It’s been a while, but we are back with another great selection of LGBTQ graphic novels to read. Stuck inside and in need of some queer graphic novel comfort? Read on to find out what’s out now, and what’s coming very soon…
Death Threat by Vivek Shraya & Ness Lee
Out now from Arsenal Pulp Press (£12.99, p/b, 60pp, 9781551527505)
Death Threat explores the real-life death threats against writer/musician Vivek Shraya after she came out as transgender. Through a series of surreal illustrations by Ness Lee, Shraya sheds light on the intersection of internet hate, online culture, and being a trans person in the public eye. She examines death threats not just from the point of view of those receiving them, but also from those sending them. In the process, she manages to create a vivid visual memoir that turns something sad into something hopeful.
Sensible Footwear by Kate Charlesworth
Out now from Myriad Editions (£17.99, p/b, 272pp, 9780993563348)
Yes, we at Turnaround have talked about this one a lot, but it really is that good. Both a personal and general history of queer life in the UK since 1950, Sensible Footwear is an immediate classic that is difficult to do justice in a few words. From (inter)national riots to small, personal moments, it effortlessly weaves together 60+ years of queer life into a rich, one-of-a-kind read that I’ll be turning back to for many years to come.
Apsara Engine by Bishakh Som
Published April 30th by The Feminist Press (£20.99, h/b, 250pp, 9781936932818)
A collection of short comics, Apsara Engine is Bishakh Som’s highly anticipated debut work of fiction. It explores issues of gender, desire, friendship, family and culture through a sci-fi setting, all with a focus on South Asian perspectives and cultures. Beautifully rendered in watercolours and pencil lines, this is one I’m really excited about.
Is This How You See Me? by Jaime Hernandez
Out now from Fantagraphics, ( £17.99, h/b, 96pp, 9781683961826)
Is This How You See Me? tells the full story of Hernandez’ most beloved characters from Love and Rockets. Maggie and Hopey leave their significant others at home to go to a Punk reunion in their old haunt, reminiscing on the way there. Through a series flashbacks intermixed with the present-day, Hernandez explores how the two have changed from young punks into middle-aged women. What follows is an intimate look at how people change over time, drift apart, and still find strength in communities and life-long friendships.
Breaks Volume 2 by Emma Vieceli and Malin Rydér
Published June 18th by Soaring Penguin Press (£15.99, p/b, 152pp, 9781908030337)
It’s finally happening everyone: Breaks volume 2 is here! Well, almost (June, to be precise. But you can always peak ahead online). For those non in the know: Breaks is a long-running YA webcomic by Emma Vieceli and Malin Rydén about two boys trying to navigate their budding relationship alongside other pressing concerns of puberty. It’s a non-sentimental love story dealing with some of the darker aspects of life, and has been going strong since 2015. Catch up with volume 1 now, and get ready for volume 2!
To get your hands on some of these, check out this growing list of indie booksellers across the country offering postal services and/or local delivery. They’re all run by stellar people who could really do with support in these uncertain times.