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LGBT Previews August 2016 Part 1

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of LGBT Previews in which we attempt to list as many comics, trades, and graphic novels either by LGBTQ+ creators or featuring LGBTQ+ characters or relevant themes. The colorfully amazing image up above is from Kim & Kim, a series written by Magdalene Visaggio, drawn by Eva Cabrera, and colored by Claudia Aguirre. Ganking part of the synopsis from publisher Black Mask’s site: “Blending the punk exuberance of TANK GIRL with the buddy adventure wackiness of SUPERBAD (if Michael Cera was a trans woman and Jonah Hill a queergirl partner in crime), Kim & Kim focuses on the power and meaning of female friendships as engines of validation. A bright, happy, punk rock sci fi adventure that is queer as shit.” And it is. Queer as shit with one Kim being trans, like writer Visaggio, while the other is bisexual.

Marguerite Bennett has a new series coming from Aftershock! James Tynion IV’s Backstagers from Boom promises a mostly or all queer cast! In case you missed the Kickstarter, Erika Moen’s Oh Joy Sex Toy comes to print from Oni Press’ new Limerence Press imprint and a new issue of Merry Men from Robert Rodi and Jackie Lewis!

Oh, here’s part two!

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People’s names listed in bold are either LGBT+ or supportive. Thanks where thanks is due – Andy Mangels because this was his idea and to Mike McDermott and Steven Leitman for their suggestions and input about several series that have been added to the list!

ABSTRACT STUDIOS

RACHEL RISING OMNIBUS $75.00 Page 246
Terry Moore
Rachel rises from the grave to track down her own murderer in this chilling tale of suspense. With the help of a 10-year old serial killer carrying the remains of Satan’s sword, and a sister who is literally the first woman to ever exist, Rachel uncovers the wicked secrets of small town Manson and its terrible role in earth’s final days. Can Rachel learn from her past in time to save the future? Find out in this critically acclaimed series from Terry Moore!

ACTION LAB

ravenpirate11RAVEN: THE PIRATE PRINCESS #11 $3.99 Page 251
Jeremy Whiteley, Rosy Higgins, and Ted Brandt
One of Raven’s crew is on the brink of death. Raven has found the person that can help them, but they refuse to provide aid to pirates. The guards won’t even let Raven and her crew on the island. But Raven is not the type of captain to take “no” for an answer with her friend’s life on the line. Raven is on her own and on a rampage. [Apologies to the creators and readers for not knowing sooner a lead character is lesbian!]

AFTERSHOCK

ANIMOSITY #1 $3.99 Page 256
Marguerite Bennett and Rafael de Latore
One day, the Animals woke up. They started thinking. They started talking. They started taking revenge. Now, a dog and his girl are trying to get away–out of New York City, and all the way to San Francisco, to the only person who might be able to protect and save her. From the writer of Insexts, A-Force, and Bombshells and the artist of Superzero, comes a new kind of road trip, a new kind of black comedy, and a new kind of coming-of-age story.

INSEXTS Vol 1 $19.99 Page 261
Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina
Collecting the first seven issues of the hit series INSEXTS, from writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Ariela Kristantina. At the dusk of a century, a pair of vengeful Victorian vixens discover a horrifying power that transforms them into rich and strange new creatures. Armed with their dark, evolving forms, they descend into a world of the cultured and occult, with new senses and new sensuality, to forge a life for themselves and the child of their love.
Insexts Vol 1

ARCHIE

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #10 $3.99 Page 276
Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla
“Betty, RIP,” Part 5: “Interlude with the Pussycats.” Before the end of the world began, a female pop trio was setting charts on fire. But in a world of TMZ and paparazzi-driven media, somehow these women kept their private lives a secret from everyone — until now. A full-access interview promises to show the tragic and terrifying origin story of Josie and the Pussycats.

ARCHIE #11 $3.99 Page 276
Mark Waid and Veronica Fish
Archie and Jughead have been playing their instruments in Archie’s garage for a while, but now it’s finally time for them to take their talents elsewhere. Veronica suggests that the two form a band — assuming, of course, that she gets to be their lead singer. This bothers Betty, since music was a deep connection that she had always shared with Archie — so she’ll just have to form her own rival band. Now it’s #TeamArchie vs. #TeamBetty in a battle of the bands that has the whole school picking sides! [Kevin Keller is in the cast.]

JUGHEAD #9 $3.99 Page 278
Chip Zdarsky and Derek Charm
Sabrina makes her debut in the New Riverdale and things are about to get insane! Pop Tate’s has a new mascot: it’s a lady in a burger costume with a giant burger for a head! And she never takes off that giant burger head! And she and Jughead really hit it off, probably for that very reason! But is it possible Burger Lady is more than she appears? Find out what happens when Jughead meets a burger he really likes — and a powerful and unexpected new force in Riverdale is revealed! P.S.: that powerful and unexpected new force is Sabrina the Teenage Witch! She’s the Burger Lady!

providence10AVATAR

PROVIDENCE #10 $4.99 Page 26
Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows
The end is near… can you feel it? All is revealed in this issue and Robert Black undergoes the most startling of transformations. Robert Black has experienced the world beneath the layer we see in our daily lives. And one cannot look into that abyss without it looking back at your very soul. Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows have created something we have never seen before. A fully realized masterpiece that embraces the true horrors of H.P. Lovecraft and delivers a one-of-a kind slow burn horror that will leave you forever scarred by its insidious nature. [The main character is a gay man.]

BLACK MASK COMICS

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #3 $3.99 Page 288
Katy Rex and Fabian Lelay
Just as the girls are targeted by the Friendly Neighborhood Organized Crime Group, Kai and Noemi are confronted with the drama of romance and jealousy — because love doesn’t just hit pause when bigger things are happening. Filled with the dynamic and dramatic action scenes you’ve come to expect from artist Fabian Lelay and the femme punk palettes of Mara Carpenter.

KIM & KIM #2 $3.99 Page 288
Magdalene Visaggio and Eva Cabrera
With fugitive Tom Quilt in tow, the Fighting Kims go off in search of the mysterious Lady Babylon, only to come up short. Turning to necromancy to help find her, things go about as badly as they possibly can.

BOOM

backstagers1BACKSTAGERS #1 $3.99 Page 294
James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh
James Tynion IV teams up with artist Rian Sygh for an incredible yet earnest story about finding a place to fit in when you’re kinda an outcast. When Jory transfers to the private, all-boys school St. Michael’s, he figures joining the stage crew would involve a lot of just fetching props and getting splinters. To his pleasant surprise, he discovers there’s a door backstage that leads to different worlds, and all of the stagehands know about it! All the world’s a stage…but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic!

COGNETIC TP $14.99 Page 302
James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan
Cognetic is the story of a powerful psychic being that once controlled one-third of the world’s population as a part of its hivemind, and his return to humanity in modern-day New York City. It’s also the story of a young woman, the assistant to the director of the FBI, who might be the only one who can save humanity, but at a terrible, terrible cost. Collects the complete limited series by writer James Tynion IV and artist Eryk Donovan, plus character profiles, essays, sketches, and cover gallery.
Cognetic TPB

JONESY #5 $3.99 Page 307
Sam Humphries and Caitlin Rose Boyle
The hit comic that critics say is “the awesome anti-Valentine you’ve been waiting for” (CBR) and is a “great gateway comic for young girls” (Big Comic Page) is now an ongoing series!

LUMBERJANES #28 $3.99 Page 321
Shannon Waters, Kat Leyh, and Myra Hild
The Roanoke cabin have a heart-to-heart with the Zodiac cabin before going to save the High Council.

LUMBERJANES TO THE MAX Vol 2 HC $39.99 Page 303
Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Brooke Allen, and Carolyn Nowak,
Together, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley take on everything that goes bump in the night. From scary stories to magical portals that lead to a land untouched by time, it’s definitely not your average summer! Camp counselor Jen just wants to have a normal lesson with her cabin, teaching them the basic lumberjanesGA3survival skills needed without any supernatural intervention, when a blizzard hits camp! This deluxe hardcover edition collects issues #9-17 of the New York Time bestselling series along with a wealth of behind-the-scenes material.
Lumberjanes To The Max Vol 2

LUMBERJANES/ GOTHAM ACADEMY #3 $3.99 Page 307
Chynna Clugston-Flores, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Maddi Gonzalez
The Lumberjanes and Gotham Academy kids split up in an attempt to outsmart the Chaperones.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #6 $3.99 Page 305
Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya
The Rangers must face a seemingly all-powerful threat entirely on their own without the guidance of Zordon. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, Jason must lead the Rangers through these darkest of times.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Vol 1 $19.99 Page 296
Kyle Higgins, Steve Orlando, Mairghread Scott, Hendry Prasetya, Corin Howell, and Daniel Bayliss
Dive into the first collection of our best-selling, modern, ongoing Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series! After escaping Rita Repulsa’s mind control, Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger, joins the Power Rangers to combat the onslaught of evil attacks plaguing Angel Grove. Any semblance of a normal life is gone for Tommy now, but with his newfound family there lies hope for a brighter path. Collects issues #1-4, plus the prequel issue #0
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol 1

mightymorphinpowerannualMIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS 2016 ANNUAL #1 $7.99 Page 296
Jorge Corona, James Kochalka, Terry Moore, Ross Thibodeaux, Kyle Higgins, Jorge Corona, James Kochalka, Terry Moore, Rob Guillory, and Rod Reis
Comics creators come together to celebrate their mutual love of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! * From short stories like “The Origin of Goldar” to “What Would Happen If Bulk and Skull Became Rangers?”, this oversized, anthology collection features contributions from creators like Terry Moore, Rob Guillory, James Kochalka, and more!

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: PINK #4 $3.99 Page 305
Brendan Fletcher, Kelly Thompson, and Daniele Di Nicuolo
Kimberly and Goldar have to work together to escape the War Zord, while Trini and Zack, along with Serge and his sister, work to find a way to prepare the village against Verto’s onslaught

THE WOODS #24 $3.99 Page 319
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
Sacrifices will be made, and not everyone will live to see tomorrow.

D.E.

KING’S QUEST #4 $3.99 Page 334
Ben Acker, Heath Corson, and McDaid
Flash Gordon escapes! Broken in mind and spirit, our intrepid heroes must bust out of their sci-fi prison and rescue their friend, even if that friend doesn’t want to be rescued! Continuing the epic crossover that unites the greatest heroes from the King Features Syndicate comic strips: The Phantom, Mandrake the Magician, Prince Valiant, Jungle Jim, Flash Gordon, and more! [Dale Arden appears to bisexual in this series.] kingquest4
VAMPIRELLA #6 Vol 3 $3.99 Page 338
Kate Leth and Eman Casallos
After the harrowing conclusion of our first arc, Vampirella needs a break – nto that it means she’ll get one! A horror hostess gig goes awry in this stand alone adventure tale of Weird Hollywood!

XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS #5 $3.99 Page 338
Genevieve Valentine and Julius Gopez
The daring rescue of Chilapa and the captive Harpies has made Xena into Rome’s newest, greatest enemy… just like old times! It will bring the might of an empire to Xena’s doorstep… and Gabrielle is going to stop it, by any means necessary. All roads lead to Rome!

HARPER COLLINS

CORALINE TP $9.99 Page 367
Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
Eisner Winner for Best Publication for Teens/Tweens! When Coraline steps through a door in her family’s new house, she finds another house, strangely similar to her own, only better. But there’s another mother there and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go! This beloved tale becomes a visual feast as artist P. Craig Russell brings Neil Gaiman’s enchanting children’s book to new life.
Inexpensive pre-owned copies

GRAVEYARD BOOK GN Vol 1 & 2 each $9.99 SC/ $19.99 HC Page 367
Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell, and others
Now in softcover! Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. Neil Gaiman’s Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book reaches new heights in this glorious adaptation by P. Craig Russell. Each chapter is illustrated by a different luminary from the comic book world, including Kevin Nowlan, P. Craig Russell, Tony Harris, Scott Hampton, Galen Showman, Jill Thompson, and Stephen B. Scott, to create an imaginatively diverse and yet cohesive interpretation of Neil Gaiman’s luminous novel.
Graveyard Books

GRAVEYARD BOOK COMPLETE HC GN $25.00 Page 367
Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell, and others
In response to clamorous fan requests, the two volumes of the graphic novel adaptation of The Graveyard Book are now bound into one stunning edition. Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except he lives in a sprawling graveyard and has been raised since infancy by ghosts and a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in a graveyard for a boy-an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, and the strange and terrible Sleer. There are dangers though, too, and if Bod leaves the graveyard, he may fall prey to the man Jack, who has already murdered Bod’s entire family. Also available in a Slipcased Cloth edition with a Neil Gaiman signed tip-in sheet and additional backmatter, limited to 1,500 copies.

JET CITY COMICS

cirquegirl2CIRQUE AMERICAN GIRL OVER PARIS #2 $2.99 Page 371
Ming Doyle, Kate Leth, and Gwenda Bond
From acclaimed writer Gwenda Bond (Girl on a Wire, Lois Lane: Fallout), this four-issue comic book series features a new stand-alone story set within the world of Bond’s exotic, magical Cirque American. As wire walker Jules Maroni prepares a spectacular routine involving the Eiffel Tower, the Harlequin — the ghostly figure haunting her and her boyfriend, trapeze artist Remy — makes his move, plunging the couple into a terrifying mystery and threatening to bring Jules’s dreams of love and glory crashing down around her.

ONI PRESS / LIMMERENCE PRESS

ANOTHER CASTLE #5 $3.99 Page 386
Andrew Wheeler and Paulina Ganucheau
The countdown begins! Misty has mere minutes before she must turn herself over to Badlug and become his bride, or else he’ll burn the city and its people to the ground. Prince Pete is out for the count; the only sword that can kill Badlug is lost; and a dragon waits impatiently to let loose its fire. All hope may be lost–unless Misty and the citizens of Grimoire can make one last stand.

HEARTTHROB TP VOL 1 NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN $19.99 Page 389
Christopher Sebela and Robert Wilson IV
Callie was born with a bad heart. After it ruined her life, she went looking for a miracle: a heart transplant. Now she’s got a brand new heart, but she’s still stuck with a crappy job, crappy boyfriend, and crappy prospects. Enter Mercer, a mystery man who gets Callie’s heart beating like crazy. As her behavior changes and their flirting deepens, Mercer reveals he’s her heart donor. Only Callie can see, speak to, and touch him — and he’s in love with her, a love she feels just as strongly. A master thief when he died, Mercer offers to teach Callie his criminal ways and how to turn them against her old job and kick off a nationwide crime spree. Hunted by the FBI and popping heart meds to stay alive, Callie will find out that nothing’s as scary as two people in love with nothing to lose. [Sebela recently came out as gay.] Heartthrob Vol 1

MERRY MEN #3 $3.99 Page 388
Robert Rodi and Jackie Lewis
More secrets are revealed in this exciting chapter of the bold and provocative re-imagining of Robin Hood! When Scarlet leaves Robin’s encampment to search for Daniel of Dorcaster on her own, the Merry Men are quick to follow and bring her back before something terrible happens to her. But in the process, one of their own is captured by Guy of Gisborne! The Merry Men now have no choice — whether they like it or not, they have to fight.
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OH JOY SEX TOY Vols 1 & 2 each $29.99 Page 391
Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan
Oh Joy Sex Toy Volumes One and Two encompass almost 600 pages of comics by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan about sex, sex toy reviews, sexuality, sex education, safer sex practices, interviews with sex industry workers, AND MORE! With its positivity, terrible puns, and diverse cast, Oh Joy is an indispensable resource for fans of sex, fans of comics, and nerds of all stripes. It also features the comics of a variety of different cartoonists, plus never-before-seen bonus comics and behind-the-scenes content!
Oh Joy Sex Toy!

SUBLIME

TEN COUNT Vol 1 $12.99 Page 403
Rihito Takarai
Corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. One day he meets Kurose, a therapist who offers to take him through a ten-step program to cure him of his compulsion. As the two go through each of the ten steps, Shirotani’s attraction to his counselor grows.
Ten Count Vol 1

TITAN

sherlockpink3SHERLOCK: A STUDY IN PINK #3 $4.99 Page 427
Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, and Jay
The three-patch problem of “A Study In Pink” continues to unravel, in this thrilling manga adaptation of the smash-hit Sherlock television series! John is pulled into a web of deceit, as he comes face-to-face with the man who describes himself as Sherlock’s “arch-enemy” — and Sherlock sets a trap for a serial murderer!

TORCHWOOD #2 $3.99 Page 425
John Barrowman, Carol Barrowman, and Antonio Fusa
Far away from Cardiff and the Hub, Captain Jack and Gwen dive deep to unravel the secrets of an ancient, extinct civilization, whose colossal mega-weapons are being primed to affect the Earth. Caught between human agencies, infiltrating aliens, a unknowing public and an uncertain future, can a Torchwood stripped of its resources and staff still save the day?

June 20, 2016
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