Will Eisner

List of the Week: Five Queer YA Comics We All Should Know

The team at Interrobang loves queer YA, and especially queer YA comics. Flutter is about Lily, a girl who shapeshifts into a boy to get her dream girl and the chaos that comes from pretending to be someone she’s not. That chaos continues in Volume Three: Hey Mom, Why So Tense? To celebrate the Kickstarter for the third book, here’s a list of queer YA comics that we all should know.

As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman
This web-comic is a recent discovery, even though it has been nominated for an Eisner Award (2014) and the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize (2013). That proves why we need more lists like this one to spread the word because what a discovery this has been! Created, written, and illustrated by Melanie Gillman, it’s about a group of queer teenagers stuck on a backpacking trip with a Christian youth camp. The entire ongoing comic series can be read for free online.

Wet Moon by Sophie Campbell
I love the world that Sophie Campbell has created in Wet Moon, a graphic novel series published by Oni Press. The cast of characters is richly diverse, but never in a forced way. One of my favorite things about Wet Moon is that while the series is queer through and through, it’s never the most important or main thing going on in the story. There’s the southern town and the art school setting, both of which feel like main characters. Then there’s Unknown, a masked superhero running around in the middle of this odd and beautiful slice of life comic. Wet Moon is a strange, intoxicating brew that stays with you in the best way.

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen
You can’t write a YA queer comic book list right now and not include this series published by Boom Box, an imprint of Boom Studios. Yes, it’s all ages. Recently, while sitting behind my booth at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), I read this comic aloud to my friend’s three year-old. We were both extremely engaged despite the madness of SDCC going on around us. The series follows a diverse group of girls at a summer camp as they go on epic supernatural adventures and is a must read for all.

The Backstagers by James Tynion IV and artist Rian Sygh
This great new series mirrors Lumberjanes in many ways. It’s an all-ages series published by Boom Box and features a diverse all-male cast of characters. The guys are part of a theater crew at a private boys school. There are wonderful supernatural elements at play here, too, including a door backstage that leads to other worlds. Knowing all the things that can go on backstage during theater productions, I can’t wait to see where this series goes.

Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill
Originally an award-winning web-comic, Princess Princess Ever After is now available as a special edition hardcover graphic novel published by Oni Press. This is a timely and timeless tale of two very different princesses who join forces and realize they bring out the best in each other. It’s a beautiful story about female relationships, empowerment, and taking matters such as happily ever after into your own hands.

can I just say how fucking amazing but also incredibly surreal it is to be friends with content creators 

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my friend is working on an Eisner award-winning comic series whose source material is one of my favourite shows of all time and she casually put my name as a cameo into the latest issue

I have friends working on Archer and I’m over the moon for them because they just won an Emmy for all their crazy hard work for the first time and

I was talking to my friend about how some people seem to have very singular interests, totally unrelated to anything in particular, and he was like “oh like people who only talk about one specific character in one specific video game” because he fucking created Rhys and gives me shit all the time about being obsessed with his OC

I’M JUST. I JUST CANT BELIEVE THIS IS MY LIFE YOU KNOW??? LIKE 5 YEARS AGO I WOULD NOT HAVE EVEN BELIEVED THIS WOULD BE EVEN IN THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY FOR A RANDO LIKE ME  _(:’’’’3」∠)_

I was amazed to have won the Haxtur Award, and am pushing past Will Eisner to get to the stage. Posting because there are not enough photos of me and Will in the world and I miss him.

Gijón/Xixón, Spain, 1995.

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Happy birthday to Will Eisner, who was born in 1917 and died in 2005;  he would have been 96 today. Neil Gaiman called him “an American storyteller, like Ray Bradbury, like O. Henry,” and Wizard magazine named Eisner “the most influential comic artist of all time.”

Visit the Will Eisner Week website for listings of celebrations across the country.

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With all the news lately about voting, I though I should remind you folks that the Deep Dark Fears book has been nominated for a 2016 Eisner Award, and time is running out to cast your vote! So, if you are a comic artist (web, print, etc) or work in a related field, I’d really appreciate your vote! You can vote at http://eisnervote.com/ - thank you!

I’d like to dedicate this award to every “bad” bisexual who ever existed out there.

Every bi person who ever fit a stereotype. Every bi person who’s been shamed, doubted or ridiculed for not being “bi enough” or for being “too bisexual”. Every bisexual woman who’s ever survived sexual violence. Every bi person who’s considered suicide. Every bisexual person of color, every disabled bi person, every asexual bi person. Every bi person who’s ever experienced multiple intersections of marginalization and oppression.

You are magnificent. This book is for you.
—  Shiri Eisner from her Acceptance Speech upon winning the 2014 Best Bi Author of the Year at the Bisexual Book Awards for her best-selling LGBT + Feminist Book Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

THE SPIRIT
#1 Cover Art by Francesco Francavilla

One more #1 cover reveal, this time for a character near and dear to my heart: Will Eisner’s THE SPIRIT!
The series is starting with a new #1 at Dynamite thanks to my dear friend Matt Wagner. Not sure who the artist is yet (trust me, I would have loved to draw some if I had time) but I am sure it’s gonna be awesome! Meanwhile I hope you enjoy the variant cover I did for issue 1.
Read more on CBR here: go.cbr.cc/1Ffj2aY  

Cheers,
FF