For this month’s roundup, I compiled most of the LGBTQ+ webcomics I’ve discovered and read in honor of Pride 2021. The webcomics recommended are from WebToon, Tapas, Manta, TappyToon, Flowfo, and Hiveworks.*
I’ll confess: I prefer recommending LGBTQ+ webcomics year-round than in certain months, days, or events. Not because I’m Queer and Trans myself, but because I strongly believe that support for LGBTQ+ people — this generation and the next and our elders — should happen every single day, especially for Queer people with intersectional identities (Black, Indigenous, Aboriginal, Asian and Pacific Islander, people of color, disabled, and more).
However, you won’t find just Queer stories in this roundup. These stories encompass various experiences, worlds, and genres. Here, you’ll discover webcomics that celebrate found families and living life to the fullest. Some of these stories contain coming out narratives and confront queerphobia; I included them because even the “dated” themes are valid today. There is no one Queer experience. All sexual orientations and gender identities are valid (even the ones you don’t understand). People who are not out are valid. Unsurprisingly, there’s been a lot of punching down and policing on the Internet and in real life, so take care of yourselves and each other.
So here are 35 webcomic recommendations for Pride 2021. Enjoy!
The Mysqueery Gang by Mer The Mango
Four Queer teens, one of them an amnesiac, have supernatural adventures and solve paranormal mysteries. I love how the diversity doesn’t cater to the cishet gaze. A delightful read!
Raegan (Ray), the new student at Rosewood, feels out of place because she doesn’t come from a rich, privileged family like her peers. And then there’s the class delinquent Emani who sits next to her in class. Ray will later find that there’s more to Emani than just another privileged student. A promising story. I’m excited to see where the creator takes it.
Two girls who seemingly have nothing in common find themselves attracted to each other. At least they’re the same height, right? An endearing webcomic. (Note: On hiatus until November 2021).
Ian Chen encounters a ghost named Sebastian. The two eventually become more than friends, but Jenny Greenteeth, Sebastian’s keeper, isn’t too happy about it. The lore in this story (Great Lakes) amazes me so much. A gorgeous webcomic about human contact and the strength it takes to let a loved one live freely.
An autobiographical webcomic about the creator’s relationship with her two boyfriends H-P Lehkonen and Paju. Not only does she explain polyamory and dispels misconceptions about polyamorous relationships, but she also includes moments with her partners.
Find more webcomics about love and relationships beyond the LGBT acronym here.
A lovely supernatural romance between a mermaid and her newly turned werewolf girlfriend. Short and silent (no dialogue), but moving and evocative. The creator has also taken the time to add alt text for visually impaired and blind readers (thank you!).
Gem turns to metal rock to cope with losing her father. When her mother starts dating again, Gem finds out that the boyfriend is the father of the Fairview twins. And Gem eventually grows closer to her new stepsister. A promising coming of age narrative.
The street gang Immortals make a living by illegally manufacturing and selling prosthetic tech. This exciting found family webcomic takes place in a future Australia.
A sci-fi horror webcomic that’s as psychological as it is bloody. There’s body horror and gore, but they don’t come off as excessive or gratuitous. The high stakes and plot twists are well executed.
Words & Kisses by Mockma (Creator’s site is unavailable) (Completed)
A beautiful short webcomic about realizing romantic love and what it means to live. Junhee meets and falls for manhua artist Hyunjin, and that’s when Junhee realizes she’s found the person she wants to spend her life with.
The first two episodes are available to read for free on Manta.
Bongchon Bride by Sohn Gaepi (Creator’s site is unavailable)
Bongchon, the giant of the village, buys a slave named Soongap for 50 sacks of rice. Bongchon’s mother, blind and hard of hearing, thinks he’s brought home a bride. Soongap is a man, and Bongchon does not want a woman as his bride. The budding relationship between these two men is endearing. Also, the portrayals of trauma and PTSD are well nuanced.
Content Warnings: sexual assault, rape, and incest
The first two episodes are available to read for free on Manta.
Mom, I’m Gay by Boreum (Creator’s site is unavailable) (Completed)
Best friends Jin and Rin are gay and in the closet. Their families suspect they’re not straight, although they hope otherwise. But when the secret is out, biases and expectations are challenged. The queerphobia, trauma, and family dynamics are well done here.
The first three episodes are available to read for free on Manta.
After the Curtain Call by Assam & JINA (Creators’ sites are unavailable) (Completed)
After ceasing her support for her favorite musical actor who had switched from theatre to TV, Soyoung meets the theatre actress Jaeyi. Soyoung and Jaeyi go from acquaintances to close friends then something more, but things turn complicated when Soyoung’s adversary appears. A compelling romance.
The first three episodes are available to read for free on TappyToon.
During World War II, an Irish priest and an Italian interrogator meet and become close. I’m quite impressed by the atmospheric art style.
There are obstacles to overcome in every timeline. Qi realizes that after she wakes up ten years into the past. Now back in high school, Qi gets to meet her future significant other Yuanzi. Ten years into the future, Qi is a professor. Yuanzi has developed type 1 diabetes from years of frequently eating sweets and candies. Qi has the chance to prevent Yuanzi’s potential death and other unfortunate events, but how much can she change without disastrous consequences? An evocative story about what it takes to keep a relationship through difficult times.
The first four episodes are available to read for free on Tapas.
I’ve received free access to Soulmate in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
A photo of Simone and her lover Marissa puts Simone’s modeling career at risk when it goes viral on the Internet. Most of the public disapproves of their relationship. Simone’s mother urges her to break up with Marissa. But Simone has risked so much to be with Marissa. Mojito shows the obstacles and commitments in a relationship and what it takes to be yourself.
The first six episodes are available to read for free on Tapas.
I’ve received free access to Mojito in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Dalla questions her sexuality after waking up with another woman one morning. She’s drunk so much at the party the night before, but does it mean that she’s not straight? Dalla can’t stop thinking about the woman she’s slept with…
I’m glad to see a webcomic with questioning characters, and I admire how the creator handles it.
College students Avery and Rhys spend their free time being ghost hunters. Avery aspires to join the Ghost Encounters Inc., and wants to earn his place there by finding evidence of a ghost. While investigating a haunted asylum, Rhys tries to avoid the moonlight (Avery doesn’t know that Rhys is a werewolf).
At a dance school in Mexico, its instructors and students experience love and challenges. The racial, ethnic, sexual, gender, and even religious diversity in this webcomic is amazing and realistic.
A sweet slice of life webcomic about being nonbinary.
Find more LGBTQ+ slice of life webcomics here.
An imaginative Queer fantasy about a boy setting off to find his missing father and one of the legendary keys of fate. Prince Philippe joins him with dreams about finding romance.
A human and a goblin take a cross-country road trip. A fun and exciting science-fantasy webcomic.
Violently torn apart from her lover, Verashana seeks the truth of what happened. Heart-wrenching and gorgeous from the first episode.
Two thousand years later, a goddess and her devoted priestess finally meet again. However, the “priestess” doesn’t remember her past life. Funny and sweet.
MMA fighters Jane Brooklyn and Tala Labrador fight and fall in love with each other. Their loyalty and inner strength are tested when they discover that a rival fighter has been abusing her maid. This gem of a webcomic tackles power dynamics and violence among women of color.
Boo is a teen girl who frequently daydreams and has pink hair. She’s suddenly seeing unusual things, including the new student, a girl with green hair. The dynamic art style truly amplifies the tension in this captivating story.
Sapphic witches Sunny and Rainy look forward to Halloween and honing their witchcraft. Expect magical mishaps and mischievous cats.
Prince Donnie Ali is trying to settle back into his life after the scandal involving him kissing an android. Now he’s hiding a fugitive in his home. In a future with androids and AI, the webcomic explores autonomy and what makes someone “human.”
Getting lost in the woods might as well be a good thing for Reed and Isaiah. There’s something about being in an unfamiliar space that makes it easier to meditate and relax. And so Reed and Isaiah decide to not worry about getting back home for now.
Being a witch sounds cool, but Rainette also has green skin. Which is embarrassing for her. So she gains self-confidence and acceptance along the way. Loving the characters and cute moments in this magical webcomic.
I mentioned Catuallie’s Help Wanted and Salty’s The Hearth and the Stone in my April roundup. This webcomic is a lovely collaboration. Elep commissions the giant fisherman Kalolo to build him a boat. The two grow closer and challenge each other to be better and enjoy life.
Set in an alternate 1990s, a small town populated by werewolves and other supernatural beings experiences a shocking murder. The reaction, however, is just as surprising. Awesome worldbuilding with the retro 90s aesthetic.
Jackie meets Riley, the new girl in her apartment, and is already crushing hard on her. This webcomic does well with balancing comical and serious moments.
Hazel and Willie travel through rural Australia where they experience paranormal encounters. I’m so eager to read the next update of this webcomic. The tension makes you care about the main characters.
Gabe and Booker encounter a fairy that looks like a floating ball with hands. Gabe eagerly accepts the fairy’s offer to become a Magical. Booker, however, senses that something’s off about this. I love, love, love the complex characterization in this surprising webcomic. The characters, particularly Gabe and Booker, are messy and contradictory, and just real. Also, boys wearing dresses.
Have you read any good LGBTQ+ webcomics lately? Feel free to comment below. I’d love to hear from you!
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*My mentioning of any platforms on this post is unsponsored.
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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