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Curbside Boys Paperback – 12 Jan 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; Gph edition (12 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573441546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573441544
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 21.6 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,759,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If good cartooning got the respect it deserved, Rob Kirby's Curbside Boys would be running in every gay paper in the world." - Howard Cruse, author of Stuck Rubber Baby; "Rob Kirby is a master of comic verite. His wistful, self-effacing confessions are unnervingly intimate and sweetly funny." - Alison Bechdel, Dykes to Watch Out For

About the Author

Robert Kirby's comic strip appears widely in newspapers such as The Washington Blade, Philadelphia Gay News and Chicago Nightlines. He has created two highly-regarded, self-published queer comic anthologies, Strange-Looking Exile and Boy Trouble.

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This is by far the best gay comic I have read. Sure, the drawings lack a certain 'polish', but this isn't really a comic - its a graphic novel, with the emphasis on 'novel'. First and foremost, this is a story, obviously written from the heart.

Its New York City in the early 1990's, and Nathan, a hot stud-boy moves into a share house. One of the other housemates, Drew, is a weedy nerdy boy. They fall into a relationship together, and the book follows their adventures as they both learn about love and relationship in their own different ways.

This isn't a comic that gives you a joke at the end of every panel. Its a powerful story of gay love in the big city, with the text being the most important part of the comic, the graphics come second to the text. And its not an erotic comic. Its all about love, coping with a relationship and coping with life in a big city as a gay twentysomething.

I started reading this at about 9pm one night. I finished it at 2am. I couldn't put it down, and after I'd read it, I thought about it for the next week or so. I couldn't get it out of my mind.

I think that says something about a 'comic' when it has that effect on you. (I think this comic effected me so much because my first relationship was something similar to this story. I was Drew, he was Nathan.
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Great fun - Bravo Robert Kirby - A funny and touching story of two guys their relationship with themselves and their friends A+++ Recommend.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boys will be boys . . . 23 Sept. 2016
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Excellent read, wish I had the next edition to this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An addictive read! 5 April 2010
By M. Naomi - Published on Amazon.com
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A great story about a handful of young men living in NYC, and the complicated relationships between them. This book really captures that moment in your late twenties when you realize you've got to get off your butt and do something (and maybe stop having roommates). It also did a great job capturing of the loneliness of relocating and being the odd man out. The characters were complex, hilarious and infuriating, and the story was utterly addictive. This book made getting my work done yesterday a real chore, as I just couldn't put it down.
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice 6 Mar. 2013
By S. Prokop - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a cute read. Artwork was nothing special, and I kind of liked that. Another comic book I wouldn't have to read twice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Choices 22 Aug. 2007
By Tommy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed Curbside Boys. Besides all the awesome music references ("I wish I'd taken pictures..."), the story was truly heartfelt. I loved Drew's progression. He still had a lot of insecurities, but he still grew so much by the end. I particularly loved the panel where Drew decided to work out. I have friends who like to joke that any gym membership is supporting "body facism." But Drew didn't become a muscle queen, he just decided to take concrete steps at addressing his low self-esteem.

On a personal note, I really appreciated the fact that Curbside Boys had people of color as main characters AND as random love interests. It was clear they weren't just tokens. Kevin was just uptight, pragmatic, stable Kevin. Not "the black roommate." Curbside Boys was definitely money well spent!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Gay Relationship Comic Strips 20 Nov. 2002
By interested_observer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Robert Kirby's "Curbside Boys" is an enjoyable romantic melodrama largely following the life of Nathan, a handsome 20-something guy in New York City.
Nathan, introduced in Kirby's previous collection, "Curbside", has just moved from Minneapolis to Manhattan. Nathan finds work in a coffee shop and shares an apartment with two new characters, Kevin and Drew. Kevin has an on-and-off relationship with boyfriend Rain. Drew is a young, inhibited writer-wannabe who keeps a nervous eye on Nathan. Bob, an important character in "Curbside" makes an appearance as a confidante to Nathan. While Nathan and the others cruise about, stirring up action, the real drama is the growth of emotional bonds between the main characters.
While it isn't necessary to read "Curbside" first, people who like "Curbside Boys" will want to check it out.
Kirby captures the relationship-based hopes and fears of the young, urban, gay community.
I look forward to the sequel!
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