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1: Elan Meets Rafa: Boy Love Story (Volume 1) Paperback – September 1, 2014
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About the Author
The Mice was born in New Orleans to South American immigrants. She now lives with her family and her pets in California. Elan Meets Rafa is her first published comic.
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Format (about A5) and number of pages (small) are quite a disappointment. I think it would have been much better if 3 or 4 such small books were bundled together in one (with higher price, of course).
I will be looking the author/artist up, but I am not sure if I will be buying anything else.
This is the story of Elan, a meek rich gay boy/man, who runs away from home to avoid an overbearing, possibly homophobic, father. He meets a group of street characters on the poorer side of life. There is a bit of the "In the Heights" feeling to the people of this street. The caring 'brother' character to all these lost souls is Rafa. Elan and Rafa meet and love happens, but will it last for the rich boy and the poor boy? Guess we have to wait until future volumes.
The art in this series is unusual, to say the least. I grew up on the artists of Heavy Metal, moved on to manga, and I probably follow 4 or 5 dozen web comics. I've never seen a style quite like this. It's as if the characters are being followed around by a budding artist with her drawing pad. The style may be a little off-putting to some at first, but it grows on you and the artist improves massively as the comic progresses.
The story is excellent from the start. The characters are complex and the story is, by turns, silly and poetic. Elan speaks exactly like someone who has interacted with more books than peers. And I can't even begin to describe how compelling the journal is. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves a good, complex love story.