Be gay, do comics! Queer history, memoir, and satire from The Nib

Book - 2020

"The dream of a queer separatist town. The life of a gay, Jewish Nazi-fighter. A gender reveal party that tears reality apart. These are just some of the comics you'll find in this massive queer comics anthology from The Nib. [This book] is filled with dozens of comics about LGBTQIA + experiences, ranging from personal stories to queer history to cutting satire about pronoun panic and brands desperate to co-opt pride."--Back cover.

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Autobiographical comics
Graphic novels
Nonfiction comics
Queer comics
Gay comics
Lesbian comics
Comics (Graphic works)
Published
San Diego, CA : IDW [2020].
Language
English
Physical Description
250 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781684057771
1684057779
  • Introduction / Matt Lubchansky
  • The final reveal / Joey Alison Sayers
  • Gender bent / Kendra Wells
  • Brands love pride / Matt Lubchansky
  • Eight queens / Sasha Velour
  • Astrological signs as classic queer haircuts / Shelby Criswell
  • The life of Gad Beck : Gay. Jewish. Nazi figher / Levi Hastings & Dorian Alexander
  • Puerto Rico's LGBT community is ready to kick the door down / Rosa Colón Guerra
  • I came out late in life and that's okay / Alison Wilgus
  • Queer uprisings before Stonewall / Hazel Newlevant
  • The response : visibility has its rewards / Binglin Hu, Scout Tran, Matt Lubchansky, Sage Coffey, Dylan Edwards, Sfé R. Monster
  • The undercut / Shing Yin Khor
  • How do you translate non-binary? / Breena Nuñez
  • Queerativity! / Taneka Stotts & Ria Martinez
  • Seeing others / Delta Vasques
  • Queerness has always been part of life in the Middle East / Anonymous
  • Dancing with pride / Maia Kobabe
  • Gender isn't binary and neither is anatomy / Sara Mirk & Archie Bongiovanni
  • Pronoun panic / Kendra Wells
  • Just another day at the newspaper / Matt Lubchansky
  • I'd be an okay mom / Joey Alison Sayers
  • Just a joke : where the alt-right guys get their start / Sage Coffey
  • The dream of a gay separist town / Archie Bongiovanni
  • Am I queer enough? / Jason Michaels & Mady G
  • Freedom, joy and power : the history of the rainbow flag / Max Dlabick
  • Birth control is about more than just birth / Alex Graudins
  • Dating a trans person changed my partners' life / Mady G
  • Decolonizing queerness in the Philippines / Trinidad Escobar
  • When you're invisible in pop culture / Bianca Xunise & Sage Coffey
  • Nothing is wrong with me / Dylan Edwards
  • Off the rack / Matt Lubchansky
  • Great moments in pride history / Kendra Wells
  • The trans disclosure minefield / Joey Alison Sayers
  • A covert gaze at conservative gays / Sam Wallman
  • The homophobic hysteria of the lavender scare / Kazimir Lee & Dorian Alexander
  • Boobs aren't binary / Mady G
  • How do you adopt an embryo? / Robyn Jordan
  • LiveJournal made me gay / JB Brager
  • Sometimes I call myself queer. Sometimes I feel like a liar / Nero O'Reilly
  • A lifetime of coming out / Joey Alison Sayers
  • I am more than my chromosomes / Elisabet Rún
  • Jussie Smollett doesn't negate the reality of hate crimes / Maria-Rose Marie
  • It's all for the breast / Alexis Sudgen
  • Witch camp / Melanie Gullman
  • Take a hint / Julia Bernhard
  • The American revolution's greatest leader was openly gay / Josh Trujillo & Levi Hastings
  • What's it like to raise kids in Malaysia when you're LGBT? / Kazimir Lee
  • The wonderfully queer world of Moomin / Mady G
  • Judge not / Joey Alison Sayers
  • The important pundit in : Silent horror / Matt Lubchansky.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Viewpoints from around the world, art ranging from sketchy and abstract to cartoonishly whimsical to realistic, and topics covering the intensely personal as well as the historical and political all leap off the page of this anthology. Originally a Kickstarter project by online journalism, nonfiction, and satire site The Nib, this volume contains comics from over 30 contributors sharing their struggles, joys, and wit. Some entries have prior viral popularity, such Maia Kobabe's comic about navigating a folk dancing class while using gender-neutral pronouns, while others are original to this publication. Many stories explore the intersections of queer identity with race, religion, and ethnicity, or share lesser-known pieces of queer history and culture. From the story of a gay Prussian officer who was instrumental in the American Revolution to a discussion of embryo donation to lessons about precolonial Indigenous nonbinary identities to a joke about the zodiac signs as queer haircuts, this book covers a lot of ground and reaches out to make space for everyone under the queer umbrella. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Culled from the webcomics site The Nib, this bright LGBTQ anthology features an international roster of millennial and Gen-Z contributors, offering fresh takes on gender, politics, historical LGBTQ heroes, and more. Highlights include memoir pieces by Breena Nuñez on attempting (fruitlessly) to explain their nonbinary gender identity to a clueless therapist, Dylan Edwards on identifying as asexual, Robyn Jordan revealing her experience with embryo donors, JB Brager reminiscing about connecting with other mid-aughts queer teens on LiveJournal, and Alexis Sudgen unpacking her history of gender identity with breast dysphoria. Each artist effectively uses humor to lighten sometimes weighty subject matter. Meanwhile, other pieces examine facets of the queer umbrella: Sam Wallman probes the conservative gay movement with unexpected empathy, while Max Dlabick pays tribute to Gilbert Baker, who pioneered the use of the rainbow flag to celebrate the LGBTQ community. A few less successful comics don't transfer as well from web to page, especially those that favor the didactic over the narrative. But the cartooning is solid across the board. This is an overall invigorating sampler of the current queer cartooning scene and a celebration of the sheer breadth and diversity of experiences it reflects. (Aug.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up—Cartoonist Bors has compiled an incisive queer anthology, drawing on content from the Nib, a webcomic site that focuses on sociopolitical satire and nonfiction. More than 30 indie LGBTQ cartoonists and artists share their experiences navigating homophobia, gender identity, and the politics of sex. JB Brager remembers exploring their burgeoning identity alongside other queer teens on the early-aughts website LiveJournal, Breena Nuñez unpacks the difficulties of explaining being nonbinary to their myopic therapist, and Bianca Xunise and Sage Coffey ponder invisibility in media representation in a piece that feels like a cartoon depiction of a podcast episode. Other selections consider the queer experience from a historical viewpoint. Hazel Newlevant's exposé of queer uprisings before the Stonewall Riots explores how trans teens organized to fight discrimination in their communities, and Max Dlabick highlights the origins and evolution of the rainbow flag. "The Response," a segment from the Nib featuring the voices of six trans contributors, looks at the unique experience of transitioning. Artists define the word transition as they interpret it, and share how that definition impacted their personal journey. Jason Michaels and Mady G coauthor a piece that asks what it means to be "queer enough," shining a light on pansexual identity and its perception within the queer community, while Alex Graudins's musing on birth control and the asexual experience reminds readers that birth control functions as a key component of health care, regardless of a person's sexual orientation and expression. While most comics center the American perspective, the anthology takes care to include global experiences in Trinidad Escobar's call to decolonize queerness in the Philippines and Rosa Colón Guerra's examination of how Puerto Rico's federal and local civil rights laws affect the island's queer community. The artwork is as diverse in expression as each artist's personal experiences—some pages glow with vibrant, full-spectrum illustrations, while others rely on muted tones to project their deeply honest insecurities. VERDICT This celebration of queer voices in comics is a must for all libraries.—Elise Martinez, Racine, WI Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The dream of a queer separatist town. The life of a gay and Jewish Nazi-fighter. A gender reveal party that tears apart reality. These are the just some of the comics you'll find in this massive queer comics anthology from The Nib.Be Gay, Do Comics is filled with dozens of comics about LGBTQIA experiences, ranging from personal stories to queer history to cutting satire about pronoun panic and brands desperate to co-opt pride. Brimming with resilience, inspiration, and humor, an incredible lineup of top indie cartoonists takes you from the American Revolution through Stonewall to today's fights for equality and representation.Featuring more than 30 cartoonists including Hazel Newlevant, Joey Alison Sayers, Maia Kobabe, Matt Lubchansky, Breena Nuñez, Sasha Velour, Shing Yin Khor, Levi Hastings, Mady G, Bianca Xunise, Kazimir Lee, and many, many more!

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The dream of a queer separatist town. The life of a gay and Jewish Nazi-fighter. A gender reveal party that tears apart reality. These are the just some of the comics you'll find in this massive queer comics anthology from The Nib.Be Gay, Do Comics is filled with dozens of comics about LGBTQIA experiences, ranging from personal stories to queer history to cutting satire about pronoun panic and brands desperate to co-opt pride. Brimming with resilience, inspiration, and humor, an incredible lineup of top indie cartoonists takes you from the American Revolution through Stonewall to today's fights for equality and representation.Featuring more than 30 cartoonists including Hazel Newlevant, Joey Alison Sayers, Maia Kobabe, Matt Lubchansky, Breena Nuñez, Sasha Velour, Shing Yin Khor, Levi Hastings, Mady G, Bianca Xunise, Kazimir Lee, and many, many more!