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"Queer web comics you need to add to your reading list - PART 1" by Diya Gupta

Yes, this is happening. I can understand how much you have been waiting for queer readings.

A truth that we usually refuse to acknowledge is how queerness has always been a part of our world. It’s just now that some positive queer representation is getting the publicity it deserves, but to put it lightly, queer representation is still grossly underrepresented in media.

Representation is an essential part of growing up. Imagine an alternate world where you didn’t grow up thinking that saying the word “lesbian” or “gay” was wrong. Or you learned that there was nothing wrong with not feeling aligned with the gender assigned to you at birth. Or, gasp, you aren’t a rock if you don’t feel sexual and/or romantic attraction.

I truly appreciate wherever any queer media gets the representation it deserves, so today I am bringing to everyone a list of webcomics that will make your queer heart go all warm and fuzzy <3

Webcomics are comics published online, and the ones mentioned in this list are available to read on the Webtoon app and website.

1. Power Ballad by Molly Brooks

Looking for a superhero and celebrity romance? One which is sapphic and filled with action and cute artwork? You have come to the right place!

Blurb: As personal assistant to an international pop star, Meera Verma has her hands full trying to keep the gorgeous and talented Carina Peterson primped, polished, and mostly on time. As personal assistant to a Los Angeles-based masked vigilante, Meera has her hands full repairing body armour, stitching up knife wounds, and generally doing everything in her power to keep the mysterious and reckless Skeleton alive and out of trouble. Carrie's just trying to make some music and fight some crime.

You can find it here: Webtoon

2. Always Human by Ari North

This sapphic, sci-fi webcomic has the cutest characters! Written in two volumes, it is one stop for romance and a meaningful plot which will welcome you home.

Blurb: In the near-future, people use technology to give the illusion of all kinds of body modifications—but some people have “Egan’s Syndrome,” a highly sensitive immune system that rejects these “mods” and are unable to use them. Those who are affected maintain a “natural” appearance, reliant on cosmetics and hair dye at most to help them play with their looks.

Sunati is attracted to Austen the first time she sees her and is drawn to what she assumes is Austen’s bravery and confidence to live life unmodded. When Sunati learns the truth, she’s still attracted to Austen and asks her on a date. Gradually, their relationship unfolds as they deal with friends, family, and the emotional conflicts that come with every romance. Together, they will learn and grow in a story that reminds us no matter how technology evolves, we will remain ... always human.

You can find it here: Webtoon

3. # muted by Kandismon

Don’t worry, the story and art are as cute as the cover photo of the webcomic! Its romantic plot explores personal growth and family relationships. Jasper and Kai have all my heart and their relationship dynamic is very amazing!

Blurb: Jasper meets Kai, a boy who doesn’t speak. As they get to know each other, they grow to understand their romantic relationship and face questions from the past to move on to a future, together.

You can find it here: Webtoon, Tapas

4. Life Outside the Circle

Who doesn’t like romance? Especially when you get to read about two absolutely cute men who are head over heels for each other? Oh, and did I mention you also get to see a cute little munchkin… who is a sweet, little devil.

Blurb: The heartwarming tale of two men who find love in the Finnish countryside.

You can find it here: Webtoon

5. Wondrous by Sarah

Amongst the queer community, I must say that the “A” has very less representation in media. This coming-of-age story about Paisley discovering her identity is the sweetest thing ever!

Blurb: Paisley has never been in love. But that's okay. She has her friends, her family, and the band that keeps her afloat: SOL. Maybe it's not entirely okay. Cause as love blossoms around her, she wonders: Is there something wrong with me? Meeting a fellow SOL fangirl starts a friendship that opens up Paisley's world. The words Asexual and Aromantic may just end up changing Paisley's world forever.

You can find it here: Webtoon

Be on the lookout for another list!

Diya Gupta is an about-to-be 20 year old human using she/they pronouns based in India. They love to research and write informative topics related to art, entertainment, society and books. She enjoys her time listening to songs, creating scenarios, reading, dancing or doodling while trying to keep up with college work. You can find them on Instagram @blithesquesttoread.

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