m/m graphic novel appreciation series: tasting ‘pride high’

As part of this series, I decided it would also be a good thing to include a couple of mini-reviews of different works out there in the yaoi and m/m graphic novel genres.

*sigh* Yes, I’m actually willingly doing a review.

*double sigh* No, the world isn’t coming to an end.



The Blurb:

I wasn’t able to find a blurb as such about the Pride High series, but I did find the below in a 28/9/2006 press release:

Pride High is a queer-themed independent comic book about five friends and the gay-straight alliance they create at their high school for superpowered youth. A celebration of queer and queer-friendly teens, Pride High will explore racism in the LGBT community, homophobia in communities of color, and the place of young queer superheroes in a world that prefers heroes a little older and a lot straighter.

Pride High is dedicated to all the queer and queer-friendly kids out there who have formed gay-straight alliances. They’re my heroes,” says Tommy Roddy, Executive Director of Pride Comics.

Pride High is published by Pride Comics, an independent comic book imprint formed in May 2006 by writer Tommy Roddy, artist Brian Ponce, editor Carl Hippensteel, and Dutch translator Andrew Van Marle. In addition to English and Dutch, Pride High will also be available in Japanese and French.

Why I bought it:

After a couple of people mentioning it, including the fact that fantabulous artist Anne Cain was doing an issue, I got intrigued enough to want to give it a read. This is when an amazing, awesome island kitteh stepped it to get it for me because Pay Pal sucks big fat hairy donkey ballz and I have a hate/hate relationship.

Dislike/like (ending on a high note):

Dislike~ True story: I’m an impatient bitch. I hate waiting. Hate. It. At approx. 30 pages an issue, I champ at the bit for the next edition in the series. It’s not good. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Like~ It may *cough* be a tad obvious *cough* however, I kind of have a thing for this medium. GIMME! GIMME NOW! *ahem* With Pride High, I particularly enjoyed the way each issue was drawn by a different artist. The artwork of some appealed to me more than others. Still, it was interesting to see how each person interpreted the characters, the story line and the world, yet maintained the connection from one edition to the next. Very cool.

Dislike~ I hesitate to say this because it may bring back snarly, ranty kitteh memories, but the digital files were absofuckinglutely ginormous and a bit of a nightmare to download. Make sure you have super duper internet capacity and time to spare if you’re going to buy the pdfs instead of going the print-on-demand route.

Like~ To be honest, it took me a little while to warm up to Pride High. However, as the story developed I definitely got more and more caught up in the lives of the main characters as well as the mystery subplot. I’m hoping the latter will be emphasised in the issues to come.

So, what I think: I found myself increasingly enjoying Pride High as the series progressed and am looking forward to finding a good minion brave enough to buy the latest editions for me. *hint, hint*

If you want to have a squiz for yourself, the first couple of issues are available as a webcomic here.


โ€˜Tastingโ€™ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to. Oh, and Iโ€™ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place โ€“ sometimes this can be interesting to know.

About Kris

Reads, rants, randoms & R+s. You've been warned. BTW, don't follow me if you're a GLBTQQphobic wanker. It won't end well. For you.
This entry was posted in anne cain, comic, Emeraldjaguar, glbtq, m/m graphic novel appreciation series, pride high, tasting, ya. Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to m/m graphic novel appreciation series: tasting ‘pride high’

  1. Chris says:

    I like the idea of the series, but I'm not sure I'm patient enough to deal with ginormous files…

  2. Kris says:

    Chris: You can always try the webcomic to see if you like it. I've decided that I'm probably going to go the print-on-demand route for this series. I think Tish might have done that so I might ask her a bit more about that process and the quality of the product.

  3. Verdant says:

    Kris, thank you so much for the review and getting the word out about Pride High. I appreciate it!

    Tommy, the creator of Pride High

  4. Kris says:

    Hi Tommy! Thanks heaps for dropping by.

    I love the concept of Pride High and am really enjoying the progression of the story as well as exploring the work of the different artists. It's terrific.

    I've done a bit more research this morning and have realised that I'll probably be able to pick up hard copies of the comic when I travel to the US in October. YAY!

    There's nothing in the world like having a comic in your hands. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Tam says:

    That's a cool idea of having a different artist do different editions. Turning it into not just a comic book but a bit of an art exhibit at the same time.

    Sound cool and I'll have to see about checking it out. Large files not so good.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm, this is an interesting concept: Somebody actually has the balls to actually address the racism that exists in the gay community! I love this! Plus its a comic book series! Woot! Much investigate! Thank you Kris, goddess of the M/M universe! Your powers are unparalleled..;-)


  7. Kris says:

    Tam: I see from the website that A Different Light stocks them in SF. That's where I'll try getting them in print when we are there later in the year. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ozakie! ๐Ÿ™‚ “Thank you Kris, goddess of the M/M universe! Your powers are unparalleled..;-)”

    *nods* This is all true. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I'll be interested to see what you think, Ozakie, if you do try this series, especially about issues associated with interracial relationships in the gay community.

  8. orannia says:

    It's a graphic novel you can buy in electronic form? Interesting.

  9. Kris says:

    Orannia: Yup. More and more of that medium out there. Did you know that you can even buy some yaoi like that?? O.O I know! It's awesome.

Leave a Reply. I dare you.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s