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One Bloody Year
1918 - an epidemic
T-Gina #2
Tim Fish's new comics
Upcoming: T-Gina #2
New review: User
Upcoming: Chelsea Boys & Adam & Andy

 

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Sunday, September 28, 2003

New images in the gallery



Art by Michael BairI've added six images in the gallery, by Jerry Bingham, Jae Lee, Rick Mays, Michael Bair, Justin Gray & Mike Zeck. I want to thank Xavier Lancel for sending me some of those scans and suggesting the others. It seems Xavier intended to do a gallery like mine. Great minds think alike. Or maybe it's just French fags...
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Saturday, September 27, 2003
Blog review
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One Bloody Year

Category: fantasy, gay-friendly.
Author(s): Michel Lacombe.


 The lovers, Pythias and Damon, looking at the main character.With One Bloody Year: Fall, Michel Lacombe is launching an original and disturbing take on that cliché of horror, the urban vampire.
The 40-page, black & white comic tells the story of a man who, after a suicide attempt, finds himself turned into a vampire by a former rival in love, now also a vampire. And then things get ugly.
This is not a gay story, both of those characters are straight. But Michel Lacombe has stated that he wanted to include gay characters, and he does deliver. There are two gay vampires who are a couple (one more bi than gay, it seems), and another, human character who's also gay. And from what I've read, it's obvious the gay characters get a lot of "screen time", and their relationships are not swept under the carpet.
But this is not an angst-filled comic -no worry over spilled blood, here. Those vampires, gay or straight, are deadly, and the leader of the pack, the former rival, is a complete psychopath.

A good, gay-inclusive story would be enough for me to recommend this comic, but on top of that, the art is absolutely gorgeous. Drawing from photographs of real people, Lacombe has managed to avoid all the pitfalls of that technique, partly through a striking use of shadows, but also thanks to a powerful and careful storytelling. Visually, this is comics at their best.

I can't say enough good things about this comic. As violent as this story is building, I can safely say I'm hooked.


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Saturday, September 20, 2003
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1918 - an epidemic


Author(s): Ken Boesem.


A panel from the storyMankind has a short memory, and more damagingly, a highly selective one.
How many people in our time know about the 1918 influenza epidemic, which killed far more people than the war itself?

That is the subject Ken Boesem, a Canadian gay artist, has chosen for 1918, his contribution to this year's SPX Anthology, the indy press yearly collection. The interesting thing for this site is that he chose to tell that particular story after having considered drawing a strip about the way HIV has traveled all over the world ("travel" is the theme of the anthology). Worldwide epidemics are now a fact of life for all of us, and Ken Boesem's well-paced and well-drawn worldless strip, which you can read online (but reading it in print form will be far more engaging), reminds us that it was already so in times when the global economy didn't rule the world.


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Thursday, September 11, 2003
Review update
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T-Gina #2


Author(s): Gina Kamentsky.


Cover for issue #2A woman and her lemurAnd here is the second issue of T-Gina, the continuing saga of a transgender woman on her road to physical womanhood. After an excellent first issue,  back for more of her definitely oneiric metaphors. This issue opens with the story of a woman who wants to get rid of her... lemur. Or how to tell an almost disneyfied version of Genital Reassignment Surgery. It's very funny, and slightly unnerving.
In the rest of the comic, we'll see Gina (or rather, her two-dimensional version) visit Provincetown - home of many gays & lesbians, but not a lot of trans people... , try her hand at online dating, and exchange her temporal lobe for a uterus...
Gina and her inky selfAs she continues to use her imagination to portray her inner world as it coexists with the real world, Gina Kamentsky gives us much to think about by writing and drawing in a straightforward manner, and by her warmth and humor, she makes it easier to identify with for each and every one of us.
Whether we have a lemur or not.


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Saturday, September 06, 2003
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Tim Fish's new comics


Author(s): Tim Fish.


Tim Fish is still working like a madman... In the last weeks, he's published three new comics: a prequel to his Cavalcade of Boys series, issue 5 of that series and finally an "all-ages" comic.

Issue 1/2 cover From Issue 1/2, Tighe & Stan The Cavalcade of Boys #1/2, a 16-page comic with a nicely designed cover, is a bridge between Meet me in Saint Louie, where we first met Tighe, a character who came out there, and The Cavalcade of Boys #1, where Tighe is a bit older, already somewhat bitter about his failed relationships, and friends with Stan, a twink-chaser. In this issue, we see Tighe, who tends to go for built guys, first meet Stan and then Murphy, whom we know as the "perfect ex" in the following issues of CoB. With his usual expressive art and a nice use of duotone, Tim Fish gives us another piece of the puzzle that he's slowly building with his very human, very fallible cast.

Issue 5 cover From Issue 5 Issue 5 is Holidays-themed. Beginning with most of the cast at a costumed party for Halloween, it ends with, well, most of the cast at New Year's Eve parties. No new character is introduced in this issue, but we follow the entwined lives of the more than 15 characters (a full color cast page is included at the end of the comic. Good idea). With more than 250 pages under his belt, Tim Fish continues to offer us an excellent blend of humor and realistic situations, all the while taking advantage of the variations on story structures and page layouts he often plays with, to the pleasure of the reader.

Three of the cupcakes Is that sweet or is that sugary? Never short on ideas, Tim Fish is also launching a new series, very different in tone from The Cavalcade of Boys. Wowie Zowie! is an all-ages comic, featuring in the first issue the improbably adventures of The Cupcakes, an all-gay, all-boy band. This is a kind of spin-off from strips published online in Young Bottoms in Love, the gay anthology created by Tim Fish. Three stories were published there (#1, #2, #3), introducing the characters in stories which more or less revolved around the love life of the band leader. And it was not all-ages at all.
But this comic is more of a comedy, with the boys finding themselves involved in the absurdly funny plots of James Bond-like (in a slightly camper way...) villains. It's a refreshing, if light, reading.
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Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Upcoming: T-Gina #2



Cover for the second issueGina Kamentsky has published the second issue of T-Gina, her strip about "a fabulous Transgendered gal and her search for validation and a decent cup of coffee". You can find it on her site, and you can read my review for the first issue. More about the new issue when I get a copy.
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Tuesday, September 02, 2003

New review: User



First issue coverI've been meaning to write a review about User, the Devin Grayson-written tale of virtual reality and real queer desires, for some time. Well, here it is. Unfortunately, it hasn't been collected, but the three issues shouldn't be too hard to find through the comics shops.
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Monday, September 01, 2003

Upcoming: Chelsea Boys & Adam & Andy



Two new collections of gay strips will be published soon.

Chelsea Boys
In September, Glen Hanson and Allan Neuwirth's Chelsea Boys will get a first collection from the gay publisher Alyson Books.


Adam & AndyAnd in October, James Asal will self-publish a collection of the first strips of his Adam & Andy series. You can find my short review of James Asal's strip here.
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