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Title: Other Ever Afters: New Queer Fairy Tales
Author: Melanie Gillman
Genre: Young Adult Graphic Novel
Publishing date: September 20th, 2022
Once upon a time . . . happily ever after turned out differently than expected. In this new, feminist, queer fairy-tale collection, you’ll find the princesses, mermaids, knights, barmaids, children, and wise old women who have been forced to sit on the sidelines in classic stories taking center stage. A gorgeous all-new collection in graphic novel format from a Stonewall Honor-winning author and artist.
What if the giant who abducted you was actually thoughtful and kind? What if you didn’t want to marry your handsome, popular, but cold-inside suitor? What if your one true love has all the responsibilities that come with running a kingdom?
Award-winning author Melanie Gillman’s phenomenal colored-pencil art creates another “ever after” for the characters who are most worthy of it.
Top 5 Reasons to Read OTHER EVER AFTERS
1. Seven Original Stories!
This is an anthology of unique fairy tales! These all feel like stories you’d read in a collection of fairy tales alongside The Frog Prince and Rumpelstiltskin.
2. Diverse Perspectives
There are queer characters, chronically ill characters, and characters of color! All people who are normally not the focus of fairy tales are here!
3. Deconstruction of Classic Fairy Tale Tropes
Many of these stories ask questions about things readers don’t ask questions about. Like, why can’t the king share the magic flowers? Why is the knight so devout to the point of self-sacrifice? If you love the twisting of traditional story conventions, this anthology is for you!
4. The Art Style
I love Gillman’s colored pencil art style. I really haven’t seen an art style like theirs before. It really needs to be stated that these are colored pencils, because there are a couple of parts where I forgot it was colored pencils because I didn’t realize you could compose some of the panels that Gillman did with pencils.
5. My Favorite
And finally, you should read this book because of my favorite story in this anthology, “Hsthete.” Hsthete is the goddess of mishaps and a woman invokes her in order to get out of a loveless marriage. I don’t know what it is about it, the unconventional goddess or even just the ending, but I love this story so much!
Melanie Gillman is the cartoonist behind this story. They hold an MFA in comics from the Center for Cartoon Studies, and currently live in Columbus, OH. Melanie is also the author of Stage Dreams, a lesbian western graphic novel, available from Lerner/Graphic Universe. They are represented by Jen Linnan, of Linnan Literary Management.