Symington, Sabrina. 2015-Ongoing. Life of Bria [Webcomic]. https://lifeofbria.com
Life of Bria starts with a surreal four-panel gag featuring Watchmen antihero Rorschach washing his hands with a bar of soap. The last panel has ominous text reading “Who Washes the Washers.” Understanding the pun requires specific popular culture knowledge; finding it funny requires a somewhat odd sense of humor. The in-joke quality and Bronze Age visual flair establish the tone of this webcomic series. Continue reading
Newman, Lesléa (Author) and Dutton, Mike (Illustrator). (2011). Donovan’s Big Day. New York, NY: Tricycle Press.
From the author of Heather Has Two Mommies comes another heartwarming picture book about a queer family just doing regular family things. Through delightful prose and lovely illustrations, Donovan’s Big Day describes a very full day of preparation before the wedding ceremony of Donovan’s mothers, where he has the very important job of carefully giving them their rings. Continue reading
Okparanta, Chinelo. 2015. Under the Udala Trees. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
With lyrical prose richly adorned with Igbo proverbs and folklore motifs, Okparanta weaves a poignant coming of age story of a Nigerian girl growing up in a war zone. Continue reading
Floreen, Tim. 2015. Willful Machines. New York: Simon Pulse.
In the near future, robotics is a typical high school class, scientists have created sentient AI, and gay kids still have to worry about conservative politics. Lee Fisher, robotics geek and son of the U.S. President, is deeply closeted and terrified of what his father might think. Continue reading