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Donna Barr's all-new blog
Vote for the next YBIL cover
Heroes Anonymous #2
Boy Trouble #5

 

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Monday, March 22, 2004
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Donna Barr's all-new blog



Tacky, tacky, tackyDonna Barr, she who gave us the Desert Peach (among other extremely good drawn books), now has a blog. Have a look, and then go to her site to see the large version of the drawing on the left, which she did to greet one of her friend's registering as a minister to be able to perform gay weddings. I say she should draw Superman. I mean, the gay marriage fight is where the real villains are...
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Saturday, March 20, 2004
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Vote for the next YBIL cover



One of the coversAs part of the 300th episode of Young Bottoms in Love, Tim Fish and PopImage are offering you to vote for the cover of the next and fifth volume of their gay comics anthology. Vote here and go to the PopImage site to see the covers.
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Sunday, March 07, 2004
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Heroes Anonymous #2

Category: adventure, gay-friendly, humor.
Author(s): Scott M. Gimple, Bill Morrison, Pia Guerra.


Would any contemporary "hero" take the name "The Gay Avenger"? Not any non-homosexually inclined one, I'd wager.

In the second issue of Scott M. Gimple and Bill Morrison's Heroes Anonymous, a young superhero takes part in a superhero group therapy meeting (that's what this very funny mini-series is about), because he has trouble dealing with his alias. Dressed in tight, yellow pants and a purple open jacket -let's not forget the small, green cape- he looks like a 40's character, which explains his rather evocative name: his grand-father used to wear the whole thing back then.
Butch meets a girl... and she has strong opionionsWith a very far-fetched story concept (the current incarnation of the Gay Avenger has been raised on an isolated farm and doesn't know the modern meaning of "gay"), the writers manage to make a few clever points about the binding strength of language and the way changing mores can make a political pawn out of anybody.
The deceptively simple plot works so well partly thanks to the solid art by Pia Guerra and Andrew Pepoy, who adopt a realistic cartoony style perfectly in sync with the parallels the story make between the 40's and now. The whole comic could have a been a big joke about the use of the word 'gay', and could also have lapsed into homophobia, but it succeeds in avoiding all those pratfalls to make the endearing portrait of a simple, but not stupid man in a complex world.
And yes, unfortunately the hunk on the cover is straight. All the good-looking guys can't be gay, after all.


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Tuesday, March 02, 2004
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Boy Trouble #5


Author(s): Robert Kirby, David Kelly, Andy Hartzell, Michael Fahy, Tony Arena, Jennifer Camper, Leanne Franson, Craig Bostick.


cover by Robert KirbySometimes, a prolonged absence makes it all the sweeter to meet old friends again. So, yes, it was worth waiting so long for the fifth issue of Boy Trouble. This time, editors Robert Kirby and David Kelly have devised an 80-page collection of short stories, professionally printed, with a color cover and a spine. It doesn't look like a fanzine anymore, but thankfully, it has retained the variety in form and content which characterized the previous issues.

Robert Kirby and David Kelly provide a few short stories, by themselves or in collaboration with other writers, while Craig Bostick gives us bitter-sweet one-pagers about young guitarists in love and Tim Fish reveals yet another period in the life of his character Tighe, from The Cavalcade of Boys.
A new presence in the anthology is felt with the female artists, including Leanne Franson and Jennifer Camper, and I must say I have a soft spot for the contributions of Andy Hartzell and Tony Arena.
A panel from Andy Hartzell's storyHartzell, an accomplished cartoonist who was already in the previous issues of Boy Trouble, writes and draws a retelling of the classic Beauty & the Beast fairytale. Musings on the nature of love, art and very atmospheric art combine to create a powerful story with an ending which lingers in memory for a long time.
A panel by Tony ArenaTony Arena's work has a very different charm. His art is generally detailed and solid and the characters are well-defined. While his style has a certain amateur quality, it also has a lot of personality. His story, about a young man in a punkish milieu and his attraction toward another guy he meets there, rings very true. That, and I think he draws really cute guys.
 I haven't mentioned all the contributors to this hefty magazine, but it should be obvious by now that there is something for everyone in those 80 pages, which (hint, hint) can be bought from David Kelly himself.


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