All this month I'll be reviewing different comic books with LGBT themes (LGBT standing for "Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender"), based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Here is an archive of the comics featured so far!
Today we take a look at the 10th anniversary issue of the gay comic anthology Boy Trouble, edited by Robert Kirby and David Kelly.
This issue of Boy Trouble: Gay Boy Comics with a New Attitude came out seven years ago, so there isn't exactly a web presence for the issue, so there's really no sample pages to share, so you'll have to take my word that this is a fun, engaging collection of stories from some of the top gay comic book creators in the country.
This was the first time Steve MacIsaac contributed to the anthology, and his tale (about a guy worrying about an online hook-up) was very nicely handled. His storytelling was spot-on, especially the sequence where he showed the fellow worrying about the guy that he was going to be meeting (he goes through a series of "Am I too fat?/Am I too skinny?" worries as he gets ready).
Tim Fish contributes a story starring his Tighe character from his Strugglers series, as Tighe's girlfriend tries to introduce Tighe to some "normal" gay guys. It is a very cute story, and Fish's art is always top notch.
Leanne Franson contributes a couple of her liliane bi-dyke stories in the volume, making sure to pick a pair of comics that tie-in with the overall theme of "gay boy comics," as she tells the story of liliane attending a gay leather bar (one time it goes over well - another time, not so well). I featured Franson's work in the past (check it out here), so here I actually do have some sample pages, so while this is certainly not the norm for this volume (as it is a comic story about a woman), hey, at least it's both good and, well, you know, visible!
Craig Bostick delivers a number of impressive one-page stories.
And obviously, Rob Kirby and David Kelly always bring the goods, so their contributions were delightful.
This is a really fun collection of diverse talents. Well worth the 9 bucks (80 pages worth of comics!). Check out Rob Kirby's site here to see how to buy a copy!