by Alice Oseman.
BCharlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?
Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.
Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.
They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…
From the author of Solitaire and Radio Silence comes a bind up of the first two chapters of Heartstopper, an ongoing webcomic.
Length: 288 Pages.
Series: Heartstopper #1
Genre: YA. M/M Romance. QUILTBAG. Graphic Novel.
Read as an: Paperback
Okay so first up I loved this book(!) but you need to know the emotional journey I went on while reading it.
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- I had a Bubble bath and read Heartstopper.
- I needed to read more of Heartstopper.
- I researched and found out it is a web-comic.
- I read all that is available of the web-comic.
- I needed to read more of Heartstopper.
- I preordered the fuck out of the second book.
DeadEndia: The Complete Season One
by Hamish Steele.
Six Word Summary: A Fun and Spooky Queer Ride!
Blurb: Barney needs a job and a place to live. So he takes up his best friend’s offer and becomes the janitor of a haunted house attraction at Winslow’s Wonderland. Only thing is, the horrors don’t stop when the work day’s done.
Along with his friend Norma and talking dog Pugsley, the gang battle demonic party poopers, creepy therapists and even scarier love lives.
Created by Hamish Steele, author of Pantheon and based on his animated short for Cartoon Hangover, this book collects the first season of the popular webcomic that has been praised for its honesty, diversity and story telling.
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Oglaf, a free web-comic, takes readers on a humourous and sexual journey through a fantastical medieval world. Released weekly, Oglaf offers either single and one-off strips or multi-page, more connected comics. The ‘main’ character, namely the one who has the most appearances in the web-comic, is the Apprentice Ivan who we meet in the first comic on the site. Other characters that make somewhat regular appearances are the Snow Queen, the Mistress (to who Ivan is indentured), Greir (a wandering mercenary) and Sandoval (a visiting Ambassador of the Mistress). While having no set storyline, these reoccurring characters nevertheless tie the world together.
Oglaf is not centered strictly on the sexual, as the blurb of the book states, ‘there’s like twenty or thirty strips… that aren’t dirty at all.’ Despite being a very sexual and admittedly pornographic web-comic, at heart the comic is predominately humourous. It is in these non-sexual comics that we can see this shining through.
What I really like about this web-comic is the openness with which it explores sexuality. Oglaf includes straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual and mythic sexual encounters openly. Nothing is treated as too ‘taboo’ or ‘offensive’ and I applaud the non-issue of it all. Sex is also not given any sort of shame connotations as we see no distinctions made between heterosexual encounters to that of the non-heteronormative ones, and we do not have any sort of preachy message shoved down our throats. Sex is just there. Simple as that.
Aside from being such a hilarious and enjoying read, I feel that what I like most about this web-comic is the respect we have given, nothing is held back from readers. Love it or leave it, I think that Oglaf is one of the better and hugely more enjoyable web-comics out there.