“History is not the past. It is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history. If we pretend otherwise, we are literally criminals.” - James Baldwin
Pluck·y - Having or showing determined courage in the face of difficulties. Plucky Comics is an activist-led company dedicated to protecting and reimagining Black Queer history. We choose to take care of ourselves and affirm our existence by telling our stories and empowering others to tell theirs.
Plucky Comics was founded in 2021 by Daniella Gennaro and Nathan Alston at the University of Michigan. Combining our backgrounds in education and art, we fiercely believe that history should be accessible to all children and adults. We believe (and research supports) that excluding the stories of Black Queer people negatively impacts all childrens’ ability to understand the past and the impact they have on their own futures. To spread these stories and empower a future generation of students, we built a team of artists to begin to tell the Black Queer stories that we wish had been present for us when we were children. Within each of these stories are tales of Black Queer heroism, love, and resistance that deserve to be more widely known. We hope that these comics, images, and stories will inspire you build community, stand up for who you are, and be the iconic Queer legend that you were born to be, just like our legendary ancestors.