Updated: Jun 26
Queer representation in media is so rare and so often only shows the same small slice of our community. In my humble gay opinion, graphic novels are leading the media revolution of including queer stories. I've compiled a list of some of my favorites across a wide variety of graphic novels and comics. Some came out as recently as this year, while others give you a sense of just how far queer representation has come.
TOP TEN QUEER GRAPHIC NOVELS
1. My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
(for ages 16 and up)
This would also be at the top of my favorite graphic novels list in general. The story is set against the backdrop of 1960's Chicago and follows a young girl's investigation of her neighbor's murder. The artwork is unparalleled in detail and visual storytelling. Ferris perfectly captures what it's like to be young, confused, and queer... sometimes you can't help but see yourself as a monster.
If you find yourself not wanting to read graphic novels because they can't live up to your classic literature expectations, I highly recommend giving this one a shot.
2. Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O'Malley and Leslie Hung
(for ages 13 and up)
You've probably (at least) heard of Scott Pilgrim, well this is the author's newest series as he works with a stunning new illustrator, Leslie Hung. Snotgirl is the story of a social media superstar as she deals with her complicated personal life filled with secrets (including her horrible, ugly allergies). Snotgirl is my current favorite on-going series. I'd highly recommend it if you're looking for a fun read with strong, unique characters.