The holiday season is the perfect time to support your favorite queer lady and non-binary artists, whether it’s by signing up to give them monthly support through their Patreon pages or buying gifts from their online stores for all your friends and loved ones. Now, I love Patreon. It’s hard to make a living making comics, and that’s especially true for webcomics. So now that there’s a way that I can support my favorite creators, you know that I’m going to be all over that. Besides just supporting your favorite creators’ Patreons, many artists also sell prints, shirts, stickers, comics and other merchandise that make for great gifts.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, and I mean no offense to any queer women or NB comic creators who aren’t listed here; there are several more listed here on the list I made last year.
Ries is one of my absolute favorite artists on the entire internet. Her webcomic Witchy, about a girl named Nyneve who lives in an Asian-based fantasy world where people have magic based on how much hair they have. Ries’ comic has stunning art, amazing world building, terrific fantasy rules and a cast full of queer characters and people of color. You can support her on Patreon, buy prints and other goods at her online store or buy her very terrific zines off of Gumroad.
Another one of my favorite comic people on the internet, Louis creates the super terrific, absolutely gorgeous and ridiculously fun college-age Magical Girl comic Agents of the Realm, which, like Witchy, is full of poc and queer characters. You can support her on Patreon or buy prints or other things, like books or charms from her online stores.
Autostraddle’s Saturday Morning Cartoonists
Glavin is one of our very excellent Saturday Morning Cartoon artists. You can follow Cameron on tumblr.
Her Baopu comics are always terrific, but her recent “If you Want to Say Thank You, Don’t Say Sorry” comic went wildly viral all across the internet. She also does beautiful illustrations, like in these essays. You can buy prints, including her Thank You/Sorry piece in her Etsy shop.
The last, but not least, Saturday Morning Cartoonist, Praz can be contacted on her website for professional inquiries.
The Lumberjanes Team
First of all, you can buy Volume 1, Volume 2 or the special Friendship to the Max edition that collects both volumes and bonus content. You can also support individual members of the team by buying Noelle Stevenson’s other books like Nimona or Runaways. She also has several online stores. Artist Brooke Allen has a tumblr where she sometimes offers commission work. You can also support Kat Leyh, who recently joined as a writer through her online stores.
Kate Leth is a super awesome writer and artist who’s worked on comics like Edward Scissorhands, Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors. She also has a Patreon and a couple of online stores where you can buy prints and other products.
Campbell is the unique and influential artist on Jem and the Holograms as well as having her own comics like Wet Moon and Shadoweyes, both of which have new versions coming out that have her correct name on them.
— Tamra Bonvillain (@TBonvillain) December 8, 2015
Bonbillain is the colorist for books like Rat Queens (she’s done Issues #11, #12 and #13 so far), Wayward (which has three books), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur and the upcoming Magaret Atwood-penned Angel Catbird, her colors make some of the most exciting comics out there come to life.
Pandya makes the stunningly gorgeous fantasy webcomic Travelogue, as well as other comics like Baker’s Dozen that feature her wonderful fantasy world building. You can support her at Patreon or buy her comics from her online shop or Gumroad.
Cathy G. Johnson
Cathy G. Johnson is a brilliant writer and illustrator who makes some of the most fascinating and interesting comics out there. Jeremiah and Dear Amanda are two of my favorites. You can buy her comics, art and other things in her online store, which has a special Holiday sale going on right now!
Her webcomic O Human Star, about a transgender robot and her inventors, one of whom is the man she’s a robot clone of, is something I look forward to each time it comes out. You can buy the comic, or a poster of its characters, online and support Delliquanti through Patreon.
Molly is the artist for my other Top 3 Favorite webcomic (along with Witchy and Agents of the Realm), Strong Female Protagonist, which is written by Brennan Lee Mulligan. You can buy SFP books, shirts and buttons online or check out Molly’s online store.
Walker is the co-creator of one of my favorite new webcomics, Mooncakes, a paranormal tale about two Asian twenty-somethings, one a witch the other a werewolf, and the adventures they get into. The comic is on a short holiday hiatus, but you can support it through Patreon.
Ens Current is a “self-identified tenderqueer, queer, mixed + white, femme PoC” who makes zines, illustrations and other crafts and has special discounts for queer women of color and queer femmes of color.
Chavers is an illustrator, cartoonist and self proclaimed GIF Wizard, you can buy comics, prints and stickers from her online store.
Annie Mok is one of my favorite artists. She does really terrific stuff for Rookie, and does a bunch of other amazing comics. You can check out her Gumroad shop to buy PDFs and her online store to buy physical copies. I’d suggest you pick up some of her stuff right away.
Another one of my favorites! Newlevant was one of the very first people I covered here at Drawn to Comics, and since then I’ve just become a bigger and bigger fan. She was the editor of the terrific Girl Gamer Anthology Chain Mail Bikini and sells her own comics online. You can also check out her auto-bio comic No Ivy League, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
We might as well end on a high note. Gilman’s comics are some of the most beautiful out there, and no one can match them when it comes to working with colored pencils. I’ve been in love with their webcomic As the Crow Flies for years. You can support them on Patreon or download their lesbian swing dancing vampire comic from Gumroad.
New Releases (December 16)
Boom Box 2015 Mix Tape #1 (Boom!)
Lumberjanes #21 (Boom!)
Power Up #6 (Boom!)
Spire #5 (Boom!)
Batgirl #46 (DC)
Clean Room #3 (DC)
Harley Quinn #23 (DC)
Secret Six #9 (DC)
We Are Robin #7 (DC)
Phonogram the Immaterial Girl #5 (Image)
Wayward #12 (Image)
The Wicked + The Divine #17 (Image)
Mighty Thor #2 (Marvel)
Ms. Marvel #2 (Marvel)
Silk #2 (Marvel)
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 (Marvel)
Web Warriors #2 (Marvel)
Welcome to Drawn to Comics! From diary comics to superheroes, from webcomics to graphic novels – this is where we’ll be taking a look at comics by, featuring and for queer ladies. So whether you love to look at detailed personal accounts of other people’s lives, explore new and creative worlds, or you just love to see hot ladies in spandex, we’ve got something for you.
If you have a comic that you’d like to see me review, you can email me at mey [at] autostraddle [dot] com.