Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Review: BINGO LOVE

BINGO LOVE (OGN)
IMAGE COMICS/Inclusive Press – @ImageComics

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Tee Franklin
ART: Jenn St-Onge
COLORS: Joy San
LETTERS: Cardinal Rae
EDITOR: Erica Schultz
COVER: Genevieve Eft
ISNB: 978-1-53430750-6; paperback (February 2018)
88pp, Color, $9.99 U.S.

Rated “T / Teen”

Bingo Love created by Tee Franklin

Bingo Love is an full-color original graphic novel written and created by Tee Franklin and drawn by Jenn St-Onge.  It is the story of two women who meet as school girls and fall in love, but are forced apart by the obligations of family and society.  Bingo Love's creative team includes colorist Joy San and letterer Cardinal Rae.

On February 10th, 1963, at a church bingo game, Hazel Marie Johnson meets the new girl in town.  To Hazel, Mari Annabelle McCray smells like cocoa butter and is a “honey glazed goddess.”  Mari also turns out to be the new student at the high school Hazel attends, and Hazel is immediately smitten with her.  It turns out that Mari is also attracted to Hazel and indicates this by delivering a kiss on Hazel's cheek.  Soon, the two are inseparable.

In the 1960s, however, society does not tolerate same-sex couples, nor do families.  Hazel and Mari are forced apart, and Hazel settles for marriage to a young air force pilot, James Aloysius Downing.  Fate, on the other hand, is not willing to let family and society have the last say in Hazel and Mari's tale of young love.

Bingo Love is both sweet and relentless.  The art by Jenn St-Onge is composed in large, puffy circles that result in characters with big heads and large facial features.  This is both sweet and cute, but St-Onge is able to convey emotions large and small and expressive and intimate.  St-Onge gives the story so much emotional resonance with her joyful compositions.  Joy San's joyful coloring makes St-Onge's illustrations leap off the page, turning this story into a dance and celebration of love.  The lettering by Cardinal Rae carries the story forward as if it were a wave determined to transport a love story across the world.

Tee Franklin's story and script is the relentless part of the creation.  Love is love.  Those meant to be will be, whether the whole damn world likes it or not.  Tee Franklin delivers a LGBTQ manifesto as a candy shoppe milkshake that is a stubborn, unstoppable taste sensation.  Hazel and Mari's love is not normal or abnormal; it simply is.  Normal and abnormal are just labels.  Love is love; beyond labels, this is Bingo Love.

9 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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STAN LEE:
MEMORIAM - From TMZ:  TMZ is reporting that Marvel Comics' legendary editor, writer, and creator, Stan Lee, has died at the age of 95, Monday morning, November 12, 2018.

From BleedingCool:  Everyone reacts to Stan Lee's death.

From NYTimes:  A cartoon obit/memorial for Stan Lee from comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis, drawn by Bill Walko and colored by Howie Noel.

From BleedingCool:  Stan Lee protege Roy Thomas says that Lee was ready to leave this Earth.

From ComicBookBin:  Writer Andy Frisk talks about the time he met Stan Lee in an article from 2012.

From NYPost:  An update on the aftermath of the death of Steve Ditko, who created Spider-Man with Stan Lee and possibly Jack Kirby.
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From FantagraphicsBooks:  The publisher celebrates Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday with a new comics collection, "Mickey Mouse: The Greatest Adventures.

From BleedingCool:  George R.R. Martin says that he has been struggling with his next "A Song of Fire and Ice" ("Game of Thrones") novel, "Winds of Winters" for years.

From ICv2:  DC Comics will use its "Black Label" imprint to offer reprints of classic prestige and event comic books from the past, like "Watchmen," "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns," and "Kingdom Come" to name a few.

From ICv2:  Marvel is celebrating its 80th anniversary next year.  In February, a series of one-shots will see old Marvel characters return, including "Ziggy Pig" and "Silly Seal" who debuted in Krazy Komics in 1942 from Timely Comics (Marvel's predecessor).

MEMORIAM - From BleedingCool:  John Rogers, the president of the San Diego Comic-Con International, died Saturday, November 10, 2018.

From Newsarama:  Who is Nate Grey and what is "Age of X-Man?"

From Previews:  DC Comics revs up for Brian Michael Bendis' revival of "Young Justice," with artist Patrick Gleason.

From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics maintains its share lead of the North American direct market - by a lot - for October 2018.

From BorneoBulletin:  Original drawings by manga and anime legend, the late Osamu Tezuka, fetch shockingly high prices.

From TheScottishSun:  A 10-year-old Australian boy is selling his comic book around the world.

From NYTimes:  The original art for "Master Race," one of the most EC Comics stories is up for sale at Heritage Auctions.  Written by the Bill Gains and Al Feldstein and drawn by Bernard Krigstein, "Master Race" is one of the most important stories in the history of American comics.

From BleedingCool:  See Kyle Hotz's five covers for "Man Without Fear."  This miniseries is the post-"Death of Daredevil" comic book that debuts in January 2019.

From Newsarama:  Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover will produce "Wrassle Castle," one of several kid's comics titles from Vault Comics' "Myriad" label.

From Facebook:  David Michelinie and Bret Blevins are working on new issues of their wonderful 1985 series, The Bozz Chronicles, published by Marvel's Epic Comics.

From CBR:  Is The Joker queer, straight, or something else.

From BleedingCool:  Editions Albert Rene would like big name comics artists from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. to contribute to the 60th anniversary book collection for French and Belgium comics character, "Asterix."

From TCJ:  A look at the dramatic stylistic shift of 1980s/90s comic book artist Vince Giarrano.

From BleedingCool:  There is an exhibition of art by Milo Manara, the Italian comic books writer and artist, in Brussles at the Chatelain gallery.

From WeGotThisCovered:  Rob Liefeld addresses the Deadpool/Deathstroke debate... that he started.

From ANN:  Watch 37 Manga Creators Draw Magazine Poster Together in Video

From HNN:  Cullen Bunn is using Kickstarter to fun his horror comics anthology, "A Passage in Black."

From BleedingCool:  The Kentucky Kroger shooter who killed two elderly African-Americans turns out to be a racist comic book fan who often complained on social media about comic book characters of color.  Of course...

From Facebook:  Charles Vess is touring in support of his book collection of "Earthsea" art.

From ICv2:  Chinese investment bank now majority owner of Dark Horse Comics.

From KyodoNews:  "Attack on Titan" manga to become big Hollywood film.

From FiveBooks:  "Five Books" names the five best books on anime and manga.

From Newsarama:  Todd McFarlane talks about his goals for his upcoming "Spawn" movie and a return to drawing the "Spawn" comic book.

From BleedingCool: The creative teams for the anthology comic book, "Merry X-Men Holiday Special," has been announced.  Chris Claremont has written a Kitty Pryde story for the issue.

From ANN:  Manga writer-artist Kohske asks pirates to stop sharing illegal copies of his manga, "Gangsta."


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