Gay and lesbian, general fiction
Adults, older teens; adult situations, nudity, profanity.
Bitchy Butch collects all of Gregory's comics about the
character, spanning the eight years of her existence from 1991
to 1999 and previously published in such venues as Gay Comics,
Diva, and Naughty Bits. There is some new material
in this book as well. The black-and-white stories concern such
topics as Bitchy Butch meeting Bitchy Bitch (another of Gregory's
creations), "Bitchy Bitch (Almost) Meets the Religious Right,"
and "Bitchy Butch Meets a Nice Guy."
The above synopsis makes the character sound dry and dull--she
is not! The stories are hysterical, told from the perspective
of an extremist, anti-just-about-everyone-who-isn't-a-lesbian
woman who is sort of the Archie Bunker of the lesbian set. She
complains about everything, and when something accidentally behaves
the way she wants it to, she finds fault with that as well! She's
extremely foul-mouthed (but then, so is Bitchy Bitch), and her
rants are a joy to read--not because one would agree with them
(hey, even Roberta Gregory doesn't agree with them!), but because
they're so hilariously emotional and unreasonable.
Gregory is one of the great alternative/underground comics
creators, with a career that spans almost 25 years. Among other
things, she was the first woman to solo self-publish an underground
comic. Her style is extremely cartoony and very funny, with wildly
bulging eyes, large expressive mouths (often with clenched teeth),
goofy sound effects, fantasy sequences, and much more. Even better,
Gregory can really tell a story with words and pictures; neither
element overshadows the other.
Obviously, this book isn't for everyone, but I highly recommend
it to interested persons. Straight as well as gay readers will
get a real chuckle out of it!