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Pinned! vol. 1
Comments on my reviews
A comment system
Jayson collected, and a new König book
A French manga against AIDS
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Tuesday, December 27, 2005
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Pinned! vol. 1

Category: yaoi.
Author(s): Yamila Abraham, Studio Kosaru.


Last summer, our guest reviewer Tina presented a title from Yaoi Press, an American publisher working in the yaoi genre.
For my part, I've read Pinned!, another of their title, by writer Yamila Abraham and the Indonesian artists of Studio Kosaru. This story is set in the wrestling world, which I must admit holds absolutely no interest for me - to my eyes, it just looks like a particularly badly-written superhero comic. But that didn't prevent me from enjoying Pinned!.
A panelSynn is a young straight wrestler who's just reached his dream of being enrolled in the most important wrestling group. That, and his childhood hero, the man called Renegade, seems very interested in the young man. Very, very interested indeed. Synn soon hears bad stories about Renegade: he'd abused other young wrestlers, holding out the prospect of a big career to take them to bed. Yay, a gay man abusing young straight guys. Doesn't sound too good, now does it? Well, despite the rather stereotypical set-up, I found myself gripped by the story, mainly by the way the writer manages to keep up the tension between the characters by showing that things are not what they seem, and the bad guys might not be where Synn thinks they are. There's a lot of duplicity and treachery in this story - if not for the fact that it's about semi-naked muscley guys wanting to boff each other, it would remind me of classical stories of political intrigue. The art is also attractive for me: instead of the androgynous boys which seem to be everywhere in yaoi, we get well-built masculine guys who are in fact drawn more realistically than most superheroes, since their bodies don't look like each sinew and muscle is tensed to the point of breaking.
So, I'm ambivalent toward this book: some aspects of the story are not to my liking (although I have to keep in mind that it's not written for gay men), but I think it's rather well-drawn and well-written. The addition of a few full-page drawings and sketches at the end of the book is quite nice, too. Oh, and there's a cliffhanger at the last panel that made me shudder (it's really terrifying) and laugh (it looks a bit far-fetched) at the same time. All in all, I'd buy a second volume of this story, which is the most important thing, after all.


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Sunday, December 25, 2005
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Comments on my reviews



coverI'm adding a comment system for the reviews, too. I'll add an entry on this page for each review, and you can comment on it, ask questions regarding the review or the comic reviewed, as you feel like.
Comments are open for two months after I upload this entry.
So, comments for the Prime Cuts review can be added with the 'comment' link just below.


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Sunday, December 04, 2005

A comment system



I've added a comment system below each post here.
I'll see whether it's used and, more importantly, whether I don't get too much spam. I can delete each comment, but I don't feel like spending my time doing that...
The comments will be open for two months after the addition of each of my posts.
If you think I should tweak the system or if you think it doesn't work properly, please add a comment below this post, or write me.


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Jayson collected, and a new König book


Author(s): Jeff Krell, Ralf König.


In this month Previews magazine for comics to be published in March 2006, we find two gay graphic novels from Ignite! Entertainment: JaysonVol. 1: Best of the 80's by Jeff Krell, and Ralf König's Maybe, Maybe Not, which had already been published in English some years ago.
Jayson is a kind of sitcom about a gay guy, his straight girl friend, and a flamboyant gay friend of his. As for the König book, it's a social comedy about a straight guy who just got dumped by his girlfriend and goes to a men's group where he meets a gay guy. This book was done as a film, and a rather bad one, I must say.

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Addition (01/03/06): Two sequels will also be published.


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A French manga against AIDS



coverAn interesting project has been published for the December 1st AIDS day in France: Réseau Positif (Positive Network) is a 120-page comic in the format of mangas, drawn in the mainstream style of those comics. It's also an original prevention tool, aimed at young people.
Launched by people working for the SNEG (A French organization for gay businesses) with funds from public organisms, it's been drawn by a 17-year old guy, who worked with professional artists for the layouts and general art direction.
It's the story of a group of young people who run a small underground network against the lies of large industries, led by a man named X. When X announces that he's HIV positive, the group is obviously in turmoil, and the eight young people decide to learn more about aids, confront their prejudices, and in the process, the gay and bisexual ones come out.
Printed to 63,000 copies, which are given for free in various public health places, this "manga" is also available online on the official site.
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Saturday, December 03, 2005
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Tales from The House of Morecock Volume 2


Author(s): Joe Phillips.


cover Jonas, Bigfoot, and a nice lumberjackHot on the wheels of the first volume, here's volume 2 of Joe Phillips's Tales from The House of Morecock (available in all bookshops, including Amazon).
This time, we get four stories from the DVD, as well as two all-new ones, done for this collection: an alien abduction (Jonas meets two very good-looking male FBI agents who 'rescue' him), a vampire looking for his lost love (as if Lestat wasn't homoerotic enough), a lumberjack friends with Bigfoot (yay for nice bears), a trip in Japan where Gozilla almost provokes a coitus interruptus, another to Africa which shows a rather large gorilla in the midst of male bonding, and a philosophical discussion between an angel and a demon regarding Jonas's soul - the philosophical quickly becomes physical.
As in the first book, the sex is always fun, multicultural and Phillips even manages to follow a great comic book tradition: the lying cover... Because, no, Jonas doesn't meet the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Maybe in a third volume?


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