My Boyfriend is a BearComic Type:
Cat FarrisTarget Audience:
I honestly don't knowStatus:
Available through Oni Press
So far I've written about comics I would recommend to y'all.
This is not one of those books.
In fact, I hate this book.
It's a romance between a 20something woman and a 500 pound black bear. I'm not kidding, that's the premise.
You know what would have made this fun? What would have made this an engaging, interesting, and cute read?
If the bear was a person in a suit. Maybe they entertain in costume.
And then Nora would have to explain that yeah, her partner is different
but they're still a valued partner in the relationship, and everyone gets hung up on the fursuiting hobby because it's something that's way out there compared to her exes' interests.
But no, she starts a relationship with a feral bear
because her dating history was twenty-something hipsters or meatheads with no understanding of a woman's needs. The problem isn't that guys are terrible, it's that her choice
in guys is terrible. She cannot disregard the human species as a whole just because her track record of shitty boyfriends is reflective of her desperation and fear of being alone.
I'm legit angry that it wasn't a romance with a fursuiter. This is what we get instead.
And I understand the presentation is meant to be charming and sincere, but I just can't shake the thought that the couple I'm meant to root for is a young woman coupling with a literal black bear. No exaggeration, they touch upon the sex angle of the relationship. And y'all know my track record of favoring animal characters, so it could be argued that I'm protesting too much, but this ain't it. This is a bear, not a bear man. There's a shot of him relieving himself during hibernation. I didn't ask for this.
(and I'm not supplying a picture because I value your eyes)
If you want to address the frustration of straight women trying to find an adequate partner, that's absolutely fine, but I don't agree with this direction. I don't know who this is meant to be for. Maybe y'all will have a better understanding and appreciation for this one, but I just don't.