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Manga / Steady Beat

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An Animesque series written and drawn by Rivkah. May be a Comic Book, a Manga or a Graphic Novel, depending on your perspective. That aside, Steady Beat is something of a Coming-Out Story; differs in several ways from the cliche, as it tells from the perspective of the straight character.

Steady Beat tells the story of an Ordinary High-School Student Leah Winters, who grew up in the shadow of her Cool Big Sis Sarai. One afternoon, during soccer, Leah finds a letter addressed to her sister, and quickly opens it to find that it's a love letter adressed to her sister, only to find out to things: a) It's very melodramatic and cheesy, and b)that it's signed "Love, Jessica".

This becomes a big deal for Leah, who spends the next few hours unable to concentrate, wondering how to ask Sarai regarding her sexuality. In her own words: "How do ask your sister something like that? "Hey, sis...are you gay?"" She makes several failed attempts to ask her sister; only to find red roses sent to her sister from "a friend". Also, did we mention that a mysterious, unnamed man has been watching Leah read the letter and wondering about it? Thus the story goes.

The series is notable for it's use of humour and Super-Deformed characters, also for being, essentially, one of the more realistic coming out stories out there. In the end, it's more about two sisters dealing with their acceptance of each other then just about lesbians.

The series has currently two volumes out, published by Tokyopop, (who also did a few other series similairly Animesque), with the third volume getting released on an unknown date.

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