Writer Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies) and artist Katy Farina (The Amazing World of Gumball) are teaming up for the start of a new series of adventures for the entire gang. Based on Cartoon Network’s Emmy Award-nominated animated series created by Rebecca Sugar about a boy with magical powers who goes on adventures with The Crystal Gems, a team of beings who safeguard the universe. The show is approaching its fourth season and has earned millions of fans of all ages worldwide. In this kickoff issue, Steven, Lapis, and Peridot rescue a baby songbird on the ground outside the barn and work together to reunite it with its mother.

Ahhhh the SU comics are sooo goood!

Um. That’s meant to be a Connie impression. heh. Anyways

AAHHH THESE COMICS ARE SO GOOD! I mean, I did like the first eight comics but something about the art didn’t sit well with me. I get that different styles are OK but it was so far detached from the show style, which in itself is so unique, detailed, and beautiful… eeehhh. Also there were multiple, shorter stories in each issue (I believe the Big Donut special is also like this?). Steven and the Crystal Gems was also lovely but it was a four-part story (guess which part was my fave hahaha), so it was bloody great but much longer. Spread over a few months, this made for awkward, interrupted reading in what should be a smoothly sequential story. I now have it as a physical copy including all four parts, which IMO is much better (I believe Antigravity is going to be like this - which I am already squeeing my ass off for thanks to an interview with the writer and artists!).

But these comics are one self-contained story; they’re short and sweet so they come off just like the episodes. In terms of the show I feel this is an ideal length, and as they are also released monthly I think this is a much better pace. They also have a lot more focus on the human characters; with two of the three issues released so far being focussed on Kiki Pizza, and Mayor and Buck Dewey. These are all characters I feel haven’t had enough attention in the show. Don’t get me wrong; obvies I <3 Ronaldo to bits(!) but the guy has had three episodes, plus Horror Club. Both Kiki and Mayor Dewey have had… one each! Buck’s been in a few more but apart from Shirt Club his episodes feature him as one part of the Cool Kids. My worry about the show going forward is that as the sci-fi elements get more intense (which I love too!), we’ll see less and less of the Beach City humans. So knowing they may stick around in comic form is encouraging. I will miss the voice actors though! :s

The art in these comics is just gorgeous. It’s neat and clean and is much much closer to the show’s style. The backgrounds are also coloured in a similar way to the show, but it’s not as detailed so it doesn’t distract too much from reading the bubbles and the characters’ expressions in each panel. It’s recognisably Steven Universe but the intricacy is reeled in just enough to not be overwhelming. Lovely stuff. Take this for example:

hahahaaaaa! The Mayor being all overbearing and mushy, totally not getting what being a teen is all about. And poor Buck; I can see the eyeroll under those sunglasses! :P

I’m so pleased these are finally on Comixology in the UK. For the first two issues, they weren’t available here so I was hearing about all this awesome stuff and not being able to read it! The first one of Lapis and Peridot taking care of a bird sucked me right into the series - and I feel it covered a lot of possible development in their relationship that the show simply can’t spend the time on. Lapis is also much much more comfortable in herself and is able to teach Steven a thing or two, while Peridot provides some wonderful comic relief - without resorting to Goblin Mode! Those who have criticised how she is drawn in the show now will not find such issues here! I think these comics are well worth the read, and as they’re on digital download they’re only a couple of quid! Read ‘em and squee!

The time has come!  The Other Side Anthology is now KICKSTARTING!

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The Other Side is a queer paranormal romance comic anthology. It will be a 200 page long, black and white, soft-bound book, featuring 19 gorgeous stories by 24 creators. It showcases a wide variety of styles, mediums, and approaches to the genre.  Each story delivers on a promise: bring one new story about unambiguously queer characters in love and paranormality into the world.  The book is carefully curated and thoughtfully edited, with beautiful artwork throughout. 

The Other Side Anthology is co-edited by anthology veterans Melanie Gillman and Kori Michele Handwerker. It will be printed in the United States and contributing artists are paid for their work.

Thank you for your support!  Check out the Kickstarter page for more info and a look at the art inside.  Please share this post and spread the word!


Steven Universe #1

Publisher: Boom! Studios
(W) Melanie Gillman (A) Katy Farina (CA) Rian Sygh, Missy Pena

We’re bringing Steven Universe back to comic books with more Steven, more gems, and more of the characters we all love in an all-new ongoing series!
Writer Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies) and artist Katy Farina (The Amazing World of Gumball) are teaming up for the start of a new adventure for the entire gang.
Based on Cartoon Network’s Emmy-nominated series, created by The New York Times best-selling author Rebecca Sugar, Steven Universe follows Steven, the “little brother” to a team of magical guardians of humanity-the Crystal Gems. The show is currently in its fourth season and has earned millions of fans of all ages worldwide.

o    In this kickoff issue, Steven, Lapis, and Peridot rescue a baby songbird on the ground outside the barn and work together to reunite it with its mother.

In Shops: Feb 08, 2017


Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writers: Grace Kraft, Melanie Gillman
Artists: Rii Abrego, Meg Omac, Katy Farina
Cover Artist: Missy Peña
Explore Beach City with Steven, Connie, and the Crystal Gems in this collected edition that includes stories about what Lion does while everyone else thinks he’s sleeping, Pearl and Amethyst entering the wrestling ring, and that strange corn maze Peridot and Lapis have created near the barn.
Collects issues #5-8.


The Other Side: An Anthology of Queer Paranormal Romance was brought to life in early 2016 by editors, contributors, and amazing Kickstarter backers.

It’s 200 pages of 19 comics by 23 creators, with all-new stories contributing to the paranormal romance genre in an unambiguously queer way.

The book, now printed, is scheduled to distribute to backers in August and September, and become available for sale in both physical and digital formats  for everyone by the end of the year.

If you’re a backer, you can check out our updates on the kickstarter.  If you want to know when the book is available for general sale, you can sign up for a notification email here, or keep an eye on this blog.

Thank you so much for your support!

Image credits: Cover Art by Mildred Louis; Telltail logo by Melanie Gillman; pages by Kou Chen; pages by Amelia Onorato.

Here’s my big list of LGBTQ creators and LGBTQ content at SPX. There’s a lot of variety here, and I encourage you to check everyone out. (And check out the rest of the show too!)

For more information on these artists, you can read their posts here on

  1. Jared Axelrod H4
  2. Jonathan Bell Wolfe W49B 
  3. Reed Black K11
  4. Tony Breed K6A
  5. Molly Brooks A13A
  6. Sabin Calvert E8
  7. Danielle Corsetto W31
  8. Evan Dahm W33
  9. Dechanique G7
  10. Blue Delliquanti K10
  11. Rachel Dukes L9
  12. Jess Fink L12
  13. Koyama Press (Elisha Lim’s new book) J12-J14
  14. Penina Gal F7/N14
  15. Melanie Gillman L5B
  16. Bob Glasscock K6B
  17. Simon Hanselmann W57-61
  18. Noel Arthur Heimpel B5A
  19. Cathy Johnson W50
  20. Laurel Lynn Leake L7B
  21. Jade F Lee A14B
  22. Ed Luce K7
  23. MariNaomi (at 2D Cloud) M9
  24. Joyana McDiarmid L6A
  25. Kel McDonald K10
  26. Sylvan Migdal C6
  27. Hazel Newlevant F8A
  28. L Nichols (Saturday only!) B10
  29. Heather Nunnery A10
  30. Molly Ostertag B14B
  31. Aatma Pandya B14B
  32. R M Rhodes I5-I6A
  33. Shmorky A7
  34. ML Snook W91
  35. Jeremy Sorese W49B
  36. C Spike Trotman K9
  37. MR Trower N4
  38. Johnny & Sasha Velour (John Jacob Lee & Sasha Steinberg) L6
  39. Kat Verhoeven A1B
  40. Emily Willis D6
  41. Sophie Yanow M10-M11A