Hi everyone! Welcome to AdventBoost!
What’s AdventBoost, you say? AdventBoost is a thing I do in December, where I try to boost one marginalized (in some way) creative (of some kind) or a product by such a person, every day from December 1st to Christmas Eve. This is the third year I do AdventBoost, and you can read the posts from previous years here and here.
This year’s AdventBoost is looking a bit different. I’ve had a very busy November, so I needed a low-effort version of this blog series for it to be sustainable. Instead of longish daily post, I’m doing short posts with brief boosts every 4 days. I’m trying to lump the boosts together thematically (we’ll see how long that lasts for!) and today I’m starting with recommending 4 excellent print comics, I’ve been reading almost exclusively comics this year, so this felt like a natural place to start. Let’s go:
Bingo Love is a beautiful queer love story written by a queer, disabled black author named Tee Franklin (with art by a queer artist, Jenn St-Onge, to boot!). It takes you through the tale of two queer woman, separated by societal and family pressures at a young age and reunited decades alter by chance. It is the most precious, lovely, bittersweet thing, and you must read it but I caution you to have all the tissues ready. They’ll be needed.
Next up is My Brother’s Husband (original Japanese title: Otouto no Otto) by gay manga artist Gengoroh Tagame, a beautiful, slice-of-life style story about a divorced Japanese man with a young daughter, who one day finds his semi-estranged gay and recently deceased brother’s Canadian husband knocking on his door. As you can guess from the setup, it is both adorable and bitter-sweet, and it deal with some very real and sad issues with a strangely light touch. Keep the tissues coming, though.
Lumberjanes might be the only thing in today’s post that doesn’t require tissues, to be honest. Created by Shannon Watters (writer), Grace Ellis (writer), Noelle Stevenson (writer, currently of She-Ra fame!) and Brooke Allen (artist), this story is about a bunch of girls at a summer camp where a bunch of weird stuff happens. From my Twitter snooping, I think that the main team listed above (of course, since it’s an ongoing series going on 50 issues, there’s a bunch of other people who have been involved too) are all queer, or at least 3/4ths queer. My deduction powers failed me a bit on that one, but I still sleuthed enough to include it, I feel. Anyway! Girls! Nerds! In the woods! Weird mystical creatures! Baby queers! Adventure! Intense personalities! It’s just a really fun read.
Finally, the most sombre of my comics boosts is I Am Alfonso Jones, written by Tony Medina and illustrated by Stacey Robinson and John Jennings (I believe all three are black creatives, but please do correct me if I am wrong). It is a beautiful, heart-wrenching story about a young black boy full of hopes and dreams who is murdered by a police officer – a fictional story drawn very closely from too many real ones. It’s a multi-layered story that doesn’t settle for reflecting some slice of the present day, but digs deeper into the history of the issue of police violence against black people in the US. It’s also one of those books that has received great praise, but just doesn’t seem to get mentioned a lot among comic nerds and the like from what little I can see. It is worth a read for sure, but it’s a heavy one so pick the right day for it.
There we go – 4 boosts in a bundle. Back in 4 days with more…