Gay Comic Review: The Book of Boy Trouble Edited by Robert Kirby and David Kelly

This is a great book of short comics — especially for young guys in the early stages of coming out. It pulls no punches when it comes to the realities of sex and drugs and feels totally real, but the overall tone is light, hopeful and full of energy. You aren’t going to hang any of the art on your wall, but you will definitely want to read each of these stories more than once. Even more authentic than Max & Sven, it should be part of every gay youth’s library. If you like comics of guys who fall in love with other guys, you should buy this book.

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Gay Comic Review: Max & Sven by Tom Bouden

An often funny, truly poignant and honestly illuminating view of what it is to grow up gay at the turn of the millennium. Despite its cartoony art and occasional comic misfires, this book has characters you care about wanting things that matter. Out of all the books I’ve reviewed so far on this blog, this graphic novel does the best job of sharing what it is really like to be a young gay man — and it does so in an entertaining and engaging way. If you are looking for a good story with many good chuckles and some hot, cartoony sex, you should buy this book.

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Gay Comic Review: Side by Side by Mioki

A full-color, nearly plot-free, 119-page graphic novel with very beautiful and very shallow young, white twinks having explicit, clean, joyful and idealized sex for love and money. If you need actual plot and compelling characters to enjoy a romance comic, this book will disappoint. If, however, you like the kind of guys depicted in Freshmen magazine and your needs can be satisfied mostly visually, you should run, not walk, to pick up this book.

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Thoughts on Proposition 8

As many of you know, Proposition 8 was a successful ballot measure that amended the California State constitution to exclude gay couples from civil marriage. I don’t usually talk about general political things on this blog, but I responded to a comment from russketeer with enough detail that I thought it might be worth it’s own post.

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Yaoi Art: “Tough” Character Designs

While we’re finishing “Artifice” and the 70-page full-color yaoi comic “Quest”, I’ve decided to work on another book written with smaller, individual chapters so I can share finished work with you on a more regular schedule. That book is called Tough — it consists of seven chapters over two volumes — and I’ll be giving out the first volume for free to the subscribers of our Yaoi 911â„¢ News and Downloads list. And to start giving you an idea what it’s about, I’m going to share with you some of the character designs our skilled penciler Vitto has come up with.

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Gay Comic Review: Manly

This talk-free graphic novel clearly intends to be both hot and sweet. So far as porn goes, it is definitely sweet — and I found that pleasing. Whether you find it hot will depend on how much you like the character design, how much character development you require to actually want the characters to have sex and how much enthusiasm you have for explicit cum shots. It struck out for me on all of those accounts, but I know my tastes are rather singular. On their website, the publisher lets you review the first 30 pages of the book. This is a well-constructed, well-endowed and good-hearted porn graphic novel — if you like what you see in those first 30 pages, you won’t be disappointed with the rest.

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I Kissed A Boy (YouTube Remix)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0292ZQgmxqI

Images of cute boys kissing over Katy Perry’s song (seriously messed about with by YouTube user nengstle). I do believe this is Katy Perry’s actual voice doing the singing, just EQed to sound like the guy from Erasure. The adding of the words “boy” and “girl” in the appropriate spots is a little kudgey, but all of the sweet kissing made me smile. 🙂

From the ordinarily quite sleepy Boys Kissing Livejournal group.

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