fans of Midnighter’s solo series - this follows directly from it. Also, fans of bone-crunching violence.

    Content Notes

    Violence.

    Creator Identities

    • LGBTQIA+ Creator
      • Bisexual Creator

    Main Character Representation

    • Gay Characters

    Recommended by

    Thomas Maluck

    Moonstruck

    Grace Ellis

    Shae Beagle

    New to the list!

    Description:
    Moonstruck
    Elevator Pitch

    A werewolf barista falls in love with another werewolf in a world where everyone is a mythical or magical creature.

    Appeals to

    Fans of Lumberjanes and Mooncakes.

    Creator Identities

    • LGBTQIA+ Creator

    Main Character Representation

    • Lesbian Characters

    • Nonbinary Characters

    Recommended by

    Shira Pilarski

    The One Hundred Nights of Hero

    Isabel Greenberg

    New to the list!

    Description:
    One Hundred Nights of Hero
    Elevator Pitch

    Cherry finds herself in a situation where she is both a prize and player in a cruel game between her husband and his friend. Her lover Hero supports her by telling stories to distract her husband’s friend. Greenberg’s illustrations give this feminist retelling of Arabian nights a strong fairy tale feel.

    Appeals to

    Fans of fairy tales and mythology--particularly retellings.

    Content Notes

    Discussion of sexual assault; brief lovemaking (although nothing terribly graphic); some violence.

    Main Character Representation

    • Lesbian Characters

    Recommended by

    Megan Rupe

    Batwoman: Elegy

    Greg Rucka

    J. H. Williams III

    Elevator Pitch

    Batwoman is the Jewish lesbian DC superhero you didn’t know you were missing. In this volume, Batwoman takes on a maniac known as Alice, who believes Gotham is Wonderland and everyone who lives there are expendable extras in her story. Batwoman (aka Kate Kane) is the female version of Batman (aka Bruce Wayne) with the same amount of tech, the same amount of women, and because of her military background, more guns.

    Appeals to

    Those who enjoy different takes on Alice in Wonderland, are looking for a more grown up Batgirl, or like superheroes with military backgrounds like Captain America.

    Content Notes

    The usual street level superhero fighting.

    Main Character Representation

    • Lesbian Characters

    Recommended by

    Danielle Boyd

    Kim and Kim, vol. 1: This Glamorous, High-Flying Rock Star Life

    Magdalene Visaggio

    Eva Cabrera

    Elevator Pitch

    A space bounty hunting team made up of two Kims. When their bills pile up they decide to take on a bounty that far exceeds their pay grade and end up on a wild universe spanning adventure.

    Appeals to

    Fans of space-team up books like Guardians of the Galaxy, people looking for books about trans characters who aren’t transitioning any longer, but just living their life, and fans of quirky independent publishers.

    Content Notes

    Some language.

    Creator Identities

    • LGBTQIA+ Creator
      • Queer Creator, Trans Creator

    Main Character Representation

    • Lesbian Characters

    • Trans Characters

    Recommended by

    Danielle Boyd

    Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry Blossom Pink

    Milk Morinaga

    Elevator Pitch

    This collection of romantic short stories follows teen girls at two all-girl high schools. It explores a variety of different situations and debunks some myths and misunderstandings about lesbian relationships. And it’s cute and sweet!

    Appeals to

    Anyone who wants stories that take lesbian relationships seriously in a wide variety of forms, but is also light and fun.

    Content Notes

    Brief nudity, implied sex.

    Creator Identities

    • Creator of Color
      • Japanese Creator

    Main Character Representation

    • Lesbian Characters

    Recommended by

    Nic Willcox

    O Human Star

    Blue Delliquanti

    Elevator Pitch

    A man wakes up to discover that he is sixteen years in the future and now inhabiting a robot version of his original body. Uneasily reunited with his old partner (and old flame) and his adopted robot daughter, who is trans, they start to unravel their history and build their future. With two gay protagonists and a trans teen, this is a wonderful, funny, smart look at what makes us “human”. Note: This is available currently only directly from the creator’s website, but it’s worth it.

    Appeals to

    If you want Blade Runner minus the ominous pomposity and grim outlook plus a lot more diversity in the cast of characters, this is for you.

    Content Notes

    There is romance on an adult level and on a teen level, none of it especially explicit.

    Creator Identities

    • LGBTQIA+ Creator
      • Nonbinary Creator

    Main Character Representation

    • Gay Characters

    • Queer Characters

    • Trans Characters

    Recommended by

    Robin Brenner

    The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded

    Jim Ottaviani

    Leland Purvis

    Elevator Pitch

    Alan Turing was a gifted mathematician whose genius made him indispensable to the Allies in World War II. His valuable work with codebreaking machines collided with social norms as the British government punished homosexuality.

    Appeals to

    Math geeks in need of another patron saint, historians of World War II, and queer life in England.

    Main Character Representation

    • Gay Characters
    Recommended by

    Thomas Maluck

    The Other Side: An Anthology of Queer Paranormal Romance

    Various Creators

    Elevator Pitch

    Nineteen stories by 23 different creators, representing a diverse assortment of queer narratives. The majority of these stories achieve a sweet kind of charm, often portraying romances between a human and a ghost or creature.

    Appeals to

    Anyone howling at the moon for more queer representation in comics.

    Content Notes

    Brief nudity.

    Creator Identities

    • Creator of Color
    • LGBTQIA+ Creator

    Main Character Representation

    • Lesbian Characters

    • Queer Characters

    • Gay Characters

    • Trans Characters

    Recommended by

    Thomas Maluck

    Weirdworld, vol. 1: Where Lost Things Go

    Sam Humphries

    Mike Del Mundo

    Elevator Pitch

    Becca is an ordinary Earth girl in a dangerously weird world, but her new friend Goleta the Wizardslayer will help her get home. Becca’s got some regrets about the Earth life that awaits her when she comes back, but for now, she has to survive the perilous realms before her and outwit sorceress Morgan Le Fay.

    Appeals to

    Fantasy fanatics, those who enjoy swords ‘n’ sorcery.

    Content Notes

    Fantasy violence.

    Main Character Representation

    • Lesbian Characters

    Recommended by

    Thomas Maluck

    Abbott

    Saladin Ahmed

    Sami Kivela

    New to the list!

    Description:
    Abbott
    Elevator Pitch

    The year: 1972. The place: Detroit. Elena Abbott is a hard-hitting journalist at the Detroit Daily, using her work to ask difficult questions and bring to light police abuses that some feel are best left unexplored. To make things more difficult, Abbott moves through this primarily white male world as a black bisexual woman, encountering both institutional and direct bigotry and discrimination. When following a series of strange killings and mutilations, Abbott finds her life threatened by something decidedly supernatural—possibly connected to the same forces that took her husband away many years prior.

    Appeals to

    Fans of detective stories, murder mysteries, horror, and the supernatural.

    Content Notes

    Some disturbing or gory content; use of drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes; depiction of racism and bigotry.

    Creator Identities

    • Creator of Color
      • Multiracial Creator: Lebanese, Egyptian, Irish, and Polish

    Main Character Representation

    • Black Characters

    • Bisexual Characters

    Recommended by

    Sharona Ginsberg

    Crowded

    Christopher Sebela

    New to the list!

    Description:
    Crowded
    Elevator Pitch

    Charlie Ellison has made a huge mistake that has placed a million-dollar bounty on her head in the Reapr app, a crowd-funding app for assassinations. She uses the Dfend app to hire a bodyguard, Vita, who can’t stand the obnoxious Charlie but will keep her safe during the 30 days of the assassination’s campaign.

    Appeals to

    Fans who like near-future worldbuilding, queer women solving a mystery on a dangerous roadtrip.

    Content Notes

    Violence, language.

    Main Character Representation

    • Black Characters

    • Queer Characters

    Recommended by

    Thomas Maluck

    Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles

    Mark Russell

    Mike Feehan

    New to the list!

    Description:
    Snagglepuss
    Elevator Pitch

    The mischievous pink Snagglepuss of Hanna-Barbera cartoon fame is reinvented as a gay Tennessee Williams-esque playwright during the 1950s. Compared to his depressed novelist friend Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss is a proud subversive, subjecting everyone to his sharp wit and insight. Challenging artists and queer citizens live in fear of their government and neighbors, but Snagglepuss is here to tell the ugly truth.

    Appeals to

    Readers imagining Chucking a brick at 50s-era McCarthyism and homophobia.

    Content Notes

    Adultery, homophobia, police violence.

    Main Character Representation

    • Gay Characters

    Recommended by

    Thomas Maluck

    Grease Bats

    Archie Bongiovanni

    New to the list!

    Description:
    Grease Bats
    Elevator Pitch

    Best friends Andy (trans, genderqueer) and Scout (lesbian) are gay disasters. They are always looking for a good scene to hang around, with equal odds of appreciating or hating on it. Andy is very outgoing and looking for hookups, while Scout is usually caught up in her feelings and unable to get over her ex-girlfriend. Together, they are an inseparable pair of cultural commentators and each other’s hilarious sounding board.

    Appeals to

    Nuances of queer experience.

    Content Notes

    Language.

    Creator Identities

    • LGBTQIA+ Creator
      • Queer Nonbinary Creator.

    Main Character Representation

    • Queer Characters

    • Lesbian Characters

    • Genderqueer Characters

    • Trans Characters

    Recommended by

    Thomas Maluck

    Meal

    Blue Delliquanti

    New to the list!

    Description:
    Meal
    Elevator Pitch

    Yarrow is passionate about cooking, particularly insect cuisine. She moves to a new city to pursue a job at Chanda Flores’ restaurant, which focuses on insect cuisine, but she quickly gets off on the wrong foot with Chanda. Can Yarrow get her dream job and win over her crush Milani? With its diverse cast centered on a budding relationship, this is a story you won’t want to miss!

    Appeals to

    Fans of cute, slow-burn romances; foodies.

    Content Notes

    Brief discussions of cultural erasure.

    Creator Identities

    • LGBTQIA+ Creator
      • Nonbinary Creator.

    Main Character Representation

    • Black Characters

    • Lesbian Characters

    • Nonbinary Characters

    Recommended by

    Megan Rupe

    Monstress

    Marjorie Liu

    Sana Takeda

    New to the list!

    Description:
    Monstress
    Elevator Pitch

    Monstress follows the exploits of Maika Halfwolf, a not-so-typical brash and violent heroine, through a beautifully drawn matriarchal, steampunk world. Humans fight against Archanics, a hybrid race of humans and Ancients. Maika travels across the known world piecing together the history of her family, her ancestry, and her mysterious powers, all while being pursued by human witches and other Archanics.

    Appeals to

    Fans of Saga, The Wicked + The Divine, Fullmetal Alchemist.

    Content Notes

    Language, nudity, adult content, fantasy violence.

    Creator Identities

    • Creator of Color
      • Taiwanese-American Creator, Japanese Creator

    Main Character Representation

    • Lesbian Characters

    Recommended by

    Sara Smith

    Mother Panic

    Jodie Houser

    Tommy Lee Edwards

    New to the list!

    Description:
    Mother Panic
    Elevator Pitch

    Bisexual heiress Violet Page exacts vigilante justice on the streets of Gotham as Mother Panic, targeting her upper-class peers for revenge regarding the trauma of her childhood. Clad in all white during her superheroics, Mother Panic appears to be a beacon of light at times, but her violent temper, combined with the warped influence of her mother, tends to send her into a gritty tailspin.

    Appeals to

    People who enjoy superheroes who aren’t role models.

    Content Notes

    Violence, language.

    Main Character Representation

    • Bisexual Characters

    Recommended by

    Thomas Maluck

    Waves

    Ingrid Chabbert

    Carole Maurel

    New to the list!

    Description:
    Waves
    Elevator Pitch

    Inspired by the author’s experience, two caring women grapple with a difficult pregnancy and the loss of their child. With only small amounts of dialog, the art creates a visceral look at grief, how we carry on, and the love that sustains us along the way. Translated from French by Edward Gauvin.

    Appeals to

    Fans of memoirs and anyone who’s faced loss.

    Content Notes

    Themes of pregnancy complications, infant loss, and depression.

    Main Character Representation

    • Lesbian Characters

    Recommended by

    Sunny Carito

    When I Arrived At the Castle

    Emily Carroll

    New to the list!

    Description:
    When I Arrived at the Castle
    Elevator Pitch

    A woman with cat ears arrives at the countess’ castle, but she’s not prepared for what she finds there. With atmospheric, erotic illustrations and fairy tale elements, you don’t want to miss this latest horror work from Emily Carroll.

    Appeals to

    Fans of Emily Carroll’s previous horror works, fans of Neil Gaiman’s Snow, Glass, Apples.

    Content Notes

    Violence/gore, scary scenes.

    Creator Identities

    • LGBTQIA+ Creator
      • Lesbian Creator

    Main Character Representation

    • Lesbian Characters

    • Genderqueer Characters

    Recommended by

    Shira Pilarski

    Woman World

    Aminder Dhaliwal

    New to the list!

    Description:
    Woman World
    Elevator Pitch

    Men are no longer being born, leaving women (including trans women!) to inhabit the world. They toss out patriarchal standards, though some children still consult “grandma” and watch old movies starring men to get confusing glimpses of the past. Woman society pushes onward, seeking a way to ensure the next generation can exist and discovering (funny, practical) new social standards in the absence of men.

    Appeals to

    Fans of Y The Last Man who wanted to know more about the WOMEN.

    Creator Identities

    • Creator of Color
      • Indian-Canadian Creator

    Main Character Representation

    • Lesbian Characters

    • Bisexual Characters

    • Trans Characters

    Recommended by

    Thomas Maluck

    Cry Havoc, vol. 1: Mything In Action

    Simon Spurrier

    Ryan Kelly

    Elevator Pitch

    A lesbian werewolf soldier, Lou, is recruited with other supernatural beings to take down a rogue military operative in Afghanistan. The story uses color-coded panels to depict three different eras in Lou’s life. Lou is living her “normal” past life in one stage, preparing to attack in Afghanistan in the second stage, and has already been captured in the third.

    Appeals to

    Fans of Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now who’d like a supernatural angle.

    Content Notes

    Violence, language, sex.

    Recommended by

    Thomas Maluck

    Rat Queens, vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery

    Kurtis J. Wiebe

    Roc Upchurch

    Elevator Pitch

    The Rat Queens are a misfit party of women adventurers on the lookout for cash in a sword and sorcery world. Comprised of an elven mage, a dwarf warrior, an atheist cleric, and a halfling, the Rat Queens face all manner of unique trials involving assassins, grotesque monsters, and Lovecraftian cultists.

    Appeals to

    Fans of Dungeons & Dragons. The sword and sorcery theme makes it accessible to fantasy fans, however, the imaginative script and the hilarious banter among the women sound like they could come from a most spirited D&D session.

    Content Notes

    Language of a sexual nature and nudity make this a title strictly for adults.

    Main Character Representation

    • Queer Characters
    Recommended by

    Allen Kesinger

    The Less than Epic Adventures of T.J. and Amal

    E. K. Weaver

    Elevator Pitch

    Amal, running away from dealing with the fact that he just came out to his parents, meets up with TJ, who’s looking for a quick escape out of town. They take off across the country on a road trip that ends up an adventure, a playlist fueled conversation, and just maybe a powerful romance.

    Appeals to

    Anyone who’s a sucker for a good road trip tale will love this, and the romance is beautifully wrought in body language, heated glances, and so much humor.

    Content Notes

    A number of explicit sex scenes keeps it for adults.

    Main Character Representation

    • Indian Character

    • Gay Characters
    Recommended by

    Robin Brenner

    The Wicked + The Divine

    Kieron Gillen

    Jamie McKelvie

    Elevator Pitch

    The world’s greatest pop stars are manifestations of the gods. Downside: they will die two years after receiving their holy form. The latest batch of musical demigods has plenty of baggage and more than a few deadly secrets.

    Appeals to

    Fans of Young Avengers or Phonograph (same creative team).

    Content Notes

    Nudity, swearing, blood.

    Main Character Representation

    • Black Characters

    • Queer Characters

    • Pansexual Characters
    Recommended by

    Thomas Maluck

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      Features Writer

      Megan earned her MLIS from Simmons College and is currently the evening librarian at Bay State College in Massachusetts. She satisfies her voracious appetite for graphic novels and manga through regular visits to her local public libraries and puts her love of graphic novels to good use by adding to Bay State’s collection whenever possible. Megan maintains a personal blog, Ferret with a Strobe Light, where she discusses awesome books she’s read lately. When not engaged in reading or library work, she likes running, drinking tea, and working on her own stories and art.

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