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True Travel Tales: Tsunami
The Desert Peach #31
Ralf König's rabbits
Tim Fish at Marvel
Sticky collected
Devlin Waugh: Red Tide

 

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Sunday, November 27, 2005
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True Travel Tales: Tsunami


Author(s): Justin Hall.


coverJustin Hall is back for another mini-comic in his series of True Travel Tales, where he draws true-life stories travellers have told him, as well as his own stories, some of which have a gay theme.
In Tsunami, we get the story of a woman who was in Thailand when the recent earthquakes created a tsunami and killed so many people, an illustrated text where Hall recounts highlights from his 2004/2005 East Asia journey, a short encounter in Myanmar between him and an American who's smuggled pot in a jar of peanut butter, and finally a quiet moment where Hall draws a Cambodian moto-taxi man.
As usual, the tales Justin Hall illustrates range from very serious to silly and sweet, with his down-to-earth art focusing on people's faces and local details. Although there's no gay element in this 20-page collection, it's certainly worth the few dollars Hall is asking for it on his website.
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Saturday, November 26, 2005
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The Desert Peach #31


Author(s): Donna Barr.


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The bad descendant and his shoulder angel Donna Barr's The Desert Peach is back at last for a very weird story, probably one of her strongest: Pithed - that's something done to frogs (look it up, it's not nice). Pfirsich, Rommel's prettiest (and fictional) brother is dead, and in Hell. How he ended up there is part of the story, and as usual, Barr manages to make us think and laugh at the same time - and no, it's got nothing to do with him being gay. He often chats with his also dead grandson, a 20th-century neo-nazi who really can't stand his faggot, Jew-lover grand-father. Then, there's the distant descendant of Pfirsich, a young man named Oiseau (that should remind something to long-time readers), who lives on a spaceship above Earth, in a future where the planet is devastated, people have to buy capsules of air to survive, and white people are mostly extinct. Oiseau, not a particularly nice person, is an air dealer. Pfirsich will find himself reappearing at that future time as a "shoulder angel", for the (possible) benefit of his grand-grand...-grand son.
If all that sounds crazy, wait until you read the whole 64-page comic. The dark humor, the biting satire of the behavior of white people toward the rest of the world (and each other) throughout history (for that's what that whole Hell-bound story revolves around) will make you cringe, laugh, maybe weep, and, if you're the least bit informed about the history of France/England/Germany/USA/etc., nod with despair.
The art is as engrossing as usual, with for the first time color added. Vibrant, warm colors, ranging from (almost) realistic to expressionist. As if Barr needed anything to heighten the energy of her pages.

There are no sacred cows in Donna Barr's world, but that doesn't mean she's a Nihilist, far from it. The theme of the acceptance of others, of respecting differences and the world we live in, present in all of her stories, should be of interest to any queer reader.

This perfect-bound, all-color drawn novelette is available from Lulu.com (they have free shipping for orders betwen $25 and $100).

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Edit 20/01/2006: a cheaper, black and white version will be published on May 1st, 2006.


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Wednesday, November 23, 2005
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Ralf König's rabbits



coverA new book by Ralf König is announced in the Adults section of the November Previews magazine, which means it should be out around February.
Published by the Spanish publisher La Cupula (yes, it's in English), Like Rabbits is the story of two neighbors on the same floor, one gay and one straight, who find companionship while pining for their dream (sex) mate. Lots of sex and fun, as well as a few pointed reflexions on the relationships between men and women...


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Friday, November 18, 2005
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Tim Fish at Marvel


Author(s): Tim Fish.


The upcoming Marvel comics for February 2006 are listed at various sites, like CBR, and that month, Marvel will publish a few romance comics centered on their characters.
Among those comics can be found this:

I (HEART) MARVEL: MY MUTANT HEART
Written by DANIEL WAY, PETER MILLIGAN & TIM FISH
Penciled by MARCOS MARTIN, KEN KNUDTSEN & TIM FISH
Cover by GEZ FRY
Three offbeat stories of love and romance from the mutant corner of the Marvel Universe.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

Guess what will Tim Fish be working on? A Northstar story, that's what! So, the best-known Marvel gay character will get a short romance story written, drawn and inked by Tim Fish, author of the entertaining gay romance series The Cavalcade of Boys.
I think it's rather cool of Marvel to do that, since most gay characters at the big publishers are never given boyfriends - that would make obvious their being gay, I suppose...

EDIT 18/11/05: It won't be a Northstar story after all... I'd really like to know what happened, because frankly, it looks pretty bad for Marvel to decide to not do a romance story with one of their few gay characters.


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Monday, November 07, 2005
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Sticky collected



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Things are moving pretty fast in (gay) international publishing: Dale Lazarov has just announced that his and Steve MacIsaac's series Sticky will soon be collected as a hardcover by Bruno Gmünder Verlag, a gay German publisher who already proposes Joe Phillips books in English.
The collection will be published in April 2006, it will be 80 pages long, with 5 all-new color pages showcasing the cover guys. It will be priced $19.95.
If you want to keep up-to-date with all things Sticky, go and subscribe to the dedicated Yahoo group.


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Friday, November 04, 2005
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Devlin Waugh: Red Tide

Category: fantasy, gay-friendly.
Author(s): John Smith, Colin MacNeil, Steve Yeowell.


Waugh mixing sex and sustenance (art by Steve Yeowell)The best-dressed occult investigator is back in Red Tide (available everywhere, for example at Mars Import), the second and last collection of his exploits, originally published between 1999 and 2003 in 2000 AD and another magazine. After the events of Swimming in Blood, Waugh has retired from the good fight, having revealed his vampiric condition to the world. But a new large-scale threat to the world is raising its head, and this time, Devlin Waugh won't be able to stay out of it, sheltered by fine wine and willing boys.
Waugh and his former enemies (art by Steve Yeowell)Writer and co-creator John Smith is joined for this 150-page story by Steve Yeowell, a British artist who's worked with Grant Morrison (Sebastian O) and James Robinson (Starman). I must admit I'm usually not really convinced by Yeowell's art, but here, he uses a clean and solid style which works extremely well, in my opinion. His handsome men and boys are attractive and his monsters are suitably horrifying and subtly seductive. Even more than in the first volume, Waugh's gayness is made perfectly clear, as the character is still played as a dandy with teeth (pun intended). Smith's dialogue brims over with witticisms and repartees amid the bloody carnage. I found myself captivated by this horror story, which uses its length to good purpose: a lot of characters are introduced, and the action sequences don't take precedence over the ambiance-building moments. Definitely one of the most entertaining stories I've read recently.
A second 80-page story drawn and painted by Colin MacNeil completes the book, with Waugh going face to face again with the vampires who had turned him. For me, it's less fun than the first story, but I'll say there's more action.
I'm sorry there are only two volumes of Devlin Waugh's adventures. From what I've read, the character was very popular with readers when it was first published in the U.K. Can you imagine a popular gay dandy character in an American action comic? Well, I can't. Not that I can imagine it in a French action comic, either. Let's just be thankful that British comics seem to leave the door open to idiosyncratic characters, and that writers like John Smith can play in the world of Dredd.


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