Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Favorites - You Should be Dancing!

Since 2009, I've had the pleasure of sharing my love for romance comics with all you fine folks here on the blog. I am happy to let you know that this spring I will be launching a brand spankin' new Sequential Crush site. Not only will there be blog posts (including full archives), there will be video posts, and special rotating exhibits. Get ready for more romance comic book goodness than you can shake a stick at!

Besides reflecting on the future direction of the blog, I've also been using the time since my Kickstarter campaign ended in July to figure out what is next for my book How to Go Steady: Timeless Dating Advice, Wisdom, and Lessons from Vintage Romance Comics. I tossed around the idea of running a second Kickstarter campaign but ultimately, I've decided to self-fund the completion of the book and publish it digitally and print on demand through Amazon.

I am SO excited where things are headed that it makes me want to do a happy dance. In that spirit, here are some of my favorite covers featuring dancing!

 Girls' Romances #115
(March 1966)

Romantic Story #109
(October 1970)



 Time for Love #20
(January 1971)

The book will be released in early December (just in time for the holidays) and pre-orders will start soon!

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Credits: 1.) Girls' Romances #115 (March 1966) Pencils and Inks: Win Mortimer 2.) Romantic Story #109 (October 1970) Top illustration by Peter Morisi 3.) My Love #2 (November 1969) Pencils and Inks: John Romita 4.) Young Romance #157 (December 1968/January 1969) Pencils and Inks: Nick Cardy 5.) Time for Love #20 (January 1971)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Down to the Wire - The Sequential Crush Kickstarter for How to Go Steady!


What a crazy 30 days it has been! The Kickstarter campaign for my first book How to Go Steady has been quite the adventure. With 12 hours left to go, we are still pretty far from making our funding goal. It would take a comic book miracle to catch up at this point, but hey, stranger things have happened right?! We are still hopeful, but Jenny and I are prepared for the inevitability that we will need to take a step back and analyze our approach.


That said, it isn't over 'til it's over! We would also be so grateful if you could share the campaign link (http://kck.st/1Uq78CU) and let your friends know. So many of you have already pledged generously and spread the word, and for that, I cannot thank you enough! This book has been almost four years in the making and made possible by your love, support, and belief over the years. Thank you so much!!!


Saturday, July 9, 2016

This is What it Sounds Like When Boys Cry

In our culture, men have overwhelmingly been taught not to cry. Shedding tears or showing emotion other than stalwart resolve is seen as weakness and frowned upon. Now, when it comes to the romance comics we immediately think of tearful young women, right? But believe it or not, romance comics depicted guys crying occasionally... and here are a few panels to prove it! 

Is Ellen cruel or just "too old" as the story title implies?
I thought that said "butter tears" there for a sec
and got excited. Think of all the baking experiments!

I got nothing, here.
This one actually gives me the sads!
Oh heavens, no, Rafe!
You are much too handsome to be weeping!


Women are always right. Usually. Most of the time.
Well, I am anyway. Just ask my fiancé.
I'm sure he'll agree. Maybe?
 


Not only did guys sometimes cry in the romance comics, they also read romance comics! We know about this demographic because quite a few young men wrote into romance comics to express their romantic anguish to the columnists. If you'd like to read more of the advice that was dished out to the boys, you should definitely back my current Kickstarter campaign for my book, How to Go Steady: Timeless Dating Advice, Wisdom, and Lessons from Vintage Romance Comics. There's a whole chapter in the book devoted to love lessons for guys!

There are only 3 days left to back, so you don't want to miss out! Thank you so much to everyone who has backed already. I can't do it without you!!!



Credits: 1.) "Too Old for Love!" Falling in Love #122 (April 1971) Pencils: Art Saaf, Inks: Vince Colletta 2.) "Let's Fall in Love" Girls' Romances #103 (September 1964) Pencils and Inks: Bernard Sachs 3.) "Make Me Your Wife!" Young Love #58 (November/December 1966) Pencils: Mike Sekowsky, Inks: Bernard Sachs 4.) "Everything Nice" Just Married #79 (September 1971) Pencils: José Luis García-López 5.) "Reach for Happiness" Episode 24 Secret Hearts #133 (January 1969) Pencils: Jay Scott Pike

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Romance Guru - Page Peterson is Full of Advice on How to Go Steady

She's shown us how to hold onto our man, how to cope with annoying siblings, and how to pull out of a feeling sorry for ourselves downward spiral. She's also got a fab wardrobe, an office full of midcentury modern furniture, and a huge heart. She's none other than Page Peterson

"Do's & Dont's of Dating"
Young Romance #190
(January 1973)

Did readers like Page? You bet they did! 

"Ann Martin, Counselor-at-Love" 
Secret Hearts #152
(June 1971)

Page's "Do's and Dont's of Dating" and text pages are some of the best pieces of advice in the romance comics. Not only are they visually appealing, they are filled with wisdom to be gleaned by us modern folks needing answers in love. For those reasons and many more, Page's advice made it into my upcoming book How to Go Steady: Timeless Dating Advice, Wisdom, and Lessons from Vintage Romance Comics.

How to Go Steady's interpretation of Page

If you haven't backed already, NOW is the time! There are only six days left to help us fund this baby. We've got some great backer rewards including the book, stickers, mini-prints, and original artwork from How to Go Steady illustrator, Jenny Cimino. You definitely don't want to miss out! Best of all, not only will you get some neat stuff, if we can reach our goal this book will become a reality! Thank you so much to all of you for your support thus far!



Monday, July 4, 2016

Romance in Fashion - The American Girl

"Romance in Fashion"
Young Love #58
(Nov/Dec 1966)

Hi, there! I hope you're enjoying a long holiday weekend full of fun, rest, and romance! If you haven't already, I'd be so thrilled if you had a look at the Kickstarter campaign I'm running to help publish my book How to Go Steady: Timeless Dating Advice, Wisdom, and Lessons from Vintage Romance Comics. With only eight days left to go, we are close to the end but not quite where we want to be. You can help change all that! Head on over to Kickstarter, read about our campaign, watch the video, and back and/or just share the love. To all those who've already backed... you're simply the best!!!