LGBTQ* Graphic Novels to Keep on Your Radar
(AKA, LGBTQ* graphic novels the KNOWhomo team is currently reading)
TRANSPOSES by Dylan Edwards
“Transposes will teach you something about what it means to have a body and to feel desire. About what it means, in short, to be human.” - Alison Bechdel From the foreword by the New York Times bestselling author of FUN HOME and ARE YOU MY MOTHER
TRANSPOSES separates gender from sexuality and illustrates six fascinating true stories of transgender men who also happen to be queer. The result is a laugh-out-loud, funny, heartbreaking, challenging, inventive, informative, and invites the reader to explore what truly makes a man a man.
Interested? Read some of the first pages HERE.
Note from Rebecca:
I ordered TRANSPOSES after running into it time and time again online. (I am an avid comic book and graphic novel reader.) I ordered it from NORTHWEST PRESS and had it in my hands within 2-3 days (at regular shipping price). If you are unfamiliar with NORTHWEST PRESS and enjoy queer graphic expression and fiction, I highly recommend spending some time on their site.
LGBTQ* Online Comics You (Might) Want To Know
Above panel from Nay’s storyline
LBGTQ* Comic/Graphic Arists You Should Know
Intro comic from Alison Bechdel’s The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For
LGBTQ* History You Might Have Missed in Art Class
Peter Gluck (1895-1978)
Gluck, an English trans* artist, born a wealthy and close-knit Jewish family, was a noted floral painter. His most well known work came later in life with Medallion, which featured Gluck and his long time partner of 34 years, Edith Shackleton Heald. Gluck also painted the Vigo Press cover of Well of Loneliness.
LBGTQ* Theatres YOU SHOULD Know
About Face Theatre - Chicago (following text from About Face’s Website)
Mission: About Face Theatre creates exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, and to challenge and entertain audiences in Chicago, across the country, and around the world.(from website)
Internet personality/trans activist/ fierce community leader Ms. Ma uses her YouTube page to create community, live glamour, and spread the good word about queer safe spaces in Chicago. WHAT’S THE T? tells the story of Ms Ma’s tangled web of connections, her struggle to stay positive, and what happens to her community when she disappears.
Inspired by issues of race, gender, age and class in Boystown, WHAT’S THE T? is based on true stories and interviews from LGBTQA young folks in and around Chicago.
(for more information, visit their Box Office!)
Want to get to know more about the AFT Interns?! Visit their Tumblr. (http://aboutfaceinterns.tumblr.com/)
LGBTQ* Artist You Should Know
-Illustrations/art/etchings part of the series “Chop Suey Dancers”
-Depicted couples of the same sex dancing together in New York nightspots
-Many characters intentionally created to be ambiguous (Marsh wanted audience to ask if dancers were assumed gender, in drag, or androgynous)
LBGTQ* (Pansexual) Deviant Artist You Should Know
Art/Mixed Media by SweetspeaAk
LGBTQ* Did You Know Art History
BATMAN is (not) Gay!
Did you know?
In 2005, DC comics sent a “cease and desist” letter to both Mark Chamberlain (the artist of the above image) and Kathleen Cullen Fine Art’s studio telling them to pull all artwork depicting the DC characters.
Due to copyright infringement (DC owns Batman’s image), DC and Chamberlain eventually settled on displaying the images but not selling them.
Lesbian Comics You Should Know
LBGTQ* Art and Expression Works You May Have Missed
David Wajarowicz’s “Untitled”
Piece in response to growing up Queer*. The piece has been a hot button art piece for over 20 years and was censored by publishers throughout the 90s.
LGBTQ People You Should Know
Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden (1866-1931)
“…the most important gay visual artist pre-World War I era” –Thomas Waugh
- German Photographer (Photographed/Worked predominately in Italy)
- Most famous work: Caino
- Best known for nude studies of Sicilian male figure and controlled lighting
- Patrons included: Oscar Wilde, Richard Strauss and Wilhelm II of Germany
LGBTQ* Web Comics You Should Know
KHAOS Komix - by Tab Kimpton
Charlie and Tom featured above
LBGTQ* Art and Mural History
Oil Painting Mural from Gold Coast bar, 1973, by Dom “Etienne” Orejudos.
The Gold Coast bar opened in 1958, making Chicago the first city in the country to have a leather bar.