Kiera Jamison, commissioning editor at Icon Books, has acquired world rights in all languages to QUEER: A GRAPHIC HISTORY by activist-academic Meg-John Barker and illustrator Julia Scheele.
Queer: A Graphic History is a groundbreaking non-fiction comic book that tells the histories of queer thought and activism. At its heart are questions and ideas relevant to everybody, such as whether we have fixed identities, understanding gender as a performance, and challenging binaries such as gay/straight or nature/nurture.
Bringing together pop-culture, activism and academic theory, Queer: A Graphic History explores the various ways in which people have wrestled with issues of sexual identity and behaviour, from studies like Alfred Kinsey’s view of sexuality as a spectrum, to Johnson and Masters’ research into sexual response. It also explores queer moments or directions in everything from Sherlock Holmes to Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz.
Barker says, ‘This book is about making queer theory and queer activism accessible to a wide audience. There are some hugely useful ideas in queer thought that rarely get out to the people who might benefit from them, because the language can be pretty dense or because people think it won’t be relevant unless they identify as queer. I’m also a huge comics fan, so the possibility of having my words illustrated by Julia was extremely exciting.’
‘Meg-John has written an introduction to queer theory and activism that breaks out of the topic’s usual academic confines and is clever and witty,’ says Jamison. ‘Together with Julia’s cool illustrations, it will raise a lot of smiles and, hopefully, change the way many people think about LGBTQ identity, culture and history. It’s safe to say this is the only book you’ll read this year that sees Lady Gaga facing off to Foucault, and Miley Cyrus’s wrecking ball tearing into gender constructs.’
Queer: A Graphic History will appeal to anyone interested in LGBTQ issues and stories, fans of Orange is the New Black, The Danish Girl or Alison Bechdel’s comics, and anyone interested in queer, gender or critical theories, indeed anyone interested in seeing culture and society from a different perspective.
Icon will publish as an £11.99 paperback (254 x 177mm), and as an ebook, in September 2016.