WIR: Nimona

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This weeks book is the award winning Internet wondekin Noelle Stevenson‘s Nimona. This book began life as a webcomic that everyone told me to read that I just never got around to. One of the cool things about Nimona is that would actually get to see her talent growing as the comic goes on. The chapters become more meaningful, the art gets noticeably better. It’s a rare thing to see and I think it’s a necessary and inspiring book. It’s proof that beginners can make good art and that practice really does pay off. It’s the kind of thing that can really only happen on a web comic.

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Joy Young breaks down non-binary in a poem

I recently found Joy Young on Button Poetry (go there it’s a fucking wonder of poetic experiences) and she’s actually the first non-binary poet I’ve ever seen which is depressing but god am I glad to have someone else at the party (I can’t eat all these chips by myself). Most people I know even my activist friends don’t truly understand what it is to be gender queer. It’s a concept but all the feelings are missing. Dear Joy, thank you for giving us words.

Everyone Needs Robot Hugs

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Robot Hugs has been one of my favorites for a while now. When it started it was just you’re usual webcomic adorableness but somewhere along the way Robot Hugs became an advocate for mental health, feminism and queer issues and I couldn’t be happier. Today’s comic about Mental Health Harm Reduction advocates for something I rarely see in the mental health community, the understanding that our bad coping skills are still coping skills. Comics like this have become the norm on Robot Hugs which had lead to mean situations where I’m attempting to explain something like the reason many men don’t notice street harassment and all I want to do is go “Here why don’t you read this comic.” It will be faster and we’ll both hate each other less at the end.

RH’s commentary is concise and on the mark. They do a better job of explaining the nuances of these issues that I ever could in a Facebook debate. I have long thought that comics are a great educational tool. Especially when they’re actually entertaining the way RH is. Not every comic deals with serious issues, I’d say for every long form awareness raising comic there’s an adorable cat or relationship comic. I find the subject matter to be pretty balanced between the serious and the not-so serious which really is a pretty accurate representation of life at times.

If you’re looking for a new webcomic to add to your RSS feed Robot Hugs should be at the top of that list.