Praise for The Big Book of Bisexual Trials and Errors
The Big Book of Bisexual Trials and Errors was named one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2017 by Advocate.
Elizabeth Beier’s The Big Book of Bisexual Trials and Errors (Northwest Press, 2017) is a wonderfully readable, highly relatable graphic novel detailing Beier’s coming-of-age as a bisexual person. In this excerpt, our heroine makes the acquaintance of a sexy stranger, who looks to be a promising paramour. Beier’s art beautifully captures the giddy, hormonal excitement of mutual attraction in full bloom.
"In the earlier stories, her rougher, more spontaneous line captures her character’s flailing attempts at fitting in and winning the attentions of her crushes. As the narrative progresses, the captured-in-the-moment panels become more intentional, liberally fleshed-out with decorative embellishments to enchanting effect. It is always rewarding to follow a cartoonist’s artistic trajectory as captured in a collection like this; though rendered with more care in later chapters like “Shiver Me Timbers” and “Smoother”, Beier’s visuals remain personal and evocative—not just pretty pictures."
Beier is an excellent storyteller, and I’m impressed at how she managed to combine such a storytelling flow with moments of humour and real, intimate, self-reflection, while the bold inks of the visuals bring everyone she meets to life, including her own self-confidence in the final pages. While I personally could only identify with one or two elements of the whole, I felt totally swept along by the journey – as though I understood what she was telling me without having to try or labour the point; the mark of a good autobiographical tale.
"Funny, lively... roughly honest. This raw chronicle is a dispatch from the front lines of modern app-assisted dating."
"Her black-and-white ink drawings uncover people’s idiosyncrasies, via her sensitive brush strokes... So when she meets up with someone from an online dating site, we not only get a sketch, but also a description, a character, a story."
"This is a definite recommendation if you’re a fan of Lucy Knisley or Ellen Forney, and Beier is a cartoonist to keep an eye on. The Big Book of Bisexual Trials and Errors is a great addition to the canon of queer comics, as well as to the body of bisexual representation."
"Elizabeth Beier’s The Big Book of Bisexual Trials and Errors strikes that rare balance between self-reflection and redemption that we so desperately need in 2017. Equally importantly, this tale of bisexual life is honest, and eschews the kind of apology or explanation that make other books about bisexuality tiresome."
"Where the story really shines is seeing her come to terms with who she really is in all aspects beyond sexuality—confidence, self-esteem, body image, and talent."
"With simple and stark black and white drawings, this graphic novel anthology truly deserves to be on the bookshelf of every bisexual woman who loves queer indies."
"Overall, a compendium full of heartbreaks, self-discoveries and truly a lesson in learning how to be building one’s self confidence. The stories by Beier are funny, sad, beautiful, and intriguing. The art by Beier could be museum paintings, as each panel seems to be given much care."
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"The voice of this story is witty, and sure, but is still obviously trying to show that she has found herself in this adventure called life. One thing unique about this is the fact that she includes a list of resources at the end of the book ... You can tell she wanted to make sure that anyone and everyone could get the help they needed after reading her book. It is the first time I have ever seen something like that and it was heartwarming."
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"I got a chance to interview Beier on her raw, emotional, and honest book, one that in full honesty spoke to me on a deep and personal level. Anyone exploring new personal or sexual territory will see themselves in Beier’s honest prose and stark artwork."
“The Big Book of Bisexual Trials and Errors by Elizabeth Beier details an authentic and honest queer experience. It’s not afraid to be frank and intimate with its readers. The artwork clearly comes from a very personal place and lets readers feel right at home in the story.”
"After her long-term heterosexual relationship ended, Beier began dating women for the first time and chronicling the highs and lows in lush ink comics."
"Beier mentioned that she loves to draw faces, but she’s also interested in voice, and that interest in authenticity, in specificity, in capturing individuals and their stories is at the heart of her work. This is a coming of age story about a twenty-something woman, but it’s also about a woman situating herself in and coming to understand her community."