Reviews: Boy Meets Boy
I loved it!
Honestly, I was lured to Boy Meets Boy because I expected it to be more... explicit. I ended up loving it so much that I read the whole thing anyway. It's adorable, fluffy, and entertaining. I love all the characters, and at times the comic manages to be hilarious, cute, and occasionally touching. That said, it's clearly the work of a beginner. Though it's nothing to be embarrassed about, I understand why Ms. Fuhr effectively disowned it. Especially compared to her later work, the artwork is rough. The characters are nowhere near as well-rounded or realistic as the characters in her later comics. The comic (which ran from 2000-2004) is also juuuust starting to become a victim of Society Marches On. The comic, especially in the beginning, seems to rely more on the then-novel concept of "the gay odd couple" (which used to be the actual tagline for the comic. Yes, I'm a creep who used an archive site to find the website's oldest incarnation) than on characterization or situation related jokes. Boy Meets Boy is a comic I enjoyed reading very much, despite my little nitpicks, but I think it's best regarded as a "practice comic", where Ms. Fuhr really honed and found her voice.
I did an Archive Binge over the past week or so, and I really enjoyed it. Initially, the comic focuses on Harley and Mikhael, a gay couple, and Harley's friends/bandmates Cyanide and Skids. However, it later expands to include several other characters, who are no less interesting. I was already aware of the existence of Friendly Hostility, the spinoff comic starring two of the newer characters, Fox and Collin, and basically none of the other characters which I am so fond of. So I was quite prepared to hate Fox and Collin when they came along... but I just couldn't. They were driven by the same spark that permeates the whole comic and makes it impossible to hate. One issue I had was that the author switches between subplots almost randomly. I can understand that it would be hard to juggle three subplots (Harley/Mikhael, Fox/Collin and Skids and Tybalt), but it sometimes feels like the author is just going on a particularly long tangent. Sure, I was a little disappointed that my OTP of Skids/Cyanide didn't end up together, but the way that the comic manages to resolve all of the pairings is still pretty damn heartwarming. Just read it.