Saturday, June 4, 2011

Award-winning Lesbian Graphic Novels

Awards for lesbian graphic novels tend to be given out either in the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards Best Other Work category, or the general Lesbian and LGBT book categories of the Lambda Literary Awards (usually under Fiction or Memoir/Biography). The GLAAD media awards have a dedicated comic book category.

Unfortunately, comics and graphic novels as a category tend to miss out a lot. The Lambdas mainly focus on novels and non-fiction - 'real' books - and the GLAAD awards are very, very limited to the mainstream superhero comics. The Gaylactic Spectrum Awards are a bit better, often naming comics in the 'Other Work' category, but this section is small and television shows, anthologies and films often crowd out graphic novels.




One-shots/ Stand alone graphic novels
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic





    SUBGurlz
  • Subgurlz by Jennifer Camper (Humor nominee Lambda Awards 1999)





Rent Girl
  • Rent Girl by Michelle Tea (Autobiography/memoir nominee, Photography and Visual arts nominee Lambda Awards 2004)








Ongoing Series (with multiple awards)



Black and white, independently published comics:

New, Improved! Dykes to Watch Out for: CartoonsDykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
From the webcomic (not all available online)

  1. New, Improved Dykes To Watch Out For (Humor winner Lambda Awards 1990)
  2. Dykes to Watch Out For: The Sequel (Humor winner Lambda Awards 1992)
  3. Spawn of Dykes to Watch Out For (Humor winner Lambda Awards 1993)
  4. Unnatural Dykes to Watch Out For (Humor nominee Lambda Awards 1995)
  5. Hot, Throbbing Dykes to Watch Out For (Humor nominee Lambda Awards 1997)
  6. Split-Level Dykes to Watch Out For (Humor nominee Lambda Awards 1998)
  7. The Indelible Alison Bechdel; Confessions, Comix, and Miscellaneous Dykes to Watch Out For  (Lesbian Biography/Autobiography Winner, Small Press Awards Nominee & Humour Nominee; Lambda Awards 1998)
  8. Post-Dykes to Watch Out For (Humor nominee Lambda Awards 2000)
  9. Dykes and Sundry Other Carbon-Based Life-Forms to Watch Out For (Humor winner Lambda Awards 2003)
  10. Invasion of Dykes to Watch Out For (Humor nominee Lambda Awards 2005)


Complete Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian TerroristHotHead Paisan: Homocidal Lesbian Terrorist by Diane Dimassa

  1. Hothead Paisan (Humor nominee Lambda Awards 1993) (no longer published, found in Complete Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist)
  2. Revenge of HotHead Paisan (Humor nominee Lambda Awards 1995)


Juicy Mother: Celebration
Juicy Mother by Jennifer Camper

  1. Juicy Mother: Celebration (Humor nominee Lambda Awards 2005)
  2. Juicy Mother 2: How They Met (LGBT Anthology nominee Lambda Awards 2007)



Strangers in Paradise OmnibusStrangers in Paradise by Terry Moore [Review
  • GLAAD Awards 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
    • Awards either for the pocket books or the individual comics, the last of both were published in 2007 and GLAAD don't document which issue received awards, if they make a distinction at all. 
    • Start here Strangers In Paradise Pocket Book 1 (of 6)




Superhero/ Mainstream comics


    DC Comics


    •  Metropolis S.C.U written by Cindy Goff (run of 4 comics)
      • Early version of Gotham Central (Maggie Sawyer is a recurring character)
      • Outstanding Comic Book winner 7th GLAAD media awards, 1996
    •  Supergirl
      • Gender shifting love interest for specific issues
      • Outstanding Comic Book winner, 10th & 11th GLAAD media awards 1999 & 2000


    Renee Montoya & Batwoman
    •  52 by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
      • Gaylactic Spectrum Awards Best Other Work winner 2008
      • Outstanding Comic Book nominee, GLAAD media awards, 2007
    • Batwoman: Elegy (a.k.a Detective Comics 854-860) by Greg Rucka
      • 21st GLAAD Outstanding Comic Book Awards winner 2010 (original comics)
      • 23rd GLAAD Outstanding Comic Book Awards winner 2012 (graphic novel)
      • Reviewed here

    Vertigo
    • The Girl Who Would Be Death (DC Comics/Vertigo) written by Caitlin Kiernan (four comics)
      •  Outstanding Comic Book nominee, 10th GLAAD media awards, 1999
    • The Books of Magic (also DC Comics)
      •  Outstanding Comic Book nominee, 10th GLAAD media awards, 1999

    Also See:

    By Award

    By book genre

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