In conjunction with Prism Comics, the preeminent website for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) comics and creators, every day this month I will be detailing one good comic book/graphic novel with LGBT themes.
Here‘s an archive of the featured works so far!
Today we look at a nifty comics anthology!
Juicy Mother is a comics anthology put together and edited by cartoonist Jennifer Camper.
The amount of talent Camper put together for this book (two volumes have been released so far) is quite striking.
The first collection features work by:
Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Leanne Franson, Joan Hilty, Ariel Schrag and two creators whose work I’ve already featured – Robert Kirby and Ivan Velez, Jr.
Velez, Jr. might have the best story in the first volume, about a tough Latina teenager who befriends an unpopular girl at girl and, well, I won’t ruin the rest of the story for you, but let me say that unless someone told you what happens, you won’t expect what happens.
The stories, like most anthologies, vary in quality, but there is enough strong work that the overall collection is well worth reading.
Here’s a snippet from Camper’s story in the volume…
The second volume is larger (almost all the original people return, plus many more new ones!), and this time, it has a theme – all the stories are “How They Met” stories…
It is also a tremendous collection of great short stories – Camper really got some of the best alternative comic creators available to do these collections, and I can’t wait until the next one!
If you’re interested, here‘s a link to Camper’s site where you can order the books.
Our own MarkAndrew reviewed the first volume awhile back, and while he recommended it, as well, he did have some issues with it. Check out his review here.