March262012

The Super Gay Adventures of Ross Boston by Drew Green

Kicking off this week with something cute and wholesome!

The Super-Gay Adventures of Ross Boston is a relatively new comic written and drawn by Drew Green.  The story features adorable characters, a nostalgic art style, and a clever, innocent approach to comedy.

Genre:  Comedy/Fantasy/Adventure

Plot:  Ross Boston, the titular main character, is a humble but meek pizza delivery man who is constantly belittled by his customers and his boyfriend.  All this changes though, when Ross is stopped on his scooter by a wizard in need.  Oh, did I forget to mention?  Ross’s version of earth features a wide variety of fantasy creatures (fairies, monsters, wizards, etc) all trying to coexist with a largely unwelcoming human populous. 

In aiding the wizard during an attempted theft, Ross is gifted with magical wristbands that grant his wishes and protect him from harm, though he has yet to learn how to use them!  Ross soon finds himself caught up in the madcap adventures of the Bobslist Adventure Team (B.A.T.), an aide for hire group run by the wizard (Wayne) who advertises the team’s services on the internet.  Other characters include Sass, an abrupt and flirty yeti; Brenda, an 80s exercise nut blessed with electric Thunder Thighs, and Nicki Noelle, a brilliant inventor and former secret agent.

While Ross at first seems desperate to have the wristbands removed, it becomes apparent that this new life of adventuring just might suit him, and just who is the handsome gentleman who works in the same building?  You’ll have to read to find out!

Warnings:  Ross Boston is not just adorable, it’s also ridiculously worksafe.  Ross himself is mild mannered and polite, his coworkers charmingly eccentric, and the humor revolving around silly situations and clever visual gags.  The most I’d warn about is that Sass walks around in a pair of men’s briefs, but as he doesn’t seem to have any junk to display, this is a tame visual gag.

If anyone feels I need to warn them that the main character is gay, or that this comic features homosexuality, then you should probably stop reading this review, and stop following this blog.

Art:  Drew Green’s art reminds me a lot of Craig McCracken and Lauren Faust’s work on the Powerpuff Girls, or the color palettes and backgrounds of Genndy Tartakovsky.  The character designs are innovative and eye-catching, all geometric shapes wrapped in crayon-esque textures and vibrant colors.

Green’s panels are dynamic, especially in the action scenes which are hyper-stylized and a joy to look at.  The style shies away from anything too ornate or complex, instead Green utilizes simple lines and shapes to create a sort of 1960s art deco feel.

What sets Green apart is his excellent grasp of lighting and tone, making the most of shadow and light sources to paint anything from a mystical fortress to a dark alley.  His pacing is also excellent, balancing the straightforward, effective dialogue with a combination of fast paced action and beautifully expressive faces.

Final Recommendation:  I think it’s safe to say that I really like Ross Boston.  It’s a departure from most of the things I read which feature either very triggering material (I never said I was a role model) or very outspoken views on social justice.  Ross Boston differs in its simplicity and sweetness.

One thing I would honestly praise the comic for is the fact that while the main character is gay, his sexuality is not a source of contention for anyone around him, and the narrative focuses less on his love life and more on his misadventures.  Personally I think this comic makes all the statement it needs by simply presenting a gay man exactly the way he should be presented: a normal person who, in the case of this story, is thrust into abnormal circumstances.

Now some might prefer their comics to deal more candidly with issues of social justice and gay rights, and if that’s the case, maybe you’d find The Super-Gay Adventures of Ross Boston a little dull.  I however, come for the gay romance, and stay for the cute characters, fun banter, and awesome magical fights.  While the story is not super complex or long at the moment, don’t sell it short.  Ross Boston is an excellent example of a fun, cute webcomic with excellent design sense, and I definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a quick, pleasant read.

The Super-Gay Adventures of Ross Boston is currently 41 pages long and updates Fridays.

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