LGBTQ+ Graphic Novels to Read this Pride Month

Celebrate Pride month with great LGBTQ+ graphic novels!


Love is Love

The comic industry comes together in honor of those killed in Orlando. Co-published by two of the premiere publishers in comics—DC and IDW, this oversize comic contains moving and heartfelt material from some of the greatest talent in comics, mourning the victims, supporting the survivors, celebrating the LGBTQ community, and examining love in today’s world. All material has been kindly donated by the writers, artists, and editors with all proceeds going to victims, survivors, and their families. Be a part of an historic comics event! It doesn’t matter who you love. All that matters is you love.

Cosmoknights by Hannah Templer

For this ragtag band of space gays, liberation means beating the patriarchy at its own game. Pan’s life used to be very small. Work in her dad’s body shop, sneak out with her friend Tara to go dancing, and watch the skies for freighter ships. It didn’t even matter that Tara was a princess… until one day it very much did matter, and Pan had to say goodbye forever. Years later, when a charismatic pair of off-world gladiators show up on her doorstep, she finds that life might not be as small as she thought.

“Queer romance, friendship, and wild mech battles against the patriarchy? I’m not sure what more you’d need.” — Barnes & Noble SF (Best of the Month)

Girl Town by Casey Nowak

Nominated for the 2019 Eisner Award!

“Nowak tosses off more wildly imaginative ideas per page than some creators have over their entire careers.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“Magical in the tradition of Allende, Borges, and Okazaki… You don’t finish the stories collected here so much as emerge from them: wistful, yearning, and as from all the best dreams, changed.” — The Verge (Best of 2018)

Diana got hurt—a lot—and she’s decided to deal with this fact by purchasing a life-sized robot boyfriend. Mary and La-La host a podcast about a movie no one’s ever seen. Kelly has dragged her friend Beth out of her comfort zone—and into a day at the fantasy market that neither of them will forget.

Camp Spirit by Axelle Lenoir

“There’s a lot readers will enjoy about this coming-of-age camp comedy: romance, a dose of paranormal horror, and laugh-out-loud shenanigans.” — School Library Journal

It’s the spooky LGBTeen hard-rock rom-com that’s as wild as a hot summer night! Summer, 1994. With just two months left before college, Elodie is forced by her mother to take a job as a camp counselor. She doesn’t know the first thing about nature, or sports, or kids for that matter, and isn’t especially interested in learning… but now she’s responsible for a foul-mouthed horde of girls who just might win her over. But just as Elodie starts getting used to her new environment—and close to one of the other counselors—a dark mystery lurking around the camp begins to haunt her dreams.

Gumballs by Erin Nations

Nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens!

Winner of the 2018 DINKy Award for Diversity!

“This collection is really fun and accessible, a great overview of one man’s trans experience.” — American Library Association “Over the Rainbow” committee citation

Gumballs lays bare a lot of serious, complicated stuff and presents it with a frankness and humor that really moved me to my core.” — Multiversity Comics

Gumballs dispenses an array of bright, candy-colored short comics about Erin’s gender transition, anecdotal tales of growing up as a triplet, and fictional stories of a socially inept love-struck teenager named Tobias. The wide-ranging series is filled with single-page gag cartoons, visual diaries of everyday life, funny faux personal ads, and real-life horror stories from customers at his day job. Gumballs offers a variety of flavors that will surely delight anyone with a taste for candid self-reflection and observations of humanity. 

Fox Bunny Funny by Andy Hartzell

“[A] wordless, deliciously mannered fable about desire, socialization and utopianism . . . Hartzell’s narrative glides along so smoothly that it can take a few readings to notice how clever and nuanced his design sense is.” — Douglas Wolk, The New York Times

“Readers will keep thinking about this long after reading it… richly creative.” — Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading

The rules are simple: you’re either a fox or a bunny. Foxes oppress and devour, bunnies suffer and die. Everyone knows their place. Everyone’s satisfied. So what happens when a secret desire puts you at odds with your society? Starting from a simple premise — and without using a single word — Fox Bunny Funny leads the reader on a zigzag chase in and out of rabbit holes, and through increasingly strange landscapes where funny animals have serious identity problems.

The Mirror of Love by Alan Moore & Jose Villarrubia

“José Villarrubia’s amazing photos illustrate an equally amazing epic gay love poem.” The Advocate, Top Ten Books of the Year

“The only way to go to war with hate is to love. The Mirror of Love is the great weapon in our arsenal. Not only does it elegantly and profoundly tell our history, it gives us a perfect reflection of our immense beauty.”  Margaret Cho

This masterpiece, an epic poem in prose, is a passionate love letter that beautifully recounts the history of same-sex love. Author Alan Moore takes us on a fascinating journey, from prehistory to the present, revealing the hidden side of Western culture through the lives of its greatest creators. This edition presents the poem fully illustrated by José Villarrubia, who has previously collaborated with Moore on his award-winning series Promethea and his novel Voice of the Fire. The result is a truly arresting volume that captures the spirit of Moore’s poem while redefining the concept of a picture book for adults.

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