Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Today's a little different because I'm busy editing. (That's a helluva lot of work, by the way. More about that another time.)
Anyway, what I'm here to tell you (besides that I'm editing) is about a book called Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. It's a touching, sometimes heart-wrenching story about two women who meet and have a life. Sometimes together, sometimes apart. As a comic book, it stands out for being self-published by the writer/artist but also because the art itself is excellent: people are drawn as people and not cartoons or superheroes. Yes, the art is cartoony (much the same way some manga art is) but still it's refreshing and realistic in ways only comic book art can be.
While the story is also sometimes manipulative (what good story isn't, though?) there's a terrific payoff in the end.
I'll also tell you that it's one of a handful of titles that has made me cry as I read it. (One of the others is The Death of Superman. Again, another story for another time.)
So, go check it out. It's on Comixology, it's on Amazon, there's even a great entry on it on Wikipedia.
I'll be reading the entire series over the Christmas holiday. For the seventh time. (Or is it the eighth? I don't remember. Could be a dozen or more, anyway, too.)