Drawn to Comics Retrospective: The Top 10 Drawn To Comics From the First 3 Years

It feels so weird to me that in just about a month, Drawn to Comics will be celebrating it’s three year anniversary. That’s three years of once-a-week queer and women-centered comics coverage. That’s over 150(!!!) of these babies I’ve written (plus one written by the lovely Heather Hogan). That’s a lot. Like, a lot a lot. And it’s really nice to see that a lot of the webcomics I wrote about early on are still going strong and are even better than they’ve ever been. It’s also nice to note that when I started I sometimes struggled to find enough queer comics to fill four installments a month, but now I don’t really run into that problem anymore. In the end, though, the world of comics has changed monumentally and has monumentally stayed the same. It’s still hard for any women, but especially queer women and women of color, to succeed in mainstream comics. It’s hard to get big publishers to tell stories by and about queer women (and any women and any queer people, actually). But also Kickstarter and Patreon have made it so a lot more queer comics can be published and helped queer comic creators maybe make a living. But here’s hoping that in three more years there are so many queer creators and queer comics that we’re all basically drowning in them.

I want to give a huge thank you to all the readers who check out my column every week, or even just once in a while. I’ve loved comics since I was a kid and I’ve loved telling people my opinions since I could talk. I thought this would be a good time to take a look back at some of the highlights of this column, listing off ten of my personal favorite entries, in no particular order. Are there any Drawn to Comics that y’all especially liked? Let me know in the comments.


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1.The one that started it all:  Princess Princess Makes All Your Queer Fairy Tale Fantasies Come True, September 25, 2013

When I applied for a job at Autostraddle, I pitched a column that would highlight comics by, for and about queer women. I had already written a few times about comics for AS, and I loved it, so I wanted to write more things like it. I got hired, and my column pitch got accepted. I picked this super lovely comic by Katie O’Neill to write about. The rest is queer comics history.


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2. My Very Own Award Show: Drawn to Comics’ One Year Anniversary Present the First Annual Autostraddle Comic and Sequential Art Awards, September 23, 2014

I talk about this a lot, but I’ve been a nerd forever, and I’ve been obsessed with award shows and awards forever, so to think that I get to organize my own real life, legitimate award show every year totally blows my mind. And then to have that award recognize and celebrate comics creators who are inspiring me and my fellow lgbtq comic fans and who are literally changing and saving lives with their stories and their art, that just makes my heart explode. By the way, be looking out for the announcement of this year’s nominees and how to vote for your favorites!


3. My First Interview: ChaosLife, Adorable Queer Couple Comic: The Autostraddle Interview, December 11, 2013

This made me feel like I was becoming a legit comics journalist. I was actually interviewing successful lgbtq comics creators! Like, I often feel like I’m just goofing around here. I know I’m writing for a legit, amazing, ground-breaking website, but it’s hard to feel like I’m doing the same kind of work as my peers. When I got to interview


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4. Best of the Best: The 10 Best DC and Marvel Comics Featuring Women Superheroes, April 5, 2016

This is one of my favorite things I’ve ever written. I love making lists, and I love talking about things that are important to me and trying to convince other people to check them out, and this list was basically just me doing that. If you haven’t read the comics on this list and you have even the slightest interest in super hero comics, you need to check them out now.


art by Noelle Stevenson

art by Noelle Stevenson

5. Here come the Lumberjanes: Lumberjanes #1 is Soooooooooooo Good!, April 15, 2014

Oh man, Lumberjanes. Autostraddle’s first two articles about Lumberjanes weren’t actually in Drawn to Comics. But this was the first time I reviewed an issue of the series, which I kept on doing for new issues deep into the comic’s run, until I just had too many other awesome queer comics to write about. Honestly, this comic has given me more than just a lot of material to write about, it’s also given me hope for the future of queer comics and all ages media.


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6. It all comes full circle: ‘Beyond’ Anthology is Packed Full of Terrific Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy, October 6, 2015

The second ever Drawn to Comics I wrote was about the announcement of this brand new comics anthology called Beyond Anthology that was looking for submissions. So when I got to review that book two years later and see how incredibly amazing it was, it felt like I was a part of something really really cool.


Art by Anna Bongiovanni.

Art by Anna Bongiovanni.

7. Support your queer creators: 25 Queer and Trans Women Comic Creators to Support this Holigay Season! December 9, 2014

I’ll talk more about this in just a minute, but really, when I write this column, I want two things: for lgbtq readers to be able to see themselves in art and media and books, and for lgbtq creators to be able to make a living doing their good work. With this post, which is now a regular occurrence, I hope to be able to help make that second thing happen.


A post-SIP sketch by Terry Moore.

A post-SIP sketch by Terry Moore.

8. Heather is a complete genius: “Strangers In Paradise” Is An Old Reminder Of The Power Of Happily Ever After, June 14, 2016

This was the very first (and so far only) time I’ve let someone else write this column. I had never skipped a week. I was nervous, because this column is my baby, but Heather is the best babysitter I could’ve ever asked for. She’s a genius, and this essay she wrote about Strangers in Paradise and believing in a future for yourself and then finally finding that future, just proved that once again.


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9. Thank You: Drawn to Comics Thanks the LGBTQ Comic Creators Who Make This Possible, June 21, 2016

When I came back the week after Heather took over, I wrote this thank you letter to the LGBTQ comic creators who make it possible for me to even write this column. Or to even just read these comics, and heck, even, in a big way, just to be myself.


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10. I worked hard on this one, y’all: The Complete History of Transgender Characters in American Comic Books, November 17, 2015

I spent more time on this article than maybe anything else I’ve written for Autostraddle, and still it’s not actually “complete,” especially now that more trans characters have been introduced. Still, though, it’s pretty impressive. There wasn’t really anything this comprehensive like this on the internet, especially not one that had been recently updated or had quotes from creators like this. This is one of the best things I’ve written, and you can be sure I plan on writing a Part II sometime in the future.

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Mey Rude is a fat, trans, Latina lesbian living in LA. She's a writer, journalist, and a trans consultant and sensitivity reader. You can follow her on twitter, or go to her website if you want to hire her.

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20 Comments

  1. I think this column is single-handedly responsible for, like, half of the comics I read today. I seriously can’t thank you enough for introducing me to Agents of the Realm, Monster Pop!, and O Human Star (among others, those are just my absolute favorites). Thanks for giving us three years of Drawn to Comics, and I hope you stick around for many more!

  2. Kick ass Mey! I’m so grateful for these past three years and so happy for you! You’ve introduced me to tons of new comics and beyond that, being a huge comics fan myself who didn’t have many friends who read them, this column really gave me community. I’ve made several friends who make comics and who read them now but this will always be a special place to me. Thank you for all your hard work. *hugs*

  3. Great article, Mey, and thanks so much for writing this column – I look forward to it every week!

    Just a heads up, Heathen by Natasha Alterici is being serialized by Heavy Metal starting at the end of this month, on the heels of her successful Kickstarters. I missed them the first time around, and every copy of the v. 1 trade paperback has disappeared online (prob vacuumed up by Heavy Metal to protect their investment), so I’m excited. Am sure this was prob already on your radar, but I wanted to mention it anyway. :)

  4. I didn’t even really read comics before this (except the occasional RobotHugs and Hyperbole I guess?) and now I do, thanks to your column! I love FindChaos and followed As the Crow Flies religiously. Thanks Mey!

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