A Look Back at Curbside Boys

Comic Book Resources, a general interest site pertaining to you-know-what, has a current running feature by one Brian Cronin called A Month of Good LGBT Comics, wherein he does a little write up on a gay-oriented comic book he likes each day. My book Curbside Boys (Cleis Press, 2002) was his third entry, a nice surprise. I thought the review was spot-on too: I will always feel one of my main strengths is characterization and a weakness is my “loquaciousness” (as Cronin so aptly put it). I had so much to say with the strips in that particular book that I often neglected to edit myself down, so some of the episodes lack a visual dynamism, due to the dominance of text. This is a weakness that I’m still not sure I have completely overcome yet. Still, I remain proud of that book – although it’s not autobiographical per se, it’s straight from my heart and guts, and much of my personal life experience and feelings went into it, particularly on the twentysomething love and sex front (oh, the memories…) Anyway, I’m pleased that Curbside Boys “made the list,” and I’m looking forward to seeing what other titles will be featured in the days and weeks ahead……

The New Gay: Making the Old Gay much, much better

There’s this Website straight outta Washington DC that I should tell you about called The New Gay (”for everyone over the rainbow”).  They describe themselves as free-thinking, curious and opinionated, and they really are.  This site beautifully represents the new millennium updating of the DIY alternative ethos: it’s apparent that these boys and girls, weary of the sometimes stiflingly conformist and unimaginative gay monoculture that surrounds us all, decided to kick out their jams online (15 years ago or so ago TGN  would have probably been a zine) in an effort to, among other things, connect with like-minded individuals who are not willing to sacrifice their individuality to the traditional rainbows-and-house-music scene.  They do so in a way that is not overcome with bitterness and rage, like so much of the alterna-culture that has come before them; instead they present their alternative viewpoints as just that: alternative viewpoints – take ‘em or leave ‘em, or at least Discuss  with them if you’ve a mind to.  I’ve already bookmarked the site as a daily read.   Zack , one of the smart minds behind the site, likes me and my book (so naturally I think he’s even smarter now) and asked me to let them run “Curbside ” on TNG.   Naturally I said yes and it just debuted.  So check out The New Gay  and remember: out with The Old, in with The New.