Author Joe Amorino comically explores online dating in new illustrated book

Everyone knows what happens when you give a mouse a cookie, but what happens when you give a gay… or a Bear… a Grindr? 

Author Joe Amorino comically explores the real challenges of online dating in his self-published debut graphic novella, titled If You Give A Gay A Gr*ndr. As an out and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, Joe has personally experienced the unique culture of online dating first hand. 

Infatuated with human behavior and culture, and with the help of illustrator Javier Ramos, Joe wished to personify the various scenarios that play out when seemingly respectable singles find themselves engrossed by an unrelenting dating application.

If You Give A Gay A Gr*ndr feels like sardonic déjà vu to anyone in the immediate circle of a friend who is courting. Amorino delivers these scenarios in a beautifully visual manner where comedy meets accountability. The storyline, which mirrors that of a children’s book delivers on self-isolation, identity, and the flippant existential suck of doomscrolling at a time when these themes are a common thread for the community at large.


A regional salon educator by trade, Joe Amorino is a New England native who has spent the last decade exercising his passion for people behind the chair in salons across the region. As a single gay man, Joe has a first-hand perspective on the real-world dating challenges faced by men, women, and unidentified adults alike. As a storyteller, Joe appreciates the infusion of comedy wherever possible and has a deep love of pop culture, which helps drive his creative process. If You Give A Gay A Gr*ndr acts as the debut release in what he hopes will be a series of fictionally tailored stories that expand the presence of LGBTQ+ literature in bookstores across America.

Follow Joe Amorino on Instagram @lifewithjoeamo and visit to pre-order a copy of If You Give A Gay A Gr*ndr

Kyle Jackson

Kyle Jackson (He/Him) is Senior Staff Writer at Gray Jones Media, and additionally works as a writer, editor and theatre artist/actor. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, he studied at Dillard University, received a BA in Theatre from Morgan State University, an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University, and completed the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford Programme in 2017. Having lived in Baltimore, the Washington, DC area, Philadelphia and New York City, he now resides and works in London, United Kingdom.