Not all of us have the time or patience to read entire 700-page novels. After a while, squinting at the text hurts the eyes. Then, we desperately miss the days of picture books with their bright colors and beautiful artwork. From this desire grew graphic novels, pairing sentimental, impactful stories, loveable characters, and meaningful writing with imagery once more. It doesn’t have to be Pride Month for you to pick up these 5 LGBTQ graphic novels we recommend. So, go on, check them out!
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Prince Sebastian of Belgium has an embarrassing secret: he likes to wear women’s clothes. Set in the age of royalty and ballrooms, this fairy tale story describes the relationship between the Prince and his new-hired seamstress Frances. Together, they create Sebastian’s new persona Lady Crystallia, causing ripples in the fashion scene. Still, how long can they hide that the new fashion icon is actually a man? Read The Prince and the Dressmaker to find out.
The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
Tiến is Vietnamese-American, born in America to an immigrant family. His father is always away at work and his mother cares for him at home. The only issue is that his mother’s first language is Vietnamese and his first language is English. Even so, they communicate and bond through fairy tales they read together every night. However, how can you can you use a fairy tale to explain to your mother you’re gay? The Magic Fish is a sentimental semi-autobiographical novel that is surely worth the read.
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker
Witchcraft, demons, family, and love. Nova Huang works at her grandmother’s spell bookstore in New England where part of her job description is investigating supernatural occurrences. On the track to find a mysterious white wolf, her target turns out to be her crush Tam Lang. If you have been looking for an adventure story about a lesbian romance between a witch and a werewolf, Mooncakes is for you.
Taproot by Keezy Young
Following the supernatural trend, Hamal is a gardener who happens to be able to see ghosts. One of these ghosts that likes to hang around the plant shop is Blue, who secretly loves Hamal. The love story is pushed aside by a menacing plot asking why all of the ghosts in the town are unable to pass on peacefully. Taproot is a sweet story dabbling with horror, adventure and of course, romance.
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
Surely, you have seen this name all over social media by now, so not including it in this list would be a huge error. Recently adapted to a television drama, this slice of life story follows the chance meeting of Nick and Charlie after they are made to sit next to each other in class. The Heartstopper graphic novel series discusses elements of friendship, loyalty, mental illness and high school life. If you like the show, try the book: as they say, the book is always better.
Now, go ahead and flip through the beautiful novel pages this Pride month, develop new ships, and enjoy the summer. What is better than some short, sweet romantic fluff during this busy time? Of course, don’t forget to read these LGBTQ novels when you do get some extra time, though.