31st out of 39 books — 15 voters
The Virgin Project
by K.D. Boze
Real People Share Real Stories; Seattle artists K. D. Boze and Stasia Kato interviewed more than 400 people with the question: How did you lose your virginity? The answers are contained in this comics anthology, with an introduction by Ellen Forney
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by KDB Design Services
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This is great - some stories are hilarious, some touching, some haunting. As the back says, "for mature readers" - but for the themes, not for the pictures (yes, there are breasts - just like in real life). It's a small, perfect view into people's private lives.
A cute, accessible, and not at all prurient illustrated compendium of first-time stories. The stories are diverse -- the coauthors interviewed people from eighteen to eighty, from all walks of life -- and the illustration style differs from story to story to play up the special features of each one. Very human, but in an encapsulated way; most stories are just a page or two, and I thought many of them would have benefited from a few pages of context or fallout. This would have helped differentia...more
I met the artists of _The_Virgin_Project_ at the Fremont Summer Solstice Fair and was immediately taken with their illustrations and interpretations of people's most intimate stories. From the tragic, hilarious, mundane and even super intense first-time experiences, they bring people's stories to life and make you walk a few panels in their shoes. It's better than _Post Secret_.
Very episodic and serial. After reading things like Blankets and Fun Home this left me wanting some more in terms of depth and character. Instead you get each loss of virginity as a quick scene. This is not to say they weren't interesting, but they weren't particularly gripping or compelling. After a while it made the "first time" phenomenon seem less special than I thought it would be.
An incredible view of a variety and depth of human sexuality as seen through a cross-section of people's first times having sex. Good stories, bad stories, abuse, incest, connection, and love all come through in equal parts. Never feels objectifying or degrading toward its subjects. Fantastic.
Apr 03, 2009 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The awkwardly virginal
Recommended to Kate by: Dan Savage
Poignantly-rendered, real-life illustrated coming-of-age stories: gay, straight, bi, awkward, drunken, fumbling, and disturbly often with cousins, teachers, or otherwise less-than-appropriate partners