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This is the fourth folio of filth from Dale Lazarov, a writer who has carved out his niche in what can most accurately be described, for want of a less clunky term, "romantic gay comics erotica" In his previous three books - Sticky, Manly, and Nightlife, each with a different artistic collaborator - Lazarov has adhered to a winning formula; short `silent' comics novellas, in which his protagonists (trainer & pugilist, club bouncer & punk, and - a personal favourite - acoustic and electric guitarists!) `meet cute', acknowledge their burgeoning attraction, and, well, hump like bunnies. A large part of the appeal of Lazarov's work, to me, is the warmth, tenderness and humour he portrays alongside the sweating and spurting. Whether it's a `relationship' or a one-night stand, the characters show affection and respect for each other. In this, he evokes one of the greater attractions of Tom of Finland's work. No, not the groiny endowments, which frankly over time became grotesque and scary, a trend followed by too many otherwise talented people working in this sub-genre (Yes, I am looking at you, Patrick Fillion...). No, what I'm talking about are the facial expressions and body language that made Tom's work more than just simple-minded sexfests. Lazarov's previous work captured this, and it is doubly to his credit that he managed it with various artists and without benefit of dialogue or captions; `silent' scripts may look deceptively simple on the page, but having essayed a few myself, I can attest to how much harder you have to work to get your points made without the verbal component. With this volume, Good Sports, Lazarov has essayed a book-length narrative, about two sportsmen.Read more ›
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Illustrators Dale Lazarov and Alessio Sonimsky have partnered to create this purely visual graphic novel GOOD SPORTS and it works. Without words the artists convey the relationship between an African American and a Caucasian male in a manner that is so wholesome that it should be a standard for those who have problems on any level of relationships, whether gay or straight. Our two heroes just happen to be happy guys who not only enjoy each other physically but also interact in team sports, at neighborhood parties, and in the simple things of life. There is no preaching here or soap box stance. This is simply a book of pictures that show the intimate and the social joys of two fine good sports. It is a major contribution to understanding sexuality and the absurdity of racial bigotry - all the while being a erotically charged book for the audience for who it is created. Grady Harp, May 12
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