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So, no one told you life was gonna be this gay! Grease Bats stars Andy, a trans genderqueer individual who is both tough and loving, and their BFF Scout, an all-feelings-all-the-time mistake-maker. 

Andy and Scout are best buds, roommates, and gay disasters. Along with their friends and plenty of beer, they’re just trying to make it through their 20s, survive late capitalis
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by BOOM! Box
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[ e-ARC received from NetGalley ]

TBH, Grease Bats is somewhat fun and humorous but in my opinion, I think this book isn’t for me. I’m so sorry. I wish I had enjoyed it more than I did.

Thanks to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for providing this e-ARC to me in exchange for an honest review.
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
Queer besties Andy and Scout navigate life, love, friendship, the tumultuous political environment and their 20s in this hilarious comics collection.

I was not expecting to love this nearly as much as I did. I’m not sure why? But I’m thinking it’s because I saw the cover, with the kinda not the best illustrations (they reminded me vaguely of Beavis and Butthead or King of the Hill), so was leery?

But set aside your reservations—this is timely poignant and holy fucking shirtballs hilarious.

Andy is
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E.
★★★,5⭐ | "I'm in the middle of experiencing my feelings." "On... the floor?" "Yeah, where else would I have emotions? A chair?!"

It's hard to review this one because I moderately enjoyed it but I don't have much to say about it.

This is a series of comic strips about two BFF, Andy - a genderqueer non-binary person in a polyamorous relationship and lots of casual sex with people of various genders and Scout a lesbian who can't get over her ex and is tragic at getting dates. Along with three of the
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Basma
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This made me smile and laugh so much and it's been a while that I've read a book like that. I actually laughed out loud and that doesn't happen very often and this contributes to me giving it a 4 star.

This is a collection of comic strips about Andie's life being genderqueer and living life as queer as possible and their friend Scout who is just a bundle of feelings and emotions as well as other characters that make an appearance; Ari and Taylor. They talk about their feelings, 2016 politics and
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Steff Pasciuti
Honestly, I had the hardest time in the world coming up with my rating for Grease Bats by Archie Bongiovanni, a collection of comic strips about roommates Andy, who is trans-genderqueer, and Scout, who is gay. And initially I was really excited to read this collection, thinking that it was going to be a lot of fun but I just found myself rather bored with everything and didn't really like the characters all that much. I recognize, however, that this is more personal feelings on my end and less a ...more
R Macklin
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, graphic-novels
I got an eARC of this through the publisher, and holy shit this might be one of the best books I've read this year.
Anniek
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I just don't think any knuckle tattoo will beat 'BOOK CLUB'"

This is such a funny comic bind-up! It consists of mini-comics surrounding best friends and roommates Scout and Andy and their queer friends. Aside from it being hilarious, it doesn't shy away from serious topics and feelings. I really enjoyed it, as it was a quick and light read for the most part, but also very validating. I loved how it was centered mostly around friendship and not romance, and the characters were entirely different
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Ivy
Dec 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
Happy to be the first one to add this! I love Archie's work, and I can't read to have a whole book of their art.
Isaiah
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To read more reviews check out MI Book Reviews.

I got an ARC of this book.

Ok, so like I am super queer. I am trans, ace, aro, in a QPR with a married lesbian house wife, and in a poly relationship with a married gay man who is questioning his gender. Can you get any more queer? The answer is yes. Reading this book made me feel so much more queer and it was WONDERFUL. 

This book is literally perfect. The characters range from super queer and confident to baby queers and insecure (sometimes in the s
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Devann
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

It took me a little while to get into this one but once I did it was really funny and relatable. I think that ideally if I wasn't reading it as an ARC I would have just had it laying around and read a few strips every day - every page is basically a 4-6 panel self contained webcomic, although several of them continue off each other chronologically - because I always find reading a ton of really short things all in a row to be weird, but it was ov
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Jill Kenna
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review*

I was so sad when this ended! I felt like I was hanging out with my friends the whole time I was reading it. I loved all the individual characters but Scout was my favorite. I loved the relationship that all of the characters had with each other and how they just seemed so respectful and loving. And if there ever was an issue they would talk about it (with much griping from Andy about ~feelings~) and work it out. Also, I loved all the
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Elin (annotatedpaperbacks)
one of the most relatable and queer things i've ever read
Claire
This is the cutest book in the world of LGBTQ+ literature, and I'm going to buy it for every single one of my queer friends. It's the book that the LGBTQ+ community deserves, and I've never seen anything like it before!

Here's the gist: This book is a compilation of comics written by Archie Bongiovanni, a genderqueer artist, for Autostraddle. The comic strips were compiled into this book. So it's not exactly a graphic novel because it doesn't have a completely connected plot, but there's still co
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Ana
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Thank you to NetGalley for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review*

This comic strip about a friend gr0up of queer disasters definitely didn't look like the circles I run in - my folks are all the nerdy, disabled, chronically and mentally ill folks who don't drink much and whose conversations revolve a lot around NOT being able to leave the house - but I still liked the wackiness of the characters even while they didn't reflect my milieu. The character who came closest was Taylor
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Amelia
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley.

Grease Bats is a funny and relatable look at queer life told through comic strips. I'd seen a few of these on @autostraddle but it was great to read through the whole collection and get a proper feel for the characters and their storylines (and decide which one I'm most like - I'd love to be confident femme slut Gwen but am probably more like emotional awkward bean Scout!)

Grease Bats faces all the dilemmas and delights of being queer, trans and gende
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Samantha Puc
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, comics-beat
Archie Bongiovanni is one of the freshest voices in comics, and Grease Bats is a perfect representation of why. Read my full review at The Beat! Click here.
Amy
Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this comic!

Title: Grease Bats
Author: Archie Bongiovanni
Rep: every single character is LGBTQ+. Genderqueer MC and lesbian MC.
Trigger warnings: homophobia, transphobia, dysphoria, misgendering.

This was such a lovely and refreshing comic! The story was super fun, while also delving into more serious topics. I loved how there was little to no romance and this focuses more on friendships and found family.

The lives of the main character
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Lauren
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
*Thanks to Netgalley for providing the book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a fun enough read. It straddled the line between a weekly, gag-centric comic strip and an ongoing story unfolding over time.

I found it fun, but a little tiresome: it was pretty repetitive, and very deep into queer politics. I don't think somebody that isn't frequenting sites like autostraddle or waist-deep in queer theory would find it accessible. Which made it confusing: it's like it's teaching a lesson usin
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Lucsbooks
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This book started by warning us that we would see ourselves and our friends in these characters and it was downright scary (and at the same time comforting) how right that was. This was a flawless, unapologetic and honest rendering of what means to be LGBT.
The comic strips are simple in its style and are mostly black and white but they still have all kinds of jokes and funny details that always make me laugh like Andy's outrageous t-shirts. It reminded me of the political comic strips you can fi
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Charlotte
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
I loved this! This book is a collection of strips about the life of Andy and their friend Scout. Andy is genderqueer and trying to live the best possible queer life - amidst angst and confusion and all of that good stuff. Scout is all about feelings and being queer, and living life ... and these two are AMAZING.

Archie Bongiovanni has captured a little corner of the queer world that made me laugh, nod enthusiastically, roll my eyes and feel a little teary. I'm not exaggerating. There's a LOT in t
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Bianca (theperksofbeingbianca)
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, netgalley
Thank you THANK YOU to NetGalley for approving my request! I don't often make requests because I always fear rejection, but I'm seriously very grateful for this one. I got this free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

THE EASIEST 5 STARS I'VE GIVEN IN A LONG TIME.

This collection of comic strips caught my eye mainly because of the author, Archie Bongiovanni, who is also the author of A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns, which I have read previously also via to NetGalley. I liked th
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Mo
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ARC Given by NetGalley for Honest Review

Grease Bats gave me all the warm fuzzy queer feelings I could have asked for. Scout and Andy's friendship is so accurately millennial and wholesome that it reminds me of my personal relationships with my queer friends. Can you say REPRESENTATION? Archie's art style is cute and quirky and lends itself so well to the story that I couldn't imagine these characters looking any other way. My personal favorite strip was "Case of the Floppies" which talks about t
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Kristel
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ARC given by NetGalley

When I "made a wish" for this comic book, I didn't really know what I was getting into. I read queer, I loved the cover, and that was it for me. I was sold!

Then my wish got granted and, wow, I was in for a crazy ride. I know very few people who are trans (a lot less who identify as genderqueer), since I go to my town's lgbt community center, but since I'm very introverted, and usually spend my days at home after work and on the weekends, I don't really know any of them fo
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Helen
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, arc
This was an adorable comic that reminded me of a modern Dykes to Watch Out For. I loved how they portrayed character dynamics and the way that the two main characters navigate life together. Truly just very heartwarming.
Galadriel.
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all, I should say that I love Boom! Studios as I have been following many of their series for years now, so with that in mind, I knew I was going to enjoy this collection of stripes. I wasn't wrong.

It was awesome to follow the life of these two friends, navigating exes, friends, going out... conversations about gender and sexuality... Yup, it was funny! Also: The collection of t-shirts they have (and other items of clothing) is amazing!
Christy Dyer
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-book copy of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this slice-of-life graphic novel about two friends trying to survive through their 20's. Andy is a non-binary, partying, and drinking person who tries to get their best friend, Scout, a girlfriend. All throughout the comic Scout is trying to get over her past girlfriend but is having a hard time doing so. Readers will also meet other characters who are also part of the LBGTQ+ community rally
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honeybean
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to honeybean by: R Macklin
Shelves: lgbtq, graphic-novels
A+ content - this whole book is wonderful
Jaclyn Hillis
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grease Bats by boom studios is a collection of short comics about LGBTQ life. It’s so whitty and fun! My favorite part is definitely all of Andy’s t-shirts!

Thank you NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Fotini
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, ebooks
A massive thank you to Netgalley for the eARC :)

This graphic novel and all the LGBT+ and POC representation were amazing! I loved the art style and the shorter stories which all related to each other in some way later on. I love how unique all the characters were and how they taught each other to be accepting of themselves and of each other. It was a beautiful, wholesome message which was lovely to see.
Harri
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I laughed, gasped and groaned. I know all the people in this book, as will most queers.
Cute, fun, silly but insightful and smart. I started following Archie on Instagram when I felt I needed more unapologetic joyfully queer content in my life; that worked, but this book really delivers.
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