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Queer Books, Queer Readers: Haley Boros Recommends Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology

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Hi there! I’m Haley Boros, my pronouns are she/her, and I’m an award winning graphic designer, illustrator, and published cartoonist. Outside of my career in the label printing and flexible packaging industry, my creative practice focuses on whimsy and fantastical creatures – think dogs doing fantasy jobs! I’ve contributed to several comic and art anthologies since 2017, most of which can be found on my website at haleyboros.com. You can also become a supporter of mine at ko-fi.com/hihaleyboros, or follow along at @hihaleyboros on twitter and instagram!

What queer book have you chosen to share with our readers today?

Today I’ve chosen Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology. Featuring 18 stories by 26 contributors, Beyond is a 250+ page, black and white, queer comic anthology, full of swashbuckling space pirates, dragon slayers, death-defying astronauts, and monster royalty.  Each story celebrates and showcases unquestionably queer characters as they explore the galaxy, mix magic, have renegade adventures, and save the day!

Why is this book one of your favorites?

I’m a BIG fan of comics that are sci-fi and fantasy all rolled into one. It’s the best of both genres!

How would you describe yourself as a reader?

That’s a terrific question. I would have to say that I enjoy books that match the mood I’m in, for the most part. As an example, I picked up the newest Chris Hadfield book from the library (where I’ve been doing a lot of my current reading from!!) because I felt it would be a good mix of things I love – Space and Mystery. Even though I have borrowed it from the Library twice now, I really don’t think I could get into it again. It just didn’t feel like something I could see myself spending my time doing. If I’m not connecting with something within 50-100 pages, I abandon it and find something else that sparks my interest.

As a queer person, have books helped you explore or express your queer identity?

Yes, ABSOLUTELY! I’ve found I really relate so much to my queer comics peers when I read their works. I’ve found little pieces of myself in them, and it brings me so much joy. Getting to read about different character’s experiences in their own queer journeys has really made me consider that mine is unique and should be cherished.

Other than reading, are there any queer nerdy recommendations that you would like to leave with our readers?

Queer and Nerdy recommendations that aren’t reading…hmmm.. OH! There are quite a few television shows and movies up on Netflix that are very good and very queer. Some that stand out to me are Feel Good, Everything Sucks!, Schitt’s Creek, Sex Education, SheRa and the Princesses of Power, and One Day at a Time.

Thank you, Haley!

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