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3 Comics to Read for Pride Month

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
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If you need something to help get into the spirit of Pride month, these comics with gay and lesbian characters and themes might fit the bill.

1. What If We Were by Axelle Lenoir

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What If We Were is written and drawn by Canadian creator Axelle Lenoir, the author of Secret Passages and Camp Spirit. It's the story of Nathalie and Marie, two seventeen year olds who have been friends their whole lives. The two girls like to kill time by playing 'What If?', imagining themselves as vikings, scientists or superheroes etc. Between the comic strips and pages from the girls' diaries there are hints and snippets about Nathalie's crush on 'Jane Doe', another girl from their school.

The story is simple and wholesome, and the nerdy art made me smile. Honestly Lenoir could have won me over with the She-Ra references alone.

2. Kevin Keller: Welcome to Riverdale

First appearing in a 2010 issue of Veronica, Kevin Keller is the first canonically gay character in the Archie comics universe. In Kevin Keller: Welcome to Riverdale, Kevin has his first-ever date and is feeling nervous. His friend, Reggie, is ready to help him out with some lousy dating advice.

And in the second chapter, a secret admirer asks Kevin to the prom via a note left in his locker. In the third story Kevin deals with homophobia from the kids from Pembrooke High, but luckily his friends have his back.

Kevin Keller: Welcome to Riverdale is the kind of simple, wholesome comic you would expect from the Archie universe.

3. Spectacle

Anna and Kat are identical twins who work in a travelling circus, Anna as a fortune teller and Kat as a knife thrower. When Kat is murdered she reappears as a ghost, hovering around Anna and trying to help solve her own murder.

Spectacle by Megan Rose Gedris (author of I was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space). I really liked the art in this one, and the setting of an old timey travelling circus was a lot of fun. To be honest, the lesbian romance is barely hinted at in volume one, but they'll get there. There are three volumes so far.
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