Tagged with coming out
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel
Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence
Under the Lights
Calling Dr. Laura: a Graphic Memoir
That queer feminist Nicole Georges would call regressive right-wing meanie Dr. Laura Schlessinger for advice about how to navigate a family secret is what makes Nicole and her story so interesting and surprising. Maybe it's just me, but I had the idea that Nicole, a long-time maker of zines and minicomics, was tough and a little scary. (There's a good chance I have her minicomics collaborator Clutch McBastard to blame for that impression.) The Nicole I met in this graphic memoir is not scary; she's scared. Dr. Laura makes her cry, her mom makes her go silent, and she's easily hurt by her girlfriend, Radar.
Just So You Know, #1 & 2
Joey's gender transition stories are everything that you could want in a minicomic. They're honest, well-drawn, compelling, and at least once an issue, LOL funny. I don't say LOL casually, I actually mean it. The strip that got me in issue one is the 4th installment of Joey's conversation with herself, "Am I a bitch now?" about whether her now passing and openly identifying as female--and taking hormones--has, you know. If that scares you, know that this isn't an attack on assertive womanhood. Check out the first installment, and you'll understand:
Keeping You a Secret
Student council president Holland Jaeger was finds herself less interested in boyfriend Seth than in transfer student Cece. Cece is totally open about her sexuality, but makes some mistakes as she helps Holland understand hers. Of the three queer YA novels I've read lately, this was the most affective (i.e tear-jerking). Strangely though I didn't love the writing, I found the book deeply compelling (except the day I accidentally left it at work and had nothing to read on the subway home). In addition to being a coming out story, it's also about parent/child relationships, learning to be open-minded about people from wacky subcultures (e.g. goths), and finding oneself as an artist. I'd say more, but there are too many spoilers to worry about.