I decided early on when I first started writing TQW that I wanted to do this on my own. I didn’t want someone to change the artistic direction of the story or the idea that had been manifesting itself in my mind for so long. A lot of gay comic books go with an independent publisher, but with that comes certain stigmas and expectations that I didn’t want to taint my graphic novel. I want my characters to exist as they are and not have to state what it means to be gay, or themselves, out loud. I want to be able to tell the story of Dorian, who is gay, and have him exist (as an alternative person) in a world that is constantly asking people to tell everyone who they are. I wanted him to have the quiet acceptance of himself that I myself have as a gay person.
This has made it harder and easier for me as a creator. I get to depict how I want These Quiet Worlds to be seen, and submit it where I want it to be submitted, but it also begets a genuine reliance on the readers and gay press that takes a lot of out my hands. It’s always been hard got me to rely on strangers, as I find it exhausting to leave my comic (or anything of mine) in the hands of others. It’s scary, but aptly fitting to have a story which, at its utmost core, is about how do you exist in a world with so many conflicting motives and come out as yourself when everything comes to completion.
These Quiet Worlds is a sort of love letter to life in a world of constant transition and I really hope that in the end it is recognized as such, but I am contending with a lot of other people and that is pure terror.