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Like Blackheart and Goldenloin from "Nimona"? Read these Graphic Novels

If you loved the relationship between ND Stevenson's Blackheart and Goldenloin in "Nimona," along with a build up and backstory to their dynamics, I've got some recommendations for you. Get ready, because these graphic novels not only serve super cool artwork, but they're also brimming with gay representation that's just real.


Like the gay representation in "Nimona"? Check these out!


Young Avengers

"Young Avengers" by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie


When it comes to young superheroes, these folks take the cake, and, oh, we got ourselves a couple here too! Wiccan and Hulkling are not only super powerful but super cute too. Their romance is a central part of the plot, and the way they handle their relationship amidst all the world-saving stuff is just, chef's kiss.



Fun Home


"Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic" by Alison Bechdel


Want something more grounded? "Fun Home" is as real as it gets. It's a deep dive into Alison Bechdel's own life, focusing on her relationship with her father, a closeted gay man. It's a poignant, thoughtful exploration of identity, growing up, and the secrets that families keep.



My Brother's Husband


"My Brother's Husband" by Gengoroh Tagame


This one's a beautiful tale of acceptance and understanding. It's about a single dad, Yaichi, who meets his late brother's husband, Mike. The way Yaichi's prejudice crumbles over time and how he comes to accept Mike is truly heartwarming.



Check Please!


"Check, Please!" by Ngozi Ukazu


Hockey, pies, and a sweet gay love story, what's not to love? This one's about Eric Bittle, a former figure skater turned hockey player who's trying to keep his sexuality a secret from his teammates. It's funny, it's charming, and it's oh-so-sweet.



Bloom


"Bloom" by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau


If you're a fan of romance and baking, then "Bloom" is right up your alley. It's a summer love story about Ari, a baker's son, who falls for Hector, a guy who loves to bake. The love story, set among rolling pins and dough, is just too delicious to pass up.



The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal


"The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal" by E.K. Weaver


What happens when a straight-laced med student and a laid-back slacker go on a cross-country road trip? Well, you get a touching story about friendship, love, and finding oneself. It's a perfect blend of humor, drama, and romance.



Each of these graphic novels offers a unique, often deeply touching depiction of gay relationships, shining a light on both the highs and lows that come with love and acceptance. They are powerful, moving, and at times, heartbreakingly real. I really wish we would have gotten more with Blackheart and Goldenloin in "Nimona" but if you want to find more gay representation in media, trust me, you're gonna want to read these!

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