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Summer Newsletter 2022 Graphic Novels

Kisses for Jet by Joris Bas Backer

It’s 1999, the brink of the new millennium, and young Jet is worried about something other than the Y2K bug. While attending boarding school, Jet starts to feel new things and one of those is that they’re actually a boy. Trans creator Joris Bas Backer’s coming-of-gender memoir shows us with intimacy and humor what it was like during a time where information was not just a click away.  —Andrea

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By Joris Bas Backer, Ameera Rajabali (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781913123031
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Published: Nobrow - May 3rd, 2022

The High Desert: Black. Punk. Nowhere. by James Spooner

The story of a mixed-race adolescent (Black father, white mother) growing up in desolate Apple Valley, California, in the early 1990s, this graphic memoir blends the nightmare of being one of the few people of color in a mostly white small town with the joys of friendship and self-discovery. Spooner’s memory for the specific social markers and hierarchies of high school is astonishing, and his evocations of the racism he experienced, some of it subtle, a lot of it overt and violent, are honest and heartbreaking. Having also grown up in a small desert town in SoCal (in my case, Indio) and being a fan of ’80s and ’90s punk rock, this was a bittersweet trip back in time that I won’t soon forget.  —Rico

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ISBN: 9780358659112
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Published: Harper - May 17th, 2022

Our Colors by Gengoroh Tagame

In this novel by Japanese storyteller Gengoroh Tagame, Sora is in love with his best friend but is terrified to tell him. When Sora stumbles into a run-down coffee shop, his world changes forever. The shop is owned by Mr. Amamiya, an older, and proudly out, gay man. It warmed my heart to see Sora affirmed by the previous generation, the one that lost so many to AIDS. A vital story that Tagame tells beautifully in his signature, expressive art style.  —Ivy

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By Gengoroh Tagame, Anne Ishii (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781524748562
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Published: Pantheon - June 21st, 2022

Fine: A Comic About Gender by Rhea Ewing

Drawing on a broad array of interviews from people of all genders and sexualities, Fine asks the reader to consider the myriad ways our gender is separate and intertwined with our being. It doesn’t pretend to have answers to these queries but does offer relatable experiences and a depth of self-reflection. A wonderful addition to the bookshelf of any intersectional feminist or anyone curious to have more understanding of their gender–expansive community.  —Celeste

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ISBN: 9781631496806
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Published: Liveright - April 5th, 2022

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