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A GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION Black & white interior illustrations with a color paperback cover. Weber Yates's dreams of stardom are about to be reduced to a ranch hand’s job in Texas, and his one relationship is with a guy so far out of his league he might as well be on the moon. Or at least in San Francisco, where Weber stops to see him one last time before settling down to t A GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION Black & white interior illustrations with a color paperback cover. Weber Yates's dreams of stardom are about to be reduced to a ranch hand’s job in Texas, and his one relationship is with a guy so far out of his league he might as well be on the moon. Or at least in San Francisco, where Weber stops to see him one last time before settling down to the humble, lonely life he figures a frog like him has coming. Cyrus Benning is a successful neurosurgeon, so details are never lost on him. He spotted the prince in a broken-down bull rider's clothing from day one. But watching Weber walk out on him keeps getting harder, and he’s not sure how much more his heart can take. Now Cyrus has one last chance to prove to Weber that it's not Weber's job that makes him Cyrus's perfect man, it's Weber himself. With the help of his sister's newly broken family, he’s ready to show Weber that the home the man’s been searching for has always been right there, with him. Cyrus might have laid down an ultimatum once, but now it's turned into a vow—he's never going to let Weber out of his life again.


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A GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION Black & white interior illustrations with a color paperback cover. Weber Yates's dreams of stardom are about to be reduced to a ranch hand’s job in Texas, and his one relationship is with a guy so far out of his league he might as well be on the moon. Or at least in San Francisco, where Weber stops to see him one last time before settling down to t A GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION Black & white interior illustrations with a color paperback cover. Weber Yates's dreams of stardom are about to be reduced to a ranch hand’s job in Texas, and his one relationship is with a guy so far out of his league he might as well be on the moon. Or at least in San Francisco, where Weber stops to see him one last time before settling down to the humble, lonely life he figures a frog like him has coming. Cyrus Benning is a successful neurosurgeon, so details are never lost on him. He spotted the prince in a broken-down bull rider's clothing from day one. But watching Weber walk out on him keeps getting harder, and he’s not sure how much more his heart can take. Now Cyrus has one last chance to prove to Weber that it's not Weber's job that makes him Cyrus's perfect man, it's Weber himself. With the help of his sister's newly broken family, he’s ready to show Weber that the home the man’s been searching for has always been right there, with him. Cyrus might have laid down an ultimatum once, but now it's turned into a vow—he's never going to let Weber out of his life again.

30 review for Frog (graphic novel)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer☠Pher☠

    Re-Read While I was in Virginia at GRL Mary gave me a gift. She gave me this book in dead tree form but not this book really. She gave me the paperback of the manga version. She gave me the last one. OH MY GOD. So, I guess there is issues with publishing it or something and well, she wanted me to have it. So, I read it while I was in Virginia. I've never read manga before. I don't think I could do it on the regular but this was easy to follow since I know the story pretty well. There were penises! O Re-Read While I was in Virginia at GRL Mary gave me a gift. She gave me this book in dead tree form but not this book really. She gave me the paperback of the manga version. She gave me the last one. OH MY GOD. So, I guess there is issues with publishing it or something and well, she wanted me to have it. So, I read it while I was in Virginia. I've never read manga before. I don't think I could do it on the regular but this was easy to follow since I know the story pretty well. There were penises! On the page! Drawn! Oh, sorry, I got distracted! I loved it. I really did. It's funny, I often think this isn't a favorite of mine by Mary. I'm wrong about that. Seriously. I hope you guys get a chance to see this beautiful book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ❧ *´¸. A BookishBerkeleyGirl ❧ ‘•´¸.* ❧ Gwendolyn

    - Gosh, this was so lovely, and so very fun. The artwork as a whole was amazing. But the story was good and in great keeping of the frog and prince fairytale. Frog Graphic Novel 4 Stars✨🍃 - Gosh, this was so lovely, and so very fun. The artwork as a whole was amazing. But the story was good and in great keeping of the frog and prince fairytale. Frog Graphic Novel 4 Stars✨🍃

  3. 5 out of 5

    Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈

    Wow. I loved that. The art was beautiful. It put a new dynamic on a story that I already loved. I think I'd enjoy reading another mm novel in manga form. Wow. I loved that. The art was beautiful. It put a new dynamic on a story that I already loved. I think I'd enjoy reading another mm novel in manga form.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy Aislin

    I adored this so much. I haven't read the novel, and I'm so glad about that because it allowed me to experience this story for the first time via this amazing graphic novel. I loved the art, the story--which was truly beautiful--and the characters. Just such a gem! I adored this so much. I haven't read the novel, and I'm so glad about that because it allowed me to experience this story for the first time via this amazing graphic novel. I loved the art, the story--which was truly beautiful--and the characters. Just such a gem!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jacq ~

    Great summery. Still so very unbalanced. Sweat as heck storyline. Glad it was made into a comic.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Fredette

    The manwha version of this story leaves much to be desired. The two stars are for the story written by Mary Calmes, and I am chagrined to rate it so low, but this rating is about the manwha itself. The main focus is the redrawn product. The artist is all right but inconsistent. They are definitely better at drawing people than anything else (which is why the panels are very plain with usually just people.) Somehow Web ended up a dirty blond rather than a ginger—which is weird. The core of the sto The manwha version of this story leaves much to be desired. The two stars are for the story written by Mary Calmes, and I am chagrined to rate it so low, but this rating is about the manwha itself. The main focus is the redrawn product. The artist is all right but inconsistent. They are definitely better at drawing people than anything else (which is why the panels are very plain with usually just people.) Somehow Web ended up a dirty blond rather than a ginger—which is weird. The core of the story is still there but there are so many odd and weird decisions in the formatting and word choices of this story that it comes off as inexperienced and amateurish instead of something being produced by a book publisher, which brings us to the main issue. The quality of the manwha is horrible. It does not do justice to the story that the author deserves. 1. The book size and formatting completely throw away industry standards, and for the worse. Instead of using the page fully like an experienced manwha, manga or graphic artist know how to do, there are margins, making the drawings small in an already odd-sized, small book choice. If you’re going to do 1” margins (why are they one inch margins anyway?), pick a much bigger sized book dimensions. There are industry standards, easily found, to produce this type of product. There are graphic novel and manga producers out there to get advice from. The manwha feels like they have no idea what they’re doing and did absolutely no research into how to hop into graphic art publication. None. There are indie comic artists online who do a better quality job than what is here. From what I understand, the publisher plans to make more of these. Please, please, please stop thinking that the wheel has to be recreated when the industry is already using hovercrafts. Talk to comic/graphic artists/manga producers and publishers so it can be done right. It’s also insulting to readers who enjoy this format. We’re not just going to buy anything if this is the type of quality we are going to get. So, please, take a step back, learn how to produce a proper manwha/manga then run with it. 2. Word/Language/Noise Effect choices. I don’t know where to start with this, but again, it speaks to the inexperience of the publisher. From what I have gathered, they have a deal with a Korean artist to create the manwha but have to translate the book back into English. How it can be so clumsy is odd since they have the English novel they started with. Then sound effects are descriptions rather then the noise/sound itself. If you’ve read as much manga, etc as I have, this type of amature choice sticks out like a sore and makes it difficult to enjoy the story. Ex. Text on panel: *dialing a telephone number* ???????????? Why would you do that? And that’s just one example of many weird choices. Again, has the publisher never looked at a graphic novel or manga before? Then there is the weird choices in the word bubbles. Ex. *phone ringing* IN THE WORD BUBBLE and another example is *sigh of relief* literally, that is what is in the word bubble. Not Siiigh.... or something more appropriate, *sigh of relief*. So, again, this screams that the publisher has no idea what they’re doing and they are just trying to cash in rather than create something for an already existing audience—like instead of investing into a new product that could open them up to a new demographic of readers, that they’re putting as little money into as possible and figure the people will just buy it anyway. Why would I when there are manga/manwha pubs Out there that produce a far superior product? Do it right. Then I will give you more of my money. But if you’re not going to bother showing the story and the readers any respect, please just don’t. Stop now. 3. Availability. The production of the stories is sparse at best, but being able to find and buy them is a chore. Readers were told this manwha was to come out in March of last year then the publisher stopped any kind of updates. So, in conclusion, the manwha does not live up to the story, has all sorts of formatting/wording issues, so-so visual quality, and the publisher really, really needs to learn how to produce a manga/graphic novel before producing more of these.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bronwyn Heeley

    3.5 stars. I’ve never read the book this came from so I’m not sure of a few things, mostly the flow, I found this a little jumpy but I feel that’s because, in my experience, it’s a very different thing jumping scenes in a novel then in a manga. Also reading it left to right was odd, I was messing up which part to read constantly as I read a lot of mangas that read right to left (not sure if where this is originally translated from does it this way or not) but that was completely on me. Overall, t 3.5 stars. I’ve never read the book this came from so I’m not sure of a few things, mostly the flow, I found this a little jumpy but I feel that’s because, in my experience, it’s a very different thing jumping scenes in a novel then in a manga. Also reading it left to right was odd, I was messing up which part to read constantly as I read a lot of mangas that read right to left (not sure if where this is originally translated from does it this way or not) but that was completely on me. Overall, tho, it was a sweet story that I think it worked well in this format. I really enjoyed it. And I know this is more for dreamspinner thing then author/book itself but I’m looking forward to the others they plan on releasing, it was very enjoyable

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rainy-Night-Reads

    super sweet 🖤

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dutchgirl

    I have the full color (limited version) Manga edition of this book and i really loved it. It is so much fun to see one of my favorite reads in Manga (full color) :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    If this hadn't been in manga format, I wouldn't have made it through. Damn, that dialogue was cringy af. But a romance between two men over forty is rare, and that part I actually liked. If this hadn't been in manga format, I wouldn't have made it through. Damn, that dialogue was cringy af. But a romance between two men over forty is rare, and that part I actually liked.

  11. 4 out of 5

    CarolynAnne

    Same lovely story with beautiful art. I enjoyed this immensley.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Driima

    I love Mary Calmes! I love her novel Frog! And I love reading graphic novels and manga once in a while these days, some years back they even made about 50% of all my books. That said, I really really liked this version of her story, but... Not a big BUT, but it is out there nonetheless... But beforehand, this did NOT change the fun I had Reading this! (view spoiler)[ For me, this was just a tiny bit dissapointing. The character art itself is beautiful, a very soft style, if a bit minimalistic, bu I love Mary Calmes! I love her novel Frog! And I love reading graphic novels and manga once in a while these days, some years back they even made about 50% of all my books. That said, I really really liked this version of her story, but... Not a big BUT, but it is out there nonetheless... But beforehand, this did NOT change the fun I had Reading this! (view spoiler)[ For me, this was just a tiny bit dissapointing. The character art itself is beautiful, a very soft style, if a bit minimalistic, but this fits well as the focus of this story is completely character based. Still, a little bit more of a drawn background sometimes (or at all) would have been nice. What was irritating me, were the panel comments. They felt awkward. I'm used to short ones like *sigh*,*kiss*, *clench* (hands at your side when angry, irritated), *cough*, *thump* (for sb. sitting down), *squeeze* (while hugging) and so on. They are common, be it in original japanese, korean, english, or translated versions, with very few exeptions that I can remember. But here, getting full word "explanations" instead of the *haha* of the original, to find whole sentences or full words in present participle instead, was uncomfortably disrupting and not appreciated. Awkward. Quickly a last comment to the drawings. Not sure if I agree with this interpretation of Weber completely (still liked it), but Cyrus fit very well in my opinion. For the book itself, compared to the written novel, I was not able to completely feel the same emotional connection. Some scene depictions just did not translate for me in the right way, for example the reunion at the station. Others felt very appropiate, like the porch scene with Owen B. or the homecoming scene after Cyrus work function. It all balances in the end, I suppose... (hide spoiler)] As all this is MORE than a little subjective on my part, everyone should take a look for themselves of course... It is definitely worth it! READ IT! ❤ Still loved it!!!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Unfassbar enttäuschend und unfassbar langweilig. Vermutlich wäre er besser, wenn man die Romanvorlage kennt, aber selbst dann ... - keine richtige Story, zumindest keiner, der man folgen kann - die Kerle treffen sich auf einer Ranch, verlieben sich? Zeit vergeht? Nichts ist klar zu erkennen, wieviel Zeit überhaupt vergangen ist - nichts macht Sinn - Die Sprechblasen-Bilder-Ratio ist schrecklich, VIEL zu viel Text, VIEL zu wenig Bilder - Zeichenstil ist schlecht - sorry, aber es wirkt wie jmd. die/d Unfassbar enttäuschend und unfassbar langweilig. Vermutlich wäre er besser, wenn man die Romanvorlage kennt, aber selbst dann ... - keine richtige Story, zumindest keiner, der man folgen kann - die Kerle treffen sich auf einer Ranch, verlieben sich? Zeit vergeht? Nichts ist klar zu erkennen, wieviel Zeit überhaupt vergangen ist - nichts macht Sinn - Die Sprechblasen-Bilder-Ratio ist schrecklich, VIEL zu viel Text, VIEL zu wenig Bilder - Zeichenstil ist schlecht - sorry, aber es wirkt wie jmd. die/der gerade angefangen hat DJs zu zeichnen und noch einen echt langen Weg vor sich hat, bis die Sachen wirklich richtig sexy aussehen - schwarz-weiß, das Original ist aber laut Screenshots farbig - Bindungsfehler - falsche SEiten an der falschen Stelle, teilweise ist aber auch nicht klar, ob die Seiten richtig sortiert sind, weil alles so unverbunden wirkt - es passiert NICHTS, außer das sie sich ach so lieben, der Top n toller Dad-Ersatz für die Kinder ist, es alles so ... unfassbar normal (wobei eigl nicht. weil es gibt nicht einen der Probleme mit dem Schwulsein hat, was nun wirklich nicht realistisch ist) ... es is halt einfach langweilig - Die Kerle sind zwischen 30 und 40, benehmen sich aber wie 12 ... das machts noch schlimmer.

  14. 5 out of 5

    O

    I LOVED Frog. It was such a sweet, tender story. I loved Weber's characters a lot; big gruff guy who's actually a big sweetie is definitely my type. It was so cute how well he got along with the kids. I was less interested in Cyrus, but I think he acted as a good foil to Weber's character. Their relationship had a lot of love in it, even when they were unsure of themselves. I loved the progression of it, of how they learned to trust each other and themselves. The progression of the openness of W I LOVED Frog. It was such a sweet, tender story. I loved Weber's characters a lot; big gruff guy who's actually a big sweetie is definitely my type. It was so cute how well he got along with the kids. I was less interested in Cyrus, but I think he acted as a good foil to Weber's character. Their relationship had a lot of love in it, even when they were unsure of themselves. I loved the progression of it, of how they learned to trust each other and themselves. The progression of the openness of Weber and Cyrus's relationship was well done; Weber starts as Cyrus's "friend" but then progresses to Cyrus referring to him as his boyfriend. I also liked that they switched positions, since that's more realistic and is also shows a more even playing field in the relationship. Frog was such a feel good read and it's definitely my favorite work of Calmes's. I will say, however, go in expecting some pretty graphic love scenes. I don't think they're bawdy and I'd say they were well done, but it was more graphic than I was expecting.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kragthang

    I really liked the book and after seeing the cover for the manwha I just had to have it. I ordered the fully coloured hardcover version and finally received it last week. At first glance the design is of high quality, but when I started reading the book I was rather disappointed. Let me speak verbosely, a few years ago I had a project with a friend, where I would translate our favourite doujinshi for our friends and she would do the editing. So I know how much work goes into such a project to ma I really liked the book and after seeing the cover for the manwha I just had to have it. I ordered the fully coloured hardcover version and finally received it last week. At first glance the design is of high quality, but when I started reading the book I was rather disappointed. Let me speak verbosely, a few years ago I had a project with a friend, where I would translate our favourite doujinshi for our friends and she would do the editing. So I know how much work goes into such a project to make it work. You have to consider lots of smaller details. In her comment Michelle Fredette summed up perfectly what bothers me with this graphic novel. I noticed similar problems with the manwha adaption of Frat House Troopers, which was released a while ago. I hope Dreamspinner Press will improve this section. I really see potential, but at this point the execution is lacking quite a lot.

  16. 4 out of 5

    J-Lynn

    I just wanted to read a warm and fuzzy book. Instead, I read about a heartwarming journey in accepting yourself. A simple story made my heart hurt, but it seems like everything is telling me that I need to make some changes in my life to become truly happy rather than surviving. Subconsciously, I keep finding these books, shows, or songs about accepting oneself and taking chances.... gosh darn it. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting anything like this, so I love this graphic novel. If the author has mor I just wanted to read a warm and fuzzy book. Instead, I read about a heartwarming journey in accepting yourself. A simple story made my heart hurt, but it seems like everything is telling me that I need to make some changes in my life to become truly happy rather than surviving. Subconsciously, I keep finding these books, shows, or songs about accepting oneself and taking chances.... gosh darn it. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting anything like this, so I love this graphic novel. If the author has more books like this, I will definitely be reading some of them.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Woods

    If I hadn't already known and loved the story, this wouldn't have done much for me. Some of the best parts were left out, and all the added little "pants" and "groans" just got annoying. I don't like manga or comics as I feel a distinct distortion from the "reality" of the book. It's not smooth as a book would be, the emotions cannot be easily identified without studying a picture closely. Yeah, I'm definitely more of a classic word written kind of girl. But I do love Ms. Calmes, and I am happy If I hadn't already known and loved the story, this wouldn't have done much for me. Some of the best parts were left out, and all the added little "pants" and "groans" just got annoying. I don't like manga or comics as I feel a distinct distortion from the "reality" of the book. It's not smooth as a book would be, the emotions cannot be easily identified without studying a picture closely. Yeah, I'm definitely more of a classic word written kind of girl. But I do love Ms. Calmes, and I am happy to have a piece of her fiction that I can hold in my hands and ooo and ah over.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Wood

    AMAZING!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Loved this all over again with beautiful artwork!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Indira Rivera

    lovely to see this story in a manga.

  21. 5 out of 5

    KI

    One of my favorites from Mary Calmes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    inaword

    In a word: Maybe read the thing. The thing about this one is that I do like the story well enough. It’s just that Weber annoys the hell out of me, which is unfourtunate as he is one of the main characters. He’s also the POV character for the whole book. It makes for an annoying read, though I imagine that this graphic novel format has cut out a lot of his internal monologue. For which I am thankful. Weber is a former rodeo rider who is currently drifting around between jobs, Cyrus is a rich neur In a word: Maybe read the thing. The thing about this one is that I do like the story well enough. It’s just that Weber annoys the hell out of me, which is unfourtunate as he is one of the main characters. He’s also the POV character for the whole book. It makes for an annoying read, though I imagine that this graphic novel format has cut out a lot of his internal monologue. For which I am thankful. Weber is a former rodeo rider who is currently drifting around between jobs, Cyrus is a rich neurosurgeon who has a stable career and life. The two of them couldn’t be any more different, but there’s something between them that they just can’t deny or ignore. As much as Weber would like to. They both lead very different lives and have spent the last three or so years in a sort of long-distance relationship where they occasionally see each other for short periods of time before Weber takes off again. The main conflict in their relationship is that Weber constantly thinks that he isn’t good enough to be with someone like Cyrus, even though Cyrus keeps trying to tell him otherwise. Cyrus is head over heels for Weber, and it sucks to see Weber constantly saying that Cyrus should be with someone better than him. Really, the only one who has a problem with their relationship is Weber, and it’s all over his stupid pride. It was really hard to be all that invested in the relationship when Weber seemed to constantly have one foot out the door. I honestly don’t know why Cyrus put up with him for so long. This has a happy ending, of course, but nearly everything about Weber just constantly rubbed me wrong. [read the full post at In A Word]

  23. 5 out of 5

    SHUCHI

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

  25. 5 out of 5

    Natasha Kirkland

  26. 4 out of 5

    CONSTANCE N. PITTS

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sid

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dragonhyde

  29. 5 out of 5

    Saye4e

  30. 5 out of 5

    Audrianna

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