The Color of Always (2023)


The flutter of first dates, the thrill of a text-back, the heart-stopping seconds before coming out, and the rush when finally discovering who you truly are – all of these life-changing moments across the full spectrum of LGBTQIA+ experience are ready to explore in this bright and inspiring comics anthology! The Color of Always is a collection of personal stories, testimonies, heirlooms, evocations, and evangelisms for queer creators and readers that celebrates feeling good about who you are, and coming into your own at last.

From: A Wave Blue World

Notes on This Title

This is an anthology title. The stories contained and the queer representation they feature are as follows:

  • “The Color of Always” depicts a queer female couple, one of whom is visually coded as Black. It also briefly depicts homophobic protestors.
  • “Cladagh” features a queer female couple.
  • “Tethered” features a couple, one of whom uses they/them pronouns.
  • “Sea Chang”” focuses on a nonbinary character.
  • “Letting it Fall” depicts a coming out, and features a queer female couple, one of whom is South Asian.
  • “Long Away” depicts a trans woman.
  • “All That Glitters” shows a character who is some degree of gender-nonconforming, and who experiences transphobia.
  • “Hollow Wolf” depicts a queer male couple, one of whom has dark skin.
  • “Extra Pages” shows a queer male couple.
  • “Leaves” features an AFAB character who is some sort of queer and/or trans.
  • “Ever More Myself” depicts a bi man and a nonbinary person who are in a relationship.
  • “Both Sides” features two queer women, one of whom is visually coded as Black, and another of whom is visually coded as Asian.
  • “Drawing Lines||Posting Signs” depicts a queer character who was raised Mormon.




“Economic storytelling paired with youthful ambiance offer an enjoyable and high-quality sampler plate of queer graphic fiction.” (Source: Publishers Weekly)

The Color of Always would make a great entry point into the medium for the reluctant comics reader with an interest in queer fiction.” (Source: Broken Frontier)

The Color of Always belongs on library shelves because it adds to the growing body of work by and about LGBTQIA+ people. It primarily portrays gay, lesbian, nonbinary, and transgender characters although it falls short on POC representation.” (Source: No Flying No Tights)



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