Title: The Gaysi Zine – Issue 04 – Queer Graphic Anthology
Authors and Artists: Various
Genre: Queer, LGBT Fiction and Non-Fiction
The fourth Gaysi Zine is out! It is a graphic anthology and let me also tell you that it is the best anthology you might read in 2016. It is of course all about love and other issues but not just limited to the LGBT community (we are very inclusive you see). It is essentially all about different voices coming together, their stories, their losses, their hopes, their loves and all of this told in an all-graphic format.
I could not stop turning the pages and there were times when I also went back right to the top and started all over again. Gaysi Zine is not just a zine or an anthology – to a lot of us it is more than that – perhaps a reason to be hopeful, a reason to come out of the closet and not be pushed back again, a reason to smile and look forward to a new, bright and shiny day.
This anthology has 16 long pieces and so many short posters taken from times gone by – of events, of rebellion, of important landmark moments and more. Like any other reader, I had my favourites and here they are:
1. Going the Solo Route by Soumya Menon – It is okay to be single you know. It is absolutely alright to want to be single till perhaps you are found. This piece will liberate you in so many ways.
2. IlaSudyumna by Nandini and Upasana – a mythological story of man and woman and being androgynous. The art work in this is stunning. There is so much fluidity in this story and yet it is so stable.
3. Sexist things people say by Anushka Jhadav – kuch toh log kahenge…ab unka muh chup karao. Learn from this piece on how. It is funny and tongue-in-cheek.
4. The Case of the floating woman by Ravi, Adarsh and C G Salamander – this has to be my most favourite story. I don’t know whether this really happened or not but it is most heartbreaking and of course about love that still cannot be spoken about between two men. I could feel my eyes a little moist at the end of the story.
5. Bites by Karan Vohra – Love and its angst told in two pages. I have nothing else to say about this, but just this: Go! Pick up the anthology. Read this. Soon.
6. A Timeline of events in LGBT History: Educating the uneducated. You need to know.
Priya, Sreejita, Sakshi, Anuja, and Ojoswi (he also designed this awesome cover) together as a team have brought out yet again an issue to cherish and keep for years to come. I had so much fun reading this and more than anything else, as a gay man of course I could relate to each and every piece. It will be great to see this being bought and talked about as much as possible, after all we all need a chance to love and live the way we want to and every step in that direction counts. Go buy. Go read.