TEE FRANKLIN reads from her new graphic novel BINGO LOVE with AMANDA DEIBERT

Bingo Love (Image Comics)

When Hazel 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. From Tee Franklin (Nailbiter’s The Outfit, Love is Love) and Jenn St-Onge (Jem & The Misfits), Bingo Love is a touching story of love, family, and resiliency that spans over 60 years. 

Praise for Bingo Love

"Bingo Love is a phenomenal comic featuring two strong queer, women of color falling in love as teens and rekindling that love as older adults. This fresh take on a second chance at love is so very welcome and necessary, with a hard-hitting storyline that asks important questions about sexuality, societal demands, and living on your own terms."--Teen Vogue

"With so many romance tales revolving around star-crossed youngsters, it's pretty refreshing to see a book that takes such an all-encompassing view of a relationship and acknowledges the difficulties people face in coming out at an older age. Based on the early buzz, we expect Bingo Love will be a major contender for best graphic novel of the year."

"Bingo Love is a swoon-worthy, groundbreaking romance that shows queer people that it is never too late to be in love. Amazing storytelling and delightful artwork dismantles tropes and shows that love literally ages well."

" It’s a sweet, heartwarming and human tale that should remind readers why representation is so important. This book exists now for a whole new generation of queer folks and people of color to see themselves in."

Tee Franklin is a Queer disabled Black woman who writes comics: The Outfit (Nailbiter #27), A Blazin' (in the Ignatz award winning Elements Anthology), Tears (in the Eisner-winning and New York Times Best Selling Love is Love), and Inclusive Press' Queer romance graphic novella, Bingo Love. Franklin won the 2017 Queer Press Grant for Bingo Love and raised almost $60k for this graphic novella via Kickstarter. She fights for inclusion in comics, no matter the risks, as she hopes that the next generation of marginalized comic creators won't have to put up with what's been happening for the past 75+ years.

Amanda Deibert is an award winning television and comic book writer.  Her comic book writing includes Batman and Harley QuinnWonder Woman ’77, and Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman for DC Comics. The Story “Brave” in the Eisner-winning and New York Times #1 Best Selling anthology Love is Love. As well as stories in the multi-award winning anthologyJohn Carpenter’s Tales For a HalloweenNight (Amanda wrote stories in volumes 2, 3 and 4) and the Womanthology  anthology for IDW.

Television work includes writing for SyFy’s Live From Comic Con hosted by Zachary Levi, OWN Tonight for the Oprah Winfrey Network, Take Part Live on PIVOT, The Morning After on HULU, and many more. She is also the writer for former Vice President Al Gore’s annual, 24 Hours of Reality an international broadcast to promote awareness and combat climate change, watched on television in over 100 countries, reaching more than 225 million households.

Event date: 
Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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By Tee Franklin, Jenn St Onge (Artist), Joy San (Artist)
ISBN: 9781534307506
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Image Comics - February 20th, 2018