Going away to college is often touted as one of the defining times in a young person’s life, a period in which they are no longer under the supervision of their parents and placed in an environment that can’t help but change them. As cliche as this vision of academia seems, that’s exactly the situation of freshman Joyce Brown, one of the leading players in David Willis’s slice-of-life dramedy Dumbing of Age, which is set entirely on the campus of Indiana University.
Joyce (like Willis himself) has been raised in a loving but sheltered and strict fundamentalist Christian home and is attending school to, in her own words “hunt down the wonderful, godly man [she] will someday marry.” But Joyce’s worldviews will be tested and turned upside down by a widely diverse and intricate cast of characters. These include Joyce’s misanthropic roommate, her Yale-bound new best friend who happens to be an atheist, her rebellious convicted felon neighbor, their despot of an RA, and an emotionally unstable girl masquerading as a caped crusader (or is it the other way around?)–and those are just the people on her floor!
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Once upon a time a boy saved a kitten from a tree. As thanks, he was rewarded with one wish: the power to speak to cats until that wish was granted. Time passed, and once upon another time the boy fell in love with his best friend.
So sets the stage for Prince of Cats, a webcomic that seamlessly blends elements of fantasy, romance, and LGBTQ fiction into one beautifully illustrated result. The story focuses on the lives of Lee Holtzer, our eponymous Prince of Cats, and his best friend Frank Murakami. Lee is popular, dramatic, and impulsive while Frank is shy, creative, and responsible. Both of them are far cries from traditional teenagers; Lee’s magical connection to the cats of his mountain town raises all kinds of problems and doubts, and Frank’s life revolves strictly around the maintenance of his family’s farm and the health of his aging father.
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As The Crow Flies is the award-nominated coming-of-age story of Charlie, a thirteen year old queer girl who enrolls against her better judgement into an all-girls Christian wilderness retreat. Not only is Charlie the only African-American girl there, but it becomes apparent that this proclaimed “feminist backpacking camp” hasn’t done much to welcome or include young women who are not white, straight, and privileged.
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