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GRAPHIC NOVEL Happily ever afters

A new queer comics collection offers a joyful tone, diversity, and a breadth of representation

* Shout Out Andrew Wheeler, ed. TO Comix, Ages 13–17

WHEN YOU’RE an LGBTQ2IA+ person, finding characters like you, written by people who are also like you, and in the kinds of stories you want to read can be tough. This is especially true for queer and trans teens looking for authentic and uplifting representation in fantasy and scienceiction comics. The Shout Out anthology, edited by Andrew Wheeler and published by TO Comix, is a wonderful antidote. Featuring 18 stories crafted by LGBTQ2IA+ writers, letterers, and artists, the collection offers impressive breadth and depth in terms of identities represented, art styles, genres, and more.

Many anthologies that claim to contain content across the queer rainbow unfortunately fail to deliver on that promise, instead offering material mostly by and about gay men and boys. This could not be less true of the comics in Shout Out, which keeps its word by presenting readers with lesbian, gay, bisexual, non-binary, trans masculine and feminine, two-spirit, asexual, and a-romantic characters. (Intersex content is, however, noticeably missing.) Another remarkable aspect of this work is the high number of characters of colour in the comics. In a society like Canada, where queerness is assumed to be white and queer people of colour are marginalized in both queer and racialized communities, Shout Out’s dedication to representing young queer and trans people of colour and telling stories written by queer and trans creators of colour is something to celebrate.

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