Celebrate Bent-Con With 7 Great LGBTQ Graphic Novels

Mood-setting graphic novels for Bent Con — the queer pop culture convention that celebrates LGBT comics, graphic novels, cartooning, animation, gaming, and sci-fi/fantasy/horror books and films.



The Heart of Thomas, Moto Hagio (Fantagraphics)

The stylistic graphic novels known as “Boys Love” magna have become enormously popular, known for their boys' school settings, stirring same-sex attractions, social formality, and repressed homoeroticism. Those tropes — and familiar imagery common in manga, anime, and Japanese comics all owe their existence — much as the sci-fi film genre owes its to Metropolis — to Moto Hagio’s The Heart of Thomas. Now issued for the first time in America, Heart of Thomas may have sprung from the mid-1970s, but it remains remarkably engrossing, moving, and relevant. The love story is also a mystery slowly revealing why a young boy fell to his death.