Tillie Walden’s Spinning is one of our favorite books of 2017. It’s a moving graphic memoir about coming of age, coming out, outgrowing old dreams, and discovering new ones. While we’re anxiously awaiting Walden’s next book, we’re looking for books to read in the meantime. We asked Walden if she had any recommendations for us and she delivered an incredible list of LGBTQ comics.
Skim was one of the first queer graphic novels I ever read so it’s very close to my heart. It’s about a Wiccan Japanese Canadian schoolgirl who goes by Skim. In the book Skim starts to fall for her teacher, which was an experience that I really identified with. Jillian Tamaki’s art is simply perfect.
This is a candid and truly honest book about the author’s experiences. It really focuses on her loneliness, self-loathing, and her understanding of herself. This book really blew up on the internet, and for good reason. I found it to be a completely refreshing and relatable read.
This is a collection of 18 stories from queer creators. If you’re looking for queer comics, you’ve found ‘em. The stories have a really broad range—dragons, astronauts, space pirates (yes, space pirates)—and it still manages to come together as a cohesive anthology, which I think can be very difficult to do. If you read this and love it and want more, the same folks also compiled Elements, which is an anthology of comics by creators of color. Go give these people your money, please.
Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, Texas. Born in 1996, she is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies and is a two-time Eisner nominee and Ignatz Award winner. Her autobiographical graphic novel about ice skating and identity, Spinning, was an AV Club Best Book of the Year, a Wired Best Book of the Year, and an Autrostraddle Best Book of the Year. Her next book, the science fiction romantic adventure On a Sunbeam, will be in stores in October. She lives in Los Angeles.