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I’m curious how many of the “gay romances” were written with gay men as the intended audience or if (as I suspect) most were written by women with women as the intended audience. Especially since it is the focus.
It’d be nice to have gay characters with the “roundedness” and creativity of straight protagonists (who get to be wizards, or fight as rebels in dystopian futures, or bring down Galactic Empires, or explore space) but was as undeniably gay as those are straight (fetishists aside who will deny anything for their fetish).
I totally looked this up after you said this. Actually the 3 comics focused on gay male relationships in the above comic were all written by men, although 1 was then drawn by a woman. I’m unsure about the intended audience. I see your point though; that does happen a lot. There were an additional 3 comics that had gay male main characters and 2 of those were written by woman and the third’s gender was unknown.
I included a short list of comics with well-rounded (in my opinion) gay main characters that do things. (They get to fight as rebels, explore and fight in space, road trip, and be attacked by government agencies respectively.)
Artifice: “Smart Guy-on-Guy Sci Fi” (In space! With shootouts!)
Goodbye Chains : “Colin Lord is a cheerful Boston Communist, and Banquo White is a cranky half-Mexican with no philosophy beyond hedonism. Somehow they have become partners in crime, spreading a reign of terror and dialectical materialism across the plains of Colorado. Follow their adventures with explosives and ladies—and, possibly, men.”
Robots and Racks : “Being a story about girls flying around in space.”
The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal : “In the span of a single day, Amal calls off his arranged marriage, comes out to his conservative parents, promptly gets disowned, goes on a bender… and wakes up the next morning to find TJ, a lanky, dreadlocked vagrant, frying eggs and singing Paul Simon in his kitchen.
TJ claims that the two have made a drunken pact to drive all the way from Berkeley to Providence. As it happens, Amal promised his sister he’d be there for her graduation from Brown University. And TJ, well… TJ has his own reasons.
The agreement is simple: Amal does the driving; TJ pays the way - but a 3500 mile journey leaves plenty of time for things to get complicated.”
Love is In the Blood : “When government agencies come to archaeologist Laila McCarthy for assistance, they are unaware her knowledge of dangerous relics was gained first-hand. But ancient enemies remember her as Sumerian demon Lamashtu and the first vampire.”
I’ve seen Artifice around but never read it, never realised it’s MCs were gay. I’ll have to take a look.
I actually looked at Goodbye Chains in the past but from my fuzzy memory I don’t have much positive to say about its treatment of the gay MCs (or their lesbian twinned counterparts) or the half Mexican character (and his lesbian counterpart). I am surprised the author is male… but maybe I shouldn’t be. It’s not like that eliminates problems inherently. Also, I may need to re-read it as it might’ve been when I was reading it rather than what I was reading that ave me the trouble.
I’ll take a look at the others as well as they are completely new to me. Thanks for the recs… and the interesting tumblr.