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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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