After the success of Volume 1, the Dates anthology is back!
Margins Publishing is currently running a Kickstarter to raise funds for its publication. Like its predecessor, Dates 2 features queer main characters set against a historic (pre-1965) backdrop, and get this…. there are NO tragic endings. At 260 pages, it’s longer than its predecessor, and features comics, standalone illustrations, and prose from a range of creators, set throughout history and and around the world. As noted in Margins’ press release for Dates 2:
Margins Publishing launched DATES 1 as a response to the Tragic Queer trope, in which queer characters in media all too often end their stories dead or destitute. With DATES, Margins is working towards evening the score, bringing to life stories about characters in settings before the 1960s and located on five different continents. Most importantly: none of the stories have tragic endings.
History, queerness, and happy endings? Count us in!
Dates 1 received praise from a number of online publications including Sequential Tart, Everyday Feminism, and Women Write About Comics. Erica Friedman, founder of Yuricon, praised Dates 1, as did author Shira Glassman. Dates 2 has already received early press in Comic Frontline and Lesbian.com.
Dates 2 is slated to publish in Summer 2017. The Kickstarter reached more than a quarter of its $22,000 goal in its opening 9 hours, and last we checked, is closing on the $27,000 mark, but every extra dollar will go a long way toward helping Margins continue its awesome effort fighting the Tragic Queer trope.
We can’t wait to read the finished product, and our fingers are crossed for future volumes down the road. Go Dates!
Check out the cover art for just a few of the stories. I know – I know… this quite the tease.
Looks like you’ll have to buy your own copy to see the rest.