PAINTINGS OF YOU by Mia Paluzzi

PAINTINGS OF YOU

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Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Comic misunderstanding forms the plot of this sweet boy-boy romantic graphic novel. When famous young painter Claude transfers to a new art college, he immediately falls for photographer Ben, who sees through Claude’s technically perfect but passionless art. But Claude’s roommate Hero and Hero’s boyfriend (both stereotypical and campy, but very endearing) think Claude has fallen for Beatrice, and romantic confusion ensues until the boys finally kiss and make up at the end. With names that reference Much Ado About Nothing and explicit connections to the story of Pygmalion and Galatea, this quick read has some depth and offers a well-done western take on Japanese Yaoi (boy love) manga. Manga style—chibi, which feature patterned rather than detailed backgrounds and elongated bodies—merge nicely with American details such as (mostly) proportional eyes. Filled with crisp dialogue and linear, expressive art, this is a wonderful addition to the graphic arena where GLBT content is often underrepresented. (Manga. YA)

Pub Date: June 6th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9794667-2-4
Page count: 211pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2007