Hardcore Lady Types is an article series focused on female-fronted comics and highlighting female creators giving them more spotlight time.
This week I am focusing on LGBT comics, with an emphasis on T (and a bit of L)
Help Us! Great Warrior
by: Madeline Flores
Started as a webcomic, now turned to print, Madeline Flores, is looking to expand the stories on characters like Leo, who was intended as a transwoman character, however, her story hadn’t been flushed out until now. This first issue tells some of her story and is lots of fun! Also, visit her tumblr. And buy cute swag here! Read an interview from the Mary Sue here!
by: Takako Shimura
This is an ongoing, coming-of-age manga about two young kids on the precipice of puberty, who meet and both realize they aren’t alone. The author describes the characters as such, “Shuichi Nitori, a boy who wants to be a girl, and Shuichi’s friend Yoshino Takatsuki, a girl who wants to be a boy.” This is being published by Fantagraphics and Volume 1 goes in and out of print fairly regularly but once you get past that you are clear on. Volume 8 is on the horizon and I cannot wait to read more! I only wish that it was in color as Takako Shimura’s colors are really beautiful. Visit Takako Shimura’s Tumblr full of awesome!
Marceline Gone Adrift (6 issue mini series)
by: Meredith Gran & Carey Pietsch
So if you are a loyal follower of the Adventure Time franchise you may be privy to the rumor of Marceline and Princess Bubblegum once being an item. So while there can be the “it’s open to interpretation” when I see this flashback I think – this is where they began as a couple. But perhaps it could be that they were the best of friends. The. Best. Of. Friends.
This series, though only on issue #2, is a strong series so far. I highly recommend picking this up if for nothing else but getting an expanded history of the characters in Oo.
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