I want to read stories about people like me, and that’s a problem.
In TV, movies, and other mainstream fiction, queer and trans characters are either completely absent or relegated to supporting roles and homo/transphobic archetypes. If you want to see a queer and/or trans main character, you have to settle for the “LGBT” genre, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen enough dry, depressing, artsy films about coming out.
Webcomics are another story. Beholden to no corporate interests or inane marketing strategies, webcomic artists and writers are free to create whatever sort of story they want, so it’s no wonder that so many webcomics star protagonists who are unrepresented in genre fiction. Scifi, fantasy, and other kinds of spec-fic webcomics abound with queer (and, to a lesser extent, trans) characters.
But if you’re queer, or trans, or even just someone who experiences misogyny, and you’ve spent any amount of time browsing webcomics, you know that this total market freedom also lends itself to stories that are extremely hurtful to us. Webcomics are a treacherous landscape, filled with hazards and pitfalls, and anyone searching for treasures there is going to have to wade through a lot of crap.
Well, I’ve been there and back a few times. I’ve waded through that crap, and I’ve dug up those treasures. I know what’s good and what’s bad, what’s gay and what’s homophobic, and I’m making a map. It’s called Yes Homo, and it updates Sundays.
I’m Wisp. I’m a queer transfem nonbinary autistic person (pronouns: they/them) who reads too many webcomics. I try to cover issues related to all oppressions in my reviews, but I’m white and my race analysis may not always be perfect. If you want to read more words I make, you can follow my Twitter.