Dates: An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction, Volume 3

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THE FULL COLLECTION! You get everything Margins has ever done! PDFs and paperbacks of DATES 1, 2, and 3; the postcard set; the bonus comic; the full set of QUEER LOOKS merch; and VAMPIRE EMMY AND THE GARBAGE GIRL!

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Dates! Volume 1

The first volume of our queer historical fiction anthology series! Featuring the talents of 35 creators in 33 different pieces, complete with full-color comic covers and illustrations, this 176-page, perfect-bound paperback book tells the story of queer people living their lives throughout time and across the world.

This paperback comes bundled with the PDF!

Dates! Volume 1 PDF

The PDF of the first entry in our queer historical fiction anthology series! Featuring the talents of 35 creators in 33 different pieces, complete with full-color comic covers and illustrations, this 176-page digital volume tells the story of queer people living their lives throughout time and across the world.

Note that this is the PDF and NOT the physical version.

Dates! Volume 2

The second entry into our queer historical fiction anthology series, all of the stories in this volume are themed around the idea of progress! Featuring the talents of 35 creators in 17 comics, 18 full-color illustrations, and 2 short prose stories, this 268-page, perfect-bound paperback book tells the story of queer people making change in their lives and their communities, throughout time and across the world.

This paperback comes bundled with the PDF!

Dates! Volume 2 PDF

The second entry into our queer historical fiction anthology series, all of the stories in this volume are themed around the idea of progress! Featuring the talents of 35 creators in 17 comics, 18 full-color illustrations, and 2 short prose stories, this 268-page digital volume tells the story of queer people making change in their lives and their communities, throughout time and across the world.

Note that this is the PDF and NOT the physical version.

Vampire Emmy and the Garbage Girl

Emmy is a vampire, but she’s past all that brooding, Ann Rice stuff. She just wants to kick back, watch Netflix, and eat some bloody cheese fries. Annabelle is the new trash collector on the block… tall, strong, and with shoulders to die for. They meet over a garbage bag of the aforementioned cheese fries, and the rest is history.

Or is it?

Vampire Emmy and the Garbage Girl—created by Pat Shand and Roberta Ingranata (Robyn Hood, “Anonymously Yours” in Dates 1)—is 22 black-and-white pages of gorgeous art, snappy banter, and heartwarming story in a saddle-stitched booklet, complete with full color front and back covers. 

(Lettering by Jim Campbell, cover colors by Jen Hickman, back cover by Effie Lee.)

Vampire Emmy and the Garbage Girl PDF

Emmy is a vampire, but she’s past all that brooding, Ann Rice stuff. She just wants to kick back, watch Netflix, and eat some bloody cheese fries. Annabelle is the new trash collector on the block… tall, strong, and with shoulders to die for. They meet over a garbage bag of the aforementioned cheese fries, and the rest is history.

Or is it?

Vampire Emmy and the Garbage Girl—created by Pat Shand and Roberta Ingranata (Robyn Hood, “Anonymously Yours” in Dates 1)—is 24 black-and-white pages of gorgeous art, snappy banter, and heartwarming story in a high res, DRM-free PDF. 

(Lettering by Jim Campbell, cover colors by Jen Hickman, back cover by Effie Lee.)

Queer Looks Zine

QUEER LOOKS is a celebration of a selection of iconic aesthetics and symbols used by queer folks in the west from the last 150 years! The looks span from carnation codes in the 1890s, to the queer blues divas of the 1920s and 30s, and even to the denim and pins trends of the present day. The zine contains 13 gorgeous fashion-plate-style illustrations as well as a timeline-style glossary of the looks, and is 20 pages in total. The print edition of Queer Looks is staple bound, full color, and printed on high-quality paper with a thick cover stock.

This zine comes bundled with the PDF!

Queer Looks PDF

QUEER LOOKS is a celebration of a selection of iconic aesthetics and symbols used by queer folks in the west from the last 150 years! The looks span from carnation codes in the 1890s, to the queer blues divas of the 1920s and 30s, and even to the denim and pins trends of the present day. The zine PDF contains 13 gorgeous fashion-plate-style illustrations as well as a timeline-style glossary of the looks, and is 20 pages in total.

Note that this is the PDF and NOT the physical version.

Wildfeather Enamel Pin

In the 1800s, as with now, style of dress was a whole visual language and a peacock feather worn on the lapel was just one of many possible indicators that the wearer might not fit the heteronormative mold.

WILDFEATHER was designed by Zora Gilbert and is set in gold metal. Each pin is hard enamel, 25mm (about 1”) at its longest point, and comes with a rubber clutch and backing card.

Ring of Keys Enamel Pin

A key ring clipped to a belt loop has been an understated, recognizable sign of queerness (specifically and most commonly a lesbian symbol) for decades, but it also represents a strength and comfort of identity that departs from sexuality.

RING OF KEYS was designed by Zora Gilbert and is set in gunmetal. Each pin is hard enamel, 25mm (about 1”) at its longest point, and comes with a rubber clutch and backing card.

Labrynth Enamel Pin

The Minoan labrys was an essential symbol—and agricultural tool—in the ancient matriarchal society of Knossos, and found a resurgence as a lesbian symbol and a symbol of women's rights in the 1970s and '80s.

LABRYNTH was designed by Zora Gilbert and is set in silver metal. Each pin is hard enamel, 25mm (about 1”) at its longest point, and comes with a rubber clutch and backing card.

Caldera Enamel Pin

Popularized on AVEN in the mid-2000s, the black ring has become a symbol of solidarity and a means of self identification for asexual folks. Harkening back to roman symbolism, the black represents both internal and external protection.

CALDERA was designed by Cat Parra and is set in silver metal. Each pin is hard enamel, 25mm (about 1”) at its longest point, and comes with a rubber clutch and backing card.

The Elusive Mr Vanderbridge

Stella Argyle is a gossip reporter on the trail of a juicy bit of intrigue, but can she uncover the truth AND beat rival reporter Flora Fontaine to the byline? A jazz age mystery with a dash of romance, brought to you by Dates editor Cat Parra and Dates cover artist Erica Chan! 

The ladies Erica designed for the first Dates cover have been intriguing us for four years now, so we knew it was time they got an adventure of their own. This 25-page, full-color story is printed on high quality paper with saddle stitched binding.

This saddle-stitch oneshot comes bundled with the PDF!

The Elusive Mr Vanderbridge PDF

Stella Argyle is a gossip reporter on the trail of a juicy bit of intrigue, but can she uncover the truth AND beat rival reporter Flora Fontaine to the byline? A jazz age mystery with a dash of romance, brought to you by Dates editor Cat Parra and Dates cover artist Erica Chan! 

The ladies Erica designed for the first Dates cover have been intriguing us for four years now, so we knew it was time they got an adventure of their own. Enjoy it as a 25 page, full color story!

Note that this is the PDF and NOT the physical version.

Intercontinental Postcard Set

We brought together seven former Dates contributors to illustrate postcards featuring a queer scenes on each continent: Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Antarctica, and... Oceania. Each postcard is 4x6 and printed on thick, glossy card stock. They've also got spaces for addresses on the back, so slap a stamp on 'em and you've got functional postcards!

Intercontinental Postcard Set PDF

We brought together seven former Dates contributors to illustrate postcards featuring a queer scenes on each continent: Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Antarctica, and... Oceania. This is a PDF of those illustrations!

Dates! Volume 3

The third entry in our queer historical fiction anthology series! This brand new book is full of stories and illustrations themed around the prompt of ADVENTURE. 

Our contributors have created 21 comics, 23 illustrations, and 3 short prose stories full of excitement, anticipation, and, yes, romance to form one incredible 300+ page and perfect bound volume, complete with black-and-white interiors and full-color illustrations.

This paperback comes bundled with the PDF!

Dates! Volume 3 PDF

The third entry in our queer historical fiction anthology series! This brand new book is full of stories and illustrations themed around the prompt of ADVENTURE.

Our contributors have created 21 comics, 17 illustrations, and 3 short prose stories full of excitement, anticipation, and, yes, romance to form one incredible 300+ page digital volume, complete with black-and-white interiors and full-color illustrations. 

Note that this is the PDF and NOT the physical version.

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