June is Pride Month! To celebrate, here are some wonderful graphic novels and comics that feature prominent sapphic relationships, with many characters in the LGBTQ+ spectrum:
Lumberjanes by Kate Ellis, Shannon Waters, Noelle Stevenson, Kate Leyh, and Faith Erin Hicks
Lumberjanes is an adorable MG comic that follows a group of young scouts at a summer camp. But the camp is not exactly your ordinary summer camp, and the characters come across supernatural scenarios and creatures, managing to find a way out of trouble with teamwork, friendship, and creativity. Two of the characters—Molly and Mal—are also involved in a romantic relationship. They spend much of the comics being supportive of each other and just being generally cute!
Luisa, Now and Then by Carole Maurel (Translator: Mariko Tamaki)
Luisa, Now and Then is a graphic novel that combines the past and present. When teenage Luisa boards a bus from her hometown, she finds herself transported to the present, where she encounters her 30-year-old self. Seeing her younger self stirs up memories of a past that adult Luisa has not yet dealt with—about her own sexuality and her family’s homophobia.
Moonstruck by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle
Set in a world where supernatural creatures and humans live ordinary lives side-by-side, barista Julie struggles with her identity as a werewolf, though it helps that she has just met another cute werewolf. But when Julie’s best friend Chet, a centaur, has their legs stolen at a magic show, Julie and her friends must find out exactly what’s going on. Julie and her girlfriend, Selena have a pretty adorable relationship throughout the first volume of the comic. It’s also a wonderfully illustrated and hilarious comic!
Bingo Love by Tee Franklin and Jenn St-Onge
Hazel and Mari are brought together at church BINGO. Slowly, they develop romantic feelings for each other. But they’re forced apart by their families. Decades later, the two are brought back together at a bingo hall. Bingo Love tells the story of a love that stretches decades, and a beautiful relationship between two women who overcome a lot of hardship to make their way to each other.
Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Whitney Cogar
Giant Days follows the adventures of three college friends: Susan, Esther, and Daisy. They get into all sorts of shenanigans, but through it all what remains is these three friends supporting each other. As all three characters grow, they find themselves in the throes of romance. For Daisy, this means trying to come to terms with her sexuality. The characters themselves are quirky and fun, making Giant Days a really enjoyable read overall.
Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill
Princess Princess Ever After is an adorable graphic novel about a princess saving another princess, and the adventures they embark on afterwards. It has two princesses who could not be more different from each other—Amira, who is determined to a be a hero, and Sadie, who must overcome her fear of her sister. Together, they must figure what it means to be a princess and a hero.
Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams
Marigold “Goldie” Vance is a sixteen-year-old girl who dreams of one day becoming a detective. Luckily, her dad manages a resort in Florida—where there’s always mysteries to solve! The comic has some really fun characters and mysteries. It also features Goldie in a very cute sapphic relationship from the second volume onwards.
The Legend of Korra by Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh
The Legend of Korra comics follow on from where the popular TV series leaves off—Korra and Asami entering into the spirit world as they begin their relationship together. The storyline follows the characters of the show, along with the storyline of Korra trying to create a world of harmony while dealing with the politics of republic city. All the while, we see Korra and Asami’s romantic relationship grow as they work alongside each other.