Sesame But Different

Title: Sesame But Different
Author: Chia
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: Currently on episode 11, ongoing with new episodes every Sunday.
Status: Ongoing
Rating: Everyone
Warnings: None
Linkhttps://sesamebutdifferent.tumblr.com/
Summary: Slice of life lesbian webcomic featuring Chia and Poppy – two girls named after seeds who also happen to be dating each other. They are same-same (or sesame), but different. 

Review: This is my own comic, so I’d rather not provide my own (generally self-deprecating) feelings about my work, but would love to hear feedback on how I can improve.

Rec: Cold Water

Title: Cold Water
Author: Transfluid
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 8 chapters/?
Status: WIP
Rating: Mature
Warnings: mer-capture and auctioning
Link: https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3333613/1/Cold-Water
Summary: "Since the ocean was new there has always been mermaids.“ A little mermaid story with a twist. Slash

Review: I am in love with the character development and relationship that forms between the characters in this story. I don’t want to give away anything but please give this story a try, especially if you like mermen related stories. This is my first time recommending anything here but I just really wanted to share. 

Rec: RORY

Title: RORY
Author: VAMPBYTE
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: Ongoing (currently 14 pg.)
Status: Ongoing
Rating: Teen
Warnings: blood, violence, implied sexual activity, drugging/drugs, death (implied and shown), stalking
Link: http://tapas.io/series/rorycomic
Summary: A cynical male model named Rory just wants to get famous, look good, and make money. He gets the opportunity to do just that when he comes into contact with the elusive and renowned photographer, Roger Van Dijk, who is interested in making Rory the subject of his magnum opus. This dream come true quickly turns into a nightmare, however, as Roger’s artistic vision turns into something much, much stranger. Starring a gay protagonist, RORY is a thriller with mild horror and comedy.

Review: I’m the creator of the series so I can’t really give an unbiased review, but RORY has a mixture of genres that can appeal to almost anyone. If you like dark humor, cynicism, cute art and suspense then you might enjoy this! (Note: The story focuses on a gay protagonist who gets himself intimately involved with another man, but this story is not a romance! At least not for long.)  

Rec: Baby Love

Title: Baby Love (original title: Comme les autres)
Author: Vincent Garenq
Format: Movie
Published/Free: Published
Length: 1h27
Status: Complete
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Very mild nudity (no genitalia shown), implied sex (as in, one sex scene similar to the Sims), homophobic remarks, misogynistic remarks, casual transphobia
Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1093352/
Summary: They were the perfect loving couple, well, almost. Emmanuel, a pediatrician, wanted a child but Philippe, a lawyer, didn’t. One day, however, Emmanuel decides to take the plunge, at the risk of losing Philippe. But how do become a father when you are gay?

Review: The story takes place (and the film itself was done) before 2013, in a France without same sex marriage nor right to adoption by same sex partners. Seeing how much we have now compared to a few years ago warmed my heart. But the complications arising from the relationships in the film are still relevant problems today in that country especially, as the legality of surrogacy is being discussed. 

I laughed a lot watching this film (maybe because I identified with none of the characters and could appreciate the irony of some situations), and I was also surprised by the ending. What had seemed like a boring plot to me still brought me a pleasant experience. Though I wish some of the main character’s actions had been denounced as unhealthy, instead of being shown usual homophobia throughout the film (which is realistic but a few remarks are enough to keep realism in the movie I think…), I appreciate that none of the characters is portrayed as a ~villain~ or a ~good person~. I would also have appreciated more romantic scenes between Emmanuel and Philippe, but the storyline isn’t so much about slash than the struggle of a single homosexual man to become a father. 

For anyone interested in the subject of single and/or homosexual parents and their hurdles, I would recommend this movie. Although the original is in French, I believe portuguese, german, spanish, greek, hungarian, italian, russian and english subtitles are available.

Rec: Romance Detective

Title: Romance Detective
Author: NomNomNami
Format: Visual Novel (PC, Mac and online version)
Published/Free: Free/Name your own price
Length: 1 hour (?)
Status: Complete
Rating: Everyone
Warnings: /
Link: https://nomnomnami.itch.io/romance-detective
Summary: A love story about a detective who solves crimes of passion alongside her partner, romance cop!
Review: the game is really sweet,I played it rather quickly but you can take your time to enjoy the story unfold! There’s quite a lot happening but I don’t think there’s more than one ending available. I played only once so I can’t tell for sure. This isn’t a ~serious~ story so if you want real life problems and dark backgrounds, try something else!

On a subjective standpoint, this isn’t my favorite visual novel, but it’s cute enough to pass some time.

I also want to point out that the game has been translated to japanese, korean, polish, and portuguese ! There’s also a sequel.

Rec: Spidersilk

Title: Spidersilk
Author: Pamela Kotila (Alakotila)
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free. Two volumes available for purchase on Kickstarter
Length: 20 chapters and counting
Status: WIP
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Torture in flashbacks, combative violence, and sexual references
Link: https://tapastic.com/series/Spidersilk
Summary: Prentice, a former soldier struggling with events a year before the story’s start, is introduced to a city’s criminal system by new friends. Attacks during his training reveal threads to a large trap for their system.

Review: Spidersilk is Social Fantasy. While the primary relationship is a sweet romance between a warrior-mage and a golden-hearted thief, the story follows other relationships, most notably friendships and chosen family. Because of the interwoven story lines, I feel as if the comic’s title is as descriptive of the story’s structure as the network of criminals accepted by the city.

The large cast can be hard to follow, especially when background characters are referred to by name. Original character designs makes remembering the big players easier. It’s obvious their creator cares about showing their unique identities.

One aspect I really appreciate about the cast is the mix of masculinity and femininity in the characters. After jumping in from a reading break, remembering the gender of the secondary characters can be a challenge but it ultimately doesn’t matter. They treat each other differently based on skill, affiliation, and attraction rather than on gender.

The characters are beautiful. All of them. I suspect every reader develops a crush on at least one character. It’s not only their pretty faces, lean bodies, lush hair, and intricately-drawn clothing; many of the characters have lovely personalities. Excepting the occasional racist guard and mysterious strangers attacking the city’s system, the characters are accepting, supportive, and interesting.

I wouldn’t mind living in their world.

There’s both beauty and humor. The physical humor is actually what first hooked me. This summoned creature called Ambassador is a big contributor. He seems to change size to loom threateningly or to offer up hugs. He has to share the funny moments with a guard llama (my favorite), an owl, and even clothing as an impromptu weapon.

That this comic is culturally rich is quickly apparent. While Prentice (and the reader) is introduced to the city of Kalviva. The clash and blend of cultures from outside the city adds to the rich tapestry of the world.

Speaking of, I wish for a faster-moving plot. That’s because I’m more action-oriented and more interested in the main couple than any of their friends and allies. More patient readers might delight in the time spent exploring the side relationships.

What many of us fans have in common is that we wait like spiders, ready to pounce on each new page.

Rec: The Journey of the Peasant King – A Straight Fairytale Series

Title: The Journey of the Peasant King – A Straight Fairytale Series
Author: Christina Ebbesen
Published/free: The work isn’t published yet, but the first chapter is available for free
Length: About 6200 words
Status: Unfinished – the first chapter is done. The novel is going through the last edits, it’s in Danish though, and so far only the first chapter is available in English.
Rating: Teen/Mature – There is commissioned art at the page with nudity and also rape. There are warnings before you reach the NSFW stuff though.
Warnings: Some mature art with sex and rape. The text itself don’t need warnings.
Link: https://www.christinaebbesen.dk/copy-of-a-straight-fairytale-englis

Review: Epic fantasy with a nice boy meets boy story, that might go from bromance to romance.

MON★STAR Studios

Title: MON★STAR Studios
Author: vampmilk
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: Ongoing
Status: WIP
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Mentions of/implied sexual content
Link: https://tapastic.com/series/monstarstudios
Summary: In a modern city where humans and monsters live together peacefully, college dropout Ramone Garcia makes some strange and exciting friends when he becomes the first human employee at MON★STAR Studios, a monster-centric gay adult film studio.

Review: This comic will focus on themes of sexual positivity, open mindedness and the freedom to shamelessly enjoy one’s interests. The entire cast is made up of LGBTQ+ characters. It is made to be fun and lighthearted.

Rec: In & Out

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Title: In & Out
Director: Frank Oz
Format: Movie
Published/Free: Published
Length: 90 minutes
Status: Complete
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Silliness?
Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119360/
Summary: Howard Brackett is a high school teacher in a small town in Indiana with everything going for him; a nice job, an attractive fiancé named Emily and respect from everyone. Everything changes in one night when a former high school student of his, named Cameron Drake, now a famous actor living in Hollywood, makes an acceptance speech after receiving an Academy Award for his portrayal of a homosexual army soldier and ‘outs’ Howard Brackett as his inspiration for his role. The media circus immediately begins as Howard desperately tries keep his life from falling apart by protesting that he is not gay and that the whole thing with Cameron’s speech is a simple misunderstanding. While most of the townspeople want to believe Howard, Peter Malloy, an openly gay TV reporter who arrives in town to cover the story, suspects that the teacher is in denial.

Review: I found this movie after accidentally stumbling over a clip from it on youtube. At first I thought it was just gonna be a funny movie, but it is so much more then that! It’s hilarious! And sweet! And everything posetive you can come up with!

Even if Supposedly-Straight-Man-Outed-Through-Misunderstanding-Tries-To-Deny-Everything-But-Fails-In-Hilarious-Ways isn’t your cup of tea, I reccomend you watch it anyway. It’s truly a classic and bound to at least make you chuckle a little.

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Rec: Just Don’t Mess With Us

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Title: Just Don’t Mess With Us
Author: Andrew Ashling (aka eurypon)
Format: Short Stories
Published/Free: Free
Length: 21,400 words
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Explicit sex, mild kinkyness, rape (sort of)
Link: http://www.gayauthors.org/story/eurypon/justdontmesswithus
Summary: These stories are fast food, ice creams, snacks. Right after eating them, you will feel hungry again. They have no nutritious value whatsoever, but I hope you’ll find them tasty.
Ever thought about how it would be if you were in love with three persons at once? And all three were in love with you? And with each other? And you lived together? And you all were guys? Wouldn’t it just be like a family? That is what Alan thinks…
Alan is a bit rude and he sees and has so much sex, that he talks constantly about it, almost without realizing it. If male on male sex, graphic scenes or coarse language offend you, this is probably not for you.

Every chapter is a little story by itself, but in the same setting. Yet it is best to read them in sequence, as each story tells you something more about one or more of the characters.

Review: By giving us an intimate look into their household, Alan tries to argue that four guys living together are a true family. The guys (Alan, Jamie, Jason & Matt) love each other to bits and are very protective of each other. So, whenever one of them is harmed it’s revenge time. With usually hilarious results.

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