Fantastic Lesbians and where to find them (FemSlash February)
It’s FemSlash February so at least once a week every week this month expect some lady on lady love to be filling your eyeballs. Now that isn’t rare content on my blog at all I write about this stuff all the time but my FemSlash February I will attempt to make it a super positive month (Positive from me, we’ll see).
America Chavez from Young Avengers:
America Chavez is one of my favorite characters of all time. Young Avengers is where we get to see her really shine although she doesn’t get to be in a romance I think it’s important that we have stories were queer people are queer but that’s just their orientation like the heteros get. So Young Avengers really works well with that and makes her just this awesome action hero that on further readings actually has a lot more depth in everything then when you first read.
Undyne and Alphys from Undertale :
One of the very few games to have actual lesbian characters inside of it. Undyne and Alphys in nearly all their interactions (at least in the mercy run) mention their things for one another in subtle (and not so subtle ways). Anyway in the game you can get them to kiss so there is that. It’s a really cute romance and honestly I can’t think of another lesbian relationship in video games that aren’t with your self insert character (and they are super limited normally). (Edit: Several people pointed out Alphys is Bi, I never saw that inside the game this post was made from my experience with the game. )
Raven and more from Raven the Pirate Princess
Raven (as of issue 4) is the only real confirmed lesbian in this series but I mean she is the lead of the book, with the series named after her so you know expect other lesbians. There is already lots of romantic tension between people and Raven is a fantastic character. Raven is the rightful heir to a pirate dynasty but was sent off to a tower to be rescued (In Princless she is then rescued by a princess and amazing adventures happen for a volume). After going free she swore vengeance on her brothers for convincing their father to send her off. So she is building a new crew, has a new boat and is off to claim what is hers.
Kimber and Stormer from Jem and the Holograms
This is a romance I hadn’t expected but it’s truly outrageous how quick I feel for this couple. They are not treated like Misfits for being gay although their Romeo and Juliet esque love affair from Rival bands does cause tension. These two are the leading romance in this book for sure even when you do have a cast of other awesome ladies.
Connie and Carla from Rock and Riot:
Rock and Riot is a webcomic so you can go read that for free at http://rockandriotcomic.tumblr.com/ set in the 50′s about LGBTQ people. It’s a romance comic and it’s pretty new it’s first volume only recently went to print. This is a series that is really worth supporting and really worth reading. There isn’t a whole bunch of drama but right now our Lesbian couple and our gay male couple are both hiding their relationships from their gangs and we’ll see how that plays out.
Angela and Sera from Angela Queen of Hel
Angela and Sera are Marvel’s power lesbians. Angela is a goddess raised as an Angel who is in love with a magical trans woman who is also an Angel. She then has to dive into hell to rescue her lover from death because Sera is so clever she managed to let Angela know what had happened. They are both these insanely powerful lovers who are taking over freaking Hel. It’s this amazing Adventure Romance and these two’s love is just so amazing inside this comic. You don’t need any previous context to become totally committed to to these two’s deep love.
Maybe everyone from Lumberjanes:
No one in the janes is confirmed to be straight but we do have lots of gay hinting and straight up gay characters. Mal and Molly are a cute couple that is there in the comic from the start. Jo seems to be at least at times romantically interested in April. Speaking of Jo Jo is trans and has two dads so that is awesome too. Hell even Roise the leader of the camp seems to have had some sort of close encounters of the feminine kind at some point.
All space rocks except for the bi one from Steven Universe:
I’ll start by saying I’ll just go ahead and block anyone who wants to be like “The gems don’t have a gender so not lesbians.” Moving on from that disclaimer you want lesbians Steven Universe is gay girls the show. Some of this gayness in blunt and other is just so gushing out of the subtext you have to be homophobic or at least not know gay people not to get it. Spoilers but Garnet is a fusion of two people in love meaning we just always have little lesbians dancing around inside of a main character. Even Steven is pretty gender non conforming so even though he seems straight you never know how straight that is. This show is just so amazing in general and if you haven’t watched it you should do yourself a favor and do it. From it’s brilliant soundtrack, acting, and animation to what it means for kids animation Steven Universe is A+ all the time.
I always wondered about this girl? (I like her German name Nadyenka much more tho) She also appeared in the city fair with Rolv’s gang, I mean how did he and Rolv meet and become a thing? What is her personality like, was she a fighter too or something else? Did she survive Hel?
Today is the birthday of Leelah Alcorn a young trans woman who wanted acceptance but sadly meet the end of her life to herself. Sadly for the trans community this isn’t an isolated incident many trans people find themselves trapped in an impossible place with only one way they can see out. However, to all the trans people out there of all ages there is other ways. Being trans is hard, being trans makes everything harder, it can suck but you are valid. You are wonderful, you are powerful. Times like these it’s great to look to entertainment and see the people who are like us.
You are a warrior like Braga, fierce powerful and every day you fight you are proving how strong you are.
You are smart like Jo. You know who you are and even if it doesn’t feel like it at times you have a community of people who love you for being you.
You are a goddess like Loki. You don’t need to play the role assigned to you at birth, you don’t need to validate yourself to anyone but you.
You are are determined like Cassandra. Your cunning, you know the truth and you will share it with the world.
You are magical like Sera. Even when you are in a living hell you find a way to make it out stronger to the one you love.
You are a hero like Alysia Yeoh. Even when you don’t have powers you fight for what you believe in in the way you think is best.
Your a talent like Blaze. You may feel like you’re on the side lines but one day you’ll take the stage.
You are royalty like Xavin. You may have taken time to realize who you are but who are matters.
You are clever like Porcelain. You will use your powers to make old ideas of the world brittle and crush them.
You are wonderful like you. It’s hard to see yourself in the world, it’s hard to be ourselves but together we will make a better future not only for ourselves but for the rest of us. We are who we are, what a doctor says when you are born doesn’t matter because you are you. You are the only you in the world, you are worth it and you can make your dreams come true.
If you want to read/support any of these comics they are as follows Rat Queens (Braga has her own special issue and is a supporting character in the series), Lumberjanes, Loki Agent of Asgard (Volume 3), The Wicked + The Divine, Angela Queen of Hel (Angela Asgards Assassin and 1602 also have Sera), Batgirl (new 52)/ DC Bombshells (Where she becomes a batgirl!), Jem and the Holograms IDW (Currently a very minor character but changing), Runaways Volume 2, and Secret Six (New 52).
The Trans Guild is a blog dedicated to trans woman and non-binary amab characters in fantasy. The Guilds goal is to share art, stories, and information about trans woman characters in Fantasy settings.
My plan is to share both official and fan art of both canon trans woman characters, as well as characters that people head-canon as trans women. Fan-fiction and original fiction as well. In fact I will be sharing a story about a trans woman princess who is attempting to free her kingdom from an occupying force.
This blog is designed to be a safe space for trans woman/non-binary amab individuals especially those who have been marginalized identities. This blog is just as much about the trans women fans of fantasy as it is about the trans woman who occupy the settings. The blog will have open submissions for trans women to tell stories, share photos, and more about their experiences with fantasy; be it video games, tabletop, novels, LARP, and more. Fill free to express head canons, theories, character ideas, comics and more. If you have questions, I have asks and anon open.
I figured this would be a fun top 10 list to do as an aspiring comic book writer. I wanted to talk about my 10 favorite comic writers and why I love them. This is as of the very start of December 2015 i’m sure December 2016 i’ll have a whole new list. The rules for this list in particular are that my favorite thing about this person is their writing and not there drawn art. Since there is many artists/writers who are brilliant and could have made this list. I’ll likely do a top 10 artists and top 10 writer/artists list in the future. That said this isn’t to speak ill of the art of the writers on this list who do art I love all their art styles they simply aren’t doing published work really with their drawings. I also want to note I don’t think I’ve read anyone on this lists whole body of work maybe something on there would make them move up or down but I won’t know until I read them.
Marguerite Bennett: Angela Queen of Hel one skyrocketed to the top of my favorite single issues after reading it. Even when I don’t love a story she does I can’t deny that the writing is on point. She is really great at making fantastic dialogue, she is amazing at representation, she is committed to making this awesome stories. I need to catch up on DC Bombshells because I really enjoyed that one and it really just shows everything she is best at in full force. I think she is one of the writers who could just sky rocket up in the names of best writers ever.
Jeremy Whitley: Princeless yo, go read Princeless or better yet go read Raven the Pirate Princess. Raven the Pirate Princess is one of the best series i’ve ever read and that is something I can say about a lot of series I’ll mention in this list but Jeremy’s comics are really something special. He manages to blend more modern themes into fantasy seamlessly. He also isn’t afraid to go straight for the social justice and I love that about his writing. Oh also his Danny and Misty story in Secret Love was really good.
G Willow Wilson: She is a Marvelous writer who with Ms. Marvel has managed to in every issue really illustrate what is great about super hero comics. She has done a great job with the X-men and has really proven her mastery of banter. She might have been even higher on on the list for Ms. Marvel alone but I just really didn’t feel the first run of A-force for many reasons and wrote a post on it. Even then I think she wrote some pretty good interactions I just had a problem with like a lot of other things. Seriously though she is fantastic and I only imagine great things in her future.
Al Ewing: Al is a person that has been doing work for a while but I just got savvy this year. His writing on Mighty Avengers transcended the art. His run on Loki is brilliant and you should go read it. That is the only Loki I really want to see right now or I at least don’t want to see Loki revert. I liked the first issue of the Ultimates a lot and I think despite me not being a fan of New Avengers art at all for the characters in the book he is still proving he has great ideas. Also I just love his commitment to diversity making sure to have queer characters, woman and people of color in his current books and pretty much all his books have a nice balance of gender and racial diversity.
Kate Leth: Her writing is the most recent of my discoveries on this list and likely will soar up in future lists. Just her story in Secret Wars Too alone leaves me tingling with joy. She has done amazing things on the Bravest Warriors and Adventure Time comics. I love Adventure Time Seeing Red and Bravest Warriors comics might be be better then the show. Her little online web comic series is also super cute and funny. Kate is a real master of energetic humor.
Noelle Stevenson: Earlier I mentioned Lumberjanes well here is the woman who spear headed it all until the mermaid arc. Lumberjanes is just so amazing that she sky rocketed up my list of favorite writers. Then she did my all time favorite Wonder Woman story in Sensational Comics.If Noelle is writing it I will read it. Even when I thought i’d hate the Secret Wars Runaways I ended up really loving it.
Brian k Vaughan: The Runaways is the comic that is responsible for me loving comics and Saga was my real gateway comic into indie comics. Brain is an amazing writer who knows how to just do everything so well. The only reason he isn’t like number one is because I find he likes to end on a low note and that’s not the kind of stories I like. Still he knows how to make a hell of a ride.
Kelly Thompson: Kelly Thompson will be one of the biggest names in comics I am sure. I love Jem and the freaking Holograms so much. This turned me a person who really didn’t care about Jem into a massive fan who is totally committed to the comic. It’s at the top my stack whenever it releases and I can’t help but jump at it. Then there is Heart in a Box a comic i’ve only read the first chapter of but it still created this amazing feeling of pacing in me. Like she really created a cool thing there from what I have read. Her work on Captain Marvel and The Carol Corps is also really great. Really she is this high on the list because she is a writer who no matter what she has her name on I’m going to be at least giving it a look.
Kieron Gillen: Young Avengers and The Wicked + The Divine are two comics I read this year but have climbed to my favorite comics of all time. Even with me not really enjoying Siege I couldn’t take away points from him really when Young Avengers and Wic/Div are so powerful. I don’t even really like drama and Wic/Div manages to make me totally committed to the series despite all the death and despair that is in the comics. Young Avengers also turned a bunch of characters I could have not given a damn about really and turned them into pretty much my favorite characters.
Ryan North: I feel like Ryan is in a lot of ways the opposite side of the coin to Gillen. No one rights joy as well as Ryan North does and he really knows how to make it radiate. From his amazing run on adventure time, to his web comic Dinosaur comics he knows how to make the giggles come. However, nether project is the reason why he is my favorite, it’s all about that Squirrel Girl in one year this writer with the rest of the creative team have made me totally fall in love with Squirrel girl. No comic has me more constantly in love with every panel, little jokes below the panels, and hell even the letters page then Squirrel Girl.