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5.0 out of 5 stars See you in the funny pages, December 6, 2004
This review is from: Domesticity Isn't Pretty (Paperback)
This book is a must. Not just for gay men, but for members of your family. I have given so many copies of "Domesticity Isn't Pretty" to friends and family members that I have lost count. It deals with the reality of gay couples, with humor and a realistic touch, so lacking in many gay author's work. Besides, once you give them "Domesticity Isn't Pretty," you can bet they'll seek out Tim Barela's three other Leonard and Larry books, as well!

Leonard Goldman is an architect. Larry Evans runs a Leather Store on Santa Monica Boulevard. Together, they deal with marriage, divorce, children, childbirth of grandchildren, the fact that a son may be gay, and who stole the cookies. Well, maybe the cookies aren't the most typical dilemma in anyone's family, but these men feel real, like neighbors.

When Larry's son David makes a very public coming out at his local high school prom, it completely unsettles his fatherhood expectations. Given that Larry, a gay man, is as rattled by the discovery that his offspring is gay makes him just like the rest of us. He's not a Super Human, he's just an Every Dad. Larry must suddenly face a reality that he takes for granted in his everyday life, and it's revelatory to come from a gay book.

One of the other fun things about this volume is that you get to watch the evolution of Leonard and Larry from being side characters in Barela's other strips to the heroes of their own. The introduction by Andy Mangles chronicles Tim's early strips for biker magazines, and how Tim came to terms then eventually came out through his art. Reading about Barela's growth and self realization parallels the growths of Leonard and Larry, making the stories all the more essential and commonplace to gays and lesbians everywhere. Maybe "Domesticity Isn't Pretty," but it sure is realistic. Funny, too. Get this! Get two. Spread the Leonard and Larry world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original "Gay Sit-com!", June 22, 1998
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This review is from: Domesticity Isn't Pretty (Paperback)
I was introduced to Tim Barela's first L&L collection a few years ago, and had a hard time putting it down! Tim has created a cast of characters that seem very realistic. Instead of being "perfect" like, say, the characters from "Leave It To Beaver," they have normal, everyday problems just like the rest of us.
Larry runs an erotic leather shop. He's a chocoholic, and is emotionally off-the-wall. He has two boys from his previous relationship with a woman who constantly nags him to get the child support check out on time (or else!). He has a mid-life crisis, and always complains about getting old and fat.
Leonard is the more down-to-earth of the pair, but he has his share of problems too. He's a professional photographer who gets stressed when he has deadlines, throws a fit when his car's paint is scratched, is totally clueless about car engines, and doesn't look so hot in the morning (I know the feeling!). He's more of a romantic than Larry, and occasionally gets hurt when Larry does something insensitive and dumb.
Tim's character development is second-to-none. Over the course of the books "Domesticity Isn't Pretty" and its sequel "Kurt Cobain And Mozart Are Both Dead," his characters have real-life experiences, and are changed by them. Hair gets grayer, facial hair is shaved and regrown, babies are born, and new friendships are forged.
Whether you're gay or straight, I highly recommend these books. They give a great insite into the type of life that many gays wish for, and at the same time show what gays have to deal with - from losing beloved friends to AIDS to being discriminated against by those who wrongly condemn them. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll scream for more - I know I am. TIM, PLEASE WRITE MORE!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for every gay man, November 15, 1999
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This review is from: Domesticity Isn't Pretty (Paperback)
Leonard is a timeless comic strip that is as fresh today as when it was written. If you would like to see what we are really like and how similar we are to the straight couples in this great land of our BUY THIS BOOK.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Great Laughs!, March 10, 1999
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This review is from: Domesticity Isn't Pretty (Paperback)
It will be difficult indeed for any gay man not to see himself somewhere in the pages of Tim's book. Leonard and Larry are role models of a sort for a generation of gay men who are not "club kids" and just want to share their lives together. This is a great book and very funny. I can't wait for the next one (that's a hint-Tim) If you want to see a 'wholesome gay couple" buym this BOOK!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful!!!, October 17, 1999
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This review is from: Domesticity Isn't Pretty (Paperback)
this book is a fantastic insight into the mind of the gay male in society. when i bought it, the woman who sold it to me said I would be surprised how much it mimics straight married people's relationships, and, as a straight, married female, I can sympathize with Leonard's mother controlling his every move!
Bravo Tim!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically funny and touching as well!, April 5, 2002
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This review is from: Domesticity Isn't Pretty (Paperback)
This book was one of the best I have read in a long time. Leonard and Larry are the more realistic couple I have seen in a comic in years. Their shenanigans are awesome and their relationship is truly touching as well. Nice to see two "normal" men with "normal" lives who are so much in love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not for the closed-minded, July 18, 2000
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This review is from: Domesticity Isn't Pretty (Paperback)
This book is, arguably, the funniest thing I have ever read in my life. Seeing these "normal" gay guys (and girls, too) has helped me face my own homosexuality. This book can (and should) be enjoyed by mature, open-minded readers of any and all persuasions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A minor correction...., February 10, 1998
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This review is from: Domesticity Isn't Pretty (Paperback)
I love this book, but my opinion is suspect because Tim Barela is a friend of mine. I just wanted to point out that Leonard is a professional photographer, not musician... that would be L&L's friend Bob Mendez.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just delightful., July 11, 1997
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This review is from: Domesticity Isn't Pretty (Paperback)
Finally, the L&L strip from "Frontiers" in one book. A delightfully funny, true-to-life cartoon strip involved a married gay couple (the Leonard and Larry of the Title).Set in 'real time', the cast of characters is almost better than the main characters. Wry, sexy, "woofy". Leonard is a prof. musician, Larry is a fomerly married owner of a leather shop with a a gay son, straight daughter, ex-wife and a cast of other wonderful characters. Keep your eye on 'Merle' and the composer ghosts are a hoot
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gay comics, July 3, 2013
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This review is from: Domesticity Isn't Pretty (Paperback)
a comical real life look at gay life, its not all about sex, its about day to day struggles and triumphs of two people.
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