Alphabet Soup

Summary & Review

Alphabet Soup uses first-hand accounts to educate people about lesser known sexualities and gender identities. With various types of media, including creative writing, interviews, quotes, films, plays, visual art, and ads for community-related products and events, Alphabet Soup allows many different people to learn and join the conversation to increase acceptance and awareness. It’s important work that needs to be done, and I hope Alphabet Soup will be a great springboard for it!

Check out Alphabet Soup at:

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Somewhere In Between

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Summary

Our Project of the Month program is returning this April, and we will be focusing on @somewhereinbetweencomic

Somewhere In Between is described as a web comic about bisexuality and gender queer experiences. For those of us who play for our own team.

The creator has an incredible art style, and not only do their comics display important parts of queer existence, they are also super relatable. 

So everyone should go check them out and stay tuned here as we continue our exploration of this project!

Review

 

This month we had the pleasure of interviewing and working with the runner of the Somewhere in Between web comic. We were lucky enough to discuss the work of the creator with the creator themselves, and we are proud to promote their work to you now.

 

With many queer creators just getting their start on the big wide internet, Somewhere in Between stands apart. The comic has a professional quality that is often lacking in other personal projects, and a personal touch that is often lacking in professional projects. And as a creator myself, the game is all about balance.

 

How much personality to put in, how much polish out, do you want people to connect to it on a personal or political level, how much should you appeal to people on an emotional level? And it is rare to see a project that balances all of these sliding scales as well as Somewhere in Between does.

 

It keeps the personal front and center without ever feeling unprofessional, and while humor is used the situations never feel sensationalized or unreal. And in talking to the creator Gracie May we found that is the case, the stories depicted in the comics are the experiences of the creator and it is clear to see that because of the personal nature of the comic it becomes more relatable. And though this may seem like a contradiction we find that in many other forms of art this exists as well.

 

Though it is often said the creator must remove themselves from the work as much as they can, it is seen time and time again that not only is that impossible but it often turns out that the most universally felt and understood pieces of art are those that are most intimate. And in this comic it is no different. While the scenes depicted are from the creators life they feel familiar to many queer people. And through that the personal becomes political.

 

Though the comic primarily explores the life of the creator it is often found that those experiences are shared ones. And by bringing these events to the front, the comic opens the floor to discussion and exploration of the realities of queer life. The life of the creator becomes something people can not only relate to but explore the reasons behind and it opens a realm that many projects (including our own) don’t explore.

 

While in some projects it is important to keep the content as removed from the creator as one can, in this comic it is the connection between the work and the creator that make it extraordinary.


So check out this work. Support a queer creator taking control of the queer narrative and help them make queer history.

365 Days of Lesbians

Summary

This February to continue our look at queer creators for our audience to look at we explore another project about the members of our communities history with 365 Days of Lesbians. A project run by a group of writers that explores a different lesbian figure on every day of the year, and though they are just beginning they have already covered so many, including a couple we have looked at as well. 

While there title suggests a certain exclusivity to the people they cover they do include multi-spec, and non-binary people as well, the title word lesbian is used for ease and brevity. And while they are just beginning they have already gathered a fairly long list of people they have looked at, just starting out on tumblr we are excited to see how this project grows and what they will do in the coming year. 

So in this month of February we are excited to look at this project and explore it further with all of you.

Queer Portraits in History

Summary

As a project Making Queer History has always tried to push up other people and projects in the queer community and this month we are beginning a series with that exclusive purpose. This will be a monthly project that highlights a project we have encountered that is run by a queer person and works to enhance our community as a whole.

The first project that we are going to look at is Queer Portraits in History a project run by Michele Rosenthal (She/Her/Hers) an illustrator who works out of Brooklyn. The project focuses on creating portraits for prominent queer figures in history, including many we have covered in articles ourselves such as Frida Kahlo, Josephine Baker, Oscar Wilde, and Tamara de Lempicka. All the portraits include a short description of the person in question alongside to give information along with unique and vivid imagery. 

So in the month of January we will be looking into this project and it's founder and hopefully will give our audience a new resource to keep an eye out for in terms of queer history.

Review

 

One of the principals that this project is founded on is the desire to push up other queer creators, and this month we truly begin adhering to that principal in earnest. And the creations we look at this month are definitely worthy of being the first to hold the center stage. Queer Portraits in History is a project run by Michele Rosethal that works to provide faces to the stories of our community, and the work that they do is an invaluable service to the queer community, and is one that we are excited to highlight for you all today.

 

The project we discuss began in 2014 and has grown to include just under 70 faces throughout it’s time, telling their stories in words and in vibrant colours. While we are sure we do not have to impress upon any of our readers the importance of knowing the history of the queer community, something we have discussed far less often is the visual aspect of it. That can be excused slightly by the fact that we do not have an artist in our ranks, but we are so glad to see others with far more skill taking on such tasks. And for the visual learners among our readers we suggest checking out their website, because not only is the project filling a space that desperately needs to be filled, but they are also doing it well.

 

They not only cover a wide range of subjects, but they also have a lovely way of capturing the personality of the people they portray. One that comes to mind when thinking of the best of their work is their portrait of Tamara De Lempicka. A bisexual woman who we too have covered in our own project, and their portrayal of her could not be a more perfect display of her life and vitality.

 

In their portrait of the artist they clearly integrate her work into their own style, both paying homage and maintaining their own signature aesthetic. She looks forward with a steely untouchability that was found often in her work, and the steady structure of the lines and colour mirrors the art deco style that the artist was so famous for. And having ourselves studied this woman we are so proud and grateful to see someone in our community honouring her in the way they have.

 

And with each piece they manage to pull in parts of their subjects as they illustrate them, including short paragraphs describing their lives alongside each portrait. And they are without a doubt a reliable and beautiful resource for anyone looking to learn more about the queer community. While this is not the illustrators main job we are happy to see the success they have earned, and hope to increase it even the tiniest amount by promoting them on our project. As they begin working on patreon we are hoping to see the queer community come out in full force to support them, and help them continue to archive and display our history freely to all members of our community.


The queer community has no lack of artists in its midst, but finding one that has put such work and passion into preserving our history is no small thing, and it is our duty to foster such projects. As earlier stated we at Making Queer History, do not yet have an artist, we are writers. So it becomes all the more important for us to support the people creating things that we cannot. We do not have the skill to do what Queer Portraits in History is doing, which is why we promote them. While we cannot financially support them as of now, we can share our audience with them, and hope that our audience does their best to support this project in their own ways whichever those may be. While we discuss history it is important for us to realize that while the past is unchangeable, our future is entirely under our own power. And while it is our main job to tell the stories of those long since dead, it is our responsibility to make sure the people creating right now have the support they need to make queer history for the generations after us.