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From 1995 to 1998, David Kelly’s “Steven’s Comics” ran in LGBT and alternative newspapers around the country. This comic strip explored the world of a sensitive boy coming of age in the seventies, with all its joys, quirks, and heartbreaks. Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven’s Comics collects the entire Xeric-Award-winning series in one volume suitable for young adult a From 1995 to 1998, David Kelly’s “Steven’s Comics” ran in LGBT and alternative newspapers around the country. This comic strip explored the world of a sensitive boy coming of age in the seventies, with all its joys, quirks, and heartbreaks. Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven’s Comics collects the entire Xeric-Award-winning series in one volume suitable for young adult and adult readers, with additional material created specially for this collection. The book also includes a foreword by advice columnist and It Gets Better Project founder Dan Savage; Northwest Press will be making a donation to the It Gets Better Project with every copy sold.


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From 1995 to 1998, David Kelly’s “Steven’s Comics” ran in LGBT and alternative newspapers around the country. This comic strip explored the world of a sensitive boy coming of age in the seventies, with all its joys, quirks, and heartbreaks. Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven’s Comics collects the entire Xeric-Award-winning series in one volume suitable for young adult a From 1995 to 1998, David Kelly’s “Steven’s Comics” ran in LGBT and alternative newspapers around the country. This comic strip explored the world of a sensitive boy coming of age in the seventies, with all its joys, quirks, and heartbreaks. Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven’s Comics collects the entire Xeric-Award-winning series in one volume suitable for young adult and adult readers, with additional material created specially for this collection. The book also includes a foreword by advice columnist and It Gets Better Project founder Dan Savage; Northwest Press will be making a donation to the It Gets Better Project with every copy sold.

43 review for Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven’s Comics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Thrilled that David Kelly's mid-90's comic strip has finally been collected and bound in this long overdue book. It's a treat to revisit the charming, poignant tale of Steven, a sensitive young boy growing up in the 70's who likes playing with dolls, has a crush on his best friend Christopher and prefers reading to sports–do I need to draw you a picture about where this is going? He also has a rocky home life (his parents have divorced) and encounters bullies and teasing in school, and everywher Thrilled that David Kelly's mid-90's comic strip has finally been collected and bound in this long overdue book. It's a treat to revisit the charming, poignant tale of Steven, a sensitive young boy growing up in the 70's who likes playing with dolls, has a crush on his best friend Christopher and prefers reading to sports–do I need to draw you a picture about where this is going? He also has a rocky home life (his parents have divorced) and encounters bullies and teasing in school, and everywhere the loneliness of being different. Steven often has a rough time of things and left to his own devices escapes into vivid fantasy and comic books–both reading them and creating his own–but he is not a victim: calling upon the strange inner resilience of kids, he always seems to make it through in the end, and even learns to stand up for himself and for others. David's artwork is a joy to behold: he gets the 70's period details absolutely, uncannily right, and his writing always connects emotionally (the entire "New Best Friend" section may be his strongest work ever, IMHO). The extras included here are various pages David produced over the years for titles such as Gay Comics, as well as 8 new pages created especially for this volume; there are also guest spots from Kris Dresen (of "Max and Lily" fame) and Ariel "Deep Girl" Bordeaux, and an eloquent, moving forward by Dan Savage, representing the It Gets Better Project, which is entirely apropos. A wonderful collection, and don't you miss it. Five stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Kibler

    Long time acquaintance and cartoonist David Kelly collects his self-published works in a new publication by Northwest Press. Steven's Comics, serialized in several gay newspapers during the nineties was written for all-ages in mind. Kelly explores the trials of growing up gay in a single-parent divorced family. Seeking strong role models within Wonder Woman comics and discovering the joys and fears of a childhood crush, David mines similar childhood emotional territory explored by his friend and Long time acquaintance and cartoonist David Kelly collects his self-published works in a new publication by Northwest Press. Steven's Comics, serialized in several gay newspapers during the nineties was written for all-ages in mind. Kelly explores the trials of growing up gay in a single-parent divorced family. Seeking strong role models within Wonder Woman comics and discovering the joys and fears of a childhood crush, David mines similar childhood emotional territory explored by his friend and fellow comics creator Lynda Barry, while remaining true to the unique story he has to tell. I am pleased to see this collection. But that is not all as he will include new material, and if that is not enough Dan Savage provides a forward. If you don't buy it for yourself, then give it as a gift to your favorite baby-gay. They will thank you for years to come.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    Steven is a peach and a survivor while struggling through both good and bad times growing up.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maia

    Rainy Day Recess: Complete Steven’s Comics is a collection of the newspaper strip Steven’s World by David Kelly. Steven is a young gay kid stuck in the public school system, but he doesn't let it get him down. Most of the comics have a sweet humor to them as Steven navigates the twists and turns of growing up. Rainy Day Recess: Complete Steven’s Comics is a collection of the newspaper strip Steven’s World by David Kelly. Steven is a young gay kid stuck in the public school system, but he doesn't let it get him down. Most of the comics have a sweet humor to them as Steven navigates the twists and turns of growing up.

  5. 4 out of 5

    MariNaomi

    Little Steven is so adorable, I want to put him in my pocket and carry him around. This is a great, heartstrings-tugging book about growing up as a sensitive boy from a messed-up home. I was sad when the book ended, not because the ending was sad, but because I wanted to see more!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Scott Robins

    A rare glimpse into the life of a young boy coming to terms with his sexuality at a very young age through a series of comic strips. Poignant, charming and sometimes sad, this book deserves all kinds of good attention. Go buy it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    1/3/14 Really good stuff. The amount of extra material collected here pleased my completist's heart. Review tk. 2/17/14 http://www.iwantmytwodollars.com/2014... 1/3/14 Really good stuff. The amount of extra material collected here pleased my completist's heart. Review tk. 2/17/14 http://www.iwantmytwodollars.com/2014...

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