Individual: Abby Denson

Identifier: PER.96
Description: Abby Denson released her first self-published minicomic in 1996. Entitled Tough Love, a paperback comic about the story of two gay teenagers in high school. The characters were Brian, a cute shy suburban boy, Chris, a kung-fu fighter, and Julie, Brian's best friend. Abby sent a copy to XY Magazine for review; the editors at XY chose instead to serialize the comic in their publication, where it ran for a number of years, garnering Tough Love many fans. At the same time, Denson continued to release the series as a minicomic, until the story came to an end. Abby was also the illustrator for the cover of the special Survival Guide edition of XY.