Comic Recommendation: “Alien Disco”
Alien Disco by The Artful Ashley (Ashley Ferguson) unravels a personal journey involving relationships and what it means to be in one. It’s a wonderful and endearing short comic that spotlights and shatters the stigma against polyamorous relationships.
Alien Disco begins with a break-up. Keiko disagrees with her long time boyfriend Liam’s sentiments about relationships. She doesn’t want to be “tied down” with “the one.” After rejecting his marriage proposal, Keiko wanders into a traveling alien disco. There she meets polyamorous aliens and people, including the Captain of the disco, and becomes accepting of herself as polyamorous.
This short comic navigates relationships and what it means to be in one, particularly in an open relationship. The story includes well-nuanced dialogue that doesn’t become didactic. Keiko questions whether her desire to be with other people while with someone is selfish (spoiler alert: it’s not). She tries to figure out her feelings after seeing the alien Captain with someone else.
Alien Disco also notably dispels the myths surrounding polyamory. Through Keiko’s interactions with the other characters (even the Captain’s other lover, Eunice), she learns that it’s normal for her to have more than one partner. Plus, the Captain realizes the importance of communication after Keiko catches her with Eunice.
Being in a polyamorous relationship entails setting healthy boundaries and communicating with each of your partners. The Captain holds herself accountable for not minding Keiko’s feelings and experience. The romance between Keiko and the Captain is truly a highlight of this fun and concise comic.
Alien Disco is available to download on itch.
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Author: Brahidaliz Martinez
Brahidaliz (pronounced Bra-da-leez) is a 2019 graduate of American University’s MFA in creative writing program. Their cross-genre chapbook, Coquí’s Song, is forthcoming (2023) from Mason Jar Press.
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