Circles

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Circles
Circles Volume 1.jpg
Author(s) Steve Domanski and Andrew French
Website
Update schedule Finished
Launch date 2001
End Date 2015
Rating(s)
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Circles is a gay-themed slice-of-life comic created by Steve Domanski, Andrew French, and Scott Fabianek (a.k.a. K-9). It started in 2000 with a special "Issue 0" preview, and it was intended to last 13 issues. After issue 8, however, it went on a long hiatus, in part due to K-9 moving at the other side of the country from the rest of the creative team. It was finished via a novel entitled "The Years Keep Rolling By" in early 2015.

Although all three creators collaborated to create the characters and the story, the majority of the script-writing was done by French, the layout art by Domanski, and the finish art by Fabianek. The novel was written by French and consists of what would've been issues 9-13. Art is provided throughout by Fabianek.

The series of comics have been collected into two books. Issues 1-4 are collected in "It Seems Like I've Been Here Before", and Issuess 5-8 are collected in "No Straight Lines Make Up My Life". The novel and collections take their titles from the lyrics to the song "Circle" by Harry Chapin, which the creators have said was a major influence. Another influence often referenced by the creators is the musical "Rent".

The comic follows characters Marty, Arthur, Douglas, Paulie, Taye and Ken through their daily lives in the early 21st century. The first four issues focus on Marty and his way out of the closet and towards his first love, while later issues develop the other characters, and then resolve their story. Circles is published by Rabbit Valley and is available through their website.


Setting[edit]

The setting is Boston, in the early years of the 21st century. The first issue is dated Spring 2001, and each issue corresponds to one season of time, with 4 issues being one year in the comic, so the latest issue as of this writing, issue #8, is Winter 2002. The comic deals primarily with six characters inhabiting a house at the fictional address of 6 Kinsey Circle (a pun on the Kinsey scale, where a rating of six means that the subject is exclusively homosexual).

Characters[edit]

Main article: List of characters in Circles

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