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So Super Duper #7
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A Distant Soil serialized online
Donna Barr's free downloads event
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Saturday, March 14, 2009
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So Super Duper #7


Author(s): Brian Andersen.


coverCould things get even more complicated for our boy Psyche? One foot out of the closet, two feet back in, powers fluctuating from merely annoying to scary, a girlfriend who thinks (or wants to think) he loves her... Brian Andersen obviously enjoys putting his character through the wringer and he keeps doing it with this issue. The girls from Psyche's team the Amazin'Naughts have decided to go to the hairdresser, and Psyche's "girlfriend" has gotten the job. But a well-known villain isn't far behind...
Another back-up is presented here, by David Arthur Stanley and Peter Di Maso, concerning the superhero Briar, a Batman-kind character part of the Amazin'Naughts, who's obsessed about not showing his face. It's a cute little story, with art once more on the realistic side.
You can buy So Super Duper #7 from the Indy Planet site or Prism Comics, and the author's site is here (with previews of the issues).


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Saturday, March 07, 2009
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Grace

Category: lesbian, slice-of-life.
Author(s): Kris Dresen.
Year of publication: 2009.


After the short collection every part of you is familiar to me, Kris Dresen is back with Grace, a graphic novel which she's serialized on her website. Grace follows the same basic idea as some of the previous stories by Dresen, namely the meeting and hanging around of women, but this time, she really takes her time to tell the tale: 180 pages and counting.
Jordan is a young artist in training, taking drawing classes and hanging a lot at a coffee bar run by Cleo and Jules, a lesbian couple who act as friends as well as voice of wisdom for the young woman. And she needs it. Because as hard as she tries to hide it from her friends and from herself, Jordan is falling head over heels for the mysterious female model of her nude life drawing class, the aptly-named Grace.
Most of the book is dedicated to the slow approach of Grace by the very shy Jordan, with an excellent balance being struck between silent sequences and lengthy dialogues between the confused Jordan and her bar-keeper friends.
Jordan and GraceKris Dresen's art is as lovely and detailed as ever, her characters given expressive faces and body language. Her storytelling here looks more classical to me, often with less panels per page than in her other stories, which creates a different reading experience for me. Maybe less cerebral and more on the surface, though I don't mean that as a criticism. Kris Dresen's stories are so full of human warmth that I'm just sorry she can't produce them more often.
While Grace remains available on the author's website, it is also available as a printed book at Lulu.com, with a nice sketchbook section as a bonus. 


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Tuesday, March 03, 2009
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A Distant Soil serialized online


Author(s): Colleen Doran.


D'Mer and SerenAbout three years ago, I wrote a few words about A Distant Soil, Colleen Doran's excellent sci-fi series. Doran has now joined the numerous artists who serialize their comic online before collecting it in print. Although with ADS, there's a twist: the serialization has gone back to the very first page of the series, which means there are about a thousand pages that will appear online. Meanwhile, Doran is working on the next installment of the comic. And you should definitely read it: besides being a very good, and very complex story (see my review for more about it), it also showcases two gay/bi characters who are the main couple of the series. In fact, the first pages clearly stating their being in love have just been published online. So, go to Colleen Doran's website and read on, you won't be disappointed.


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Sunday, March 01, 2009
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Donna Barr's free downloads event



Just as I was finishing a post about the latest issue of Donna Barr's The Desert Peach, I received an email about a great way to discover the wonder that is the Peach: You can go and enjoy the Free Download Event, from March 1 'till March 14, as part of the FaceBook Comicon. You'll find Donna Barr's Lulu books you can download for reading on your computer, and a Desert Peach sampler you can read on your iphone --  in preparation for the full Desert Peach collections, coming soon.
I've been telling you for a long time how great Donna Barr's drawn books are, and now, those of you who are still not convinced can go and decide for themselves. It would be a pity not to use this opportunity, in my opinion.


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The Desert Peach: Afterdead #1.3


Author(s): Donna Barr.


CoverThe latest Desert Peach book collects a series of short stories with the title character discovering yet more about the strange world he now lives in. One of the most fascinating aspects of this new world is the new versions of the old characters. We've met former lover Rosen, now the Pope (not much in common with our current one...), and now we get to meet Afterdead Udo, orderly and friend of the War World II Pfirsich. The Afterdead Udo is a shady character, and Donna Barr uses that to tell us an unknown tale of the WWII days, when Udo was selling (illegal) gay porn. Imagine that: amateur gay porn films in the 1940s! Only Barr could turn that idea into a fun fest, with the rather prudish Pfirsich finding that reel and getting all bothered--that, and the Afterdead Udo breaks the gay/straight divide a little bit more, which is very cool.
Pfirsich and RosenAfter that, it's all about werewolves, mankind's cruelty, and the finer points of eating human flesh. Essentially a completely weird and extremely well-thought walk through the ethics of the Afterdead world. Revolting and hilarious at the same time.
I must also say that the art on this book benefits from wonderful, vibrant colors. I love Barr's usual back and white, but here, she manages to give us color that perfectly complements her line art. I could get used to this.

This book is available at lulu.com, this time in both black & white and in color formats, with samples. You can also see one of the Afterdead stories here.


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