True Story, Swear To God Archives Volume 1 (True Story, Swear to God (Graphic Novels))
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True Story, Swear To God Archives Volume 1 (True Story, Swear to God (Graphic Novels))

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One of the most acclained romance comics (six Eisner nominations) is collected in one huge tpb Napa Valley cartoonist Tom Beland meets the love of his life, Puerto Rican journalist Lily Garcia, at a bus stop in Disneyworld. Can a long-distance romance last and who will choose to leave their hometown to enter a new world with new challenges? All seventeen issues of Beland's...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Image Comics
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i didn't think it was possible to read a comic book as bad as vamps but i was wrong. vamps was a million times better. the story is so boring that i can't believe i actually finished it. i hate tom deland and his autobiographical piece of shit comic.
In the beginning, I did not like this book at all. Generic and shallow escapist fluff, I thought. It felt as if a good friend of yours was telling you about how he had just fallen in love, and how wonderful the whole world now looked as a result. Good for him, you think at first. But then he just keeps on talking about fate and destiny and true love and all that, and at one point you start getting really bored. But he does not seem to notice, he still keeps on talking and talking...

And then some...more
Ryan got a copy of this book from work and read almost the entire thing in one sitting and recommended it to me. I, in turn, read it almost in one sitting. It's a sweet love story that is well balanced with the "dude perspective." It's a wonderful tale of meeting your soul mate, but with plenty of F bombs and beer drinking. A very good balance.

This is right up there with "Blankets" as a great example of what can be done with the comic medium.
Wred Fright
Charming comics romance story about a cartoonist in California and a radio announcer from Puerto Rico who straddle cultures and time zones for love. Would I read this if it weren't a comic though? Um, no. Sometimes a cute drawing just sucks me into a story, and that was the case here.
An amazing true-life modern romance for the ages and I highly recommend getting this hefty trade because you'll want to read it all. The art is simple and nuanced and the book is well written with extreme honesty on the part of Tom Beland himself, for which he should be commended.
This is such a sweet story, I love it.
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I'm a 36 year-old cartoonist living and breathing on the island of San Juan, Puerto Rico. I was born in Chicago ILL. and was raised in Napa Valley, California. I graduated from Napa High School in 1980 (GO INDIANS!).

My career in cartoonist started at a very young age. My father, Clarence Beland , was a cartoonist in his spare time and all the boys in my family draw in one way or another. I was the...more
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