Robert Kirby, the acclaimed cartoonist and gay rights activist responsible for hits such as Curbside Boys and Boy Trouble, will release a graphic novel memoir published through Graphic Mundi, an imprint of Penn State University Press.
Called Marry Me a Little: A Graphic Memoir, this brave new title releases on February 21st with 7 different shareable Valentines using panels from the book’s sweetest moments to raise awareness for the Right to Marry for all.
A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Spring 2023 Adult Comics & Graphic Novels selection, Marry Me a Little sees Kirby recount his experience of marrying his longtime partner, John, just moments after same-sex marriage was legalized in Minnesota in 2013. Married during a historic moment of gay rights uncertainty, the story takes place two years before the Supreme Court decision made same-sex marriage legal.
In the story, Kirby relates how he and John navigated this changing landscape in this touching graphic tale; how they planned and celebrated their wedding, and how the LGBTQ+ community is now facing the very real possibility of setbacks to marriage equality.
“Is it a love story? Sure. But there was a whole lot more going on in and around us regarding the idea of marriage,” said Kirby. “That’s what I tried to capture.”
Now, this personal memoir also takes into consideration Rob’s antipathy towards the institution of marriage, especially given the waves of adversity the two had to face over the years. Heartwarming, honest, and slyly humorous, Marry Me a Little is a wonderfully illustrated celebration of a romantic partnership between two men and the challenges that face them in this ever-changing landscape right now.
The graphic novel is already available in comic book shops and have been since February 8th. Books in the imprint are distributed in North America exclusively by Diamond Comic Distributors/Diamond Book Distributors.