Celebrate Bent-Con With 7 Great LGBTQ Graphic Novels
BY Jacob Anderson-Minshall
November 09 2013 8:04 AM ET
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.