In addition to short comics, I also read slice-of-life webcomics. The 18 webcomics below range from transgender identities to teen activism and awareness.
Here, you’ll find stories exploring queer experiences, everyday reflections, and heteronormative and gendered assumptions. Following on from my last installment of webcomic recommendations, I want to shine a light on even more gems. Enjoy!
Friends with Benefits by nezhovsou
Eri, genderfluid and asexual, tries to form bonds without being expected to reciprocate sexual attraction. Eri’s story dismantles misconceptions about asexuality and the as/aro spectrum. The creator also drew a cute comic about Rohan (starts at episode 224), Eri’s friend who is a trans man.
Make Me Happy by Marvin
Charlie works and goes to school while caring for his four-year-old brother. Everyone at school assumes she’s a boy because of her haircut and the way she dresses, but she lets it go. She has other worries, like making sure social services don’t find out her dad isn’t home. A webcomic about gender relations and assumptions.
A Bittersweet Life by Donggeon Lee (Completed)
A comical slice-of-life webcomic that shows the irony and double standards in relationships and office spaces in South Korea.
Genre Slices by TopazComics (Completed)
An autobiographical webcomic about Jey Pawlik’s experiences as a non-binary transmasculine person. A truly moving and insightful read. Jey Pawlik also points to policing and misconceptions among non-binary and trans people (allies too).
queens by wr3h
A high school drama webcomic about relationships and mental health. Daniel just moved from England to Queens, New York, but he’s already in trouble. Even after intervening in a bullying incident, he worries about what his new peers think of him. He wants to start over after what happened in the past, but the rumors and demons that haunt him make things more difficult.
Radio silence by Vanessa Stefaniuk
Modern British rock band Radio Silence tour the UK and navigate relationships and challenges. A well-nuanced exploration of interpersonal dynamics, abuse and fame. The reception of the public and what happens behind the scenes is managed in an impressive way.
The lesbian closed by Obelis
After she left, her abusive mother forced her back into the closet. This autobiographical webcomic is the creator’s space in which she discusses the effects of trauma, abuse and queerphobia. She lives in Lithuania, a country where LGBTQ+ people do not have certain rights (i.e. adoption, marriage). This amazing webcomic is also inclusive, open, and brutally honest.
Growing Up Gay by Sadie Samet
An autobiographical webcomic about lesbianism, perceptions of femininity, biphobia and internalized misogyny. Written and drawn by a Jewish lesbian.
Evolving Loch by GrayLoch
Loch, a Mexican trans man, shares his experiences of discovering his gender identity and social transition in his autobiographical webcomic. Pokémon’s personal connections to transgender identity, issues with buying and wearing a schoolbag, gender dysphoria, and more.
Boyfriends by refrainbow
Four college guys form a polyamorous relationship with each other. Not only is this webcomic sweet and adorable, but the boyfriends engage in healthy communication and set boundaries along the way.
Sesame But Different by chiapoppy
Chia and Poppy, a lesbian couple, have lived together for several years. This webcomic shows their moments, their mistakes and the reasons why they love each other.
Check out the fictional novella, In search of poppy.
Trans Man Walking by Andi Santagata (Completed)
Andi Santagata’s moments and events following her coming out as trans in 2016. Happy high school memories, haircuts and more.
Illuminated by Rachel Song, Maria Nguyen and WmW (NEW!)
In a collaboration between WebToon and 88rising, Illuminated shares the stories of four Asian women: Wolftyla, Mirai Nagasu, Stephanie Poetri and Maia (mxmtoon). This series amplifies their experiences and awareness of anti-Asian violence. I appreciate the inclusion of intersectional and intra-community issues (ie anti-blackness, colorism, class).
The Dog Diaries by yee seon (the creator’s site is not available) (NEW!)
Dana, a freelance illustrator struggling with burnout, decides to adopt a dog. She brings home a Pomeranian puppy named Myeongdong, but an emergency visit to the vet later reveals that Dana has been scammed. Myeongdong has canine parvovirus and actually came from a puppy mill. Dana is furious about the scam, but she’s willing to do anything to make sure Myeongdong recovers. This webcomic made me happy, sad and angry.
Coconut Diaries by Coconut Comics (Illustrated by Dovka)
A clumsy Filipino American nerd shares moments of his life. Friendship, mother-daughter relationships, Filipino folklore and customs.
The Girls Have a Blog by Sarah Bollinger and Tara Kurtzhals
Best friends Sarah and Tara share their experiences as freelance comic artists and in post-college life. Together they play video games, adore fictional male characters, and often eat McDonald’s cheeseburgers. This autobiographical webcomic also sheds light on the reality of being freelancers, sexism, gender identity and self-esteem.
Sun Boy by moosopp
I’m currently moosopp’s other webcomic, Break of the day (listed here) so I had to check sun boy after hearing about it. Adorable and poignant, this webcomic gracefully tackles parenting, bullying, racism, body image and other issues.
Tested by YGetIt? Program (16+)
An informative online comic that discusses AIDS and HIV (stigma), mental health, transgender identity and transitioning, substance abuse, domestic violence, LGBTQ+ issues, and more. It’s intersectional and engaging.
Do you know of a slice-of-life webcomic (or two, or more) that you’d like to recommend? Please feel free to comment below. I would love to hear from you!
For more great webcomic recommendations, check out our Wednesday Webcomics Archive! You can also check out other slice of life webcomics and my pride month recommendations.
Author: Brahidaliz Martinez
Brahidaliz (pronounced Bra-da-leez) is a 2019 graduate of American University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. Their cross-genre chapbook, Coquí’s Song, is forthcoming (2023) with Mason Jar Press.
Location: DC Metro Area
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