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New Mutants Movie Lesbian Love Story Fan Art!


Maisie Williams as Rahne and Blu Hunt as Dani 2020 by Suzanne ForbesI just updated this New Mutants movie fan art I did back in 2017.

Back then Maisie Williams‘ casting as Rahne Sinclair had been announced, but not Blu Hunt’s, so I had no idea who would play Dani Moonstar.

And it was at least a year or two more til hardcore fellow fan @newmutantsup broke the news that the #dahne love story would be text, not just subtext!

I know there’s lots of folx out there who dream of having their OTP* made canon, and let me tell you, it feels as good as you could imagine.

Rahne and Dani DAHNE 2020 by Suzanne ForbesOnce I started drawing #dahne I couldn’t stop!

I also drew the girls as I used to draw them when I drew Rahne/Dani slash (is it slash if it was the clearly expressed subtext??) in the 80s, but in the clothes from the movie.

I am so grateful to the director, Josh Boone, the storyboard artist Ashley Guillory, and these perfect, incredible actors.

New Mutants stepping disc by Suzanne Forbes Aug 21 2020And always, to Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, who told a story that resonated in my heart and gave me so much strength.

I’ll always be grateful to Chris for the New Mutants, the X-Men, and his friendship during the very hardest time of my life. Queer representation in the New Mutants was such a comfort.

Here’s to a future where queer love stories can be out in the open from the very beginning!

More New Mutants stuff:

My Rahne and Dani lovebird custom Marvel Legends action figures

Douglock action figures

Rahne and Dani slash art from the 80’s

The love story of me, P, the New Mutants, and Chris (trigger warning for really a lot of bad stuff)

Christopher Street Day ice cream party with gay X-Men!

How the New Mutants film re-connected me with my queerness

*for those who don’t know!


Portraits of my friend Tom, 1990.

June 12 1990 Tom at Dunn Bros by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne ForbesJune 12 1990 Tom at Dunn Bros by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne ForbesA big part of the praxis of portraiture is drawing the same people over and over.

You have to do it over and over, so you start to understand what characteristics make a face distinctive, what features identify someone. I had a teacher at Parsons who taught us that ear placement is critical, too!

Tom June 12 1990 at Dunn Bros by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne ForbesTom at Dunn Bros Coffee, June 1990.

Tom was one of my closet friends in early sobriety, during a year where I carried a sketchbook everywhere I went. He is a fellow New Yorker; we met at the halfway house after I finished my four months and while he was doing his. We become instant sobriety buddies and confidantes. Eventually he moved in for a while with me and my roommate Anita.

tom1990 Tom at Dunn Bros by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne ForbesTom at Dunn Bros. Coffee, summer 1990.

We went to recovery meetings almost every night, and went for coffee before or after.

Tom April 17 1990 by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne ForbesTom, outside Dunn Bros.

We spent a lot of time at the coffee shop!

Tom and Evan summer 1990 by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne ForbesTom, right, and Evan, a guy I briefly dated. Summer 1990.

1990 sketchbook with Tom by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne ForbesA sketchbook page from 1990 with a collection of heads, including two quick sketches of Tom.

I used to scribble and doodle and sketch in my notebooks, something I gave up completely after I became a courtroom artist and then a comic artist.

My pencil doesn’t move unless it’s work, since about 1992.

That’s ok, because I have delightful mixed media crafts and projects to play with!

None of these drawings had ever been photographed; until now, no record of them existed – if we had a fire or flood they would just be gone forever.

I am so grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me to take time to document my art archives.