Mykki Blanco Calls on Queer Academics for Inspiration

Hip-Hop grenade Michael Quattlebaum, under alter-ego Mykki Blanco, exploits sexual ambiguity in her music and troubles the gender roles, refusing the stereotype of rap music. She tells The Village Voice: In all my press releases, I make them use the word ‘her.’ Even if you’re looking at a picture of Mykki Blanco shirtless in baggy… read more

'Transposes' by Dylan Edwards

A major step to breaking down closet doors is to provide venues for trans* people to see themselves. Edward’s graphic novel does just that; focusing on the stories of six queer transmen…. read more

Ellen Forney: Losing One's Marbles

“I am bipolar, this is me. It’s inextricable from who I am and from my creativity for that matter.”

“Is mental illness a curse or is it actually a gift?” Ellen Forney explores this question with stunning vulnerability and clarity in Marbles, a graphic memoir about her struggle with bipolar disorder.

Forney agreed to sit down with Lambda and talk to about the unique challenges and rewards of writing a graphic novel, the sorry state of the mental healthcare industry, and of course, flying squirrels on the moon…. read more

Keeping Up with the Gays of DC and Marvel : New York Comic Con

Comic book and graphic novel fans are taking to the streets this weekend for New York’s annual Comic Con festival. Over the past decade comic books have introduced an increasing number openly gay and lesbian characters, including Batwoman (Kathy Kane), the Green Lantern (Alan Scott), the Avenger’s Lightspeed (Julie Power), and many many more. Check… read more

'A + e 4ever' by Ilike Merey

Besides the story, readers should note the creative way this book employs both its art and typography to help tell the tale. The style of the art fluctuates, from abrasive hen scratches to smooth washes of black ink, from manga-esque vignettes to art tableau frames. This is a story slick, professional comic art would ruin. Merey’s art, if more amateur, better parallels the life experiments of the high school characters in its grips…. read more

'Three #2" edited by Rob Kirby

One of the problems with comics anthologies is that they aren’t always good. You’re forced to plod through a lot of not-so-talented and amateur creations, in hopes of discovering one or two slivers of greatness. Famous artists contribute to the call for work, but instead of crafting new, exciting stuff, they dig through their closet… read more