Comics I Need to Read: what qq

Hey, it’s me! Mexi Gremillion! Talking about more comics I need to read.

While most of the comics I talk about are linear, fictional tales that reach into the realms of fantasy, magical realism, or science fiction, this month’s addition is a bit different. This week, we’re going to be talking about life with:

what qq by Carlisle Robinson

what qq is a slice of life comic composed of one-off “episodes”, likes a series of vignettes. It’s similar to webcomics like Johnny Wander. It’s an autobiographical comic series of sorts, talking about the life and experiences of Robinsion as a deaf trans masculine queergender person.


One of the reasons this comic is worth the read is because of the evolution of the art created by Robinson. While what qq is still pretty young, only about two years old, there’s definitely an arch in the artstyle, going from good art and transforming into even greater creations. Intricate details are added as time goes on and Robinson strives towards more complex comic stripes.

The addition I find to be the most impressive is probably the usage of gifs within their comic. Not only do the gifs provide an animated appeal to them, but the use of the gifs is both for informative and creative, allowing Robinson to both educate the layman about ASL as well as allow them to express themself in their first language, which is amazing.

If you’re not part of the community Robinson lives their life in, you probably don’t think much about the fact that English is actually some people’s second language and that ASL is a completely separate language, filled with creative and definitively different ways to express oneself, or even that American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL) are two different things. I never really knew about it until reading this comic.

I’ve probably learned more about the culture and experiences of the deaf and the hearing impaired in this comic than I ever had in any fiction that has a…

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