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LGBTQ Previews March 2021 Part 1

What to look forward to in March’s solicits? Maria Llovet has another new mini, Eros, from Ablaze. Starward is a mini from Steve Orlando and Ivan Shavrin coming from Heavy Metal. Backstagers fans will be excited by a new illustrated novel by Andy Mientus and Rian Sygh. See it under Amulet. Oni Press offers a bundle on A Quick & Easy Guide to Pronouns by creators Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson. Probably of interest to LGBTQ organizations, libraries, and folks who’ll want to give copies as gifts and resources. This month’s feature pic is from the cover of Proctor Valley Road by Alex Child, Grant Morrison, and Naomi Franquiz and published by Boom. Also, some interesting yaoi and yuri manga and more!

You’ll find BOOM, DE, Archie, Black Mask, Vault, and other small and indy press publisher here. The strange code with letters and numbers after each item are Diamond order codes for easy ordering with your comic shop! Part two with comics from Dark, Horse, DC, Image, IDW, and Marvel can be read here.

People’s names listed in bold are either LGBTQA or supportive. Credit where credit is due – Andy Mangels because this was his idea and wrote many such lists and to Mike McDermott and Steven Leitman for their suggestions and input about several series that have been added to the list! Notice something missing that should be on the list? Please send a message!

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ABLAZE

EROS PSYCHE #1 $3.99 Page 204
Maria Llovet
From the artist of the bestselling Faithless series…comes Eros/Psyche.
La Rosa’s female boarding school is paradise for young girls…but only if you follow the rules. Because, if you disobey them, you can end up expelled, or even worse, dead. Sara and Silje are two students learning the rules of the school, which includes classes by day…and the casting of curses and spells by night. A love develops between the two, which is tender, but threatens to break under the weight of the dark secret society within La Rosa. Acclaimed creator Maria Llovet brings you a surreal, bewitching tale of love, magic, and tragedy in Eros/Psyche. JAN210998

UNSACRED VOL 2 #5 $3.99 Page 205
Mirka Andolfo, Davide Goy, and Gabriele Bagnoli
In issue 5, “Deliver Us From Evil,” Eden is all grown up, and starting to date! But her choice of boyfriend, Severino-the spoiled brat who taunted Damiano growing up all his life-is something that Damiano is finding VERY hard to swallow, as a protective father. JAN211013

AMULET BOOKS

BACKSTAGERS SC NOVEL VOL 3 FINAL BLACKOUT $8.99 Page 230
Andy Mientus and Rian Sygh
The Backstagers are back for a thrilling third act! Now, they’re ready to learn more about the ancient artifacts they’ve inherited — and do another sensational school show. Each Backstager brings their own unique skills to the team: Mischievous Sasha can always spare a smile; no-nonsense Aziz keeps everyone on task; over-caffeinated Beckett is organized like no other; flirtatious Hunter is their official stage manager and unofficial leader; and sweet Jory can work his way through any problem. NOTE: This is an illustrated novel. JAN211090

ARCHIE

SABRINA SOMETHING WICKED TP $14.99 Page 235
Kelly Thompson, Veronica Fish, and Andy Fish
Sabrina saved the day-saved her friends, her family-the whole town of Greendale really, and she should be riding high. But things are never quite that simple. She’s trapped in a love triangle, she’s having trouble balancing the mortal and witch parts of herself, oh yeah, and she’s being blackmailed. As if all that wasn’t enough, while trying to help Radka and Ren with their…supernatural problem, her aunts suddenly starting to look like people she can’t trust. What’s a teen witch to do?! Find out in this highly-demanded second volume of the critically-acclaimed Sabrina the Teenage Witch series by Kelly Thompson and Veronica & Andy Fish! JAN211103

ARTISTS WRITERS & ARTISANS INC

AMERICAN RONIN TP $9.99 Page 249
Peter Milligan and ACO
War is over, democracy an illusion, real power now lies not with nation-states but huge corporations engaged in a silent war for global domination. Their number one weapon: highly-skilled, technologically-enhanced operatives trained since childhood to pledge their allegiance to the corporate flag. But what happens when one such operative breaks free of his mental chains and decides to bring the whole system down? Can one “Ronin” make a difference? JAN211216

BLACK MASK

DESTINY NY #1 $3.99 Page 255
Pat Shand and Manuel Preitano
Logan grew up in a boarding school for children with magical prophecies, but she fulfilled her destiny so young that she’s now having a midlife crisis despite being in her 20s. When she falls for the estranged daughter of a mystical crime family, Logan’s new love puts the entire school in jeopardy. A grounded story about the magic of young adulthood, star-crossed modern romance, delayed coming of age, and finding your place in a world too busy to notice you. From writer Pat Shand and artist Manuel Preitano with an incredible limited-edition cover by Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), this exuberantly youthful and achingly heartfelt ongoing series feels like Strangers in Paradise set in a magical NYC, featuring characters that will stick with you long after finishing this double-sized first issue. JAN211240

THERE’S NOTHING THERE TP $12.99 Page 254
Patrick Kindlon and Maria Llovet
Celebrity-socialite Reno Selleti doesn’t believe in very much beyond Instagram comments, hipster drugs, and the flash of paparazzi cameras, so when a friend invites her to an Eyes Wide Shut-type party she goes along mostly for the lulz. But the joke doesn’t feel as funny when she realizes it’s an actual occult ritual, and suddenly she’s seeing things… horrifying apparitions trying to warn her. “Run.” There’s Nothing There is a stylish & hallucinatory thriller about losing yourself in the bright lights and finding yourself at rock bottom. By your new favorite artist Maria Llovet and Patrick Kindlon. JAN211238 (OFFERED AGAIN)

BOOM

ABBOTT 1973 #3 $3.99 Page 193
Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivela
The dark forces terrorizing Detroit have struck Elena Abbott where it hurts most… and she’s going to strike back. But even after pulling together an uneasy alliance with the last people she expected, Abbott is about to learn her enemies are one step ahead of her and it might cost Abbott the person she loves most. JAN210973

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #23 $3.99 Page 185
Jeremy Lambert, Jordie Bellaire, and Ramon Bachs
The Scooby Gang has been torn apart… and no one is safe. Giles, Willow, Ethan (sorry, still a ghost) and Anya have discovered the true threat of the multiverse…one that changes everything they thought they knew. But while Buffy must fight the Slayer from Before, it seems that Xander has returned. JAN210956

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER WILLOW TP $16.99 Page 185
Mariko Tamaki and Natacha Bustos
No more Sunnydale. No more Scooby Gang. No more…Willow? After everything — and everyone — she lost to the Hellmouth, Willow is leaving Sunnydale behind for a new world that promises “to help you prioritize your true self.” But Willow soon learns that all is not as it seems, and if your true self isn’t what this place thinks it should be… well, don’t worry, they’ll help you get there. By any means necessary. Collects the complete Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1-5. JAN210960

FIREFLY #27 $3.99 Page 184
Greg Pak and Ethan Young
New Characters! New Enemies! A Brand New Era continues… but what happened to Mal Reynolds? Mal Reynolds has left everyone and everything behind after the deaths of Wash and Book. But one call from Zoe will change his life — will he return to Serenity, or has the sky been taken from him forever? JAN210950

FIREFLY BRAND NEW VERSE #1 $4.99 Page 182
Josh Lee Gordon and Fabiana Mascolo
Set 20 years after the events of Firefly, Serenity soars the ‘Verse once again with a new captain – Emma, the daughter of Wash and Zoe! The old crew of Serenity has gone their own way and now Emma is working to prove herself to Zoe, alongside a new crew of castaways and misfits just trying to stay afloat. But when Serenity takes a job from a familiar face, they discover that their new, living, breathing cargo is far more than they bargained for…and might bring them into conflict with Alliance once again!JAN210944

LUMBERJANES VOL 18 $14.99 Page 199
Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, and Kanesha C. Bryant
When April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley get in trouble with Rosie, the mysterious director of Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, they figure the punishment is gonna be a walk in the park… er, woods. But they’re not ready for the surprises that await, including Abigail, Rosie’s elegant & enigmatic best friend from long ago, who joins forces with the Lumberjanes once more! Collects Lumberjanes #69-72. JAN210994

LUNA #2 $3.99 Page 192
Maria Llovet
After a night with the Family of the Sun, Teresa begins to discover the shocking truth behind the seemingly normal hippie cult and their leader Lux. The dark secrets of Teresa’s visions collide with divine revelations — and send her on a path she never expected. JAN210967

ONCE & FUTURE #17 $3.99 Page 193
Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora
A standoff between Duncan, Galahad, and Lancelot is all that’s preventing the Otherworld and our world from colliding… but only one of them can be the greatest knight and Duncan better hope it’s him.  And, of course, there’s a dragon. JAN210970

PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD #1 $3.99 Page 180
Alex Child, Grant Morrison, and Naomi Franquiz
Perfect for fans of Paper Girls and Die, visionary writer Grant Morrison, Alex Chill and Naomi Franquiz present a chilling new horror series about the mysterious monsters that haunt Proctor Valley Road — and the four misfit teenagers who must stop them. August, Rylee, Cora & Jennie have organized a “Spook Tour” with their classmates on the most haunted, demon-infested stretch of road in America to fund attending the concert of their dreams. When their visit turns deadly, these four friends race to rescue the missing students… before the town tears them limb from limb. Now they must slay the evils roaming Proctor Valley Road… along with the monsters lurking in the hearts of 1970s America. JAN210939

WE ONLY FIND THEM WHEN THEYRE DEAD VOL 1 $9.99 Page 196
Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo
The Gods are always beautiful and the Gods are always dead. Captain Malik and the crew of his spaceship are in search of the only resources that matter — and can only be found by harvesting the giant corpses of alien gods that are found on the edge of human space. Now they see an opportunity to finally break free from this system: by being the first to find a living god. But Malik’s obsession with the gods will push his crew into the darkest reaches of space, bringing them face to face with a threat unlike anything they ever imagined, unless the rogue agent on their trail can stop them first. Collects We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1-5. JAN210986

WYND HC BOOK 1 FLIGHT OF THE PRINCE $19.99 Page 197
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
A Comic Book Shop Exclusive Hardcover Edition! Wynd lives a quiet life in Pipetown — working at the local tavern, out of sight in the secret rooms beneath the floorboards, often stealing away to catch glimpses of the son of the castle’s groundskeeper as he works. But Wynd also has a secret… magical blood betrayed by his pointed ears, forbidden within the city limits. Joined by his best friend Oakley and Thorn, the groundskeeper’s son, Wynd’s strange dreams and an encounter with the city guard send him on the most dangerous adventure he could imagine, where Wynd will discover the magic in the world around him and, most importantly, the magic within himself. Collects Wynd #1-5. JAN210987

HEAVY METAL

STARWARD #1 $2.99 Page 275
Steve Orlando and Ivan Shavrin
Starting college at the end of the summer is stressful enough for Stephanie Cohen, since she’s giving up her love of classics to please her parents in Pre-Med. But classics crashes into her life when she realizes she’s the reincarnation of a stellar warrior tasked with guarding the cosmic door to chaos! Is Stephanie strong enough to follow her heart, accept her secret history, and look starward in time to save humanity… when she realizes chaos has already won? JAN211383

KODANSHA

HITORIJIME MY HERO VOL 10 $12.99 Page 359
Memeko Arii
A yaoi romance between a good boy who didn’t know he was waiting for a hero, and a bad boy who comes to his rescue! Now a hit streaming anime! “I don’t like caramel sauce. I prefer something bitter…” Masahiro Setagawa doesn’t believe in heroes, but wishes he could: He’s found himself in a gang of small-time street bullies who use him to run errands. But when high school teacher (and scourge of the streets) Kousuke Ohshiba comes to his rescue, he finds he may need to start believing after all…and as their relationship deepens, he realizes a hero might be just what he was looking for this whole time. JAN211699

IF I COULD REACH YOU VOL 6 $12.99 Page 359
tMnR
In this heartwrenching new yuri manga, a teenage girl comes to terms with her own sexuality through her crush on her brother’s wife. Hopelessly in love, high schooler Uta must navigate living with her brother and Kaoru, her crush…and sister-in-law. Desperate to get over her unrequited feelings, Uta pulls away, but when the cracks in her brother’s marriage begin to show, Kaoru begins to confide in her new teenage sister, which just makes matters worse! JAN211700

WHISPER ME A LOVE SONG VOL 3 $12.99 Page 360
Eku Takeshima
An adorable new yuri manga for fans of Kase-san and Yamada and Bloom Into You. One day, high school girl Himari sees a girl, Yori, sing in a band, and it awakens feelings she doesn’t understand…but Yori does! Bubbly, energetic first-year high school student Himari falls head over heels for her senpai Yori after hearing her band perform on the first day of school. Himari tells Yori she just loves her, and, to Himari’s surprise, Yori says she loves Himari back! But when Himari realizes that she and her senpai are feeling two different kinds of love, she begins to ask herself what “love” really means. JAN211713

MAD CAVE STUDIOS

PANTOMIME #5 $3.99 Page 289
Christopher Sebela and David Stoll
Waiting on the porch after a heist gone wrong is the last person our young thieves ever expected. Now they have to figure out how to escape the nightmare for a second time. The past has caught up to them, and this time, it brought a gun. JAN211425

ONE PEACE BOOKS

I HEAR THE SUNSPOT LIMIT VOL 3 $12.95 Page 390
Yuki Fumino
Stunningly handsome Kohei Sugihara was outgoing and popular with the girls at school. But when a sudden illness left him with partial hearing loss, he grew quiet and reluctant to engage with others. At college, a chance encounter with an ever-optimistic classmate named Taichi Sagawa helped Kohei open up once more. And over time, the two began to develop feelings for each other. As the story continues, the pair tries to balance their budding relationship alongside Taichi’s inspiring new career and Kohei’s continued studies. But things don’t always go as planned. One day, seemingly out of nowhere, Kohei announces that maybe they should spend some time apart. JAN211842

ONI PRESS INC.

A QUICK & EASY GUIDE TO PRONOUNS BUNDLE TP $39.95 Page 306
Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson
The bestselling guide on gender neutral language, now in a Quick & Easy bundle to share with friends and family. Includes: 5 copies of A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns and 5 bookmark gifts. A perfect way to get all your people on the same page with ease and humor! Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender neutral pronouns. Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace. The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and-tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world. A quick and easy resource for people who use they/them pronouns, and people who want to learn more!” JAN211460

RIZZOLI UNIVERSE

CHIP KIDD BOOK TWO 2007-2017 HC $19.98 Page 315
Chip Kidd
Chip Kidd is recognized worldwide as one of the best graphic designers working today, especially in book design. This is a much anticipated follow-up to Chip Kidd: Book One, where he not only showcases his most recent work, but demonstrates the relationship he has with some of the world’s most influential authors and sheds light into his passion for the art of book-making and most recent expansion to other media design like film posters, magazine covers, and artist collaborations. This book is a must-have for designers and all book-lovers interested in the man responsible for some of the most recognizable book covers in the world. JAN211509 [Reoffered]

SEVEN SEAS

LOVE ME FOR WHO I AM VOL 3 $12.99 Page 393
Kata Konayama
Mogumo is a cute but lonely high school student who just wants a few loving friends. Fellow student Iwaoka Tetsu invites Mogumo to work at his family’s cafe for “cross-dressing boys,” but he makes an incorrect assumption: Mogumo is non-binary and doesn’t identify as a boy or a girl. However, Mogumo soon finds out that the cafe is run by LGBT+ folks of all stripes, all with their own reasons for congregating there. This touching manga explores gender, gender presentation, and sexuality from many different angles, including the ways people are pushed to conform in a world that doesn’t understand them… until the world begins to learn, one person at a time. JAN211857

SUPERWOMEN IN LOVE VOL 1 $12.99 Page 395
sometime
Superhero action meets romantic hijinks in this yuri manga series about a heroine and the villainess who’s fallen for her! When the villainess Honey Trap defeats the super-heroine Rapid Rabbit, she sees her nemesis’ face for the first time… and falls head over heels in love! Unable to kill Rapid Rabbit, Honey Trap is cast out of her evil organization, her plans for world domination dashed. Now, the two superwomen are teaming up to fight evil together. Can Honey Trap defeat her former colleagues and seduce the heroine at the same time? JAN211871

SYRUP YURI ANTHOLOGY VOL 3 $13.99 Page 395
Various
A beautiful new yuri manga anthology about women in love by some of the hottest names in the industry! Featuring short manga stories by a star-studded line-up, including Milk Morinaga (Girl Friends), Kiyoko Iwami (Transparent Light Blue), Canno (Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl), and Hachi Ito (Kindred Spirits on the Roof). JAN211872

SQUARE ENIX

CHERRY MAGIC VOL 3 $12.99 Page 396
Yuu Toyota
Ever since he was blessed (cursed?) on his thirtieth birthday with the magical ability to read the minds of those he touches, virginal office drone Adachi has been put through the ringer, especially after discovering his colleague Kurosawa’s feelings for him! And just when it seems like Adachi might be able to take his friendship with Kurosawa to the next level, Adachi’s complex about not having any romantic experience gets in the way. Unfortunately for Adachi, taking things nice and slow is out the window when it turns out the two of them are going to be sharing an apartment! JAN211879

SUBLIME

CASTE HEAVEN VOL 5 $12.99 Page 363
Chise Ogawa
It’s the annual class trip, and Azusa is assigned to the same group as Atsumu and Kuze. While the three of them enjoy the sights in Kyoto, someone repeatedly attempts to harm Azusa. It isn’t long before Karino, Azusa’s knight in tarnished armor, comes to the rescue. The two spend the rest of the trip together alone, with their relationship undergoing a major change! JAN211722

TORITAN BIRDS OF A FEATHER VOL 2 $12.99 Page 363
Kotetsuko Yamamoto
Ever since he was a child, private detective Inusaki has had the unenviable talent of being able to communicate with birds. And even though he’s never liked birds, he somehow ends up getting his heart broken by one! Conveniently there to pick up the pieces, though, is his landlady’s son, Mitsuru, whose voice sounds suspiciously like that of the fowl heartbreaker, Kuro. And it’s not long before Mitsuru confesses his feelings to the clueless detective, even landing a quick peck. Will Inusaki the private dick stop brooding long enough to get a clue? JAN211723

TITAN

DOCTOR WHO COMICS ALTERNATING CURRENT TP $16.99 Page 3
Jody Houser and Roberta Ingranata
Doctor Who returns with the comic debut of iconic 70s TV Villain! After narrowly escaping the Weeping Angels and the Autons in 1960s London, the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctor must team-up once again to save present-day Earth from being overrun by both the Skithra and the classic aquatic villain, the Sea Devils! Who else can they turn to for help but Rose Tyler: leader of the human resistance! Collects Doctor Who Comics #1-4. JAN211577

TOKYO POP

OUR NOT SO LONELY PLANET TRAVEL GUIDE VOL 1 $12.99 Page 366
Mone Sorai
Super serious Asahi Suzumura and laidback, easygoing Mitsuki Sayama might seem like an odd couple, but they made a deal; they’ll vacation around the world and when they get back to Japan, they’ll get married. As they travel from country to country, the different people, cultures and cuisine they encounter begin to bring them closer together. After all they’re not just learning about the world, but about themselves too. JAN211727

VAULT

HOLLOW HEART #2 $3.99 Page 343
Paul Allor and Paul Tucker
As their escape draws near, Mateo shows EL a different way to live: free from constant pain, and filled with pleasure, sex and new sensations. But these lessons serve to underscore the cruelty of EL’s captors and to awaken a new level of anger within him. Meanwhile, Mateo tests the limits of his own empathy in increasingly dangerous ways. JAN211633

SERA & ROYAL STARS VOL 2 $17.99 Page 346
Jon Tsuei and Audrey Mok
With the light of the Royal Stars nearing their end, a hidden power inside Sera is unleashed, leaving her forever changed. Battered and brokenhearted, Sera must find it within herself to wield a forbidden weapon and lead her companions in a final showdown against the stars of Draco. JAN21164

Hollow Heart #2

VAMPIRE THE MASQUERADE #6 $3.99 Page 345
Tim Seeley, Tini Howard, Blake Howard, Dev Pramanik, and Nathan Gooden
Lick the blood off your lips…the next arc of Vampire: The Masquerade is here! After learning a disturbing fact about her fake childe’s past, Cecily must keep her secrets close and Ali at arm’s length. As she searches the streets of the Twin Cities for answers, a terrifying possibility surfaces: perhaps Ali has learned the Masquerade better than Cecily herself. JAN211643

VAMPIRE THE MASQUERADE VOL 1 $19.99 Page 347
Tim Seeley, Tini Howard, Blake Howard, Dev Pramanik, and Nathan Gooden
When Cecily Bain, an enforcer for the Twin Cities’ vampiric elite, takes a mysterious new vampire under her wing, she’s dragged into an insidious conspiracy. Meanwhile, on the outskirts of the cities, a rebellious found-family of vampire cast-outs investigates a vicious killing. As the unlives of the Kindred twine together and betrayals are unearthed, will Cecily be able to escape and save what’s left of her family, or will she be yet another pawn sacrificed to maintain the age-old secret: that vampires exist among the living? Born from the world of the internationally best-selling role playing game, Vampire: The Masquerade’s critically acclaimed comics debut spins a gripping and tragic tale about the Beast within us all. JAN211645

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