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Strip Tease: 7 Queer Web Comics You Should Be Reading

While traditional comic books may touch on LGBT themes and storylines, if you want full-on queer graphics gold, the place to go is the Internet: With the freedom to publish just about anything, LGBT web comics range from gay Family Circus types to more salacious three-to-five panel romps. (You can also find traditional print comics converted to digital format, like Tim Fish’s anthology series  Young Bottoms in Love, that’s now available on iTunes for $9.99 for the entire run.) Click through to check out seven of our favorite LGBT Web comics Got a favorite web comic we didn’t recommend? Share in the comments section or on Facebook.
  The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal E.K. Weaver If you’ve been looking for something to fill the gay road-trip shaped hole in your heart, this is it: Amal, who is out to everybody except his conservative family, finally comes out when his folks push him to marry his childhood sweetheart. But rather than face the fallout, he splits—taking a leave of absence from medical school and heading to Providence to see his younger sister graduate from college. After a night of black-out drinking he wakes up to find a tall, blonde and dreadlocked TJ making him breakfast and offering to fund his excursion. From there, the pair explore the country and each others’ lives on the road to Rhode Island.  
Khaos Komix Tab Kimpton Set in the British suburbs, Khaos Komix follows a group of teenager friends coming to terms with their sexuality and gender expression. Every letter in the LGBT rainbow is represented through eight intertwined stories about Steve, Mark, Amber, Nay, Tom, Alex, Charlie and Jamie. And while some aspects are fantastic the characters’ experiences ring true, as evidenced by the fertile on-page discussion boards. There may be plenty of LGBT coming-of-age stories but Khaos stands out for acknowledging real-world prejudices while still delivering (mostly) happy endings.    
Young Protectors & Artifice Alex Woolfson (writer) A new ongoing series from Alex Woolfson’s Yaoi911 site, Young Protectors centers on two super-powered characters: Kyle, a closeted teen hero, and the villainous Annihilator, who also happens to be gay. The two titans meet, ironically, at a gay bar Kyle has snuck into. After a few punches are thrown, the Annihilator stops the fight and questions Kyle’s desire to be closeted. Along the way the reader sees that perhaps he’s not such a two-dimensional bad guy after all. The series, which just got under way, is energized by artwork from Adam DeKraker and colors by Veronica Gandini. Though now finished, Yaoi911’s Artifice (written by Woolfson with art by Winona Nelson) is a gay romance set in the far future, where homosexuality is borderline illegal but android assassins are perfectly fine—until those androids begin to fall in love. When robot killer Deacon fails to slaughter the last member of a rebellious colony, Dr. Maven is called in to analyze how independent thought can spring from a pre-programmed heart.    
  Finn and Charlie are Hitched Tony Breed It’s a perfectly innocuous newspaper comic about marriage, work and city living. Well, it would be, except the couple in question is gay. Still, the eponymous Finn and Charlie are still pretty innocuous—even if their queer trials and tribulations are a breath of fresh air in the heteronormative world of slice-of-life comics. So put down those For Better or For Worse reprints and pick up Finn And Charlie are Hitched!    
    Kyle’s Bed and Breakfast Greg Fox Like Finn and Charlie are Hitched, Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast is done in a more traditional newspaper comic-strip style—it actually appears in the Washington Blade, Philadelphia Gay News, Dallas Voice and other LGBT print publications—but tackles the kind of serious topics, including marriage equality, HIV/AIDS, body fascism and conversion therapy, you won’t find in Mary Worth. Fox focuses on the lives of B&B owner Kyle and his diverse guests (some of whom are more temporary than others). The new anthology, Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast: A Second Bowl of Serial is out now.
  Capitol Hillbillies Chris Lange Revolving around the lives of four queer men in Seattle’s Capitol Hill, Hillbillies is a gay pop-culture nerd’s dream, with clubbing, post-college life, gaming, porn and dating just a few of the topics covered in the regular adventures of Stu the Bald, William the Naked, Jon the Professor and Clark the Bottomless.

Girls with Slingshots
Danielle Corsetto

While the main character is straight-as-an-arrow Hazel, she surrounds herself with a diverse group of friends, including a promiscuous gay man, a bisexual best friend with an asexual girlfriend, a gaggle of lesbians, and a dominatrix-cum-librarian. While humor and wackiness are important components (a talking cactus is a recurring character), Girls with Slingshots takes relationships seriously.

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13 Comments*

  • Callum

    You forgot an excellent long term strip. Adam & Andy “The thrillingly mundane adventures of two guys in love” by James Asal, Jr. http://adamandandy.blogspot.com/

  • zaneymcbanes

    I really enjoyed this post! I’m always looking for stuff like this, but I can never find it.

  • aminald17

    Good list! Would also include Starfighter (http://www.starfightercomic.com), Bridges (http://bridgescomic.net/), and Teahouse (http://teahousecomic.com/comic/).

  • Mjl-428

    I found a new comic to read today

  • aminald17

    Oh and Able Boddy (http://www.abelboddy.com/) along with 12″ Roommate, (http://www.meatcute.blogspot.com/) by the same artist.

  • prostock69

    Here are so more gay comics that I follow:

    Teahouse (The most popular and most stunning comic right on the web worldwide. If you buy the comic books, you’ll get the full sex scenes plus there are bonus pages as well. So worth the money):
    http://www.teahousecomic.com/comic/archive.php

    Starfighter (Love this one!!):
    http://starfightercomic.com/index.php

    Always Raining
    http://alwaysraininghere.com/index.php/first-page/

    Tripping Over You
    http://toy.thecomicseries.com/comics/1/

    The Element of Surprise
    http://www.misterkitty.org/comics/element/elementintro.html

    Ship Jumper
    http://shipjumpercomic.com/post/2920079869/start

  • vandoug

    If you’re into erotic stuff, you may like VanDoug’s HairyHunx (http://vandoug.wordpress.com) too.

  • paladin27

    *Sigh* These comics, as well as every other comic I’ve seen with gay characters; are so stereotypical, and just cheesy… Not to mention the art in them isn’t so great. I’ve been working on stories to many graphic novels, and video games; that have heterosexual characters in them, as well as gay- and I made sure to present the gay characters in ways comics and video games have not yet done so.

    I thought that it would be great to actually create a story with the two male heroes in it ending up being lovers. I wanted to do something different, and also wanted to see how even heterosexuals would treat the characters. I’m very pleased with it so far because the reactions of the two heroes have been positive surprisingly.

    I decided to do a lot of studying about male/male relationships and how they were viewed in the ancient world, and learned a lot of interesting things, that of course the media never accurately portrays in movies, even when the characters are gay. I made both characters masculine, there is no emulating male/female dynamic- which means they don’t use terms like “boyfriend, or husband” and there is no talk of marriage between them. There are scenes in which they are intimate with each other, though there is absolutely no indication of one being the “top” and the other being the “bottom”- warriors in ancient times did not engage in such roles- and just had genital to genital sex, and did not want to emulate male/female by penetrating or being penetrated. I learned that there are a lot of gay men even today who follow the ideal view of male/male relationships as it was seen in ancient times. I thought it was quite interesting, cool, even beautiful so I wanted to show that.

    I put a lot of detail in the story- both characters and their personalities, as well as how their relationship starts and develops, given the fact that the two of them aren’t even meant to be friends as one of them is part of a class that is used as mindless weapons. Takes place in a post apocalyptic world, which got that way when someone wanting to play god, started messing with and merging science with magical/demonic stuff; its being called “Battle Requiem”, and you’ll see it around soon available for download and later paper, as well as a game later.

  • djtuffpuppy

    Briar Hollow by Terry Blas. http://www.briarhollowcomic.com Not super-gay like most gay web comics, but more about coming out and accepting who you are… etc…

  • Valerie

    @paladin27: Did you actually *read* TJ & Amal? Your criticism really makes it seem like you didn’t and are just criticizing these comics because they don’t conform to the “ideal” comic that you described yourself writing. TJ & Amal are not stereotypes and they don’t fall into any kind of male/female dynamic.

  • piccolodian

    I also really like Go Get A Roomie (http://www.gogetaroomie.com/)and Always Raining Here (http://alwaysraininghere.com/).

    I actually also have a webcomic called Salmagundi (http://salmagundi.smackjeeves.com/) if anyone wants to check that out. It’s also lgbt.

  • Betty_Smith

    There is no denying, these webcomics are awesome and fantastic. But the fact that they are ‘targeted’ for a particular audience is also certain. This is the only reason why we cannot promote them openly. I love ‘go get a roomie’ for that matter.

    Betty~
    http://webcomicshub.com/

  • DITRbyJymShipman

    You must check the gay comic strip “Diamond in the Rough” by Jym Shipman.
    It is about a gay young man named Brandon and his family and friends who all
    live in Toledo Ohio. It is a very sweet strip that demonstraits an
    everyday gay life in the midwest.

    Check it out on Facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/DITRbyJymShipman
    Or on the web
    ditrbyjymshipman.wix.com/diamondintherough

    You can also check it out in print in Outlook Magazine
    outlookcolunbus.com

    See you in the funny pages

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