DAR, volume 1 is a collection of webcomics by Erika Moen between the years of 2006-2009. A graphic autobiography of sorts, Erika candidly depicts her life as a lesbian who falls in love with a man. That alone sold me on this comic when I had the opportunity to meet Erika at this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival.
Filled with pages about her job(s), dating, sex and day-to-day observations, Erika doesn’t hold back from sharing with her readers all about her life. At times feeling a bit TMI, there are yet so many poignant moments that made me laugh out loud at either the honesty of it or the sheer ridiculousness of it. The outlandish shock value aside, Erika’s voice is such a refreshing one – an open and honest look at someone who was trying to not only make sense of the dating world but falling in love with someone they really never thought they would have. The strips with her now-husband Matt are especially endearing, and it really shows the great relationship and rapport they have with each other.