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Month of LGBT Comics – That Time I Turned 30 in Greece

All this month I’ve reviewed different comic books with LGBT themes (LGBT standing for “Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender”), based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Here is an archive of the comics featured so far!

In the last comic featured this month, we’ll take a look at Tana Ford’s autobiographical comic, That Time I Turned 30 in Greece (I wish I had a better image of the cover)…

That Time I Turned 30 in Greece is a wonderful travelogue by Ford, who combines a great art style with story storytelling abilities.

The story is about a birthday trip to Greece Ford went on with her good friend Meghan to celebrate Ford’s 30th birthday.

It is quite impressive just how well Ford gets across the charm and beauty of their trip, including little details that seem minor, but really do add to the story (like their friend, the donkey). Here are some sample pages…

A good chunk of the comic deals with just “normal” stuff, like having dinner and talking, and yet Ford never lets that feel like the story is coming to a crawl for those parts of the comic. Instead, it seems like an exciting aspect of the book, which is a good sign that you’ve developed your characters well enough for people to actually give a damn about them.

Here is an interesting exchange…

I wrote earlier about her strong storytelling – that is definitely at play here, as she avoids these interactions turning into just talking heads.

This is really a delightful comic book. And it is a big book – roughly 40 pages or so, for just five bucks! And your copy will come signed! So go buy one! It’s a great deal! Just click on her website here and look at the sidebar to see how to order.

Definitely Recommended.

I hope you all enjoyed the month of LGBT Comics!!!

6 Comments

Thanks for the excellent review!

For those of you who are interested, updated versions of the pages shown here can be viewed at my DeviantArt page! Or you can buy the book. Still only $5 American dollars! (Read almost 40 pages here: http://jt-ford.deviantart.com/gallery/27930792 )

Cheers!

That art is pretty fantastic.

Fantastic storytelling skills here, and great work on the facial expressions. I see a little of both Craig Thompson and Stuart Immonen.

You often hear about how we, in the 21st Century, don’t appreciate the comics of the 1950s in their proper context, and that’s certainly true, but Batwoman was stupid in context. Julie Schwartz hated the character, as well he should, as she was a dumb character. To be fair, though, the majority of the readers at the time did like Batwoman. Heck, it was reader response that led to her returning after her first appearance (and the later addition of the first Batgirl). But we’re talking a really young readership here. The fanzines typically had an older audience, and from what I have read of Batmania, they were more like Schwartz when it came to the earlier Batwoman and Bargirl, much preferring the later Barbara Gordon Batgirl.

Tana Ford is an immensely talented writer, and a wonderful artist! She is also one of this past year’s Prism Comics Queer Press Grant winners!!
I was honored to be among the judges for this year’s competition. We’d gone through a number of entries, but when I came across her submission–along with Jon Macy’s “Fearful Hunter #1″ I knew we were on to something. Those two went on to tie for the Prism Comics co-winners for 2010.
I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing a lot of Tana in the future. ;)

Hey this looks pretty fantastic. I’m not a super huge fan of autobio/memoir, but when it’s done well, it’s done well—and that is always a treat!

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