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Comic Strip / A Couple of Guys

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A Couple of Guys is a long-running comic strip by Dave Brousseau; the strip debuted in September 1996. The comic focuses on the lives of a gay couple in New York City:

  • Eric: an actor and waiter. Eric's prone to occasional bouts of flighty behavior.
  • Joey: a police officer, and the more down-to-earth of the couple.

The strip also features a sizable supporting cast, including: Eric and Joey's neighbors Sue and Simone, a lesbian couple; Andy, Eric's younger brother; David, a hairstylist friend; Omar and Ted, the bartenders at Eric and Joey's favorite bar; and more.


A Couple of Guys contains examples of:

  • Big Applesauce: The strip's set in New York City.
  • Bi the Way: Eric's brother Andy is bi.
  • Cast Full of Gay
  • Comic-Book Time: Mostly averted. The characters have aged roughly in real time since the strip's debut. April, Eric's niece, has gone from being a newborn infant to her teens, while David's pet dog Matisse passed away from old age.
  • Flyover Country: Eric's originally from Ohio, where his occasionally seen parents still live. Eric and Joey also take annual vacations to Chicago for the International Mister Leather conference.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Angel and Devil, serving as Eric's conscience, are occasionally seen. The two eventually became a couple.
  • New York City Cops: Joey.
  • Nobody Over 50 Is Gay: Averted; there's a few older gay characters seen. These include one of Eric and Joey's neighbors, plus a few of the patrons at Omar and Ted's bar.


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