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LGBT Previews May 2017 Part 1

Here are comics and graphic novels either by LGBTQ writers and artists or with LGBTQ characters and themes from the May Previews catalog. Several books stand out this month for me. There’s Gengorah Tagame’s My Brother’s Husband from Pantheon (the image up at top is from the cover); Diary of Menorah Horwitz, about “about gender, Judaism, and gel nail polish”; a new book from Jillian Tamaki; a new edition of a small set of Jeffrey Catherine Jones prints; and while Hope Nicholson’s Spectacular Sisterhood of Superheroines isn’t LGBTQ it does look exciting! And there may be subtext to mine!

As much as we try, sometimes a book, series, or creator is overlooked. Send us a message if that’s the case or to let us know about your work that doesn’t appear in Previews. Part two is over here!

Diamond order codes are included when they appear in Previews. Not all publishers provide them in solicitations. Some titles are links to Amazon in case you want to buy from them though supporting your local comics shop or book store is always good!

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!

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ABSTRACT STUDIOS

MOTOR GIRL #6 $3.99 Page 258
Terry Moore
If there is one person on Earth that visiting aliens trust, it’s Samantha Locklear. Now Sam is fighting to save the desert junkyard that has become a UFO safehaven from an industrial tycoon determined to seize the land and in-stall an anti-UFO weapon. Fortunately, Sam has a secret weapon of her own, her imaginary gorilla friend Mike! Don’t miss the fun in this new action packed issue of Motor Girl! (STL041437)

MOTOR GIRL: REAL LIFE Vol 1 TP $15.99 Page 258
Terry Moore
When a UFO crashes into her desert junkyard, Samantha and her imaginary gorilla friend, Mike, repair the ship and win the heart of the little green pilot named Bik. Now an industrial tycoon wants to seize the property so he can install his new anti-UFO weapon but Samantha is determined to stop him. What happens next is out of this world in Terry Moore’s new series, Motor Girl! Collects issues #1-5. (STL041438)

AFTERSHOCK

ALTERS Vol 1 TP $14.99 Page 271
Paul Jenkins and Leila Leiz
As the world struggles to accept the emergence of a new kind of human species known as alterations, or “Alters,” a young woman must navigate the path to becoming her true self, while struggling with the complications of her civilian life and the responsibilities of her newfound power. This groundbreaking series — years in the making — begins the saga of a young woman who can only really be herself… whenever she is not herself. Collecting issues 1-5 of the critically-acclaimed series, plus the original short story from AfterShock Genesis one-shot. Written by Eisner winner Paul Jenkins and illustrated by Leila Leiz.

ALTERNATIVE COMICS

CHAINMAIL BIKINI ANTHOLOGY OF WOMEN GAMERS Page 274 $20.00
Hazel Reed Newlevant, M. K. Reed, Jane Mai & Various
An anthology of comics by and about female gamers. Forty artists contributed comics about the games they’re passionate about, from video games to table-top role-playing to collectible card games. Explore the real-life impact of entering a fantasy world, how games can connect us with each other and teach us about ourselves. (OFFERED AGAIN) (STL000963)

DIARY OF MENORAH HORWITZ $14.95 Page 272
Menorah Horwitz
From the creator of Miss U.S. of Heya comes a true story about gender, Judaism, and gel nail polish. An autobiographical comedy about finding your authentic self in the artificial world of drag. A first person account of gender transitioning. An exploration of traditional Jewish identity intersecting with new gender norms. A Floating World production. (STL042392)

ARCHIE

ARCHIE #20 $3.99 Page 284
Mark Waid and Pete Woods
Cheryl Blossom finally goes on the warpath, and her target will surprise you! And why does Betty have second thoughts about her new boyfriend every time Archie walks by?[Kevin Keller is in the cast.] (STL042558)

JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS #6 $3.99 Page 286
Marguerite Bennett, Cameron Deordio, and Audrey Mok
Josie and the Pussycats are on a roll like never before, racking up award wins and climbing the charts! But are the “and the Pussycats” living their dreams — or just Josie’s? Are Melody and Valerie ready to try their hand at succeeding on their own terms? (STL0425610

JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS Vol 1 TP $17.99 Page 287
Marguerite Bennett, Cameron Deordio, and Audrey Mok
Josie and the Pussycats Volume 1 is the first collection of an all-new take on the world’s biggest comic book band. Maruerite Bennett and co-writer Cameron DeOrdio team with Audrey Mok to retell the origin and story behind the music for Josie, Valerie, and Melody. Collects issues #1-5. (STL042576)

JUGHEAD #15 $3.99 Page 286
Mark Waid and Ian Flynn
Sabrina the Teenage Witch tries to do something nice for Jughead, but it ends up creating a comedy of errors in which he’s the most desired bachelor in town! From the new writing team of Mark Waid (Archie) and Ian Flynn. (STL042564)

RIVERDALE #2 $3.99 Page 287
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Joe Eisma
Set in the same universe as the hit CW series, Riverdale continues to reveal untold stories of the world’s most famous teenagers. When five students from different social cliques (Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Josie) end up in Saturday detention together-will they kill each other or come together against the forces of evil that brought them there? (STL042567)

AVATAR

PROVIDENCE ACT 2 HC $21.99 Page 294
Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows
The second arc of Providence is unveiled in this special hardcover-only edition. Robert Black came looking for a story but what he found is a world of misery and woe. He’s becoming a broken man, only beginning to accept the horrors of the Lovecraftian world are real and hiding in plain sight. Alan Moore’s quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying reinvention of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It is being universally hailed as one of Moore’s most realized works in which the master scribe has controlled every iota of the story, art, and presentation. The result has been a masterpiece like no other and a true must-have addition to his essential works in the field. We present a collected Providence Act 2 Hard Cover edition that contains Providence issues #5-8, and all the back matter, in this one-time printing of this edition.

BLACK MASK

QUANTUM TEENS ARE GO #4 $3.99 Page 300
Magdalene Visaggio and Eryk Donovan
It all comes down to this. Nat, Sumesh, and Wayne break into Zero’s secret lab underneath the Hollywood sign — only to be met with the revelation of explosive secrets that could change everything. It’s violence, robots, and lasers galore in this thrilling, high-speed conclusion brought to you by Magdalene Visaggio, Eryk Donovan, and Claudia Aguirre!

THERE’S NOTHING THERE #2 $3.99 Page 301
Patrick Kindlon and Maria Llovet
Reno puts ghosts on the back burner to walk the red carpet. But hauntings aren’t scheduled things, and she soon finds herself visited by another restless spirit. Meanwhile, more corporeal threats begin to form around her as a stalker and an angry sex cult jockey for position. It’s beginning to feel like nowhere is safe. [The 7 page preview in Quantum Teens Are Go! #1 includes panels of two women seducing each other and leading up to having sex.]

BOOM

ADVENTURE TIME #64 $3.99 Page 317
Mariko Tamaki and Ian McGinty
The Best Princess Ever is finally going to be chosen! Who will it be? And will the prankster finally reveal themselves before they ruin the whole event?

ADVENTURE TIME ORIGINAL: OOORIENT EXPRESS Vol 10 GN $14.99 Page 312
Jeremy Sorese and Zachary Sterling
Candy, suspicious conductors, and weird science make up this all-new Adventure Time original graphic novel written by Jeremy Sorese (Curveball, Steven Universe) and illustrated by Adventure Time veteran Zachary Sterling. Don’t miss out on this action-packed journey based on the award-winning show on Cartoon Network! Lady Rainicorn has come down with a case of taffy fever and there is nothing Jake can do to help her. After many failed attempts with Princess Bubblegum, Finn and Jake learn of a special cure that can help Lady Rainicorn get back to normal. The catch? They will have to travel on the Ooorient Express on an infamous train ride that no one returns

BACKSTAGERS Vol 1 TP $14.99 Page 311
James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh
James Tynion IV teams up with artist Rian Sygh for an incredibly earnest story that explores what it means to find a place to fit in when you’re kinda an outcast. When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he’s taken in by the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Hunter, Aziz, Sasha, and Beckett become his new best friends and introduce him to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain that the rest of the school doesn’t know about, filled with strange creatures, changing hallways, and a decades-old legend of a backstage crew that went missing and was never found. Collects the first four issues.

COADY AND THE CREEPIES #3 $3.99 Page 315
Liz Prince and Amanda Kirk
Coady and the Creepies are playing their final Pinmaggedon show, and they’re not about to let anything-a wheelchair-unfriendly venue, a boneheaded rival band, or even the actual afterlife-get between them and Punk legend!

GOLDIE VANCE #12 $3.99 Page 315
Hope Larson, Jackie Bell, and Noah Haynes
After uncovering a conspiracy in Sugar Maple’s pit crew, Goldie’s determined to bring Sugar’s saboteur to justice.

LUMBERJANES #38 $3.99 Page 316
Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, and Ayme Sotuyo
Parents’ Day continues as the Roanokes split into parent/daughter teams for a scavenger hunt, with the girls determined to keep their parents from noticing anything supernatural during their visit.

LUMBERJANES TO MAX ED Vol 3 HC $39.99 Page 312
Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen, and various
When April takes it upon herself to restore an underwater friendship that has fallen apart, will she be in over her head as her above-water friendships take a hit? Between shapeshifters and strange portals causing a storm to suddenly hit the camp, this is one badge that the Lumberjanes are going above and beyond for! Don’t miss out on The New York Times best-selling and multiple Eisner Award-winning series written by National Book Award nominee Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, and Kat Leyh with stories illustrated by Brooke Allen, Carolyn Nowak, and Carey Pietsch. Collects Volumes 5 and 6 of the ongoing series and features a behind-the-scenes look into how to make an issue of Lumberjanes, exclusive sketches from the amazing artists, and so much more!

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #15 $3.99 Page 306
Kyle Higgins, Goni Montes & various
The future of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers starts here as Tommy makes a choice that will have huge consequences for the team; Mighty Morphin Black Power Rangers from all across dimensions meet to face off against a deadly foe; and secret origins are revealed!

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Annual 2017 $7.99 Page 306
Kyle Higgins, Rod Reis & various
The future of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers starts here as Tommy makes a choice that will have huge consequences for the team; Mighty Morphin Black Power Rangers from all across dimensions meet to face off against a deadly foe; and secret origins are revealed!

SLAM! #6 $3.99 Page 315
Pamela Ribon and Veronica Fish
Maisie progresses quickly when learning some new movies, but Jen feels like she’s become stagnant.

STEVEN UNIVERSE #4 $3.99 Page 316
Melanie Gilman and Katy Farina
Steven, Peridot and Amethyst go on their wildest adventure yet-a local Renaissance Faire! While the others enjoy fried food and theater, Peridot enters the joust, and is playing to win.

STEVEN UNIVERSE ORIGINAL: ANTI GRAVITY Vol 2 GN $14.99 Page 312
Talya Perper and Queenie Chan
Beach City gets even weirder in this all-new Steven Universe original graphic novel. As electric disturbances begin causing objects to mysteriously hover all around town, The Gems travel to the Moon Base and back to figure out how to solve the problem and figure out who is causing it.

THE WOODS #31 $3.99 Page 315
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
Karen is anxious to end Isaac’s plan, but first they must team up with an unlikely ally.

THE WOODS Vol 7 TP $14.99 Page 311
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
“The Black City” collects the seventh arc of the best-selling series, now in development at Syfy. Is there a reason mankind has always feared the untamed forest? Karen, Sanami, and Ben will have to venture far beyond the reaches of the civilization they’ve built and into the heart of the alien wilderness in the hopes of finally going home. But in the center of the woods, they discover the truth behind the ancient fear of the forest for themselves. Collects issues #25-28.

CANDLEWICK PRESS

HONOR GIRL GRAPHIC MEMOIR SC/ HC $14.99 / $19.99 Page 326
Maggie Thrash
All-girl camp. First love. First heartbreak. At once romantic and devastating, brutally honest and full of humor, this graphic-novel memoir is a debut of the rarest sort. Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her 15-year-old life at Camp Bellflower for Girls, deep in the heart of Appalachia. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a guttwisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counselor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and when it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, it’s too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to handle, let alone to understand. Available in softcover and hardcover editions. (STL041628)

CHAPTERHOUSE

DIE KITTY DIE: HOLLYWOOD OR BUST #1 $3.99 Page 327
Fernando Ruiz and Dan Parent
The hit series is back! Kitty Ravencraft, the beautiful magical witch and star of her own comic book, re-turns! This time Kitty is on top of the World! Her new comic book series is a huge success and she’s once again the talk of the comic shops! Naturally, Kitty’s publisher wants to capitalize on her new-found popularity with a big budget blockbuster Kitty movie! To make this happen, Kitty goes off to Hollywood, but once again she finds herself in danger! Die Kitty Die: Hollywood or Bust will be Kitty’s biggest… scariest… and funniest adventure yet! (STL042374)

FANTOMAH #1 $3.99 Page 327
Ray Fawkes and Soo Lee
The Chapterverse continues, with this brand new series! 24-year old Paz Gallegos has been holding her family together for years. But when her two sisters go missing and her life begins to unravel, Paz finds herself thrown into a world of gangs, guns… and ghosts. Because something spectral is lurking just below the surface of Paz’s nightmares. Something not afraid to leave a trail of bodies in its wake. Fantomah’s story begins here, in a pulse-pounding first issue brought to you by Ray Fawkes and Soo Lee. (STL042371)

D.E.

RED SONJA #5 $3.99 Page 347
Amy Chu and Carlos Gomez
The Beast is loose! Kulan Gath is hellbent on destroying New York City. Is this the beginning of the end of the world as we know it? Or can the She-Devil and her friends come up with a plan to stop him?

SOVEREIGNS #1 $3.99 Page 338
Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, and Johnny Desjardins
The epic that will redefine the Gold Key heroes continues! The year is 2025, Turok has gone missing and Magnus is good and worried about that. When even a time traveling mission to confer with Doctor Spektor and the creature once known as Solar don’t yield any answers, Magnus must brave the unknown to track the missing hero down. Plus: An all-new Magnus backup by Kyle Higgins and Jorge Fornes that sets the stage for next month’s big announcement!

WONDER WOMAN ’77 MEETS THE BIONIC WOMAN #6 $3.99 Page 349
Andy Mangels and Judit Tondora
he two most powerful women on television are here to fight the forces of evil! The battle for Paradise Island and the fate of the free world ends in this issue, with surprises galore. Now Wonder Woman and the Bionic Woman — along with their allies and Max the Bionic Dog — face down the evil cabal of villains known as CASTRA on two battlefronts. Explosions, swords and armor, reformation, a literal cliff-hanger, and an army of Amazons versus an army of Fembots… it all ends here! No stuntwomen needed as the best-selling team-up fans demanded wraps up with a thrilling finale.

DRAWN & QUARTERLY

BOUNDLESS GN $24.95 Page 354
Jillian Tamaki
Jenny becomes obsessed with a strange “mirror Facebook,” which presents an alternate, possibly better, version of herself. Helen finds her clothes growing baggy, her shoes looser, and as she shrinks away to nothingness, the world around her recedes as well. The animals of the city briefly open their minds to us, and we see the world as they do. A mysterious music file surfaces on the internet and forms the basis of a utopian society — or is it a cult? Boundless is at once fantastical and realist, playfully hinting at possible transcendence: from one’s culture, one’s relationship, oneself. This collection of short stories is a showcase for the masterful blend of emotion and humour of award-winning cartoonist Jillian Tamaki. (STL042462)

SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY GN $22.95 Page 355
Jillian Tamaki
Jillian Tamaki is best known for co-creating the award-winning young adult graphic novels Skim and This One Summer, moody and atmospheric bestsellers. SuperMutant Magic Academy, which Jillian has been serializing online for the past four years, deftly plays superhero and high school Hollywood tropes against what adolescence is really like: the SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep-school for mutants and witches but their paranormal abilities take a back seat to everyday teen concerns. (OFFERED AGAIN) (STK668388)

FIRST SECOND

THIS ONE SUMMER GN $17.99/ $21.99 TP/ HC Page 363
Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rose’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens, just a couple of years older than Rose and Windy, is caught up in something bad. It’s a summer of secrets, and sorrow, and growing up, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other. (STK637271)

HARPER COLLINS

NIMONA GN $14.99 Page 369
Noelle Stevenson
Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel has been hailed by critics and fans alike. (New printing) (STIL032515)

NBM

BILLIE HOLIDAY HC $19.99 Page 385
Jose Munoz and Carlos Sampayo
Born in Baltimore in 1915, and dead too early in New York in 1959, Billie Holiday became a legendary jazz singer, even mythical. With her voice even now managing to touch so many people, we follow a reporter on the trail of the artist on behalf of a New York daily. Beyond the public scandals that marred the life of the star (alcohol, drugs, violence…), he seeks to restore the truth, revisiting the memory of Billie. Through this investigation, Munoz and Sampayo trace, through the undertones of racism, and in the wake of the blues, the slow drift of a singer who expressed the deepest emotions in jazz, creating not just a biography but a spell-binding art book tribute. (STL042226)

ONI

KIM REAPER #2 $3.99 Page 392
Sarah Graley
Guiding souls to the afterlife doesn’t always go smoothly, especially when SOMEONE (Becka!) interrupts the job. Now, Kim and Becka must contend with a very irate and very uncooperative customer. The pair need to hatch a plan to complete Kim’s allotment of souls without interruption, or Kim may lose her job–and potentially her life!

PANTHEON BOOKS

MY BROTHER’S HUSBAND GN Vol 1 $24.95 Page 396
Gengorah Tagame
From one of Japan’s most notable graphic novelists: a heartbreaking and redemptive tale of mourning and acceptance. Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo, married to wife Natsuki, father to young daughter Kana. Their lives are suddenly upended with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi’s estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji’s past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented journey into the largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it’s been affected by the West, and how the next generation has the chance to change the preconceptions of and prejudices against it. (STL042238)

QUIRK BOOKS

SPECTACULAR SISTERHOOD OF SUPERWOMEN HC $24.95 Page 474
Hope Nicholson
Think comic books can’t feature strong female protagonists? Think again! In The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen you’ll meet the most fascinating exemplars of the powerful, compelling, entertaining, and heroic female characters who’ve populated comic books from the very beginning. This spectacular sisterhood includes costumed crimebusters like Miss Fury, super-spies like Tiffany Sinn, sci-fi pioneers like Gale Allen, and even kid troublemakers like Little Lulu. With vintage art, publication details, a decade-by-decade survey of industry trends and women’s roles in comics, and spotlights on iconic favorites, this book proves that not only do strong female protagonists belong in comics, they’ve always been there. (STL041625)

SEVEN SEAS

MY LESBIAN EXPERIENCE WITH LONELINESS GN $13.99 Page 404
Kabi Nagata
The heart-rending autobiographical manga that’s taken the internet by storm! My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness is an honest and heartfelt look at one young woman’s exploration of her sexuality, mental well-being, and growing up in our modern age. Told using expressive artwork that invokes both laughter and tears, this moving and highly entertaining single volume depicts not only the artist’s burgeoning sexuality, but many other personal aspects of her life that will resonate with readers. (STL040847)

SQPINC

JEFFREY (Catherine*) JONES WORLD WITHOUT END PORTFOLIO 1980 $25.00 Page 406
Jeffrey (Catherine*) Jones
This superb showcase of Jeffery Jones unique style features four paintings that represent the seasons of the year, reflected by a female figure of ethereal beauty. Each of the four full color plates is 11″ x14″ and comes in a sealed illustrated black and white envelope. A warehouse find 37 years in the making! Caution: contains artistic nudity. * The publisher’s solicitation copy refers to the artist by her birth/dead name. (STL040996)

SUBLIME

TEN COUNT GN Vol 4 $12.99 Page 408
Rihito Takarai
At the mercy of Kurose’s hands and words, Shirotani finally hears the full reason Kurose fell in love with him. The truth is such a surprise that Shirotani runs away from him in shock, and it isn’t long before his body starts aching for Kurose’s touch, causing Shirotani to soothe his own desire. But in doing so, he scares up memories of the traumatic event at the core of his compulsion

TITAN

SHERLOCK: THE BLIND BANKER #5 $4.99 Page 423
Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss
The latest installment of the brilliant manga adaption of the fanatically followed TV show, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Martin Freeman.

VAULT COMICS

HEATHENS #4 $3.99 Page 450
Natasha Alterici
As they set out to free Aydis from the goddess Freya’s grasp, Brynhild and Sigurd find trouble brewing in a rural village. Brynhild feels compelled to intervene. Meanwhile, with the help of a quiet ally, Aydis strikes a crucial blow against the enemy. (STL041836)

March 25, 2017
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