Monthly Archives: April 2014

Family portrait

The four main characters of The Second Mango and its sequels, as drawn on commission by akidoodles. Here is her commission info. Queen Shulamit, the cuddly intellectual lesbian star of the series, is the one in the lower right corner.   This picture goes up … Continue reading

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J. L. Douglas writing about her impressions of The Second Mango

    Shira Glassman’s characters came across to me, the avid-yet-sometimes jaded reader of LGBT-YA romance, as much more than just points on some PC focus group checklist (as sometimes happens in this genre unfortunately). I really felt like these were … Continue reading

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Goofy webcomic with a lot of queer characters

Becca Schauer is one of my favorite artists to commission. And tonight, I ate too much and feel like a python slowly digesting a grand piano. So I decided to lie on the floor on my stomach, snakelike, and read her … Continue reading

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Target practice

Isaac taught Rivka to swordfight, but he never expected that she’d get so good that he’d fall in love with her. He calls her ‘Mighty One’ as a pet name and they often spar for fun. Here, he’s using his … Continue reading

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There’s a world of difference to me between showing a masculine-presenting woman with an interest exclusively in men in a universe with no canonical queerness and showing a masculine-presenting woman with an interest exclusively in men in a universe where … Continue reading

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Two special people in my life also have blogs

Tof Eklund: genderqueer comics scholar, editor of the “Unconventional” series (Unconventional Dwarf, Unconventional Elf, etc. — volumes of essays intended for the gaming world), and writer of Autumn Harvest Being a Vet: My best friend/imaginary big sister shares her experiences … Continue reading

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Canon femslash and female friendship at a girl’s boarding school for witches

Bluebell Hall by Kayla Bashe is like reading a novelized version of really cute magical girl/shoujo ai anime—if shoujo ai were to be scrubbed clean of “but we’re both girls!” and all the insulting fanservicey boob shots stuff. It’s the story … Continue reading

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Passover with Pride

The wizard Isaac and his beloved, Rivka the warrior, protecting their queer loved ones, Queen Shulamit and her partner, Aviva. Across the doorposts and lintel are streaks of the pride rainbow, which are protecting them just as the streaks of … Continue reading

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Quote I learned at Shabbat service

Don’t stop after beating the swords into plowshares, don’t stop! Go on beating and make musical instruments out of them. Whoever wants to make war again will have to turn them into plowshares first. –Yehuda Amichai

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There are times when Queen Shulamit doesn’t really mind being gluten-intolerant!

Shulamit and her bodyguard Captain Rivka are characters from The Second Mango (sequel due out July 2014!) drawn here on commission by casually-draws-dorks.

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