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DATES is an anthology of queer historical fiction. In this exciting second volume, themed around the idea of progress, travel in time as far back as a drinking contest in Mesopotamia during Hammurabi's reign, or as recently as a small highway town in late-1950s USA. Featuring the talents of 35 creators in 17 comics, 18 full-color illustrations, and 2 short prose stories, DATES is an anthology of queer historical fiction. In this exciting second volume, themed around the idea of progress, travel in time as far back as a drinking contest in Mesopotamia during Hammurabi's reign, or as recently as a small highway town in late-1950s USA. Featuring the talents of 35 creators in 17 comics, 18 full-color illustrations, and 2 short prose stories, this 268-page, perfect-bound paperback book tells the story of queer people making change in their lives and their communities, throughout time and across the world. Logo by Leigh Luna


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DATES is an anthology of queer historical fiction. In this exciting second volume, themed around the idea of progress, travel in time as far back as a drinking contest in Mesopotamia during Hammurabi's reign, or as recently as a small highway town in late-1950s USA. Featuring the talents of 35 creators in 17 comics, 18 full-color illustrations, and 2 short prose stories, DATES is an anthology of queer historical fiction. In this exciting second volume, themed around the idea of progress, travel in time as far back as a drinking contest in Mesopotamia during Hammurabi's reign, or as recently as a small highway town in late-1950s USA. Featuring the talents of 35 creators in 17 comics, 18 full-color illustrations, and 2 short prose stories, this 268-page, perfect-bound paperback book tells the story of queer people making change in their lives and their communities, throughout time and across the world. Logo by Leigh Luna

30 review for Dates! Volume 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    c,

    Rep: male and female bi characters, gay characters, lesbian characters, male and female trans characters, non-white characters there were fewer stories in this one than the first that stood out to me like !!!! but the overall quality was higher

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joanie

    I'll go look for Volume 1 for sure. so happy this exists & that I got it over the weekend at a books fest! 'no tragic endings' right there on the back, thank YOU. more of this, please. I'm very pleased. my favourites: Wildflower Knights, Reflections of a Glassmaker, Kantha, Willow Marsh, Flowers in the Wind, La Estudiante, & Dolores & the Dollfaces, but really, I love them all. I'M SAD THAT THE COVER ITSELF ISN'T A STORY. I want that one! it's definitely why I even spotted this and I'll go look for Volume 1 for sure. so happy this exists & that I got it over the weekend at a books fest! 'no tragic endings' right there on the back, thank YOU. more of this, please. I'm very pleased. my favourites: Wildflower Knights, Reflections of a Glassmaker, Kantha, Willow Marsh, Flowers in the Wind, La Estudiante, & Dolores & the Dollfaces, but really, I love them all. I'M SAD THAT THE COVER ITSELF ISN'T A STORY. I want that one! it's definitely why I even spotted this and picked it up in the first place because I was browsing so, so many books that day.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    Just like the first volume, a treasure trove of historical fiction comics and stories featuring queer characters. Best part...no tragedies! There are three entries in this volume I really enjoyed, meaning I reread them many times. ‘Thaw’ by Kate Wellenstein is really sweet and the few illustrations by Juliana Pinho to accompany the prose are adorable as well. ‘Willow Marsh’ by Fydor Pavlov and M.McFerren is simply gorgeous. I fantasize about living in that time period so the artwork for this story Just like the first volume, a treasure trove of historical fiction comics and stories featuring queer characters. Best part...no tragedies! There are three entries in this volume I really enjoyed, meaning I reread them many times. ‘Thaw’ by Kate Wellenstein is really sweet and the few illustrations by Juliana Pinho to accompany the prose are adorable as well. ‘Willow Marsh’ by Fydor Pavlov and M.McFerren is simply gorgeous. I fantasize about living in that time period so the artwork for this story is like viewing a waking dream. ‘Dolores and the Doll faces’ should totally be a show! Another great story and artwork that just lovingly shows off the time period. Very excited for the release of volume 3!!! Once again, thank you Cat Parra & Zora Gilbert!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rainsage

    This second volume really upped the writing game. I felt like there was a wider variety of stories and while some were more engaging than others, I really loved getting exposed to different time periods and cultures. The stories that stood out the most to me were The Ibex Tattoo by Gwen C. Katz and Flowers in the Wind by A. D'Amico. I loved the storytelling in Tattoo being the narrator and the vivid imagery that was written. Flowers literally had me crying at the end. I love Japanese culture so This second volume really upped the writing game. I felt like there was a wider variety of stories and while some were more engaging than others, I really loved getting exposed to different time periods and cultures. The stories that stood out the most to me were The Ibex Tattoo by Gwen C. Katz and Flowers in the Wind by A. D'Amico. I loved the storytelling in Tattoo being the narrator and the vivid imagery that was written. Flowers literally had me crying at the end. I love Japanese culture so much, and the poem at the end was so moving--love, love, love it. I highly recommend this!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Yue

    This queer historical art anthology was uplifting and beautiful. It has about 19 short comics and 13 standalone illustrations, most of it in black and white. The stories chosen range from war time longing to domestic companionship. The vast majority focus on PoC through the ages and social status. They all represent personnal or community archivements, personnal wins with echoes still now.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Grant

    Volume 1 may have been a little wobbly, but Volume 2 stands on firmer ground. While not every story was perfect, the majority of them were polished. I felt more drawn in by this collection, and the art styles were more fine-tuned. If you like queer historical fiction, graphic novels, and happy endings: read this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    What I liked best about this was the diversity: characters who are ace, non-binary, trans, intersex, gay, lesbian, bisexual. Different cultures and time periods are represented. I liked this one better than volume 1! I skipped the prose story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    3.5 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    K.

    Loved this volume as well! Absolutely stunning work, and with such variety too! Heartfelt, fun, and gorgeous overall. Onto volume three!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Much like the collection before it, Dates II is heartwarming, queer to the brim, and full of stories that leave the reader wanting more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sanna

    A wonderful collection of stories and several art styles. I'm so glad I backed this on Kickstarter.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    THIS IS QUEER HISTORICAL FICTION WHERE NOBODY DIES AND EVERYONE GETS A HAPPY ENDING. *ahem* so yeaaah these are anthologies of comics and some short fiction that's all historical, all queer, and all happy. I mean, there's conflict and problems and stuff, but nobody dies. It's not tragic. Everyone gets to be happy. And yeah, the quality is a little uneven and the stories are occasionally either confusing or hard to follow, but it's queer historical fiction where nobody dies and everybody gets a THIS IS QUEER HISTORICAL FICTION WHERE NOBODY DIES AND EVERYONE GETS A HAPPY ENDING. *ahem* so yeaaah these are anthologies of comics and some short fiction that's all historical, all queer, and all happy. I mean, there's conflict and problems and stuff, but nobody dies. It's not tragic. Everyone gets to be happy. And yeah, the quality is a little uneven and the stories are occasionally either confusing or hard to follow, but it's queer historical fiction where nobody dies and everybody gets a happy ending. I cried a lot. It's great.

  13. 4 out of 5

    C.S. Malerich

    Like the first edition, this anthology is sweet and uplifting. I was impressed with the even wider breadth of geographic settings, historical periods, and families (biological and otherwise). The artwork seems to have been kicked up a notch. Particular stand out for me: "Ink Blot." I include content warnings for myself, to aid me in my library job when I make recommendations. CW: Sexual Themes, Explicit Sexual Content, War, Violence, Death/Illness, Religion, Left-Wing Politics

  14. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sav

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  17. 5 out of 5

    Devin

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Barnes

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  20. 5 out of 5

    Val

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marietta

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  23. 4 out of 5

    Reader of Books

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eva

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maria

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Megan Linton

  30. 5 out of 5

    Megan Derr

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