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Beauty & The Beast
Liliane, Bi-Dyke
Young Bottoms in Love: Sweet Dreams
Liberty From Hell #1-3
Genus Male #3
Cavalcade of Boys # 7 & 8

 

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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Beauty & The Beast



coverHere's a review of Beauty & The Beast, a new comic by Gregory Lockard and Michael DiMotta, from the pages of Young Bottoms in Love.
Inventive and going against the tide of some mass ideas, this contemporary version of the old fairytale of the same name is as entertaining as it is well drawn.
As usual, copies can be obtained from the publisher.


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Monday, July 26, 2004

Liliane, Bi-Dyke



First collection coverLeanne Franson has been writing and drawing her semi-autobiographical strip Liliane for years, now. She's recently launched a website where you can read her recent work, and has three books collecting earlier strips. Here's a review of those books.

 


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Saturday, July 10, 2004

Young Bottoms in Love: Sweet Dreams



Cover by Brett HopkinsHere's a new collection of Brett Hopkins' work, from the online gay anthology Young Bottoms in Love. Mostly realistic stories (except for the story I've written for him), very well printed with great art and colors.
Buy it from Tim Fish. Tim and Brett deserve your money.

By the way, Tim Fish is also selling cool T-Shirts. Have a look here.


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Liberty From Hell #1-3

Category: fantasy, gay-friendly.
Author(s): Christina Hanson.


Liberty From Hell, a very well-done six issue mini-series blending Middle Ages historical facts with fantasy elements, is a proof that Radio Comix does not publish only gay erotic comics, far from it. Christina Hanson, the author, has set her story in the 6th century CE, when no empire ruled Europe. Phalloide, a minor, harmless and happy-go-lucky demon of lust, finds himself free on the mortal plane, or at least as free as Sebastian, his human vessel, is. But the man is a conscripted soldier, and Phalloide's talent as a mage makes a leader notice him, which leads to his meeting André, a weapon trainer who acts tough... and is really tough.

Phalloide and AndréIt gets even more interesting when an angel tells Phalloide, who's a former angel, that he could obtain permanent freedom from Hell, if he passes a test by reining in his lust at a certain and unknown point. Which might not be easy, since Phalloide tends to have sex with everybody he meets, whether male or female. André, on the other hand, is a very controlled gay man who's definitely not driven by his cock. The association between the two partly fuels the series (or at least the 3 issues I've read so far).

With realistic settings, varied characters, as well as detailed and solid art, this story has everything to hold a reader's interest, and I'll definitely be back for the remaining issues. You can buy the issues either from the author's site (where you'll find previews and various art) or from the publisher.

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[Edit 09/11/04: see my review of the fourth issue.]


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Friday, July 09, 2004
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Genus Male #3


Author(s): Daria McGrain, Various artists.


Cover by Susan MeyerA few months ago, Radio Comix published a third issue of the furry gay porn series Genus Male. I've already reviewed the first two issues, so let's see what's in the new issue.
The first story, with solid art and varied facial expressions by two artists nicknamed Fel & Van, is about a bat-shaped demon who seduces the young and naive assistant of a village protector. Sex ensues.panels from the first story
The second one, by John Barrett, is set in modern times and sees two good friends realize their attraction to each other. Sex ensues. The art is as good as in the first story, and a bit less cartoony.
In the third story, Daria McGrain is back with her two characters from previous issues of Genus Male. At each other's throat, they find themselves locked in a storage room by their boss to settle their differences. And, uh, sex ensues. Daria McGrain's art is as funny and silly as usual, and her characters, although non-human, are always sexy.
The fourth story is the closest to gay-porn-for-straight-women there is in this comic (a niche Radio Comix is filling rather well). Done by someone nicknamed Max Blackrabbit, it's very well-drawn, in a rich and detailed style. A boys band made of rabbits is secretly gay (oooh, that's so unrealistic!), but their secret is protected by their manager, a female rabbit who likes to watch them. To watch them when sex ensues, which it does rapidly.
Genus Male #3 is another good gay porn comic for readers who like anthropomorphised animals, and after all, variety is the spice of life.


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Sunday, July 04, 2004
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Cavalcade of Boys # 7 & 8


Author(s): Tim Fish.


The prolific Mr Fish has published two more 48-page issues of his excellent series The Cavalcade of Boys. Here are a few words about the main stories in those comics.

Seventh issue coverTommy as a teenThe seventh issue begins a two-part story about Tommy, who's been shown so far as being more interested in having sex with as many men as he can. Tommy is given a back story which shows his life as a teenager, and once more, Tim Fish manages to build on the hard laughs which this character elicited from the reader and make him evolve and question his life. This seems to be one of the main themes of CoB: characters might take a number of blows, but there's always a chance for them to decide they don't like what they've done or what they've put up with. These characters get more and more alive with each new issue, and that's definitely the best way to keep readers coming back for more!

eighth issue coverTighe and Eric In the eighth issue, Tommy's spotlight ends with him finding friendship and maybe more in Wing, one of Gordon's former boy toys. And we get to see Tighe, who was the main character back in issue 1, hook up with Eric, one the three teenagers living together. Another bitter-sweet summer love story as Tim Fish does so well. In fact, it seems to me that the writing, which was already good at the beginning of the series, is getting even better, and that the character development is more finely tuned. It must be said that, as the writing, the art keeps on evolving and becomes also more and more coherent and fluid, the line more assured and rounder. Which I really like, but that's just my own tastes.

Tim Fish doesn't seem to be  close to running out of steam on his ever-changing characters, and I don't feel the same general humourous bitterness towards relationships that pervaded the first issues. Let's see whether he proves me right or wrong with the next issues.


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