Other than short comics, I’ve been reading slice of life webcomics as well. The 18 webcomics below range from transgender identities to activism and awareness to being a teenager.
Here, you’ll find stories exploring Queer experiences, daily musings, and heteronormative and gender assumptions. As a follow-up to my last slice of life webcomics recommendations, I want to spotlight even more gems. Enjoy!
Eri, genderfluid and asexual, tries to form connections without being expected to reciprocate sexual attraction. Eri’s story dismantles misconceptions about asexuality and the ace/aro spectrum. The creator has also drawn a lovely comic about Rohan (starts at episode 224), Eri’s friend who is a trans man.
Charlie works and goes to school while caring for her four-year-old brother. Everyone at school assumes that she’s a boy because of her haircut and how she dresses, but she lets it slide by. She has other things to worry about, like making sure that social services don’t find out that her father isn’t home. A webcomic about relationships and gender assumptions.
A comical slice of life webcomic that shows the irony and double standards in relationships and office spaces in South Korea.
An autobiographical webcomic about Jey Pawlik’s experiences as a nonbinary transmasculine person. A really emotional and insightful read. Jey Pawlik also points out the policing and misconceptions among non-binary and trans people (allies too).
A high school dramedy webcomic about relationships and mental health. Daniel has just moved from England to Queens, New York, but already he’s getting into trouble. Even after interfering in a bullying incident, he worries about what his new peers think about him. He wants to start over after what happened in the past, but the rumors and the demons that haunt him make things more difficult.
Modern British rock band Radio Silence tour across the UK and navigate relationships and challenges. A well-nuanced exploration of interpersonal dynamics, abuse, and fame. The public reception and what goes on backstage is handled impressively.
After coming out, her abusive mother forced her back into the closet. This autobiographical webcomic is the creator’s space in which she discusses the effects of trauma, abuse, and Queerphobia. She lives in Lithuania, a country where LGBTQ+ don’t have certain rights (i.e., adoption, marriage). This astonishing webcomic is also inclusive, open, and brutally honest.
An autobiographical webcomic about lesbianism, perceptions of femininity, biphobia, and internalized misogyny. Written and drawn by a Jewish lesbian.
Loch, a Mexican trans man, shares his experiences with figuring out his gender identity and socially transitioning in his autobiographical webcomic. Personal connections between Pokémon and transgender identity, the issues with buying and wearing a binder, gender dysphoria, and more.
Four college guys form a polyamorous relationship with each other. Not only is this webcomic sweet and adorable, but the boyfriends engage in healthy communication and setting boundaries along the way.
Chia and Poppy, a lesbian couple, have been living together for several years. This webcomic shows their moments, mistakes, and reasons why they love each other.
Check out the fictional short story, Finding Poppy.
Andi Santagata’s moments and the events following his coming out as trans in 2016. Fond high school memories, haircuts, and more.
In a collaboration between WebToon and 88rising, Illuminated shares the stories of four Asian women: Wolftyla, Mirai Nagasu, Stephanie Poetri, and Maia (mxmtoon). This series amplifies their experiences and awareness about anti-Asian violence. I appreciate the inclusion of intersectional and intra-community issues (i.e., antiblackness, colorism, class).
The Dog Diaries by yee seon (Creator’s site is unavailable) (NEW!)
Dana, a freelance illustrator dealing with burnout, decides to adopt a dog. She brings home a Pomeranian puppy named Myeongdong, but an emergency visit to the vet, later on, reveals that Dana’s been scammed. Myeongdong has canine parvovirus and is actually from a puppy mill. Dana is furious about the scam, but she’s willing to do anything to make sure Myeongdong gets well. This webcomic has got me feeling happy, sad, and angry.
An awkward Filipina American nerd shares moments from her life. Friendship, mother-daughter relationships, and Filipino folklore and customs.
Best friends Sarah and Tara share their experiences about being freelance comic artists and navigating life post-college. Together, they play video games, fawn over fictional male characters, and often eat cheeseburgers from McDonald’s. This autobiographical webcomic also highlights the reality of being freelancers, sexism, gender identity, and self-worth.
I’m currently following moosopp’s other webcomic, Day Break (listed here), so I had to check out Sunshine Boy after hearing about it. Adorable and poignant, this webcomic gracefully confronts parenthood, bullying, racism, body image, and other issues.
An informative webcomic that discusses AIDS and HIV (the stigma), mental health, transgender identity and transitioning, substance abuse, domestic violence, LGBTQ+ issues, and more. It’s intersectional and engaging.
Do you know of a slice of life webcomic (or two, or more) that you’d like to recommend? Feel free to comment below. I’d love to hear from you!
Author: Brahidaliz Martinez
Brahidaliz (pronounced Bra-da-leez) is a 2019 graduate of American University’s MFA in creative writing program. They’re a submissions editor for Uncanny Magazine. Their various areas of interest include intersectionality in apocalyptic and disaster films, Artificial Intelligence, writing for animation, YA SFF, and LGBTQ+ representation in children’s media.
Location: DC Metro area
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