- 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)
Curbside Boys Paperback – 12 Jan 2002
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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!
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!