True Lives #3: The Dragorous World of Glam!! by Claire Harris
Frail Sister Comics: 2005
With misty eyes I read the final (and very last) instalment of Claire Harris' fabulous True Lives series...
The three issues in this series of full-colour photo-comics each faithfully relate the emergence of an unassuming character's
extraordinary alter-ego. True Lives #1 releases Road Fox: beware the wrath of the lady bicyclist! True Lives #2 reveals the intimate 'high school pain and dreams of fame' of one trapped Gore lass turned belle-of-the-ball.
True Lives #3 moves up a notch by telling the story of the birth of Lilith, the inner drag-queen of Gareth Farr, famous Aotearoan composer and percussionist. From humble beginnings as a 10-year-old boy in love with a blue dress, and through many trials and tribulations, Lilith at last poses picture-perfect on glossy pages, larger-than-life, lip-synching her heart away.
The slickness of the comic and the gorgeous photographs be-lie the difficulties and mishaps during production which Claire Harris confides
with the reader in her end-notes. At least it turned out all right in the end!
All the True Lives stories are told with much humour, wit and tenderness, and include a wee selection of amusing letters to (and responses from) the author in the back of each comic.