Gumballs

Gumballs

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"Gumballs dispenses an array of bright, candy-colored short comics about Erin's gender transition, anecdotal tales of growing up as a triplet, and fictional stories of a socially inept lovestruck teenager named Tobias. The wide-ranging series is filled with single-page gag cartoons, visual diaries of everyday life, funny faux personal ads, and real-life horror stories from customers at his day job. Gumballs offers a variety of flavors that will surely delight anyone with a taste for candid self-reflection and observations of humanity"--Inside front cover flap.
Copyright Date: Marietta, GA :, Top Shelf Productions,, [2018], ©2018
ISBN: 9781603094313
1603094318
Characteristics: 159 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 cm

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GRPL_Mary Dec 05, 2019

Gumballs dispenses an array of bright, candy-colored short comics about Erin’s gender transition, anecdotal tales of growing up as a triplet, and fictional stories of a socially inept love-struck teenager named Tobias.


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MelissaBee
Mar 08, 2019

Gumballs is a perfect name for this sweet and funny assortment of brightly illustrated stories, mixing autobiographical vignettes along with fictional takes on finding your place in a not always welcoming world.

Erin Nations is at his best when he shares his personal stories about transitioning to live his true gender in public. Whether he is writing and drawing about packing, body dysmorphia, the effects of taking HRT/testosterone, or addressing these changes with co-workers, he offers tender insight into the sometimes frustrating challenge of being true to who you are in the world. I was so interested in these vignettes that I found the fictional stories a bit of a distraction, but the storyline about a nerdy gay high schooler dreaming about finding a boyfriend actually offered an affecting parallel in the search for love and acceptance. I did not enjoy the one page personal ads though as they seemed almost mocking which did not match the otherwise kind tone of the collection.

Overall a fun book with quirky characters illustrated in a charming manner.

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Mar 08, 2019

MelissaBee thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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