Plot twist: You don’t own a dog.
M.O.D. RECOMMENDS: BIZENGHAST
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Author: M. Alice
Format: Graphic Novel, Novel
TRIGGERS: Death, Grieving, Body Horror, Gore, Institutionalization
M.O.D. has been meaning to showcase some upstanding works for a while. The first on this list is Bizenghast. Bizenghast is about a girl named Dinah, and her plight to free the ghosts of the mausoleum,
Dinah has depression, PTSD, and other mental illnesses. It’s never stated outright, but it’s clear. She needs to rely on her friend, Vincent for help a lot of the time. Throughout the work, she learns how to grow and live.
Bizenghast is a wonderful story, beautifully crafted. It deals with themes such as mental health, grieving, and moving on from hardship. There are a handful of PoC characters for those interested in that, one of the most interesting being Nareesha, a presumably Middle-Eastern woman in a sari that has won the title of Most Beautiful Woman In The World. Three times. There is a nonbinary character as well, named Edaniel.
The tale begins seemingly like a monster-of-the-week faire, and takes you for a ride in one of the most beautiful tales. Unfortunately, with the fall of Tokyopop, the ending seems a little rushed since the company was going under.
Nevertheless, this is the only series that M.O.D. has loved enough that he’s read it countless times and owns every piece of merchandise he could get his hands on, including the art book.
For anybody dealing with hardship, depression, and grief, it’s a must read. The art is also stylized and beautiful for anybody that loves steampunk, gothic style and lolita.
The author herself is a cosplayer, as well as an all-around amazing person as well, so there’s nothing to lose! It also can’t hurt to mention this is the only series M.O.D. has loved enough to keep on top of the entire time. He’s also cosplayed one of the characters.
It’s hard for him to talk about this masterpiece while avoiding spoilers, but it’s a wonderful series.Something for anyone to check out, even if it’s hard to find.
When you come out as trans, people sometimes take a while to adjust to your new pronouns, or don’t quite understand.
So we launched a new campaign to help! An article that introduces the topic, a video with a rundown from trans young people, and a web app where you can learn and practice pronouns!
Here’s our easy way to help your friends and family get your pronouns right and understand why it’s important.