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 all-new, ALL-COLOR collection of the Boy Troubles tories of this gay comic anthology, including work from Robert Kirby, David Kelly (also the editors of the volume), Howard Cruse, Abby Denson, Tim Fish, Anonymous Boy, Joan Hilty, Andy Hartzel and many more excellent comic creators!
This collection is just the right mixture of different styles and aesthetic approaches from a great variety of comic book creators. I only wish that I had some sample pages to share with you.
Bill Roundy has a few one-pagers bemoaning his life (although in a really cute way).
Robert Kirby has a compelling story about a young man caught up with a "tough guy," although there is some mystery over whether the tough guy even exists.
Andy Hartzell writes one of the longest stories in the volume, a enigmatic tale of a man teetering between life and death (and willing to tilt the scale in the "wrong" way in the name of love).
Jennifer Camper delivers another of her classic "my sister and me" stories. This one is particularly disturbing, as the boy's sister actually pimps him out to some pervert (or does he?). It's hilariously messed up.
Tim Fish can produce stories like the one in this volume in his sleep, that's how talented he is. But again, he hands in an extremely charming story about voodoo.
Victor Hodge has a delightful (I know that's a weird term for this story) tale of the evolution of buying pornography over the years.
Justin Hall has a hilarious story about these two guys dressing up as Batman and Robin for a customer's sexual fantasy. So weird but so clever.
Todd Brower and Steve MacIsaac have a very intelligent story about two men reconnecting, but is the spark still there for both of them?
Robert Triptow has a sad, but charming story about a man in the hospital worrying about a curse placed on him when he was a teen.
Craig Bostick and David Kelly work together on a cute ode to punk boys.
Bostick has a strong story solo, as well, with a great title, "whiskey and a haircut."
This is a great collection and it's only $15!
You can buy a copy here!