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5 LGBT+ Webcomics That Will Lift Your Spirits

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If you’ve been struggling to find some comics that have LGBT+ representation, look no further! I’ve listed some awesome webcomics that are both fun to read, but also focus on queer themes.

LGBT+ representation in media matters. In mainstream media, we often don’t see a lot of characters that are part of the LGBT+ community. And if we do get them, they’re often not portrayed in a healthy way. With this list, you’ll be able to read some webcomics
that showcase the LGBT+ community and their relationships in the way they should be.


1. Broadside

Broadside is created by Noella Whitney, an illustrator and a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

The webcomic follows Nora, a girl who accidentally stows away on a pirate ship (the Black Lion) in Port Royal, Jamaica. It’s set in 1691, but also has some magic thrown in there! Nora becomes a pirate, joining the Black Lion‘s crew.

 

2. Long Exposure

Long Exposure is written by Kam “Mars” Heyward, a 24-year-old who works in an animation studio in Portland, Oregon.

She describes this webcomic as follows: “Long Exposure is an ongoing webcomic about a nerd and a bully who are forced to work on a class project together. The story revolves around them developing super powers after an incident at a strange research center, and finding themselves followed by a mysterious car, overcoming personal challenges, and (most importantly) discovering how gay they are for each other.”

Warning: it contains a lot of swearing, some violence, drug/alcohol use, sexual situations, touches on some sensitive subjects, and drops a few (censored) slurs on occasion.

 

3. Sakana

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Sakana is made by Madeline “Mad” Rupert who resides in Savannah, GA.  She also works on Boom! Studio’s KaBOOM licensed kid’s comics, including Adventure Time, Regular Show, Bravest Warriors, Bee and Puppycat and Steven Universe.

“Sakana is a slice of life, romantic comedy that takes place in a giant fish market in Tokyo, Japan. Our intrepid heroes must wrangle unruly seafood, navigate a hazardous dating scene, and try to get the fish smell out of their clothes in order to find love, inner peace, and a paycheck.” – The Sakana Vol. 1 Kickstarter Page.

 

4. Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup is made by Emma Oosterhous, an artist who lives in Colorado Sorings, CO.

This is a webcomic that collects and tells the stories of queer youth, directly from its readers. You simply email Oosterhous and you can get your story illustrated in this wonderful comic!

 

5. BFFcomic

BFFcomic was created by Mickey Quinn, a storyboarder at Dreamworks TV who also is an occasional illustrator, cartoonist & colorist!

The comic’s “About” page describes it as follows: “Best Friends Forever is a (b)romantic dramedy about a dirt-poor quarterback and the nerd-chic president of the student council trying to hold their unlikely friendship together – despite the suspicions & meddling of their frustrating classmates.”

Unfortunately, this webcomic is no longer updating.


These webcomics all often put a smile on my face, and I hpoe that you’ll enjoy them as well! Here’s some other comics that didn’t make the list:

Check, Please! is a story about hockey and friendship and bros and trying to find yourself during the best 4 years of your life. Check out the infographic I made about it here!

Rock and Riot follows the tales of opposing teenage gangs in the 1950s with an LGBTQ theme! Check out this gif of its cast!

Alters (a print comic) is about Chalice, a trans girl superhero!


Sources:

Furedi, Chelsey. “About.” Rockandriotcomic.com. Tumblr, n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2017. <http://rockandriotcomic.com/about&gt;.
Heyward, Kam “Mars”. Long Exposure. Tumblr, n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2017. <http://longexposurecomic.com/&gt;.
Heyward, Kam “Mars”. SMARTS, DARK, DANGEROUS DOG. Tumblr, n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2017. <http://smokeplanet.tumblr.com/&gt;.
“Meet the Artist.” Inside/Out Youth Services. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2017. <https://www.insideoutys.org/webcomic/meet-artist/&gt;.
Oosterhous, Emma. Alphabet Soup. Tumblr, n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2017. <http://alphabetsoupcomic.tumblr.com/&gt;.
Quinn, Mickey. “BFFCOMIC.” Go Knights! Tumblr, 08 Aug. 2016. Web. 21 Apr. 2017. <http://goknights.tumblr.com/post/148622758684/bffcomic&gt;.
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Rupert, Mad. SAKANA. Hiveworks, n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2017. <http://www.sakana-comic.com/&gt;.
Rupert, Mad. “SAKANA Volume 1 Kickstarter.” Kickstarter. Kickstarter, n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2017. <https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1940139969/sakana-volume-1-kickstarter?ref=user_menu&gt;.
Ukazu, Ngozi. Check, Please! Tumblr, n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2017. <http://omgcheckplease.tumblr.com/&gt;.
Whitney, Noella. “About.” No Whit. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2017. <http://no-whit.com/about/&gt;.
Whitney, Noella. Broadside. WordPress, n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2017. <http://broadsidecomic.com/&gt;.
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