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 an earlier work of an artist quite a few people are liking nowadays for her I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates comic book.
YU+ME is the first major comic book project by Megan Rose Gedris, who is currently producing the humor/adventure comic book, I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates.
YU+ME is the adorable story of a teenage girl coming to grips with her sexuality when a new girl in town moves in next door to her and attends the same Catholic School as our protagonist, Fiona.
The basic premise of the book is that Fiona has a pretty awful life. She has no friends at school, the nuns keep treating her like crap and her family life is no better. Her only refuge is her dreams.
However, when a new girl in town moves next door named Lia, who befriends Fiona, suddenly Fiona's dreams no longer have the same appeal, because she is now dreaming about Lia. This is further complicated when Fiona befriends a gay boy in school, who introduces to her the notion of same-sex love. This leads to more romantic dreams that Fiona tries to avoid by avoiding sleeping, which of course, has negative ramifications.
It's all presented quite sweetly in a heavily manga-influenced style.
That said, there is also a MAJOR twist at the end of Part 1 that, well, flips the whole thing upside down (and honestly, all things considered, I liked the book better pre-twist - think about it as the difference between Mork and Minday Season 1 and Mork and Mindy Season 4).
Still, it's a good series.
Here are some sample pages...
Click here to visit Gedris' site, where you can purchase YU+ME, plus other merchandise...