NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL: ‘BINGO LOVE’ (February 2018)
Early next year, Image Comics is planning to publish BINGO LOVE, an original graphic novel created and written by Tee Franklin, with art by Jenn St-Onge and colors by Joy San.
The book tracks the relationship of two queer black women through the decades. Initially meeting as youths in the early 1960s, Hazel and Mari are eventually separated by authorities with priorities that supersede their own. Years later, and with families of their own, the two chance meeting again … and discover their affection for one another is as humbling as ever.
In BINGO LOVE Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray are two young, Black girls who meet at church bingo in 1963 and eventually fall in love…but in this time period, their love was not accepted. Hazel and Mari are broken up by their families’ “shame” and go on to marry and have families of their own. Almost fifty years later—in the fever pitch of church bingo—Mari and Hazel are reunited and rediscover the love they have for each other, even though they both are still married.
Franklin is a black, queer, disabled woman who won the 2017 Queer Press Grant for BINGO LOVE and has raised almost USD $60k for this graphic novel project via Kickstarter.
BINGO LOVE is scheduled for release Valentine’s Day 2018.