Dar (Dar!, #1)
As seen online at DarComic.com, DAR! chronicles the six year long autobiographical story of Erika Moen, a lost 20-year-old lesbian artist-wannabe in college who falls in love with a boy in England and the evolution that her sexual identity undergoes before winding up marrying him as a queer 26-year-old full-time cartoonist. Along the way there are many vignettes about sex, farts, the queer community, the Brits, vibrators and figuring out sexual identity. The first DAR volume, collecting re-toned strips from 2006-2009 of the award-winning weekly webcomic —PLUS bonus, behind-the-scenes material!DAR Volume 1 (A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary)ASIN: 0982343701Title: DAR Volume 1Binding: PaperbackPublication date: 2009

Dar (Dar!, #1) Details

TitleDar (Dar!, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 1st, 2009
PublisherErika Moen
ISBN-139780982343708
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Glbt, Queer

Dar (Dar!, #1) Review

  • Pretty Literate Opossum
    January 1, 1970
    I tried, and I just couldn't get through this one.It's a collection of jokes I don't find funny, sexcapades that cause me to cringe--Ok seriously, don't make glorping sounds when you play with a guy's foreskin, Erica. You made the choice to bed this guy and record it in your art journal to share online. It's not funny, it's unfunny. This was the point when I stopped reading.I didn't even get to the pages that have been deemed "problematic."
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  • Gayle Francis Moffet
    January 1, 1970
    Honest, funny, sexy, embarrassing, and cute as hell. Erika Moen has a natural talent for knowing which parts of her life are the best to share, even if those parts aren't the ones you think she'd tell you.As it's a series of strips, there's not much to say about the ongoing narrative except that there is one, and it's very sweet and fun and sometimes it hurts a little, but the honesty Erika Moen gives in her work makes it all lovely.2017 update: Re-read this on a whim, and I was as delighted as Honest, funny, sexy, embarrassing, and cute as hell. Erika Moen has a natural talent for knowing which parts of her life are the best to share, even if those parts aren't the ones you think she'd tell you.As it's a series of strips, there's not much to say about the ongoing narrative except that there is one, and it's very sweet and fun and sometimes it hurts a little, but the honesty Erika Moen gives in her work makes it all lovely.2017 update: Re-read this on a whim, and I was as delighted as I was originally. It's so fun to read it again while a fan of Oh Joy Sex Toy and see the strips on sex and body weirdness (queefing) that feel like proto-strips.
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  • Sarra
    January 1, 1970
    Page 87 features an ugly "special ed" joke. What is with indie comics & cartoonists and ableism? It's practically a cliche at this point, and I'm beyond tired of it. Special Ed jokes are particularly nasty because it's children they're taking aim at - and dehumanizing.
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  • Audacia Ray
    January 1, 1970
    Moen's approach to gender and sexuality is light and cute, and I definitely enjoyed the read.I'm not a regular reader of her comics though, and this piece on the Bitch Magazine blog was pointed out to me, about a strip in which Erica fetishizes trans men http://www.bitchmagazine.org/post/rad...Complex stuff, but basically - just because it's light and cute doesn't mean it isn't also transphobic and damaging.
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  • Julia Wehr
    January 1, 1970
    Stylistically, Erika Moen's first volume of her collection of web comics are enjoyable, but content wise there's too much to be desired. I appreciate weirdness and quirkiness and honesty but these strips are gratingly gross and pointless, lacking any strong narrative or insight other than "sexuality is strange."
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  • Olavia Kite
    January 1, 1970
    Autobiography or just a bunch of inside jokes? Amid the sex positive discourse, which I think Moen goes on to explore further and better on her later work, the whole thing just feels like "cute (i.e., boring) adventures of a couple—with an EDGE!"
  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting and I did like the drawing style. Some of the strips seemed to be inside jokes so I wasn't quite sure how to take them. But overall I did enjoy this series and it was fun to follow Erika through her evolution.
  • Green
    January 1, 1970
    this girl is gross, annoying, repetitive, and over the top. Not for me, i suppose.
  • Mo Irma
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED it!!! Related to her story on so many levels. Can't get enough of her content. MORE ERIKA MOEN! :-D Was sorry to see it end, but am loving her new books on Sex Ed and the reviews with her husband. The Sex Ed especially is super helpful and empowering since I have my own issues and am not that knowledgeable so it's really great to have such frank discussion and non-judmental information. It's been so important to me in my work to try to overcome some things. Sex Ed related and mental health LOVED it!!! Related to her story on so many levels. Can't get enough of her content. MORE ERIKA MOEN! :-D Was sorry to see it end, but am loving her new books on Sex Ed and the reviews with her husband. The Sex Ed especially is super helpful and empowering since I have my own issues and am not that knowledgeable so it's really great to have such frank discussion and non-judmental information. It's been so important to me in my work to try to overcome some things. Sex Ed related and mental health too.Keep up the good work!!! Thank you for all you do. :)
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  • Kathryn Hemmann
    January 1, 1970
    Three things I love about Dar:(1) the way Erika Moen draws,(2) the way Erika Moen writes, and(3) the way Erika Moen tells jokes.I wish I had discovered this comic earlier in my life, because it is fantastic.
  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Okay full disclosure, I am frequently annoyed by Erika Moen's comics, but this was actually not as bad as I was expecting. I actually kind of like her drawing style. And the stories are a mixed bag, but there are some cute moments. BUT any time she talks about Matt I am instantly irritated. Where to begin? The whole relationship, at least how it's portrayed in the comics, just reminds me of those annoying straight people who identify as queer because they like to dress up like animals or some cr Okay full disclosure, I am frequently annoyed by Erika Moen's comics, but this was actually not as bad as I was expecting. I actually kind of like her drawing style. And the stories are a mixed bag, but there are some cute moments. BUT any time she talks about Matt I am instantly irritated. Where to begin? The whole relationship, at least how it's portrayed in the comics, just reminds me of those annoying straight people who identify as queer because they like to dress up like animals or some crap like that. I'm not having it. I really try to avoid weighing in on how other people identify, but for god's sake cans he just say she's bi or whatever instead of saying she's a lesbian who fell in love with a man? I also can't wrap my head around how of all the men in the world, this is the guy she goes for? I don't get it at all. I'm so annoyed by people fawning all over dudes for having a British accent, IT'S NOT THAT INTERESTING. The worst comic by far in this collection is definitely the one about her and Matt ogling lesbians at Pride.
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  • Antonomasia
    January 1, 1970
    Have I read this or am I still Currently Reading? Not clear where vol. 1 ends, and I'm reading it on the website. I loved Bucko, on which Moen collaborated with Jeff Parker - that was hilarious - but I don't really click with this. I wanted it to be funnier, or to like the art more. I wanted prettier words and/ or pictures. Hmm, I think the only time I really enjoyed a simply drawn, serious autobiographical comic was because I was acquainted with the writer. Probably these aren't my sort of thin Have I read this or am I still Currently Reading? Not clear where vol. 1 ends, and I'm reading it on the website. I loved Bucko, on which Moen collaborated with Jeff Parker - that was hilarious - but I don't really click with this. I wanted it to be funnier, or to like the art more. I wanted prettier words and/ or pictures. Hmm, I think the only time I really enjoyed a simply drawn, serious autobiographical comic was because I was acquainted with the writer. Probably these aren't my sort of thing as a rule.Even though one of my Goodreads friends is in this... Was thinking: Same first name, looks like him, right city, he recommended Bucko to me - is it? ... Scroll down, same surname!How embarrassing to have given 3 stars to an author from whom, it turns out, I'm only two degrees of separation. Dilemma. Maybe the awkwardness of this post is in the spirit of the comic...
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  • Jennifer Hendzlik
    January 1, 1970
    I sat down with this as a much needed break from committee reading as it was a recent gift that had a lot of meaning behind it. DAR is a honest and intimate look at a woman who is super funny, crass and finds herself in complete confusion when she gets a lady boner(omg, I could not write this without putting that in here) for a guy when she identifies as a lesbian. You know how people say how important it is to see self-representation in this life? I've felt that as a woman, I've felt that as a I sat down with this as a much needed break from committee reading as it was a recent gift that had a lot of meaning behind it. DAR is a honest and intimate look at a woman who is super funny, crass and finds herself in complete confusion when she gets a lady boner(omg, I could not write this without putting that in here) for a guy when she identifies as a lesbian. You know how people say how important it is to see self-representation in this life? I've felt that as a woman, I've felt that as a lesbian and now I search for it in this middle ground I find myself in. Very few really get it and it was nice to take some time and laugh with a woman that does.
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  • SA
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, Erika Moen, you wonderful creature. This and Volume Two are a mixed collection of Moen's autobio comics over a number of years. I never read Dar when it was active online, so it was fun to go back and read this for the first time. There were a couple in there that just made my heart squeeze; but knowing how happy she is now makes the darkness here all the more remarkable because you know what's happening next. (Moen and her husband reside in Portland and are regular figures on the comics sce Oh, Erika Moen, you wonderful creature. This and Volume Two are a mixed collection of Moen's autobio comics over a number of years. I never read Dar when it was active online, so it was fun to go back and read this for the first time. There were a couple in there that just made my heart squeeze; but knowing how happy she is now makes the darkness here all the more remarkable because you know what's happening next. (Moen and her husband reside in Portland and are regular figures on the comics scene.)These are a great way to familiarize yourself with Moen as you look towards her current work.
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  • Raina
    January 1, 1970
    Love this. Moen wrote a regular webcomic for years and they are compiled in this book. I met her at a PLA gathering and we chatted for quite a while. So she signed my copy. It's a meandering story, which doesn't necessarily follow a set plot as it's just a regular autobio comic. However, she deals with being a lesbian who falls in love with a man, minutae of life, and other dramas of a young twentysomething coming to age. Great stuff, I can't wait for her next stuff.
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  • Jody
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this up at TCAF without having read Erika Moen's stuff. I'm sort of glad I hadn't, because I would have made such an idiot fangirl out of myself had I read this first. Not to mention, within the first few pages I discovered we both had the same birthday and also studied in Aix-en-Provence. We should totally be friends!I laughed out loud and was compelled to share these with friends. Can't wait to read volume 2.
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  • Jamie R
    January 1, 1970
    I adore her work. It's funny, honest, and doesn't flinch away from talking about sex and gender. Her explorations of her identity as a lesbian who fell in love with a man aren't exactly topics you come across often, even in the feminist community, and I appreciate Erika sharing her voice and story with us.
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  • Melody
    January 1, 1970
    I picked it up at my library and started reading it before my class. It was a little uncomfortable to be reading in public, though, what with the graphic nature of several of the pictures. So I took it home and finished it. It put me in mind of Ariel Schrag with its unflinching honesty and nakedness. Interesting stuff.
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  • Christian Lipski
    January 1, 1970
    Moen is very very honest and funny about what she likes, what she doesn't, and everything in between. You want to know how a lesbian falls in love with a man? How a cartoonist makes end meet? Here it is. Dar! is full of laughs and love and farts.
  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    Semi-biographical comics from a 20-something who thought she was a lesbian until she fell in love with and married a dude. Funny, irreverent, sophomoric, insightful, offers some interesting and humorous insight into bisexuality and some challenges society imposes, in comic format.
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  • Besha
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t particularly like diary comics, but this was recommended to me. Amidst the O I AM SO WHIMSICAL! MY LIFE IS SO QUIRKY! LOOK AT THIS CUTE THING THAT HAPPENED! I found a few strips that I read and reread and reread again because they touched a nerve. So.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this a lot! It's a fun autobiographical story about a queer girl. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a more real-life, adult oriented comic. Please note however that it is intended for adults so it does have nudity and sexual situations in it.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    Autobiographical comic by a young woman who lives in Portland. She posts DAR on-line, and this is the collection of it from when it "stopped sucking" until recently. It's well drawn and very funny. She's at turns vulgar, sexy, and heartfelt.
  • Abbey
    January 1, 1970
    autobiographical webcomic now released in book form. erika's grapples with her changing identity in a hilarious, honest way. not afraid to poke fun at herself, and others. enjoyable. 3.5 stars, if possible.
  • Joey Gremillion
    January 1, 1970
    DREADFUL!
  • Carla
    January 1, 1970
    This is an amazing book! I recently discovered Erika Moen's comics and I feel in love with them! I am laughing non stop! Definitely worth it!
  • Shoshanna
    January 1, 1970
    Funny. Cutesy. Not a long story, but a bunch of little comics. Lots of sex, but doesn't feel shitty, prob because she's a woman and is Feminist?
  • Katie Shuter Rompala
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it!
  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Reading Dar always makes me happy!
  • Angela Boyle
    January 1, 1970
    I literally laughed so hard I almost threw up. It took me about 5 minutes to calm down enough to set the book down. One of the funniest books I have read in a long time. If you like sex jokes. :)
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