This is a list of the books I've read in 2020, with a few of my thoughts on each.
Really interesting look at nonsexual modes of relating across feminist movements, lesbian society, childhood, spinsterhood, and tyranny, with some really illuminating looks at the sexual revolution, feminist and lesbian art, queer media, and how desexualization is different from freedom from sexual expectations.
This is the second art book from the same team that brought us Art and Origins. It's a behind-the-scenes look at my favorite cartoon, with a bunch of developmental drawings, philosophy, discussion, background information, and Crew doodles and photos. What a beautiful time.
Steven Univere: End of an Era
|K.A. Applegate, Michael Grant, Chris Grine
First in a planned series--an adaptation of the 90s tween series (which I enjoyed as a mid-twenties woman). I thought the art was a great choice for carrying a pretty terrifying subject without glorifying the violence, and I thought the adaptation was successful and enjoyable.
Animorphs Graphic Novel #1
Another great book by one of my favorite authors. Such a cool premise about someone who has been receiving mysterious self-help advice in the mail since she was a kid, and being invited as an adult to find out the truth about all of it. But none of that is as important as the amazing reality of the relationships depicted within.
Gravity Is the Thing
Finally finished this after starting it in January. I guess a lot happens when you declare something your bus book and then a pandemic makes it so you don't ride the bus for the rest of the year. Anyway, this book was a lot of weirdly detailed petty socialite stuff that was nevertheless weirdly relatable because humans are always gonna human. I personally liked that a lot of minutiae was included.
|Rebecca Sugar, Sarah Gailey, Rii Abrego
Trade paperback #8 in the ongoing Steven Universe comic series. I'd read and bought the issues individually but this is worth having.
Steven Universe: To Be Happy
|Rebecca Sugar, Terry Blas, Gabriele Bagnoli
Trade paperback #7 in the ongoing Steven Universe comic series. I'd read and bought the issues individually but this is worth having.
Steven Universe: Our Fearful Trip
|Rebecca Sugar, Talya Perper, S.M. Mara
Original Graphic Novel #5 is a side story about a lot of different kinds of messes the Gems have to deal with. Good stuff.
Steven Universe: Crystal Clean
I got to read this early and blurb it! What a great book about diverse experiences along the asexual spectrum.
ACE: What Asexuality Reveals about Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex
|Rebecca Sugar, Cartoon Network
This art book for the movie concept art and discussion of development was amazing.
The Art of Steven Universe: The Movie
|Rebecca Sugar, Grace Kraft, Rii Abrego
Trade paperback #6 in the ongoing Steven Universe comic series. I'd read and bought the issues individually but this is worth having.
Steven Universe: Playing By Ear
|This was an awesome book about a guy who is assigned to read flagged e-mails for security and ends up falling in love with one of the women writing the messages. I really enjoyed this story.
|Pretty good book about a girl who thinks she needs to lose weight for her aunt's wedding but realizes along the way that a lot of her reasoning and her larger relationships needed healing of a different direction. It felt like a pretty realistic story.