Friday, April 27, 2018

Reader's Diary #1806- Tee Franklin (writer), Jenn St-Onge (art): Bingo Love

Tee Franklin's Bingo Love is a beautiful and hopeful love story that spans 3 generations.

It involves two African American girls, Hazel and Mari, who first meet and fall in love at a bingo game back in the 60s. Especially given the time period, this was heavily frowned upon by society at large and absolutely forbidden by their parents when it was discovered. Time passes and the two girls go their separate ways, eventually marrying into mostly convenient heterosexual relationships. Then one day, the now grandmothers are fated to meet at a bingo game once again.

So, ultimately the message is good things come to those who wait. The pessimistic side of me knows that isn't always true, but it's possible of course. And lest I've made it sound like it's completely an unrealistic happy ending, Franklin does acknowledge the pain of others. Hazel's marriage in particular is especially complex as she does actually love her husband, and presumably he loves her just not romantically.

The art is done well with healthy and realistic variance in body types and skin tones.

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