|The website landing (and first) page of "Sam & Aaron"|
Sam & Aaron by Gary Hansen
Sam & Aaron is a short illustrated story following the puppy love shared by two young grade-school aged boys. It is a story without an antagonist or conflict and dwells on the innocence and excitement of first love.
The author/illustrator explains (both in his about page and as part of the kickstarter video he's created to print up copies of the story) that being gay and coming out for him was full of negative emotions, confusion, fear and shame. He wrote and illustrated "Sam & Aaron" as a way to heal himself. As he says, "a hopeful view of a world I hope to see for future generations."