Webcomic / Boy Meets Boy
A romance comic from Sandra K. Fuhr, which you can read here
The main plot focuses on Mikhael and Harley, along with the aptly named (to begin with) Boy Band, the fiendish Tybalt and the even more fiendish Tabitha, daughter of Satan. They have their share of adventures, especially emotional ones.
After it ended it immediately led into the spin-off series Friendly Hostility
, focusing on two side-characters, Collin and Fox.
This webcomic contains examples of:
- All Love Is Unrequited: At one point, a lot of love is unrequited. In one panel we learn that Harley used to like Skids, who still likes Harley, but Harley is already in a relationship with Mikhael, whose ex Tybalt is still not over him, in the mean time also throwing passes at Harley, who keeps rejecting him of course, all while Cy is secretly in love with Skids, who never finds out about this and at one point explicitly said Cy "wasn't his type". Cy eventually goes out with a girl named Ronnie, who Skids sorta kinda liked at the time.
- Art Evolution: The comic updated virtually every day, and as such the quality improved. Especially in regards to properly scanning a page and use of word bubbles.
- The Bear: Mik is a huge (albeit lean) Straight Gay man with a strong build and covered in body hair, he's pretty much the exact opposite body type as his boyfriend, Harley, who is The Twink.
- Better as Friends: Cy and Skids initially, although Word of God is that they didn't even end up as friends - they lost contact.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: Harley describes Mikhael's as "big as a ruler." And then there's this strip.
- Bishōnen: Tybalt, Aubrey, and arguably Cy, Harley, and Skids.
- Bi the Way: Skids... well... is hard to put in a category, and his sexual orientation is never really discussed, only the people he has feelings for.
- Bittersweet Ending: A few relationships get together, a few friendships end, some people live happily ever after, and others drift apart and lose contact forever.
- Breakout Character: Fox and Collin, who steal the spotlight of boy meets boy, get their own webcomic in Friendly Hostility, and then make appearances in Other People's Business.
- Break the Cutie: Happens to poor little Skids
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Its shown that Harley actually is a very competent singer and musician, however his biggest problem is that Mik pretty much completely supports him financially, and his bandmates are also his best friends so they are more likely to just hang out and mess around than actually look for gigs to play.
- Camp Gay: Harley, who although claiming to be a badass punk rocker, was still a spry little blond wearing tight feminine clothing, short-shorts, and belly shirts. He even dressed as Buffy Summers for Halloween and wore nothing but a diaper for New Year's.
- Can Not Spit It Out: Cyanide's love for Skids, as well as Skid's love for Harley.
- The Casanova: While Tybalt often seems like a Casanova Wannabe, its shown that he only fails in picking up Harley, when his sights are set elsewhere he's usually quite successful.
- Cast Full of Gay: Mik and Harley are gay. Fox, Tybalt, and Skids are bisexual (but end up dating men by the end of the comic), Cy is supposedly straight, but he has a crush on Skids and its hinted he's bisexual but in denial. Colin is "asexual with an exception" and years later in Friendly Hostility comes out as gay, and Aubrey is a transgender man. It's even been insinuated that Tabitha may be bisexual (although she leans towards liking men). That's pretty much 80% of the cast.
- Character Focus: Harley is very much the main character, with every other character being an extension of him in some way. Even Mikhael, who is equally as important as Harley, acts as an extension of Harley as his boyfriend, since he has almost no friends of his own in the cast (although Mik does eventually get a friend that's solely an extension of himself, and not Harley, well into the comic).
- Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: The end of the comic pretty much quickly wraps up the several accounts of unrequited attractions that had been left unresolved, Cy gets back together with his old internet girlfriend, and Skids and Tybalt become a couple after Skids realizes lusting after Harley was futile.
- Depraved Bisexual: Tybalt. Emphasis on the depraved.
- Easy Sex Change: Aubrey somehow managed to go from zero to testosterone and top surgery in a year.
- Though a later comic reveals that secretly Aubrey hasn't had bottom surgery yet, but refuses to tell anyone because he fears it will make him seem like less of a man.
- Et Tu, Brute?: The cause of Mik's split with ex-boyfriend Tybalt.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Skids. As in, girls want him, gays want him, bisexuals want him, and his best friend who's otherwise heterosexual wants him.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Harley, Skid, and Cy's band is actually called Boy Band, is soon subverted though when they hire on a female bassist.
- Fanservice: Sandra had quite a few blatant instances of flat out fanservice, and had a few NSFW pictures of the characters on the site before taking them down after a while. These days the fanservice in her comics are more incidental than intentional.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: The comic makes very liberal use of this literary trope, Mik and Harley's good and bad angels get the most screentime, but its shown everyone has a pair (even Tabitha, although her 'good angel' has been shown to be abandoned).
- Greedy Jew: Harley's mother only starts warming up to Mik once she discovers that his art career has left him very rich.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Mik's major character flaw.
- Hollywood Nerd
- If It's You, It's Okay: Cy frequently boasts about being "the hetero one", and has various encounters with women in the comic, he also happens to have an infatuation with Skids and skids alone. Collin claims to be asexual with Fox as his one exception, until Friendly Hostility anyways...
- Important Haircut: More like Important Hairstyle-Change since no hair was actually cut, but when Skids finally stops wearing his trademark cap, its because he's finally matured passed his unhealthy crush and high school nickname and is ready to move forward in his life.
- Jerkass: Jeff, Boy Band's first bassist, left the band because Harley was "one of those faggots", despite the fact the four of them had been friends since the 6th grade. He never shows up in the comic again, either, so he never even gets the chance to redeem himself.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Harley can be a bit daft, but his temporary split with Mik was caused by a genuine accident... and no small amount of jealousy. Look on the bright side - at least he fared better that later characters...
- Leaving You to Find Myself: In the end of the comic, Skids does this to essentially the entire cast. Abandoning his hat, ditching his nickname, and moving away, fully intending on never seeing any of his friends again.
- Lighter and Fluffier: Sort of, in retrospect. Anyone who backpedals from Other People's Business to B.m.B is in for a heck of a culture shock. It's hard to believe that this was the jumping off point for the arcs in the late Friendly Hostility and Other People's Business.
- The comic was even a lighter and softer move at the time. Harley and Mik were initially characters from a much darker series she made called Utopia, which is now Lost Forever. She was unhappy with it, and didn't like the dark and depressing nature, and decided to make Boy Meets Boy as a way of giving the characters a happier life.
- Loads and Loads of Characters
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Sort of.
- Love Dodecahedron
- Man Child (Flash. "There are inflatable women?")
- May-December Romance: There's a bit of an age gap between Mik and Harley. When they first had sex Harley was only 17. (But Mik didn't know that at the time.)
- Mistaken for Gay: Its sometimes joked that despite Harley being The Twink and quite obviously gay, Cy with his love of wearing make-up and nail polish is usually the one mistaken for gay within the group (ironically he's the only one who identifies as straight).
- Mundane Fantastic: Although seemingly set in our world, Tabitha is the daughter of Satan with occasional related hijinks ensuing.
- Lets not forget the small storylines around the end where Fox is secretly a superhero and Collin his arch nemesis/ sidekick
- Must Not Die a Virgin: This conversation
- No Fourth Wall: Right at the beginning Mik acknowledges that there's an audience watching him. Now and then various characters make references to being in a webcomic, often to others whodon't know what that character is talking about or mentioning stuff like the irregular font in certain speech bubbles.
- One Head Taller: Mikhael is one head taller than Harley.
- Parental Abandonment:
- Mikhael's family disowned him after they found out he was a homosexual. He's not too torn up about it by this point in his life, however, and occasionally enjoys lording over them that he's worth millions now.
- Inverted with Harley and Aurora, who have effectively cut all ties with their overly-judgmental Jewish mother by the end of the comic. She isn't even aware that Harley married Mik and Aurora had a baby, making her a grandmother.
- Relationship Upgrade: Fox and Collin. Averted with Cy and Skids.
- Rotating Arcs: Between Harley and Mik, Collin and Fox and Skids and Tybalt.
- Satan Is Good: Or at the very least, Affably Evil.
- Spin-Off: Friendly Hostility, where Fox and Collin are the main characters, and that spun off into Other People's Business, where Fox is a supporting character, and Collin is one of the antagonists.
- Straight Gay: Mikhael is probably the best example.
- Story Arc
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Cy says he didn't have a wet dream about Skids.
- Totally Radical: Harley, Cy, and Skids all seem to frequently use the term "shibby".
- The Twink: Harley has a rather small stature, is very lean, is hairless from the neck down, and often wear feminine clothing, his body type is basically the exact opposite of his boyfriend, Mik, who is The Bear.
- Unlucky Child Hood Friend: Cy to Skids, and Skids to Harley.
- Wham Episode: It has some doozies.
- Will They or Won't They?: Oh boy, does it ever have this.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The two distinct blue streaks in Collin's hair are an important part of his identity, as they represent something that his parents can't control about his life. As we see in Friendly Hostility, every time he visits his parents' home they force him to bleach the streaks out; the minute he leaves, he re-dyes.
- There's also Fox's hair which is apparently purple in the colored comics.