Celebrate Bent-Con With 7 Great LGBTQ Graphic Novels
BY Jacob Anderson-Minshall
November 09 2013 7:04 AM ET
Blue Is the Warmest Color, Julie March (Arsenal Pulp Press)
The first English translation of the French graphic novel that inspired the film that has seduced audiences everywhere and made for tabloid headlines all fall, Blue Is the Warmest Color is an ultimately tragic love story. Set against the backdrop of France’s geopolitical issues, the book focuses on the beginning of a lesbian relationship before briefly jumping to its end. Along the way, March also demonstrates the long-term psychological damage of familial homophobia and ostracization. The drawings are engaging and charming and show the dramatic impact the judicial use of one color (in this case, blue) can have on otherwise black and white images.