Polyamory in the News!
. . . by Alan M.

January 8, 2017

Kimchi wins the heart of the HuffPost relationships editor

If you don't already know Tikva Wolf's Kimchi Cuddles webcomic, the Huffington Post has made it easy to jump in — while introducing it to a much wider audience:

10 Comics That Show What Polyamorous Love Is Really Like

These illustrations are relatable, educational and so, so cute.

By Brittany Wong, Relationships Editor

The poly lifestyle gets talked about a lot more these days, but unfortunately, misconceptions about polyamory (mainly, that it’s all about sex) continue to persist.

In Tikva Wolf’s long-running comic series Kimchi Cuddles, polyamorous people ― meaning, those who have emotional and sexual relationships with more than one person ― are portrayed just like everyone else, only with more partners to steal their blankets.

Wolf launched the webcomic in 2013, and letters from all over the world began pouring in, mostly from other polyamorous people seeking relationship advice.

“When one of my partners suggested I create the comic, my first response was, ‘Nah, no one would read it,’” she told The Huffington Post. “I was quickly proven wrong!”

...“For me, polyamory isn’t about the number of partners you have,” she explained. “It’s about relating to everyone you come across more authentically and sharing from a place of deep mutual interest rather than obligation or expectation.”

See the editor's other 9 choices, out of the 669 Kimchi strips to date (Jan. 3, 2017).

Wolf has an impressively well-subscribed Patreon page, guaranteeing the strip's future. She's been speaking at poly conferences. Thorntree Press last summer issued a book of her comics, Ask Me About Polyamory, and she has a graphic novel on the way: Love, Retold. It's a deeper, more introspective rendering of her relationship autobiography. In fact, most of her comics are about her life with her friends and partners.

I've urged her to consider creating a purely fictional cast of characters, whom she can use however she wants to develop longer, continuing stories a la Doonesbury. Well developed plot lines, IMO, would be the necessary next step to holding and enlarging the strip's fan base. What do you think?




Anonymous Allie said...

My problem with Kimchi Cuddles is that it says it's supposed to be funny, but most of the comics I've seen have been walls of explanatory text about the basics of polyamory. I feel like I'm being lectured to by subpar art. The author needs to either ditch the tag line or double down on the funny.

January 08, 2017 9:39 AM  
Blogger Douglas Moran said...

I think following the Doonesbury/Bloom County model is an excellent idea.

January 08, 2017 2:42 PM  

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