I love comics and graphic novels, but I don’t really feel like as a queer woman, I belong. In the last two years I have found that there is a place for me in this wonderful, hopeful and colorful world. Of course, there are too many identities missing, too many stories untold. But there are also many amazing and important graphic novels and comics that deserve all the support.
So here there are my two cents, four sapphic graphic novels that I loved. And please, feel free to leave me your recommendations!
LUMBERJANES by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis and Brooke A. Allen
Friendship, adventures and magic is the perfect way to describe Lumberjanes. I picked this book up because Nimona was wonderful, and god, Lumberjanes is incredible. It’s very funny, cute, and lovely. They are a very diverse group of friends; Jen is a trans girl, Molly and Mal are queer, Ripley is biracial… Empowerment, confidence and forgiveness are some of the topics that the series shows.
And yes, there is a very cute f/f couple. They’re the only couple and the comic doesn’t use any labels. And it is not a coming out story. It’s a friends to lovers, we see their crush from the beginning, The flirting will make you cry of happiness. It is very funny and sweet. Molly and Mal are trying to figure out who they are and what they want outside of the camp, and they take their relationship very slow. It’s great! When they hold hands, smile at each other, kiss or go to picnics my heart gets all warm.
So, if you are looking for a funny and magical comic, this is the one.
ZODIAC STARFORCE by Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau.
Zodiac Starforce is about superheroines and magic. The art is beautiful, many shades of pink that makes the comic warm and sweet. Emma, Kim, Savi, and Molly protect the planet from evil forces. The friendship is pretty awesome and the story very interesting. Each girl represents a zodiac sign (for now we have Aries, Pisces, Taurus and Geminis) and each one has very different powers. The story reminds me of the tv show W.I.T.C.H that I used to watch as a kid and loved so much.
And the couple? God my babies are gorgeous and so sweet. Lily and Savi met at a party and the flirting! They made me giggled through the entire reading. It’s a biracial couple and they are perfect together. It is a pretty great relationship, sapphic superheroines with magic.
HEATHEN by Natasha Alterici.
Aydis is a young Viking woman and she has been forced into exile for kissing her beautiful best friend. Her father had two choices: death or marriage, but he helps her to run away. So, she decides to go on a quest to save the brave Brynhild and queer children. Adventures and Nordic mythology, Heathen is an intense but wonderful story. It is hopeful and the art beautiful, but trigger warning for a terrible anti-queer society.
Aydis is an amazing warrior, bold and sweet. And although there isn’t any f/f relationship, both Brynhild and Aydis are sapphic. I want to include this comic because we deserve to see more queer characters having adventures, rebelling against their societies and getting all the girls.
WORLD OF WAKANDA by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alitha Martinez, and Joe Bennett.
I met Ayo and Aneka when I read Black Panther and I fell in love with them. World of Wakanda is the beginning of their story, a comic about superheroes and an upcoming revolution. It is a lot darker than the other comics I mentioned, trigger warning for sexual assault and violence. But I really liked it, the story is compelling and wonderful, the characters well-developed and the art is wonderful.
Ayo and Aneka are two beautiful and incredible black women. They are partners, warriors and leaders. It starts as a mentor/student relationship, with a lot of angst and sweetness. It is a slow romance, there are many fears and doubts but I promise you, they get the happiness they deserve.
Hi, there. I’m Candela, very Argentinian, bisexual and feminist. I think I’m hilarious, so sorry for the bad jokes. My friends say I read too many books, I’m not sorry for that. You can find me as @iamrainbou on twitter.