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Curbside Boys: The New York Years
by Robert Kirby (Goodreads Author)
Robert Kirby’s whimsical comic book story of "twenty-something" gay boys falling in love in and out of love in New York city. Kirby’s chronicle of sexual mishaps and bittersweet romance is syndicated widely in gay newspapers in the U.S.
Paperback, 150 pages
Published October 9th 2002 by Cleis Press
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With Gary Trudeau publishing his forty year retrospective this year it is hard not to be impressed by syndicated cartooning. Charles Schultz is the only other syndicated cartoonist that comes to mind who has a more impressive collection of work, but there are many who have benefited from syndication, becoming national bestselling cartoonists, despite breaking conventions in the system. All the same, writing for mainstream newspaper media seems a breeze compared to the challenges faced by Gay and ...more
I am so so so so so so very mad that I only was able to read this as a library book and now it's ultra rare and hard to find and expensive when found. Because I would probably read this at least 3-5 times a year, it's that addicting. Kirby, in a similar vein as Dykes To Watch Out For creator Alison Bechdel, creates a cast of characters that seem incredibly real and whose serialized misadventures ring painfully true. There's actually a strip near the end of the book that reminds me so much of a m ...more
Oct 05, 2013 Robert rated it 5 of 5 stars · (Review from the author)
Curbside Boys is my first ever published-by-a-real-publisher paperback book (it's the sequel to Curbside, which I published myself in 1998, after I won the Xeric Grant). It just went out of print in summer of 2013. It's a bittersweet twentysomething love story between Drew, a bookish introvert, and Nathan, a sexy but secretly sensitive rake. Upon its release in 2002, critics praised in particular its characterizations and the generally introspective, occasionally melancholy feel of the story. Re ...more
A great story about a handful of young men living in NYC, and the complicated relationships between them. This book really captures that moment in your late twenties when you realize you've got to get off your butt and do something (and maybe stop having roommates). It also did a great job capturing of the loneliness of relocating and being the odd man out. The characters were complex, hilarious and infuriating, and the story was utterly addictive. This book made getting my work done yesterday a ...more
I'd bought Kirby's Curbside almost a decade and a half ago (and am suddenly wondering where my copy is...), but I'd never read the follow-up until now. It's nice to see how well it holds up, and from an artistic standpoint entertaining to see Kirby's art style slowly change into something very closer to where it is today. A pleasure to read and to watch this soap opera unfold, and with a satisfying ending to boot. Good stuff, and I'd love to see an enterprising publisher compile the two books in ...more
Robert Kirby has been drawing and publishing comics since 1991. His self-syndicated comic strip “Curbside” (1991-2008) was collected in two books: Curbside, published with the Xeric Grant in 1998, and Curbside Boys (2002, Cleis Press). His queerboy comics zine anthology Boy Trouble debuted in 1994 and there were two book collections from Green Candy Press: The Book of Boy Trouble (2006) and The Bo ...moreMore about Robert Kirby...