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Calling Dr. LauraCalling Dr. Laura
by Nicole J. Georges
Mariner Books. 288 pages, $16.95

 

THE TERM “comic book” might conjure dime-store entertainment, tales of superhumans in capes and tights.  But take a look at the alternative comics scene, and GLBT memoirs full of candor and insight abound.  From Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home (2006) on her relationship with her closeted gay father to Ellen Forney’s Marbles (2012) on her bisexuality and bipolar disorder, one sees gay and lesbian stories blossom in this marriage of the well-drawn illustration and the apt turn of phrase.  Comics are at once art and literature, and the best memoirs combine the narrative power of both.

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