Forward Graphic Novel Review

Forward by Lisa Maas

Erica Gives This Comic Four StarsForward by Lisa Maas

Reading Maas’ book about middle age Canadian lesbians finding their romantic lives again and figuring out what the second half of their life may look like felt refreshing. I’m 35, which is entering the age of ignored women in our media, and I’m grateful for authors like Maas, building worlds for queer women like me.

Rayanne is successful in her career, but she hasn’t dated in years after the ending of a serious relationship. She knows she wants romance, but she also wants love. Rayanne is lonely. And she’s not just lonely in superficial ways, but the deep one of years of being on your own and wanting more. Continue reading “Forward Graphic Novel Review”

As the Crow Flies Graphic Novel Review

As the Crow Flies

Erica gives this comic five starsAs the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman

As the Crow Flies is a beautiful narrative about a young black queer girl Charlie, who goes to an all-girls and all-white Christian camp.

The camper’s mission is a hike up to a women’s only shine on Mt. Sanctuary, run by Bee and her daughter Penny. The hike is continually mentioned as a (straight, white) feminist act due to a town uprising from Beatrice Tillson, who established the shrine.

Gillman navigates Charlie’s universe through her introspection, her constant battle against microaggressions, and her own growth in coming of age. I felt for Charlie because I too have been at Christian camps like this, where I too didn’t fit the mold of who they were lifting up. And the added intersection of race — which as a young white girl I was pretty unaware of — just adds to the layers. Continue reading “As the Crow Flies Graphic Novel Review”