/ The Gaysi Zine - Queer Graphic Anthology
The Gaysi Zine - Queer Graphic Anthology
Just when the world is stepping out to explore the many facets of sexuality and gender and questioning everything we know about it, The Gaysi Family adds a dynamic voice to the cause. Following seven years of breaking archaic societal precincts on sexuality, the LGBTQ collective hits another milestone: the first ever graphic anthology of queer narratives. Inspired by the unending possibilities of exploring queer culture with a compelling graphic voice, this anthology brings together stories by a motley mix of artists and writers.
"Queer people are fabulous and have wonderful stories to tell; the power of visual rendering of anecdotal accounts can be very soul searing. However, not many are drawing the queer stories. Not many are venturing into this fertile wonderland," says Priya Gangwani, the editor of Gaysi Zine.
Last week, The Gaysi Family shared a conversation titled Boundary Breaking Graphic Art in Queer India, which explored graphic as a space for performative text, and how the discourse of Queer is moving 'beyond the cauldron of Indian Queer Literature.'
Peppered with stories that recount Chennai's first recorded crime in 1641—which offers a historic context to homosexuality in India—and the musings of a married lesbian woman, art, design and literature break even in this anthology. With an explosion of styles and colors, the book reminds us of the same diversity and zeal it represents. A conversation with Priya Gangwani reveals the message that this book and The Gaysi Family wishes to share: sexuality is fluid. It was always meant to be so.
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