I know, I know. Cheating on the letter “I”? Not even on a hard letter like Q or X? Well, I have extras for Q, and X came easily, but I couldn’t find an “I” anywhere. (There’s I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space, but try as I might, I couldn’t find a copy of that to read!) This is a good problem, though, because I was absolutely determined to find a letter where I could talk about the excellent webcomic Band vs. Band, written and drawn by Kathleen Jacques. And the “I” is an important syllable in Turpentine’s name, after all!
I’ve mentioned Band vs. Band before, and I will once again use Only Fragments‘ description: It’s about “lady-fronted rival bands set in a Josie and the Pussycats-esque universe, only way more queer.” There are lots of LGBT+ plots going on with the supporting characters, but the best part is the love/hate relationship between the two leads, Honey Hart of the Candy Hearts and Turpentine of the Sourballs. Honey Hart plays sweet, optimistic, funsy tunes, while Turpentine is “a few deadly chords & one raspy scream.” They hate each other. Don’t they? Hehehe…
The art is adorable and a bit retro, and the tone kind of reminds me of old Archie Comics stuff. Simple, wholesome, golly-gee-whiz comics… only this comic is about sex-n-drugs-n-rock-n-roll. I mean seriously, that’s like my entire life in a sentence, how can I not love this?
Since I’ve spent a couple days on long character backstories for superheroes, today I’ll keep it short. One more pic for the road:
It’s free online! Here’s your direct link to page one. Go ahead, get hooked!