I promised you a list of LGBTQ comics and creators for SPX next weekend. I did my best to be pretty complete, but I’m certain I’ve missed some people.
This list includes creators who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, and straight. Some of them write comics about LGBTQ identity and experience, and some write about other things. (I only included straight writers whose works include a significant amount of LGBT content, though.)
I wanted to write some recommendations, but then I thought this post would get really long—there are so many good books in here. (And a bunch I don’t even know yet, which I’ll be picking up next week.)
Hazel Newlevant A12
Comics about poly relationships and drag kings.
Rob Kirby B5A
Curbside Boys, Three, Qu33r, and many other books
Heather Nunnelly C8 (Late addition, not highlighted in the map above)
VACANT features many bi or homosexual characters.
Tony Breed C10
Finn and Charlie are Hitched, about a gay, married couple and their friends
Jay Fuller Jr C10
The Boy in Pink Earmuffs, about two kids growing up and falling for each other.
R.M. Rhodes and Sarah P. D13A
Starseed: a gay porn space opera wecomic
CJ Joughin E3
An LA-based artist and graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies class of 2011. City of Cards is a supernatural science fiction story with a large cast of characters, largely centering around two men coping with the world they live in.
Elle Skinner E3
He comic Missing Monday revolves around a lesbian couple.
Jess Fink E12
Her new book We Can Fix It! includes scenes of her going back in time and making out with herself. That counts, right? (Plus: good book.)
Blue Delliquanti G4B
O Human Star, a sci-fi comic about an inventor and his unconventional robot family.
C. Spike Trotman G4A
Publisher of Smut Peddler, woman-focused comic porn which includes a lot of queer content
L. Nichols I5
Writer of Flocks, about growing up queer in a conservative church
Cathy Johnson I1 (note corrected table number—not reflected in the map above)
New graphic novel Jeremiah debuting at SPX
Christy Lijewski J3
3 zines with male/male relationships there (nothing graphic just cute)
Allie Kleber K4B
Tiny Dynamo: DEMOSA tasty collection of bite-sized stories about a rock band of adorable, if occasionally quarrelsome, queers … from their humble college bar beginnings to stadiums and international attention! Just how do you drag a biology major in front of a mic during finals? How do you handle inappropriate radio interview questions? And what happens when you REALLY need to take a nap on the tour bus?
Laurel Lynn Leake K4A
Queeroticomics (an anthology of queer erotic comics)
Joyana McDiarmid K4B
Sasha Steinberg K4A
Stonewall (telling the story of the Stonewall riots from multiple perspectives); Queeroticomics, others.
Kimball Anderson K4A
Melanie Gillman K5A
As the Crow Flies, a webcomic about queer teens in Christian youth camps
Lena Chandok K6
All kinds of comics, but also Anything That Loves and Queeroticomics
Chad Sell K7
Manta-Man, Manta-Dad, and fabulous drawings of drag queens.
Dylan Edwards K10
Transposes: true stories of transmen
Zan Christensen K10
Zan is the co-creator of The Mark of Aeacus and The Power Within with artist Mark Brill, and is the editor of the new anthology Anything that Loves, all from Northwest Press.
Justin Hall K10
Editor of No Straight Lines (see also, Fantagraphics booth); writer of True Travel Tales and lots of other stuff
Nick Sumida L7
Snackies and others
Jeremy Sorese L9
New anthology Prom Committee and other comics
Jonathan Bell Wolfe L9
New anthology Prom Committee and other comics
Becky Hawkins N12B
Autobio comics about working as a cruise ship musician and living in Portland with her sidekick, Shoulder Angel
David Mahler (won’t be able to attend but his books will be there at Matt Emery’s table, W7-9)
Deep Park, launching at SPX; Coracle
Brittney Sabo W20B (Late addition, not highlighted on the map above.)
All Night and other good stuff!
Kate Leth W22-30 (Sitting with Topatoco; late addition, not highlighted on the map above.)
Kate or Die! and Anything That Loves
Danielle Corsetto W31
Writer of Girls with Slingshots, which includes several LGBTQ characters.
David Willis W32
His comics Dumbing of Age and Shortpacked! both feature prominent LGBTQ characters.
M.R. Trower W34A
A queer and trans* artist from Durham, NC, debuting a comic called Eik as well as selling anthology zines and other personal works.
Kori Michele W41A (Late addition, not highlighted on the map above.)
Genderqueer author of Prince of Cats, the story of three gay boys, a transgendered boy, and a cute chubby redheaded girl surviving highschool.
Maggie Siegel-Berele W47A
Writer of Jesus Loves Lesbians, Too
- Wandering Son Vol 5: In this volume of the acclaimed series about transgendered kids exploring their unfolding identities, we’ve reached a big event; the junior high school entrance ceremony.
- No Straight Lines: a anthology of queer comics, edited by Justin Hall
Morgan Boecher (I don’t know where Morgan will be)
What’s Normal Anyway? is a comic that discusses the trans male experience through the story of Mel, who takes the big risk of being himself and transitioning from female to male. This comic aims to add another voice representing a part of the wide spectrum of human diversity. And be funny about it too.
Molly Brooks (doesn’t have a table, but she’ll be attending… maybe you’ll find her as you wander!)
Her book that narrowly avoided the title “post-apocalyptic lesbian science buddies.”
Also! There will be a panel on Sunday that might interest you:
Sunday 3:30 – 4:30 in the White Flint Auditorium
Queering the Mainstream?
Rob Kirby, Justin Hall, Charles “Zan” Christensen, Dylan Edwards, L. Nichols and Laurel Leake will examine, from the points of view of publishers, editors, comics veterans and younger cartoonists, men and women, the ways in which mainstream culture has been “queered,” the ways in which queer comics have changed to make them more openly mainstream, and what is still hoped for in the future. Moderated by critic Rob Clough (The Comics Journal).
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