12 Exceptional Comics About Trans and Genderqueer People

We live in a rich and wonderful time for LGBTQ comics, particularly comics about transgender and genderqueer people. It’s been a long time coming! Even when LGB people were starting to show up on the page, T and Q people were often notably absent. No longer! There’s some really amazing work out right now that covers trans issues, includes diverse characters, and is generally conscious and awesome. If you’re looking for some great trans and genderqueer comics in print, start here.

Comics About Trans And Genderqueer People

100 Crushes by Elisha Lim

Written in a looping handwritten script, this book is a series of meditative vignettes about LGBTQ people of all types, including genderqueer people. Like the best of us, this book never demands that the individuals it covers define themselves.

Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe

There’s a lot to love about this autobiography. Maia’s struggle to assert eir pronouns is poignant and relatable. If you’ve ever had to come out twice, then you’ll appreciate the complications e experiences as e navigates eir family’s misunderstandings and misapprehensions.

Gumballs by Erin NationsGumballs by Erin Nations

The really nice thing about this book is that Erin profiles other people on the LGBTQ rainbow. That, plus the vignettes about Erin’s life and transition, make this a true gumball machine of trans-inclusive joy.

 

How Loathsome by Ted Naifeh and Tristan Crane

Edgy and goth, this exploration of queer outsiderhood involves a ton of sex, drugs, and nightlife. It’s a gem for fans of dark, gritty art and messy personal drama.

Oath Anthology of New (Queer) Heroes, edited by Audrey Redpath

It’s all about the heroes! (And, to be honest, the romance too. There’s more than a touch of romance to these short comic stories.) Whether it’s a child choosing their preferred clothing or a trans man and a superhero bonding over their secret identities, this collection will dispatch your boredom like a laser beam through a cheap set piece.

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

This epic lost love/girls’ school drama (iiiinnnnnn spaaaaaaaace) features both genderqueerness and devoted fans. Mia works as a member of a crew that rebuilds giant, broken space structures, but her true motivations are more serious. She intends to find the love she lost…at any cost!

The Other Side: A Queer Paranormal Romance Anthology edited by Melanie Gillman and Kori Michelle Handwerker

This book is not just about romance—it’s about spoooooky romance with queer couples and gender-neutral pronouns galore! As it is an anthology, you’re almost guaranteed to find a story and art style that suit you.

The Pervert by Michelle Perez and Remy BoydellThe Pervert by Michelle Perez and Remy Boydell

In the midst of her transition to female, a factory worker engages in the sex trade to raise money for hormones and nicotine gum. This is an unflinching look at one woman’s experiencing crossing the gender binary, complete with complications, pitfalls, and doubt.

Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology edited by Joamette Gil

While it is generally about female characters, this book includes a couple of transgender and genderqueer witches to enchant the savvy reader. After all, who says that only assigned-female people can be magical?

The Prince And The Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The dressmaker has talent. The prince has a secret. The two are destined to become co-conspirators in a scandal that could rock the ailing aristocracy of Europe…or set its fashion landscape on fire!

A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson

This lightening-quick read should be a standard text in all life skills classes. It’s basically a primer on they/them pronouns for cisgender people told by a genderqueer person and their ally buddy.

The Spire by Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely

Sha, Commander of the Spire’s City Watch, gets word from the new Baroness: there’s a high-profile murder she needs to solve. If she doesn’t, she’ll lose her job—and maybe more. In a world where humanoid skews face discrimination even as they attempt to pass among “normal” people, the job quickly gets more complicated than Sha anticipated.

QUIZ: What Graphic Novel Should You Read Next?

Graphic novels are a colorful and intriguing format for creative storytelling. But if you’re new to the format, it can be hard to decided where to start. Fear not! This graphic novel quiz is just the place to find the perfect fit for you. Whether you’re a long-time fan of graphic novels or looking for your first pick, this quiz will give you a great book to add to your TBR.

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YA Graphic Novels Hitting Shelves April–June 2019

The second quarter of 2019 is an exciting season for YA graphic novels! After a slow start to the year, your TBR is going to be bursting with DC Universe graphic novels, newest volumes in favorite series, exciting new graphic novels from award-winning authors and illustrators, and some great debuts!

Spring 2019 YA Graphic Novels

Mera: TidebreakerMera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige and Stephen Byrne

In this DC Universe original graphic novel, Princess Mera is heir to the throne of Xebel, but in order to battle an uprising, she must assassinate Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman. Her mission and her loyalties become even more complicated when Mera and Arthur begin falling for each other.

Out April 2.

Lumberjanes Vol. 11Lumberjanes Vol. 11: Time After Crime by Kat Leyh, Shannon Watters, Brook Allen

Molly isn’t ready for summer with her best friends to end, so she makes a deal with the disembodied voice outside of camp to slow down time to make it last for as long as possible…except it doesn’t quite turn out like that. Instead, time freezes and skips all over the place, and it’s up to the Lumberjanes of Roanoke Cabin to fix it!

Out April 2.

Ms. Marvel Vol 10Ms. Marvel Vol. 10: Time and Again by G. Willow Wilson, Saladin Ahmed, and Rainbow Rowell

Kamala is having a sleepover with her best friends when evil strikes Jersey City, leaving her torn between duty and loyalty her friends. All the while, Bruno is back in town and he and Kamala bond over experimenting on her powers—what could possibly go wrong?

Out April 9.

Backstagers Vol. 3Backstagers Vol. 3 by James Tynion IV, Sam Johns, Rian Sygh

The Backstagers crew reunites in this long-awaited third volume for anti–Valentine’s Day antics and haunted Halloween shenanigans!

Out April 30.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With MeLaura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Laura Dea is Frederica Riley’s dream girl, but she doesn’t make a very great girlfriend. When a psychic gives Frederica a mysterious piece of advice to “break up with her,” Frederica thinks she means Laura Dean. But how can she do that when Laura Dean keeps coming back?

Out May 7.

Under the MoonUnder the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodheart

When teenager Selina Kyle is left to fend for herself on the streets of Gotham, it takes all of her bravery and toughness to survive. But does survival mean that the future Catwoman will risk her humanity along the way?

Out May 7.

Spectacle Book 2Spectacle Vol. 2 by Megan Rose Gedris

Twin sisters Kate and Anna are back, still trying to Kate’s killer. It seems like the closer Anna gets, though, the more obstacles she encounters, making it difficult for the sisters to protect their circus home from the killer at large.

Out May 21.

This Was Our PactThis Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews

Every Autumn Equinox, Ben’s town releases lanterns into the sky and no one knows where they go. This year, Ben and his classmates form a pact: they’re going to follow the lanterns, but no turning back and no quitting. As his classmates break the pact throughout the night, 0nly Ben and loner Nathaniel are left to discover the truth.

Out June 11.

Hotel DareHotel Dare by Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre

Siblings Olive, Darwin, and Charlotte are stuck spending the summer at their grandmother’s creepy old motel, which is boring and tedious work…until they discover that each motel room is a portal to a different dimension. Exploring is fun, but when the inhabitants of the various worlds begin to cross over, it’s chaos that only Olive, Darwin, and Charlotte can solve!

Out June 11.

Queen of the SeaQueen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis

Loosely based on the true story of Elizabeth I and her sister Mary, this graphic novel tells the story of Eleanor, who is banished to an island when her sister takes the throne. There Eleanor meets an orphan named Margaret, and together the girls hold the key to unlocking a treasonous plot that could change their lives forever—or imperil them.

Out June 25.