The Makeover, or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Comic-Con
The Makeover, or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Comic-Con is a story written and illustrated by Amai Tonken. It ran in Issue 32 at http://s2b2.livejournal.com/181450.html, and is mirrored at http://www.shousetsubangbang.com/mirror/the-makeover-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-comic-con/.
From eccentric-nucleus.tumblr.com: "in which one half of the main pairing is a neckbeard undergoing the process of reformation."
From pinboard.in: "A hipster becomes friends with a geek and coaches him the ways of style."
From delicious.com: "Ken is obsessed with fashion and not as confident as he appears. Jonny is nerdy and looking to change his image a bit. Ken has an asshole ex that he can't get over, and besides, Jonny totally isn't his type. But people aren't stereotypes and maybe Jonny is just what Ken needs."
Ken is a former regular geek turned fashion geek. Jonny is a regular geek who just came out and wants to look nice for his office Christmas party. At first, Ken is not into Jonny at all, but as he gets to know him (and his clothes), he starts to change his mind.
I love how intense The Makeover is about identity and how people express it. Also, there is so much fashion geekery and it is amazing. I also like how hard-won the relationship between Ken and Jonny is. Ken has so many lingering feelings of self shame that he needs to move past before he's ready to really date someone. That means that the focus isn't entirely on the romance, but it's believable anyway.
- pinboard.in: "A hipster becomes friends with a geek and coaches him the ways of style. A sweet story, and worth it for the note-perfect fashion and nerd culture detailing alone."