Queer Webcomic Comes to Print from Lion Forge

Mooncakes is a queer, Chinese-American paranormal romance webcomic created in 2015 by writer/editor Suzanne Walker and illustrator Wendy Xu. The webcomic features long-lost childhood crushes Nova Huang and Tam Lang and focuses on their relationship as they struggle through bills, family, and weird horse demons in ways that only a witch and a werewolf can. You can see the full description from the publisher here:

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.

One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.

Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

Now, Mooncakes will come to print this October from Lion Forge! The announcement was first made in 2017 and has been named one of Paste Magazine's Most Anticipated Comics of 2019. Hollywoord Reported that the book will release to the book market on October 5, 2019. Along with the twice monthly comics collected into a single book, the trade paperback will also include brand-new updated art for Chapters 1 and 2, illustrated chapter headers and a whole lot of fun back-matter that was exclusive to Patreon until now.

Mooncakes is a labor of love,” Walker and Xu said Tuesday in a statement released by Lion Forge and featured on Hollywood Reporter. “We set out to tell a story of reunion — two childhood crushes who find each other again to find out whether their friendship could be something more. Nova and Tam’s love thrives in a rich, vibrant world of magic, demons, and elder witches, and their journey is a reflection of all we value as creators. We couldn’t be more thrilled that Lion Forge is releasing it in print, and we are so excited to share Nova and Tam’s story with the world!”

"There are a ton of webcomics out there, but not all of them have great art and compelling stories," wrote Emma Lawson from Comics Alliance. "Even fewer feature queer people of color as main characters. Mooncakes has all of the above, in a modern world with fantasy elements."

Suzanne Walker is a Chicago-based writer and editor. Her short fiction has been published in Clarkesworld, and she is a former contributor to Women Write About Comics. She has spoken at numerous conventions on a variety of topics, ranging from disability representation in sci-fi/fantasy to the importance of fair compensation for marginalized SFF creators. By day, she works as a copyeditor for medical journals.

Wendy Xu is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and comics artist. Her work has been featured in Here We Are: Feminism for the Real WorldShattered: The Asian American Comics Anthologyand as part  of the New York Historical Society’s Chinese in America exhibit. You can find her rants against unseasoned chicken and other terrible cooking ideas. On her off days, she experiments with cooking magic and tries to get her cat to poop in the litter box like she’s supposed to. Check out a SYFY Wire exclusive of Wendy Xu sketching the Mooncakes characters below!