Off-Panel: How LGBTQ Comics Save Lives

Our daily round-up of news around the comics space, from the gutters and beyond.

Wu isn’t the only trans woman drawing comics — not by a long shot — but she has become the most prominent one in a growing cadre of young illustrators depicting and celebrating the real lives of transgender people. In a series of interviews I did with people who create, publish and curate comics featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people, many of them described how important it is for young folks struggling with their gender or sexual identity to be able to see others undergoing similar struggles, both in comics and in other media.

YES THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. Represent, represent.


Marvel Comics has revealed its upcoming October variant covers, each one featuring a different amazing cosplayer’s tribute to one of their flagship characters…. It’s good to see the hobby, which inarguably delights and amazes fans worldwide regardless of whether they themselves cosplay, getting some serious recognition from one of the companies that inspires it.

Especially when the cosplay community celebrates “the hard work of women, people of color and queer folks.”

We’ve seen heroic hotels, comic-inspired coasters, and even superhero swimsuits, but we’ve never seen a tribute to comic books quite like the DC Comics Super Heroes Café. With two well-loved locations in Malaysia and a brand-new one that just opened in Singapore, the publisher-endorsed restaurant doesn’t just cite DC’s comic books as decor inspiration — no, it includes odes to famous heroes (and villains!) in the food, too.

This superhero cafe is real–and it just got added to my travel bucket list. (Maybe next they can expand to other foodie comics.)

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