Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

Bingo Love

Bingo Love is a story of a same-sex romance that spans over 60 years. A chance meeting at church bingo in 1963 brings Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray together. Through their formative years, these two women develop feelings for each other and finally profess their love for one another.Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid 60’s, Hazel and Mari are reunite...

Details Bingo Love

TitleBingo Love
Release DateDec 1st, 2017
PublisherInclusive Press
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Romance, Lgbt, Fiction, Glbt, Queer

Reviews Bingo Love

  • Krista Regester
    There's a lot of diverse representation in this - I liked the queer love story between the two main characters, Hazel and Mari. Although, I felt that the writing didn't flow as well as it could have. The text felt too scripted and awkward at times.
  • Sara
    I'm really torn with this one. I'm giving it 2.5 stars. The artwork is absolutely terrific and its wonderful to see such a heartfelt romance with queer characters but the story and supporting characters just don't work for me.The concept is lovely. We meet Elle, an elderly woman living in the year 2038 who is comforting an unidentified young woman who's parents have just kicked her out of the house for being gay. To comfort this person Elle tells...
  • Adiba Jaigirdar
    This was so freaking adorable! Plus, the art was absolutely beautiful and so colourful. I loved the two main characters - especially Hazel. The writing was kind of awkward at times. Thee dialogue wasn't always super realistic and I wish some of the characters were developed a little better. But honestly the book was so cute I will overlook all of that.
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    This was so good and cute but also so heart-wrenching. I definitely didn't expect to cry this much while reading it.
  • Carol Tilley
    Is it perfect? Nope. It's got a big heart though and that's all that matters.
  • Erica
    Well.That's a depressing beginning.2038 and parents are still kicking kids out of their homes because of whom the kids love.Is there no hope?I think that's one of the reasons for this book - there is hope!If that's what you're looking for, you may find it in this book.As you can see by the cover, this is full of delightful pictures.You can also tell that it touches on several topics: Women of color in love with each other from childhood on into t...
  • ambyr
    The art is the best thing about this book--fluid, colorful, bold, expressive. The writing, I thought, could have used some more work; the dialogue is painfully stilted in places, and the strong opening frame story never closes, leaving the reader awkwardly hanging. But I'm glad the story exists in the world.
  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    4.0 Stars This is a bittersweet love story featuring a lifelong relationship between two women of colour. The diverse elements were woven seamlessly into the strong, well developed narrative. This was a very emotional story that addressed themes of friendship, family and romantic love through an inclusive lens. The full colour artwork was absolutely gorgeous with representation of full-figured, real women. I definitely recommend this wonderfully ...
  • Melissa
    I highly recommend you have some tissues with you while reading this! What a beautiful love story and usually love stories make me roll my eyes(hard) but not this one, this one actually touched my heart and I was pretty sure my heart was dead.
  • Claire
    All the stars. My queer little heart wept a river. ❤ All the stars. My queer little heart wept a river. ❤️
  • Natasha
    Review also on my blog • Twitter • BookstagramRep: f/f romance, black mc, bisexual/pansexual mcTrigger warnings: homophobiaBingo Love is a book that manages to pack a punch in a short space of time. It uses the comic medium to its advantage and is able to amazingly show the connection between two young women living in the 1960s, and the struggles that come with being in a romantic relationship at the time. It's able to make you root for th...
  • Devann
    I received a free copy of this book from EdelweissThis was equal parts adorable and heartbreaking [and then adorable again ...and then heartbreaking again was a roller coaster of emotions for sure] and I was absolutely bawling by the end [mostly happy tears but maybe a few sad ones as well] and I literally cannot even think of a time another book made me cry AT ALL so that's quite an achievement really. As other people have said, it's not n...
  • Sara
    This is so adorable.
  • Danielle
    It's fine, I didn't need my heart. Go ahead and grind it under your boot.
  • Artemis
    A sweet queer POC love story for every generation. Two black women, Hazel "Elle" and Mari, first met in a church bingo hall and then at school in the 1960s. After a few years of being close friends, a chance kiss finally made them admit their true feelings for one another, going beyond admiration. However, their families, upon discovering just how close their relationship was, forbade the innocently, healthily in-love girls from ever seeing each ...
  • Chelsea
    4.5 Stars for some messy definitions of sexuality but overall, this was just beautiful and wonderful and heartbreaking. Such a fantastic, self contained story about coming out later in life. This does such a wonderful job of portraying the pressures on wlw in the past. I don’t entirely love the treatment of James, I just say. However, I truly enjoyed this and it’s the first book in a while to get tears out of me. 4.5 Stars.
  • Laura
    This book was not for me, unfortunately. The art is amazing, top-tier, with luscious colors that make all of the obvious love between characters glow. The framing device completely threw me off, along with a few other choices along the way. I appreciate this story's existence, especially for its intersections of representation. I believe it is necessary. I did not enjoy it, personally.
  • Fabian
    I saw a GoFundMe post for this comic book earlier this year and the art is adorable, the plot line hooked me, and I was so excited to get my copy of this book! I’m torn because on one hand, I love representation and the love story between Hazel and Mari, and the fact the writer took an approach that people had to settle for a fake happiness and how families can be torn apart when you realize they were built on a facade. But there’s a huge pac...
  • Katie Jo
    I’d say that my only critique of this was that it wasn’t longer/more developed but given the fact that I actually cried from the first page to the last, maybe it’s for the best that it wasn’t. Think San Junipero meets The Notebook. So sweet. Loved the art. Still weeping. Bye.
  • Chessa
    OMG SO GOOD ❤ 😭 ❤ OMG SO GOOD ❤️ 😭 ❤️
  • Dov Zeller
    "When Hazel (Elle) Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-'60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage."
  • Ran
    Long lost loves found. They fell in love in 1963, but Hazel and Mari aren't reunited until nearly fifty years later. This story is so sweet but sad when you learn the convention the writer Tee Franklin uses at the end. It's a really positive comic which is just such a lovely change from the usual roundup of superhero and dark comics. (view spoiler)[Not to mention two black girls fall in love and get up getting married (with a long pause in-betwee...
  • Thomas Maluck
    Reviews forthcoming on No Flying No Tights and The Secret Stacks (update: it's in Episode 40), but rest assured this was GOOD.
  • Laura
    This book is special. I picked this up on the 14th, and absolutely devoured it. Then I gave it to my wife, and she said she would read it. Today, a few hours after giving it to her, she said her leg fell asleep, so intent, was she to keep reading and find out what happened next. She loved it. She thought the scenes with the psychologist whose said that “love is love” was one of the best scenes. So, that is her review.My review goes something ...
  • Laura
    5 stars for concept and the superb art, but the execution of the storytelling left me wanting. I wish this had been a lot longer to give the story room to breathe. It was very rushed.
  • Rachael Fryman
    Read Harder 2018 Challenge #8: A comic written or illustrated by a POCI love love love Elle's style. This was absolutely adorable and definitely requires some kleenex. This is like The Notebook meets Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.
  • Kate
    Argh, I wish I liked this one more. It has so many "YES!" elements and brings a lot to the table, but it is so amazingly poorly put together that I couldn't let it pass. There is way too much shoved into the slim volume to give it justice, forcing awkward time jumps and rushing through important scenes on its way to the conclusion. Everyone's emotions are notched up to 11, making for some characters who seem permanently hysterical. And to top it ...
  • FrankieReads
    Look for my full review on!
  • Nancy
    This review can also be found on my blog: Love is a sweet and heartwarming story about a love story between two women than spans over 60 years.The story begins in 1963 at a bingo hall, as two thirteen years olds are introduced to one another by their grandmothers. Told from the perspective of Hazel Johnson, a pretty and plump teen, she is immediately attracted to the cool California transplant Mari Mc...