44 review for Gay Comics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    This anthology of top-notch gay- and lesbian-themed comics is from 1989, but with few exceptions, I was suprised that it didn't feel dated: most pieces have a contemporary, relevant flavor. Starting with Tom of Finland's 1940s erotic sketches and moving forward chronologically, the book has everything from New Yorker-style one-liners to sexual satire to a queerified domestic family sitcom. There's a bit of everything in here, a great sampler of some of the big names in gay comics. The accompanyi This anthology of top-notch gay- and lesbian-themed comics is from 1989, but with few exceptions, I was suprised that it didn't feel dated: most pieces have a contemporary, relevant flavor. Starting with Tom of Finland's 1940s erotic sketches and moving forward chronologically, the book has everything from New Yorker-style one-liners to sexual satire to a queerified domestic family sitcom. There's a bit of everything in here, a great sampler of some of the big names in gay comics. The accompanying text explains the trajectory of gay and lesbian comics and their relationship to the alternative comix movement, with plenty of quotations from prominent creators -- a concise overview of pre-1990 gay comics in their historical and artistic context, that doesn't distract from the accompanying pieces. Aside from the odd dud pieces (there have to be a few in every anthology, right?) my only complaint -- but it's a big one -- is that the title "Gay Comics" is, well, accurate. Out of the 49 pieces, panels, and excerpts crammed into the book, only eight are by and about lesbians (and one about lesbians but written by a heterosexual woman), with no bi characters or artists in sight. (Trans folks? In a gay anthology from 1989? Give me a break!) And there's a whole lot of beefcake, both real and satirical -- so avoid if that's not your thing, and maybe don't pull this out on the bus.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    This book is a valuable piece of gay comics history, paving the way for Justin Hall's No Straight Lines anthology many years later. Read this many many times: it inspired me to take pens to paper myself. This book is a valuable piece of gay comics history, paving the way for Justin Hall's No Straight Lines anthology many years later. Read this many many times: it inspired me to take pens to paper myself.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shoshanna

    Incredible. Edited by Robert Triptow in a great way, with historical context and comments from other comics authors about the comics authors you are about to read. Favorites include Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Robert Triptow, Tim Barela, Joe Sinardi, and Rick Campbell. Def worth checking out!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Josephus FromPlacitas

    A spotty, somewhat incomplete collection but with many, many little gems. You might see it more as a rough survey than a comprehensive collection, but worth it's much, much more than the $3 I paid for it used. A spotty, somewhat incomplete collection but with many, many little gems. You might see it more as a rough survey than a comprehensive collection, but worth it's much, much more than the $3 I paid for it used.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Isaac Aguilera

  6. 4 out of 5

    Keith r leonard

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michael Sobota

  8. 4 out of 5

    Josh

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jayde

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jon-Mikel

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brent

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cassie Fitch

  14. 5 out of 5

    William

  15. 4 out of 5

    Braydon

  16. 4 out of 5

    texas toast

  17. 5 out of 5

    Owen DuBose

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robert Chandler

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  20. 4 out of 5

    Renée

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine Rusnack

  22. 4 out of 5

    Just Me

  23. 5 out of 5

    Robin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy Misurelli Sorensen

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ola

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bill

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brent Calderwood

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sheherazahde

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brandy Nb

  31. 4 out of 5

    Sean

  32. 5 out of 5

    Yinzadi

  33. 5 out of 5

    Grant

  34. 5 out of 5

    Roothock

  35. 5 out of 5

    Tu Tu

  36. 4 out of 5

    Ravikant Saxena

  37. 5 out of 5

    Gay Dog

  38. 5 out of 5

    Gofgab

  39. 5 out of 5

    Jae

  40. 5 out of 5

    Niels

  41. 4 out of 5

    Gay City LGBTQ Library

  42. 4 out of 5

    Nyele

  43. 5 out of 5

    Madison Hebert

  44. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Johnson

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