If You Love ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’, Try These Comics Next [Pride Week]
The 2013 queer coming of age movie Blue Is The Warmest Color, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, has been acclaimed as one of the most emotionally complex and compelling movies of recent years. A beautiful story about two women's love for each other, and their eventual heartbreak, it's based on the graphic novel by Julie Maroh.
The movie is available to watch on Hulu and Netflix, so if you've seen it once, there's a chance you've seen it two or three or four times. If you're thirsty for more sorrow, love, or troubled adolescent relationships, here are some creator-owned or independent comics that you can check out next.
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is a graphic novel by Alison Bechdel of Dykes to Watch Out For fame. You may also know her as the one who populariized the Bechdel-Wallace Test. Fun Home is about her experiences coming out, and her relationship with her father who, after his suicide, she discovers was gay.
If heart-breaking queer stories are what you're in the mood for, you'll find few better than Bechdel's tale of love, loss, hope, and hopelessness. If you're in the mood for more Bechdel, you can follow it up with the pseudo-sequel, Are You My Mother? which examines her relationship with her mother and the effect Fun Home had upon it.
Remember your time at summer camp? How the days would stretch on into night and time seemed endless? Remember the friendships?
Chiggers tells the story of a friendship between two girls who couldn't seem less alike, but who bond none the less. Although not explicitly fantasy, it does veer into the fantastical near the end when one girl saves the other's life.
If you're looking for a happy coming of age story, featuring two young girls in love, this is the comic for you.
Blankets follows a Christian boy throughout his life, until he meets rhe person who he believes will be the love of his life, Raina. The story comes together as he and Raina spend two weeks together at her parent's house. Through his time there, Craig realizes who he is, as opposed to who he's been told to be, and realizes that what he and Raina have isn't love at all.
If you're looking for a tale of a young adult finding themselves, learning to give up on what they thought was right, and learning to be true to themselves, all while dealing with their first love (and lust), Blankets is the book for you.
A decidedly sci-fi take on what it's like to lose someone. A man wakes up every morning, remembering a woman who never existed, a woman he knows he was in love with, and he aches for her every day. After realizing the truth, he makes a decision that will ring true to everyone who has ever lost someone they love.
If the melancholy ending of Blue is the Warmest Color inspired you to find other tales of the end of a relationship, where love still goes on, this — one of the first in Kurt Busiek's award-winning Astro City series — is one of the best choices you could make.
Normally we don't recommend the source material when recommending other works to explore, but in the case of Blue is the Warmest Color, some fans may not know that it was based on a graphic novel, or else may not have taken the time to track it down.
Originally titled Blue Angel, the graphic novel version is somewhat slower, softer, and sadder than Blue is the Warmest Color. There's a frame story with Emma reading the tale of the relationship between her and Adele (Clementine in the graphic novel). The ending of the story is perhaps more gratifying, but still tinged with the certain heartbreak that will be familiar to fans of the movie.
In short, if you loved the film, you'll love the graphic novel.