|Original review author:||Long Tom|
|Webcomic name:||Polyamory Comics|
|Start Date:||May 24, 2021|
|Genre:||"I'm Sara. I live together with my boyfriend and my boyfriend's boyfriend. This is our story." Direct quote from the author.|
|Defining Flaw:||"Poly" maybe, but definitely no "amory" between the author and the two men she lives with.|
An "arty" style of black and white drawings with color patches, akin to that of Raine Dog, though more realistic in its depictions.
|Storyline:||Not applicable, as the author tells us that this is for real.|
|Characters:||Not applicable, for the reason described above.|
The people all live in Finland. However, I doubt it would make a difference if it took place anywhere else in the world.
Despite the name, the story is really about the female author living with two gay men. One is ostensibly her boyfriend, but they hardly seem to love each other, and there is no romance between her and the boyfriend's boyfriend (as she admits). She seems to be living with them only because of her inability to find a paramour for herself.
This webcomic was brought up on our forum. Long ago I reviewed a roughly similar webcomic called Darren And Jason, but that was a furry webcomic and clearly fictional. This webcomic is about the female author claiming she is in a polyamorous relationship-but it is clear from reading this webcomic that this is not the case at all.
When it becomes apparent that the author proved to be dishonest about being in any "polyamorous" relationship. as described below.
Story and Plot
The author explains her household, how she has a boyfriend with his own boyfriend, how the author formed this relationship to begin with, and links to other websites that deal with polyamory. Then the author admits to her boyfriend she would not like his having a second girlfriend, unless she herself would have access to her, and the author recalls how she met her boyfriend, and admits she is terrible at meeting people, and suggests having her boyfriend's boyfriend help out, but he says no.
At this point, I am getting the impression that this is no real polyamorous relationship so much as the author is living with two guys who tolerate her. But to continue:
The author describes having seen at age 13 a "moving castle" exhibit and questions her sexuality. Then she and a childhood female friend see Annie Lennox and both decide they are bisexual. Then when the author starts dating H-P (her boyfriend), he turns out to be someone who can fix everything, and that turns out to be an annoyance. The author herself tries her hand at expressing her feelings to her boyfriend. The author and H-P visit her parents, and then she and her two housemates talk about marriage, but who marries who? Then she and Paju (the other man) give advice to H-P. There is a problem with too many plants in their house, and the author's parents visit and bring more plants. The author then describes (sarcastically we assume) how she makes her art. Then her boyfriend talks about copying her face. Then the author talks about sapphic comics and the facts that she wants a female paramour but has none.
Let's pause again. If the author wants a female paramour, why is she failing so badly at getting one?
Next the author describes her boyfriend reading her comics out loud to annoy her. He also annoys her by referring to tomato reproduction in graphically sexual terms. Then the author herself gets annoying by saying she is asexual yet gets horny. Huh? Then there is a strip about cooking sunchoke. Next one about the author having had pet rats. Then the author talks about how much she supposedly loves her two man partners.
Let's skip ahead to the author's relationship with her boyfriend's boyfriend. Isn't the idea of polyamory that a person has a romantic relationship with multiple people? But my earlier suspicions about the author not having a polyamorous relationship with her two male housemates have long since been confirmed. She has no romantic attachment to her boyfriend's boyfriend and does not even seem to have any real romantic attachment to her ostensible boyfriend. This isn't polyamory, this is about a shallow woman who simply lives with two gay men and why they even have her around is the story's big mystery.
The author's artwork consists of somewhat realistic line drawings with blotches of a variety of colors, or sometimes even fully colored, albeit with deliberately unrealistic pastel colors:
This color scheme is obviously purposely chosen because this is supposed to be "artsy". Sometimes there are exaggerated expressions to make a point.
The author starts out by defining with "polyamory" is, and what it isn't. She describes random bits about her life, including her biography and what happens with her family and the men she lives with.
Since this entire webcomic is about the author herself, a separate biography section is hardly needed.
The title of this webcomic is a lie. The female author claims to be in a polyamorous relationship with two men, but it is obvious to anybody that this is not the case. The two men may love each other, though the author does not make that clear. What is definite is that there is no affection between her and her boyfriend's boyfriend and she probably doesn't even really love her supposed boyfriend and is living with them not out of love or friendship but because she cannot find her own special someone. Also definite is the fact that she is telling the world she is a big phony and doesn't even admit it to herself. How sad.
(I'd feel a lot better if she were to suddenly say that she had been making the whole thing up.)