“On Loving Women”: A Collection Of Comics That Perfectly Captures Coming Out And First Love

A mix of awkward, sexy, heartbreaking, and down-right adorable.

1. On Loving Women is a book of short comics focused on sexual identity and first instances of love as told through the lens of animator Diane Obomsawin.

Diane Obomsawin/ Used With Permission From Drawn & Quarterly
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2. Using simple storytelling, the book explores significant moments in queer women’s lives; from holding a girl’s hand for the first time to a drunken one-night-stand.

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Artwork by Diane Obomsawin / Via Drawn And Quarterly
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4. Diane Obomsawin’s minimalist style is reminiscent of Jason or Keith Haring, mixing animal and human traits on her sparely-drawn characters.

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5. Here is Diane, alongside her self portrait:

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Diane Obomsawin

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6. The collection of stories actually stems from Diane’s personal experiences with that strange “Aha!” moment of finally understanding your own sexuality.

The inspiration for my comic novel came from a book I read by Michel Tremblay (a famous Quebecois author). The young protagonist of this book had a revelation at the age of 16 when he realized that he always unconsciously identified himself with the woman when he saw a kiss in a magazine or in a movie. It was a sudden revelation of his sexual identity. It made me thing of my first semi-conscious attraction to other girls when i was 6 or 7 years old. I changed school 14 times and the first thing I did when I started in each school was choose a girl with whom I wanted to fall in love. I focused almost all my attention to that girl until the day I moved to another school. I put my own stories about my first experience of feeling attracted to women under my name in my book and then I realized I wanted to hear the voices of my friends about their first love or desire too … all the chapters are named after the person whose story they tell.

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7. Each individual chapter feels like peeking into someone’s personal diary, each story more entrancing than the last.

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9. The book will be in stores February 18th, but you can pre-order a copy here.

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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