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~生まれた町で夢見てきた...~
"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
*smirks* Ah, the things that come in the mail for me. 
18th-Nov-2005 10:15 pm
Siesta
I recently joined the Insight Out Book Club in order to make off like a bandit with a bunch of otherwise overpriced gay comics. Though their offerings tend to be priced higher than those of other clubs (and BUY.com), their catalogs are excellent for browsing purposes. (I mean, where else would I find out that there are two pages worth of gay-themed teen novels, and Boy Meets Boy Thank God! is not the only one out there?) I've heard on the grapevine, as well, that the club might be in danger of folding. *shakes head* That would really be a shame...

Anyway, here's the last of the Introductory Offer steals:

Stangroom, Howard and Stephen Lowther. Prime Cuts: All-Male Strips from GAY COMIX, MEATMEN, and elsewhere. Berlin: Bruno Gmünder, 2005.
Summary: An anthology of reprinted UK gay comic strips first printed in the 80's-90's. Includes sci-fi, superhero, and slice-of-life strips.
Comments: Ah, well. I guess it was too much to hope that this anthology would be as good or exquisitely-drawn as Patrick Fillion's Mighty Males. Still, it is reasonably entertaining if gay comics are your sort of thing, and gay-friendly readers will undoubtedly be terribly amused by the authors' tongue in cheek homages to Archie and Silver Age superhero comics. They do it so well that, if it weren't for the imperfect lettering job, I would've thought the artist was American. Actually, despite the proclamation of "All-Male Strips" on the cover, there are also a few lesbian characters and stories to give things variety, but all of the explicit sex is male-male. I liked the first story the most (writer and sexually-liberated alien who has come to investigate Earth), and the one about the last man on Earth finding, well, the other last man on Earth and making due with what's available was rather amusing. The longest multi-chapter story, about a superheroic Captain Alpha pursuing his kidnappped partner, only to find out that said partner was attempting to dump him in favor of the villain was...*sighs* less than exciting. Oh, and they obviously DESPISE Margaret Thatcher. I guess she said something anti-gay, huh? Oh, and I have to ask: Why is is the BLUE guy who has the circumsized penis?? Worth a once-over look-see--provided that you can get it on the cheap as I did--and not much else, other than the historical footnote.
Notes: paperback, 1st edition
Rating: 5.5/10 - It's gotta be your thing from the start, simple as that.
Comments 
19th-Nov-2005 11:53 am (UTC)
Why is is the BLUE guy who has the uncircumsized penis??

Circumcision just isn't practiced in the land of the blue men, everyone knows that ^_~

What I'd like to know, why is the male body so often referred to in terms of butchered cattle? Prime cuts, yuck >_<...
19th-Nov-2005 12:06 pm (UTC)
Circumcision just isn't practiced in the land of the blue men, everyone knows that ^_~

Heh. That was a typo. It was the blue guy who WAS circumsized. Thanks for pointing that out to me. ^_~

What I'd like to know, why is the male body so often referred to in terms of butchered cattle?

The title undoubtedly refers to the muscle fetish that's popular in some gay circles--and a pun, referring to how the strips in this book are "cut" from previous works.

As for the reason, well, people objectify their their sexual partners. Remember, it's not only men who are likened to cattle. It's just when a woman is called a "cow," it's an insult. :P
19th-Nov-2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
As I was saying, circumcision is only practiced in the land of the blue me, everyone knows that ^^;

There just has to be some better metaphor than dead cows >_<..
19th-Nov-2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
*teases*
Well, isn't cattle better than being "baby", "chick", "pussy" or whatever?^_^

I swear the endearments for women make us sound like brainless pieces of meat too. 'Course I better stop here before I begin to ask why every method of transportation is given a "she" identity by men.
19th-Nov-2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
'Course I better stop here before I begin to ask why every method of transportation is given a "she" identity by men.

I've never understood that either, my car has always been "it".. ^^; Even warplanes used to kill people are traditionally given female names, I'm not sure what that says ^^;;
19th-Nov-2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
As Ikuhara Kunihiko put it re: Utena movie, "Would you want to ride a male car" (if you are a man)? ^^;;;;
19th-Nov-2005 09:03 pm (UTC)
Actually I would^_^ Even if I weren't a guy.
19th-Nov-2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
But you're not normal. ^_~
19th-Nov-2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
Blame the guy who coined "beefcake." ^^;
19th-Nov-2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
And what makes you think it was a guy? ^_~
19th-Nov-2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
Because women have more taste in general when it comes to naming things. :P
19th-Nov-2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
*laughs*

Yeah, probably some cattle rancher trying to get his girlfriend turned on ^_^;;
19th-Nov-2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
"Beefcake" always makes me think of "meatloaf"^^

BTW, have you got a moment?
29th-Nov-2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
Review archived.
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