Bingo Love

Bingo Love

Graphic Novel - 2018
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"When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-'60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage."
Publisher: Portland, OR : Image Comics, [2018]
ISBN: 9781534307506
Branch Call Number: FIC FRANKLI
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: St-Onge, Jenn - Artist


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Can forbidden love stand the test of time? If you think yes, then this sweet story will make you smile.

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This love story begins in 1963 the first time Hazel ever set eyes on Mari and spans their entire relationship.

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forbesrachel May 09, 2019

Denied love. It's a story that we hear about every once in a while. But never does it become a less sad affair. Bingo Love has its own unique version though. Hazel and Mari met when they were young, but being from a conservative African-American community in 1963 meant that their relationship was pretty much doomed to cause an uproar. As Mari speaks from the future, she looks back on this time with a bittersweet fondness. Flash forward many years, and things have changed, both of these, now aging woman, are free to be honest. That doesn't mean it is easy though, they have families, but they are families that are able to accept things over time. Bingo Love has a generally warm tone thanks to the loving voice of Mari, and the art with its sweet designs and colours. The relationship of these two women may have started in their youth, but it only truly began in their golden years, thus distinguishing this comic further from other romance titles. Still the primary audience for this title is young adults, as the style will appeal more to them. This is a truly lovely story.

ArapahoeKati Jan 18, 2019

Colorful bright art made this LGBT+ graphic novel shine as it follows two queer teens, and later, as married women, with humor and love. The theme of sacrifice and duty is incredibly touching, especially seeing how it impacts the characters and their families.

Jan 16, 2019

So cute! And an ending I didn’t see coming.

JCLStefanieE Dec 10, 2018

A beautifully illustrated romance between two girls who meet at church bingo and become friends in school and are forced apart by their families. A truthful look at the complicated way humans love and it will leave your heart warm.

WestSlope_TheaH Oct 18, 2018

High school sweethearts reunite in their later years in this sweet love story featuring two strong women of color. Pick this up if you are looking for a quick read and love graphic novels that center the experience of queer characters. This light romance (not explicit at all but there are several illustrations of the two main characters kissing) feels reminiscent of some of the relationship dynamics at play in the TV series Grace & Frankie.

Oct 14, 2018

This romantic graphic novel is a must-read for anyone who wants to swoon and just fall in love with the characters. The story is totally precious and endearing with colorful, bubblegum artwork. --Taylor (see more of my picks by following WoodneathTaylor)

LPL_EliH Sep 25, 2018

A very sweet book celebrating the love story of two black, queer women. It's mostly a light, optimistic read, but there's still a serious treatment of the conflicts and challenges these characters must face. And as others have mentioned--the ending will wreck you (albeit gently). Bingo Love is a great #OwnVoices addition to the current landscape of graphic novels.

Sep 04, 2018

Don't mind me, I just have something in my eye...

This book is too cute to cope with. It's not a complex story, but it is a desperately needed one, and I loved every second of reading it.

Sep 03, 2018

It was cute fun read, I was actually one of the backers for the kickerstarter that help fund the book, so I also got to read two of the three side stories referenced in the book (I think they had to replace the artist for the husband's bonus comic so it's still in progress) they were also nice and short but not necessary to enjoy and understand the comic. It's awesome to see two women (women of color even!) be the focus of a Queer love story, usually a popular gay love story features two white boys usually teenagers but this story is set after they've grown up and lived their life with a husband and/or family, that even older people can still find love or rather accept their sexuality (and sensuality) and go for the love they've denied themselves.

Pros: The art was really cute, the characters were diverse (so much natural hair!!!) I think there's another volume in the make with focus on Mari since volume 1 was centered around Hazel.

Cons: the writing could get clunky and it would just pull me out of the story, relied on a few worn out tropes, towards the end I was reminded of The Notebook with Mari's situation and it kinda dampened my like just a tad

Aug 31, 2018

woT? tHis iS wrOng

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