This week, my comics reading included some old favorites and some graphic novels that have been on my TBR forever.
Top Comics of the Week
The Backstagers: 2018 Valentine’s Intermission #1 by James Tynion IV, Samantha Johns, Rian Sygh, Brittney Williams, Caitlin Rose Boyle, and Katy Farina
Have I mentioned recently how much I love The Backstagers? I love it so much. So when I saw my favorite band of tender, magical queer stagehands was back for a Valentine’s short story, I snapped it up as quick as I could. This short comic is everything I hoped it would be. It’s got Valentines mush (not my thing) and Valentines cynicism (definitely my thing), fantastic art, and the explosion of queer boy awesomeness that made me fall in love with the comic in the first place. I’m smiling just thinking about it.
On a completely different note, American Born Chinese is a thoughtful and provocative graphic novel about a young Chinese-American boy in a mostly white school. It’s not an easy one to read, and I wasn’t head-over-heels for it, but it was really well done and definitely worth the read. Read my full review here.
We All Wish For Deadly Force by Leela Corman
Continuing my foray into literary short comics, both fiction and nonfiction, I just started this collection of short stories by Leela Corman. Corman explores some heavy topics–particularly the death of her child–so I know this won’t be an easy read, but if the first story is any indication, it is going to be worth it. She uses the graphic format to write starkly and authentically about grief, and her storytelling prowess is on full display. The artwork is stunning. I can’t wait to dive into the rest of this collection.
The World of Webcomics
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (complete)
If you haven’t read this short webcomic, you are in for a treat. It is one of my favorite, favorite things, ~40 pages of utter perfection.
With Great Abandon by E.H. Macmillan
This is a sweet, realistic, music-infused queer love story that takes place over the course of a year in London and stars two young gay men, one of whom is trans. I loved the artwork in this one, and I appreciated both the tenderness and the tension as these two characters navigated a relationship.
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
This one just came out but because I’m sneaky I put it on hold at the library before it was published and it’s waiting for me right now! A fairy tale-ish story about a prince who’s into dresses and a girl who’s into making them but also has some bigger dreams? Yes, please, sign me up. I’ve heard so many good things about this book and I can’t wait to read it.
That’s it for me. What comics did you enjoy this week?