LGBTuesdays: Saga
When asked in a Vulture interview if he thought creators had a responsibility to be inclusive, writer Brian K. Vaughan replied, "I just feel like artists have a responsibility to be good. That said, I think it’s much harder to be good without trying to reflect some aspect of the real world, and the real world has never been just a straight, white guy world. It’s certainly becoming increasingly less like that all the time. So yeah, it’s just not something that I wanna write about." 

This attitude, combined with the stunning art of Fiona Staples, makes the long-running comic series Saga the pillar it has become both in the comic industry but also in the LGBT community. In issue 37 of the series, a trans woman was introduced to the reoccurring cast of characters. Her name is Petrichor and unlike many inclusions of trans characters, her gender is never used as a punchline. Since she is only an auxiliary character to the main cast, we don't have a sentimental coming out moment, we don't know about her family, and her gender is not the focus of the plot in any way. She simply exists

The way in which she is able to have core characteristics outside of her gender, without erasing her identity altogether, is a wonderful example for future writers. There have been comments from within the trans community about fumbles with regards to how she was outed to the reader in a full-page nude shot without being introduced as a person before her gender was on full display. Certainly there have not been any completely perfect examples of representation yet, but Petrichor in the Saga story has been pretty great so far.

If you'd like to check out Saga from the Library, click the picture below. You can also digitally check it out through Hoopla by clicking here.

Saga