Fantagraphics Books Presents Two LGBT Classics in January 2013
7 Miles a Second
by David Wojnarowicz, James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook
68-page full-color 9″ x 12″ hardcover • $19.99
In-Store Date: February 3, 2013 (subject to change)
7 Miles a Second is the story of legendary artist David Wojnarowicz, written during the last years before his AIDS-related death in 1992. Artists James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook unsentimentally depict Wojnarowicz’s childhood of hustling on the streets of Manhattan, through his adulthood living with AIDS, and his anger at the indifference of government and health agencies. A primal scream of a graphic novel, 7 Miles a Second blends the stark reality of Lower East Side street life with a psychedelic delirium that artfully conveys Wojnarowicz’s sense of rage, urgency, mortality and a refusal to be silent.
Originally published as a comic book in 1996 by DC’s Vertigo Comics, 7 Miles a Second was an instant critical success and has become a cult classic amongst fans of literary and art comics, just as Wojnarowicz’s influence and reputation have widened in the larger art world. This new edition finally presents the artwork as it was intended: oversized, and with Van Cook’s elegant watercolors restored. It also includes several new pages created for this edition.
The Heart of Thomas
(original title: トーマの心臓 / Thomas no Shinzō)
by Moto Hagio; edited and translated by Matt Thorn
528-page black & white (with some color) 7″ x 9.5″ hardcover • $39.99
In-store date: January 18, 2013 (subject to change)
At a boys’ boarding school in Germany, sometime in the mid-20th Century, fourteen year-old Thomas Werner falls from a lonely pedestrian overpass to his death, immediately after sending a brief love letter to another boy at the school.
Thus begins Moto Hagio’s The Heart of Thomas — a pioneer in the popular boys’-romance “shounen-ai” genre. Thomas’s death throws the school into turmoil, while his letter sets off a chain of emotional upheaval as secrets are revealed and shared. And then a new boy who looks exactly like Thomas shows up at school…
Unabashedly romantic and emotionally complex, The Heart of Thomas features an unusual, richly imagined setting and a cast of memorable characters. This timeless masterpiece is now finally available to American readers.