I’d admit it, I’m not an expert when it comes to comic books and graphic novels. I’ve read a few but not many. I discovered long ago that my nature is “auditory” as opposed to “visual”. I learn and absorb by hearing and by reading (text) rather than by watching and via graphical presentation. While I love and enjoy great art for the art, I pick up a book completely for the story told in words and not so much in pictures. This is my personal preference. We’re all free to choose how we feed our literary souls and many (my son, an ex-girlfriend, and my ex-husband for example) favor a more visual presentation.
To feed the souls of my brothers and sisters who love comics and graphic novels, I’ve worked with Joe Palmer, the editor of the Gay League comic review site to present some guest posts on this blog. Gay League is an LGBT comic review site. Please check it out and support another gay blogger in his effort to bring you quality reviews of works that are of interest to our community.
My LGBT Related Comic Book and Graphic Novel Reviews:
The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death by Todd Hignite. This isn’t a comic book. It’s a tribute to a still going strong comic book legend, Jamie Hernandez of “Love and Rockets” fame. Please see my May 23rd, 2012 post for my review.
Complete Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist by Diane DiMassa. Please see my October 13th, 2011 post for my review.
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic an autobiography (not fiction) done graphic novel style by Dykes to Watch Out For creator and cartoonist Alison Bechdel. Please see my August 8th, 2011 post for my review.
In an attempt to learn more about comics and graphic novels, which appeal to so many in our LGBT community, I did a genre review of the Yaio style of comic books for my July 24th, 2011 post. For those not in the know (which included me until I started reading and researching about a week ago!), Yaio is one of the Japanese Manga style of comics that focuses on young gay male romantic relationships. The books are directed at a female reading audience. They’re quite popular in Japan and becoming very popular in the U.S.
My post refers to 5 books that are very popular in the U.S. as of this writing. All are in English, including the one pictured above. There are, of course many, many that are published each year.