4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I certainly like Big Is Better, as will you if the basic premise appeals: a small guy with one outsize feature (it's in his pants) on his 19th birthday meets a huge 27-year-old bodybuilding hunk, who wants to give him a present to remember. There are shades of Gulliver about the idea, already given an erotic treatment in comic form by Milo Manera in Gullivera, but for a straight readership. Then there are also the amazing gay comics of Iceman Blue which also cover the theme on a more fantastical scale. This new book is not as extreme as that - a small Gulliver, maybe ... it remains within the realm of what's actually possible - just. It's dirty and has pathos at the same time - the combination works very well. Both characters are set up as outsider figures, rejected by others, and it creates a strange, tender atmosphere. The text has quite a few typos but this doesn't detract from your enjoyment of what is a lust-filled encounter, oddly naive ...
On closer reflection, though, I don't think it really compares with the best in the genre - for me, Julius, The Hun, Zack, Etienne, Rolando Merida, Valentine, Rex, Josman, Michael Broderick, or Ralf Konig, or the one-off Brad Parker or Teddy of Paris - not forgetting the immense Tom of Finland - but perhaps some of these who are overlooked may at some point reach a wider readership? Their books are incredible, and getting a new one is always a red-letter day never to be forgotten. There's so much that gets bypassed in this genre - as, more historically, is made clear by the fantastic Out/Lines book and its sequel Lust Unearthed (by Thomas Waugh). These artists are often kept in the shadows in spite of their prodigious talents, and are only taken up by small publishers (if at all in the case of someone like Franco, even if he is very specialised and "subversive"). It is really they who justify the claim of the comic genre to be the ninth art form - there is genuine passion for life, real pleasure in the image, within their pages. If The Arabian Nights can be considered a timeless classic, why not these books as well, really, in the gay canon? In comparison, sci-fi fantasy seems much more limited, even that of an acknowledged master like Moebius, although Claire Bretecher is right up there too ... At all events, Bruno Gmunder have made an invaluable contribution to publishing this kind of thing, and of their comic artists Zack - and Rex if you include him in the genre - stand as supreme examples of how potent these fantasies can be.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2013
The story based on attraction of two guys who are big in different ways. One is a huge muscular guy and another a slim guy who's huge in the trouser department. I saw in book in bookshop and loved the artwork so decided I have to buy it. I saved some money buying it from Amazon.
The artist really captures the facial expressions and feelings of the characters really well and makes them feel real. It just a few pages you feel like to know these characters. They don't seem one dimensional. It's fascination with size but not done in a dirty way. It's like a love story about two people are sort freakishly big who find each other. That's the feeling I got.
I'd never heard of this artist before I don't regret buying it and would recommend it to others who are interested in this same genre.