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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: LGBTQ+

This batch features a new printing of the queer supernatural romance Taproot, a story of self-discovery in middle school, a tale of a marriage of convenience, a magical culinary drama, and a queer love story set during the rise of fascism in 1930s Germany.

 

TAPROOT GARDENER & A GHOST TP

(W) Keezy Young (A/CA) Keezy Young


Blue has been living as a ghost for a year when he meets Hamal, a beautiful and sweet gardener who has the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Together, their friendship develops into something more, but being a ghost, Blue can never truly be connected with Hamal.


When Blue realizes Hamal's strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him--even if it means leaving him.


This edition of Taproot features a brand-new cover, along with exclusive bonus material.

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Why this caught my eye:

Glad to see a nice new version being released with some new material. I really enjoy Young's art and this book should just be a mainstay item regularly stocked by comic stores and libraries.

 

AIRLESS YEAR TP

(W) Adam P. Knave (A/CA) Valentine Barker


For Kacee, a queer Black girl in middle school, everything feels like a struggle. When she fails a class as a result of her stress and ends up in summer school, she starts to wonder why she even bothers trying-and ultimately begins to discover her own power to improve the things in her life she can control, and try to let go of what she can't.


From writer Adam P. Knave (The Once and Future Queen) and artist Valentine Barker, with letters by Frank Cvetkovic (Punch-Up), The Airless Year is a story of self-discovery and empowerment about taking control where you can, and learning to let the rest go.


o Perfect for YA readers!

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Why this caught my eye:

Caught this article a few months back and it sounded like a solid middle school/identity journey story.

 

I WANT TO BE A WALL GN VOL 01

(W) Honami Shirono (A/CA) Honami Shirono


Yuriko, an asexual woman, agrees to take a husband to satisfy her parents-which is how she finds herself tying the knot with Gakurouta, a gay man in love with his childhood friend with his own family circumstances. And so begins the tale of their marriage of convenience.

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Why this caught my eye:

An engaging (and sad) set-up, plus there's just not enough ace representation in comics.

 

BASIL AND OREGANO TP

(W) Melissa Capriglione (A/CA) Melissa Capriglione


Porta Bella Magiculinary Academy is the finest school for the art of cooking with magic, and Basil Eyres is determined to be the top student. On the first day of her senior year, Arabella Oregano, the daughter of a renowned chef, joins the academy for her senior year as well. The two are instantly smitten with each other, but Basil senses there's something Arabella is hiding from her. Still, the two work together to stand out from the class as the end of year culinary festival approaches. But when Arabella's secret is reveled, Basil is faced with the hardest decision of her life, which has the potential to throw her future aspirations in jeopardy.


o A YA LGBTQA+ tale suitable for all audiences.


o An original graphic novel from up and coming artist Melissa Capriglione. MAR220390


Why this caught my eye:

Ya had me at 'finest school for the art of cooking with magic'. Also, I really love Capriglione's art and vibrant colors.

 

LIEBESTRASSE TP

(W) Gregory Lockard (A/CA) Tim Fish


During the final years of the Weimar Republic, Sam meets Philip in Berlin and they fall in love. Their romance is hit with an unspeakable reality as the Nazis come to power and fascism makes them a target.


Debut writer Greg Lockard (Where We Live Las Vegas Shooting Benefit Anthology) in collaboration with artist Tim Fish (Saved by the Bell, Cavalcade of Boys) bring you the latest hit from ComiXology Originals.


o 2020 Glaad Media Nominee for Outstanding Comic.

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Why this caught my eye:

This caught my eye a while ago but I'm just not a digital comic consumer, so glad to see it offered in print through Dark Horse.

 

That's it for this batch, we'll hit up some horror on the next round!

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