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Curbside Boys: The New York Years

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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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Nathan Kibler
Sep 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: GLBTQ
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  (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
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, comics_related
I *heart* Curbside.
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
Apr 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic
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
Jon Macy
Oct 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I reread this recently and it stands up well. Very funny and sweet but there are also some great moments that felt so sad and deliciously heart wrenching. It brought back all the angst of being young and Gay.
Jul 21, 2009 marked it as to-read
This is one of my co-workers - I can't wait to check it out!
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Robert Kirby has been drawing & publishing comics since 1991. His solo books include Curbside (1998, published with a Xeric Grant), 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) & The Book of Boy Trouble Volume 2: Born to Trouble (2008). His oth ...more
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