42 review for Gay Comics

  1. 5 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. 5 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. 5 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. 5 out of 5

    Isaac Aguilera

  6. 4 out of 5

    Keith r leonard

  7. 5 out of 5

    Josh

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jayde

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jon-Mikel

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brent

  12. 5 out of 5

    William

  13. 4 out of 5

    Braydon

  14. 4 out of 5

    texas toast

  15. 4 out of 5

    Owen DuBose

  16. 4 out of 5

    Robert Chandler

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  18. 4 out of 5

    Renée

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine Rusnack

  20. 4 out of 5

    Just Me

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robin

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy Misurelli Sorensen

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ola

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bill

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brent Calderwood

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sheherazahde

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brandy Nb

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  30. 5 out of 5

    Yinzadi

  31. 4 out of 5

    Grant

  32. 5 out of 5

    Roothock

  33. 5 out of 5

    Tu Tu

  34. 4 out of 5

    Ravikant Saxena

  35. 5 out of 5

    Gay Dog

  36. 4 out of 5

    Gofgab

  37. 4 out of 5

    Jae

  38. 5 out of 5

    Niels

  39. 4 out of 5

    Gay City LGBTQ Library

  40. 4 out of 5

    Nyele

  41. 4 out of 5

    Madison Hebert

  42. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Johnson

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