A Month of Good LGBT Comics – Chelsea Boys Steppin’ Out!
In conjunction with Prism Comics, the preeminent website for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) comics and creators, every day this month I will be detailing one good comic book/graphic novel with LGBT themes.
Here‘s an archive of the featured works so far!
Today we look at a popular comic strip that might eventually be making its way on to television!
Chelsea Boys is a long-running popular comic strip by Glen Hanson and Allan Neuwirth about three extremely different gay men who live together in an apartment in the neighborhood of Chelsea in New York City.
Nathan is the short, forty-something member of the group, probably the closest the strip has to a “main” character.
Soiree is a self-proclaimed fabulous black club diva, and his tempestuous nature leads to many a confrontation.
Sky is the young, buff and naive art student whose naivete gets himself into trouble often.
The strips had been collected into an earlier collection titled simply Chelsea Boys, but I think the second one is a better one to spotlight, mostly because you really don’t need to start from the beginning with these strips, and also because the second collection is in full color, which looks quite good on Hanson’s drawings.
Here are a sampling of the strips (to clarify, Richard is Nathan’s gay best friend and Ricki and Lucie are a lesbian couple who live in the same building – Nathan donated sperm for their baby) ….
As you can see, they mix in pretty straightforward sitcom-esque humor with more down-to-Earth storylines, like Nathan and his sister dealing with their mother’s sickness.
There was talk awhile back that MTV was planning on turning Chelsea Boys into a cartoon series for its Logo network. I do not know if anything came about from that, but these characters would easily make the transfer to a TV series, I think.
The images are courtesy of the official Chelsea Boys website, where you can get links to purchase the collections as well as read some other strips.