It was recently revealed that Abrams Books, a book publishing company, is starting an LGBTQ graphic novel imprint featuring comic writer Mariko Tamaki who is known for “Skim,” “She-Hulk,” and “Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me.” The line is set to open in Spring 2021 with a variety of LGBTQ creators.
This line is by far a big step for comics and creators. This will surely bring out new voices that will be hopefully heard by companies such as Marvel Comics and DC Comics. LGBTQ representation has been building up more & more throughout the years especially more recently with “Love Is Love” which was a big step towards representation and featured many companies and creators alike.
The strong representation is important for both young and old readers as it will make them feel seen. As someone who is apart of the LGBTQ community, it’s nice to see things like this more often. Surely Books will publish a wide variety of books the first few slated being a biography of Patricia Highsmith by Grace Ellis, a biography of Baron von Steuben, a war hero, by Josh Trujillo and Levi Hastings, and finally a story about a group of friends who discover something about themselves by Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre.
Comics, in general, is a place where everyone is free to express themselves and be themselves so more characters, creators, and stories about LGBTQ, disabled, and POC are important for the industry. Since characters like Northstar, Rictor, Midnighter & Apollo, America Chavez took hold in comics it’s been growing and that’s amazing. Comics should let you be who you are and Surely Books will definitely help show that.
Be sure to keep an ear out for more news about Surely Books and Abrams Books in the near future.
Piper Whitaker is an amatuer writer/artist who is fueled by unhealthy amounts of caffeine, comic books, and ear-damaging amounts of music.