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8 LGBTI-centric web comics you need to read this year

8 LGBTI-centric web comics you need to read this year

Bash Back shows what would happen if the 'gay mafia' would hit back

The quest for gay superheroes is steadily growing more insistent.

A number of names, like X-Men’s Northstar and Iceman, have come out as gay, but it seems there is a truly big name missing, and nobody seems all too intent on changing it.

But while the major publishers lag a little behind when it comes to LGBTI representation in their work, the internet has you covered.

There’s a host of talented artists out there, and some of them have decided to take matters into their own hands and create awesome comics putting the LGBTI community center stage, in all its shapes, sizes and creeds.

Here are 8 to get you started – further reading strongly encouraged!

1 Bash Back

Centering around Bas, a young trans guy, Bash Back is ‘an LGBTQ+ revenge story’, showing what would happen – or could happen – should the gay mafia decide to hit back at homophobes.

On page 2, you’re immediately served the theme: ’But mark me – all of you. We will rise again. And they’ll all be sorry.’

And from then on, it’s a faced-paced, thrilling ride; we can’t wait for the next issue (which is in the works, according to the artists’ tumblr)!

2 Les Normaux 

Set in Paris, Lex Normaux follows the lives of a group of supernatural beings after a human wizard moves to the French capital.

Spanning a total of 54 episodes, the characters tell their own sides of the story in diary form – and provide enough reading material to keep us entertained for a while.

3 With Great Abandon

Taking place over the course of a year, With Great Abandon follows two guys’ love story in London.

Harry is a gay trans guy. His boyfriend, Russell, is a gay cis man. They’re different, but similar, and With Great Abandon will be full of hope, kindness – and with a dose of food and comics, too.

It also just started out, so there’s not much of a backlog, but plenty to look forward to.

4 Rock and Riot

Set in the 1950s, Rock and Riots follows the tales and adventures of the Rollers and the Jaquettes – two opposing gangs of teenagers.

It’s a bit like West Side Story, but with less singing and more LGBTI characters.

And while it’s a lot of fun, it comes with its own drama and can pack a punch in its own charming, vintage way.

5 Rechargeable

Set in the (fictional) Western Australian city of New Portland, Rechargeable follows The Immortals, who call themselves ‘the best damn street gang’ in the city.

As they live and work in the city’s underbelly, their lives center around everyday things – except that ‘work’ means dealing on the black market and building illegal cybernetic weapons.

6 Bad Bad Things

If you’re into dystopias and/or horror stories, these 79 episodes (with more on the way) will be right up your alley.

Following a group of four teenagers as they try to cope in a post-war desert, where survival is key and they have to rely on their skills, Bad Bad Things is a ‘coming of age story about magic, friendship, adventure and shitty teenagers doing the best they can’.

7 Alphabet Soup

This one’s a community effort – because all stories illustrated by artist Emma Oosterhous are the stories of real, existing members of the LGBTI community.

They’re little stand-alones; some touching, some uplifting, but 100% real, and so there’s the chance everyone will find themselves represented in one way or the other.

8 Snug Orbit

A polyamorous household – featuring one asexual member – and their three cats are the heroes of this (autobiographical) slice of life-style comic.

Their episodes are short, sweet and just the thing to make you feel warm inside on a dreary old day – or if you just need to calm down from all the action.