Semester of Graduation

Fall 2023


Master of Arts (MA)


Geography and Anthropology

Document Type



This thesis explores how queer comics create spaces and places of belonging for the LGBTQIA+ community. Queer comics occupy a complex and liminal space. This thesis considers three different types of comics commonly theorized as separate: the embodied, digital, and the literary. It is the tension between the physical nature paired with the intangible nature of the worlds created in these stories that makes them a perfect place for building spaces that are queer, safe, and interactive for queer and non-queer readers alike. This is the case with print comics and graphic novels, as well as digital comics and webcomics.

These comics can provide a sense of community, safety, and visibility without the potential danger of choosing to “out” oneself to another person. These concepts are explored through the close reading and thematic analysis of three case studies: User, For the Love of God Marie, and The Deserter’s Masquerade. All three works embody historic queer settings that can no longer be accessed, and thus build queer history for their readers, allowing queer existence to be seen across several social contexts, times, and countries.



Committee Chair

Regis, Helen

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