Melanie Gillman is the creator of the webcomic As The Crow Flies, a story about a group of queer and trans teens who befriend each other over the course of a Christian youth backpacking camp. As The Crow Flies has been nominated for an Eisner Award (2014), a Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize (2013), five Autostraddle Comics and Sequential Art Awards (2014-2015), and has won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators.
They are also the artist for the official Care Bears comics series, published by Lion Forge, and one of the editors of The Other Side, an anthology of queer paranormal romance comics.
Melanie Gillman's graphic novel STAGE DREAMS, a western romance set in New Mexico Territory at the start of the Civil War, following a young trans girl runaway, who joins forces with a charismatic lesbian stagecoach robber to steal important plans from the invading Confederate army, to Greg Hunter at Graphic Universe, for publication in spring 2019, by Jen Linnan at Linnan Literary Management.
AS THE CROW FLIES
(Iron Circus Comics, forthcoming Nov. 2017)
Camp Three Peaks is a rustic, Christian summer retreat for teenage girls! A week of hiking, adventure, and communing with the God of its 19th-century founders... a God that doesn't traditionally number people like 13-year-old Charlie Lamonte among His (Her? Their? Its?) flock.
The only black camper in the group, and queer besides, she struggles to reconcile the innocent intent of the trip with the blinkered obliviousness of those determined to keep the Three Peaks tradition going. As the journey wears on and the rhetoric wears thin, Charlie can't help but poke holes in the pious disregard this storied sanctuary has for outsiders like herself—and her fellow camper, Sydney.
STEVEN UNIVERSE - writer
(Boom! Studios, 2017)
CARE BEARS - artist
(Roar Comics, 2016-2017)