Tom McLean over at Variety
gives True Story Swear to God
"Beland's honesty and effective cartooning bring his authentic adult relationship to life with astonishing clarity and emotion."
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The folks are loving True Story Swear to God: This One Goes To Eleven,
which is out today. Joe checks in at Jog The Blog
with a very interesting and comprehensive look at the work. "Naturally, itís a true story (says so right on the cover), but the selection of material to present is thoughtful, even clever. A discussion between Lily and guests in regards to Tomís interests in comic books (Does he draw you with gigantic breasts?)
pays off later in a visit to Comic Relief in Berkley and some self-publishing encouragement, the solidifying of Tom and LilyĎs relationship reflected in the very production of the book you hold in your hands. The brutal storm at the bookís beginning is matched by a flood near the end, both storms related to churning emotions. And of course, Tomís occasional brusqueness with his co-workers only feeds the impact of the finale of the book. Thereís much complimentary doubling of this sort throughout the book, indicating that consideration has gone into structure, allowing the overflow of feeling to register more accurately."
I also have to give Joe the nod for getting a little gag I would have bet money no one would have noticed.
got a few choice words: "Beland has a great artistic style. It's very loose and fluid, one of those styles that looks deceptively simple but is really quite elegant and developed. It's a good match for his story, which is very emotionally real and recognizable. It's a very human, engaging story with characters that are instantly likeable, and the open-ness and elegance of the line-work contributes to that immensely."
Laura Gjovaag writes about True Story Swear To God
first on Bloggity-Blog-Blog-Blog:
"Very very good, as expected. I was particularly struck by the conversations Lily and Tom had about publishing his work as a comic book. I also enjoyed the scenes in a comic shop where you could read the titles of other comics on the shelves behind the characters. Heh."
Randy Lander over at The Fourth Rail
gives True Story
a 10 out of 10. "This is one of those buzz books you've all heard of, but all too many people aren't reading it because they don't think they have an interest in romance books, or black and white comics, or whatever. To those people I say, you don't know what you're missing. True Story Swear To God
brings the reality and fantasy of romance together into a story that can be appreciated by those in love and those wanting to be in love alike. It's the kind of classic romantic story that great books and films are made of, and it's made all the more effective by knowing that it has a real life, honest to God happy ending."
The Divine Johnny B
teases the kids with this little nugget about True Story:
"I've got a copy already and it's good. Real good. I'll be writing about it soon, both here...and maybe,
somewhere else. More on that later."
...and Sean Maher's Twenty-Sided Die
quotes Bret from Angry Bret Comics selling his book Romance And Coffee
as "True Story Swear To God
with more swear words." Ol' Tom Beland sure has proof he's finally made it, now.