We’ve finally entered the new year! Congrats to all of you for making it this far, and thank you for your continued support of our blog, whether it be by leaving comments or simply lurking. I don’t know about you, but one of the New Year’s traditions that I find particularly hard to keep up with is resolution-making. It’s great in theory, and gets me pumped for about the first three days of January, but then whatever resolution I made ends up getting pushed to the wayside. So this year, I just decided to not make any. However, I did make the promise to myself that I would try to consume much more diverse media this year. If you, too, have always found yourself wanting to support more diverse creators and diverse casts, but likewise found yourself having no idea where to start, today’s web crush may be just what you’re looking for!
Many of the other authors here at Lady Geek Girl & Friends have been lucky enough to stumble upon really interesting sounding webcomics that also boast diverse casts, whether it be through race, sexuality, or disabilities. Me, I’m not quite that lucky, but maybe I don’t need to be when I have a whole database at my fingertips. LGBT Webcomics provides a quick and easy way to sort through over seven hundred webcomics featuring queer characters of all types. I’ve never used the Tagpacker system before, but having it so the site allows you the option between which type of representation you want to see (ie: trans characters, asexual characters, etc), the potential explicitness of the webcomic, and its genre makes it so narrowing your options down to something you’re really interested in easier than ever.
The database’s compiler, overlordpotatoe, also has a Tumblr page with the same LGBT Webcomics name. However, rather than having two databases—since Tumblr would be especially shitty for that kind of thing format-wise, in my opinion—their Tumblr page is more home to cute little one-offs of various indie comic creators on the platform, also featuring queer characters. So if you’re just not feeling starting a whole webcomic at the moment, scrolling through pages of 4-koma-like strips is equally as rewarding and fun.
With the deluge of media starring straight white people, it can feel almost impossible to find diverse media, and when you find it, praying that it will also be good almost feels like too much to hope for. But with services like LGBT Webcomics, at least some of this stress is alleviated. Now go forth, my friends! Devour all the diverse media you can! Let’s make 2017 a year of increased visibility for both diverse characters and creators! And make sure to check out LGBT Webcomic’s Tagpacker, their Tumblr, and overlordpotatoe’s other compendium of LGBTQ+ media, The Slash Pile.